Summer Intern at Siemens

Duration
Internship (1-4 Months)
Region
London
Review Date
Roles
Engineering

3.8/5

The Role
3.8
The Company
4.2
The Culture
3.5

Role Description

Shadowing various Siemens employees, learning from watching them and completing tasks they deem useful to improve my knowledge of the company.

The Role

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

I enjoyed seeing how the theory I'd learnt at University was used practically in industry and working alongside a range of employees. By getting to meet so many people at different offices I was able to build a much better picture of how a large company like Siemens operates and also get further insight into what kind of a career in engineering I want.
4 /5

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

I felt very valued at Siemens, as people made an effort to make sure I was included. I also had help from a senior colleague, who took it upon himself to help me make the most of my experience. He organized sending me to Chippenham and the wind power control centre in Newcastle, for which I am extremely grateful.
5 /5

3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?

I was mentored to the best of the ability of all I was put with, however this was done to varying success due the fact People would often have very little notice of my being put with them. The help I received from my line manager I felt was not enough, although this was largely down to being in a different office to him for most of the internship.
4 /5

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

This varied from day to day, and from office to office. Some days I would have work given to me from the range of supervisors I'd picked up visiting different offices and have a large amount of tasks to complete, and other days I would have very little. In some ways though this was good, as it meant the internship wasn't too stressful, and a nice break from University.
3 /5

5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?

Not much, however I feel this is appropriate to my level of education. Rail Automation is technical and involves high standards that mist be delivered to clients, and I've only completed the first year of my degree. I would not have felt comfortable handing too much responsibility for fear of making a big mistake,
4 /5

6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

This has been my first experience of office life, and it has improved my skills enormously in general work organization, use of excel, creating presentations and reviewing documents. It has also given me excellent insight into the work different engineers do, and helped me gain a better idea of what I want to be doing the future.
4 /5

The Company

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

I was at many offices, and the atmospheres least appealing that I encountered were consistently quiet, low lighting and allowed for little socialization. Luckily however this was not the norm, and in most people were very friendly, had a strong sense of community and allowed for some fun. In some I made good friends with colleagues, which greatly improved the work day,
4 /5

8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?

I ended up having an excellent summer internship, however this was mainly down to being taken under the wing of the previously mentioned member of staff. Previous to this I didn't know where I would be the week after next until Friday, and seemed to be being passed around with little direction. If this had be the whole summer I would have awarded a lower rating, but as it stands I had a thoughtful internship, visiting offices involved in projects I was interested in.
4 /5

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

I am very impressed by the amount Siemens invested in me, paying to send me to Chippenham for two weeks and Newcastle for one, paying and organizing my hotels, train tickets and giving me an allowance for food. This mad me feel very valued, and gave me exposure to the elements of the company I was most interested in. 10/10 deserved,
5 /5

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • National Travel
  • Staff Sales/Staff Shop
  • Above 25 days holiday
4 /5

11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?

I would be keen to work at Siemens when I graduate. Initially I was unsure, however after seeing how well it treats its employees, having had a fair amount of money invested in me (a mere intern). They also have excellent stress management policies and CSR opportunities, and take interest in improving their local community. Very impressed.
5 /5

The Culture

12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?

This varied form office to office, but it seemed reasonable. I cannot comment with certainty though, having generally not stayed at an office long enough at any one time to join in on this socializing very often. Having said another intern I met reported having gone out for drinks with her colleagues, with whom she was always at the same office.
4 /5

13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?

My internship was in my home city, meaning my living costs were nil, however travel into work on public transport every day did rack up
4 /5

14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?

Decent, I mean this is London. The nights out were not with any of my work colleagues, but ones with my friends. I would say that clubs in the centre of London can be overpriced, so it would definitely be worth finding smaller clubs, that are just as good, but don't charge a fortune. The pubs and bars can also be very pricey, which as a student can be a struggle, so I would suggest finding your local Wetherspoons.
4 /5

15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?

The nights out were not with any of my work colleagues, but ones with my friends. I would say that clubs in the centre of London can be overpriced, so it would definitely be worth finding smaller clubs, that are just as good, but don't charge a fortune. The pubs and bars can also be very pricey, which as a student can be a struggle, so I would suggest finding your local Wetherspoons. Little opportunity for activities for me to join in, as I wasn't here long enough, however Siemens has some good volunteering opportunities that can be capitalised on.
3 /5