QA Engineer at Siemens

Duration
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Region
East Molesey
Review Date
Roles
Electronic and Electrical Engineering Mechanical Engineering

3.8/5

The Role
4.1
The Company
4.3
The Culture
2.6

The Role

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

The responsibilities given to me when working as a Quality Assurance Engineer at Mentor Graphics allowed me to enhanced and learn new skills which I will use throughout the rest of my studies as well as my future career. I also learnt a lot about software development which was completely new to me at the start of my placement.
4 /5

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

My colleagues always waited with open ears for my feedback after I carried out testing on the work they just completed, which made my work feel valuable. This was also the case when I would give suggestions about how to improve or simplify the testing of the software which would later be discussed in meetings for possible implementation.
5 /5

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

My line manager was always available for advice and guidance. The rest of the team was also supportive in offering help and their opinion on any work I would undertake. A Chartered mentor was available on site to help me through my engineering charter-ship process. My supervisor was always open to give me feedback on my work.
5 /5

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

The amount of work varied from day to day and week to week. Approaching the release of a product, the workload can become rather heavy due to the increase of testing of regression and acceptance testing. Other periods would be a lot quieter when waiting for new testing requirements to be set for new features.
3 /5

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

The testing of the software I was undertaking on a daily basis would be the last step in development before the software was made available to customers. If this last layer of test does not spot possible bugs in the product, the customer may end up using a software which could output erroneous results.
5 /5

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

Left to ourselves, it was up to us to manage our time to ensure that all the work was completed when required. Communicating in a concise and clear manner was important when writing reports which would be used by the rest of the team to base their next work. These two skills are important when working in a team whether in a academics or professional environment to avoid miscommunication but also delays which can results in financial and time losses.
4 /5

The Company

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

4 /5

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

The organisation was rather slick. A transition period is organised with the current intern training the new intern. During this period every is taught to the new internet going from the terminology used in raising bugs when testing, to how set up a voice call meeting between the different Mentor Graphics offices around the world.
5 /5

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

Early one during the placement, a 3 day training course is put in place to familiarise the intern to the different software Mentor Graphics develops and may see himself working on. A DiSC course is also organised to see how we fit as a team member in a working environment. Despite that, anyone on the team is always open to offer help when something comes up that was not included in the training course.
5 /5

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Subsidised/Company Gym
  • Company Parties/Events
  • Healthcare/Dental
5 /5

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

As I left, the company was looking at employing a previous intern as full time employee in the QA Engineering team. So future employment within the organisation seems possible. Also with dozens of office around the world, future employment in a different country is possible whether as QA Engineer or in a different role.
4 /5

The Culture

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

3 /5

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

Living in London means having to pay London price rent and public transport. But with access to public transport near the office, the city center is only 40min away. Having lunch outside the office can vary in price with a fish and chips at £4.50 or a curry at £12.
3 /5

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

3 /5

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

3 /5