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Rating

3.9/5
  • The Role
    4.3
  • The Company
    3.7
  • The Culture
    3.4

Role Description

Working in Metaswitch's Fixed Voice development team to create a python tool that models their products.

    The Role

  • 1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
  • Working for Metaswitch was great, mostly because I felt I fitted in well with the atmosphere and work ethic. The work was interesting for the most part and my manager was always motivational. There were a couple of dull days but overall the work was varied and challenging and I could imagine working here.

    5/5

  • 2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
  • Everyone in my team and the wider company was friendly towards interns, and there were many social activities that we were encouraged to participate in. However, the project I was given to do was very different from the work done by the rest of my team so it was hard to feel included in team meetings.

    4/5

  • 3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
  • My manager (sitting behind me) and mentor (next to me) were on hand practically whenever I had a question about anything. As well as this, we had weekly feedback chats to discuss progress and development. If I had questions for anyone else in the company, they were open to me coming to their desk to discuss it.

    5/5

  • 4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
  • I was very much responsible for driving my own work pace, so whilst I always had something to do, and kept myself busy, it never felt like there was desperate pressure to complete it by any deadline. On a few occasions I did feel like I was running out of useful work, but my manager always found something else to do.

    4/5

  • 5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
  • It was made very clear to me from around the second week of my internship that I was expected to drive the direction of my project and take responsibility for its completion – this was put on my development plan. My project was small enough that this was manageable, but big enough to feel like an achievement.

    5/5

  • 6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  • For a software engineering internship, I feel I learnt surprisingly little coding (I had done some before). Instead, I learnt communication skills, time management, working to an open-ended brief, and working within the regulations and standards of an industry. While this won’t be directly relevant to my degree, these are good life skills.

    5/5

    The Company

  • 7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
  • I got on really well with my colleagues – we had a lot in common, the culture was very much nerdy and proud. During most of the day the office was quiet, people focussing on their own work, headphones in, although the office was open-plan so it was easy to discuss work or just chat.

    4/5

  • 8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
  • My personal experience was a little disorganised at times, as my manager was on holiday for the first week of my internship, and there was a week where both my manager and mentor were away. However it was apparent that Metaswitch have a lot of interns, have been doing this for years, and generally the process was smooth and well organised.

    4/5

  • 9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  • My manager and mentor were always on hand, I had a personal development plan tailored to me, and access to all company training resources. As well as this, there was a creativity training session for all interns, lunchtime talks on various topics, and a presentation and feedback session for improving communication skills.

    5/5

  • 10. What were the perks on your work placement?
  • Flexi Time

    Sports and Social Club

    Subsidised/Company Gym

    Financial Bonus

    Company Parties/Events

    Above 25 days holiday

    Working from home

    3/5

  • 11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
  • If I decide to go into software engineering, I will definitely consider Metaswitch. I was offered the chance to go for a graduate job interview at the end of my internship, but I turned this down to continue studying for the time being. However, the offer of another internship remains open, so I will see what happens.

    4/5

    The Culture

  • 12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
  • There were around 40 interns working at the Enfield office at the peak of the summer, and I was living in a house with 8 of them. Because there were so many of us, it did feel like we had a good community going, and we would have lunch, go to the pub, go to company events together, and have parties at the weekend.

    4/5

  • 13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
  • A lot of the cost of living was subsidised by Metaswitch – I was living in a company house, so rent was very cheap and included utilities, and there was a tab at a local pub at least 2 nights a week, so I don’t think I ever bought my own drink in the 3 months there! There’s a Lidl so shopping was also affordable, but transport into central London is pricey.

    4/5

  • 14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
  • There’s basically no nightlife in Enfield. During the weekends, most interns went home or to visit friends in more interesting locations. There were a lot of pub trips but nothing beyond that.

    1/5

  • 15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
  • My internship overlapped with a company-wide team competition, so there was always some crazy and vaguely competitive event going on. Interns were encouraged to participate, so I took part in a Bake-Off, a game of Assassins, and a rounders tournament. I also joined the company board games society and Frisbee team.

    5/5

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Internship (1-4 Months)

Computer Science, Telecommunications

22nd September 2017


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