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Rating

3.8/5
  • The Role
    4.5
  • The Company
    4.1
  • The Culture
    2.5

Role Description

Designing a dashboard for a small team

    The Role

  • 1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
  • 5/5

  • 2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
  • 5/5

  • 3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
  • I was given a mentor and a manager when I started my internship. My manager was intended to take care of anything that wasn't related to my project, while my mentor was there to give me help with specifics of my project. These relationships worked very well, and I always felt like I could ask anything I needed to.

    5/5

  • 4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
  • I always had something to do, but never felt pressured.

    5/5

  • 5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
  • I was responsible for making a dashboard for the support team. The dashboard is intended to be used by a group of 8 or so employees and is displayed on 2 dedicated monitors mounted on a pillar. There was a fair bit of responsibility in the sense that if the dashboard was very good, it could be very helpful to the team, and even extended to other teams. However, the worst case scenario was that it wasn't used - not the end of the world.

    3/5

  • 6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  • Specifically, we had an 'Activity week' where on one day the interns all gave a presentation to a small group, and received feedback. This was valuable experience as it isn't something we had done in my university course. Also we had a 'Vacathon' event, where we tried ambitious projects in small groups over the course of 3 days.

    4/5

    The Company

  • 7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
  • The atmosphere in the office was ideal for me. It was fairly quiet, so I could get on with work without distractions, but it wasn't over-intense, and I wasn't afraid to talk to someone if I wanted to. Moreover, the office wasn't very crowded and the desk spaces were quite big, so I had plenty of space to work in.

    3/5

  • 8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
  • Everything was in order before I arrived. I even asked a few times for last minute changes to be made to my holiday plans. They were very quick to accommodate this. I was given a highly subsidised company house on the same quiet road on the office, which I didn't have any problems with.

    5/5

  • 9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  • 5/5

  • 10. What were the perks on your work placement?
  • Financial Bonus

    Company Parties/Events

    5/5

  • 11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
  • Very appealing. There is a great atmosphere here: lots of clever people doing what they enjoy in a relaxed manner. There are great, cheap company houses open to interns and new-starters and the workplaces are very clean and comfortable. Also, there are lot's of social activities and sports that employees can get involved in.

    3/5

    The Culture

  • 12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
  • There was a wide range of activities for employees including sports and games - during my tenure, there was an overarching competition between different parts of the business, giving interns a chance to participate in company life. More specifically for interns, there was a number of morale trips, including mini-golf and go-carting.

    3/5

  • 13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
  • The company house was highly subsidised - I wouldn't have stayed in such a nice location if I had been paying myself. The prices of food etc. in the local area is fairly normal. Couple this with the generous wage that the company pays to interns and an intern can expect to save quite a bit of money during their time here..

    3/5

  • 14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
  • While there were a couple of pubs in the area that could cause a tiny bit of unwanted noise, the atmosphere around the company house was quiet and peaceful. I was able to get a good night's sleep to set me up in the best possible way for the following day of work.

    3/5

  • 15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
  • 3/5

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Details

Internship (1-4 Months)

Graphic Design, Information Technology

22nd September 2017


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