I was mainly in charge of reviewing and revamping the onboarding and the departure process.
I actually adored it, it was a very interesting and useful experience. I managed to meet a lot of new people, to discover new places and culture and to establish lifetime friendships. All of that due to an incredible work environment created by Schlumberger. Schlumberger Gould Research has a very good welcoming and integration process that allows to any new starter feel very quickly part of the team and to get to know as many colleagues as possible starting with the very few weeks in the company.
By the end of my internship I felt extremely valued and encouraged by my team members and my supervisors. I always knew that I can count on their help and receive an advice when needed. I always felt at a equal level when speaking to any employee or even manager, in both of the cases my opinion was took in account and that feeling is priceless as an intern.
My manager was always 100% there for me, giving me guidance and support every time I needed it. She was always able to clearly explain what is expected from me and give some constructive feedback every time when it was needed. It was a great pleasure working for Schlumberger Gould Research first of all because of my direct manager and my N+2 that created a very friendly and super supportive working and learning environment for someone that is just a begginer in the HR field.
I was quite busy, I can say that my days were completely full, but this is something that I liked a lot. I didn't have time to get bored or to count every little second till the end of the working day. It was exciting to work and learn in such a great environment so I was taking fully advantage of the time that I spent there without being over charged with work. I actually liked the fact that there was enough work for months in advance, this way I was able to choose a little bit by myself things that I would like most to work on.
Quite a lot, I had a project to handle by my own from the very beginning till the going live. It's a huge responsibility and for the majority of the time I was supposed to work on it in an autonomous way. Hopefully I had my manager that was always there for me to give constructive feedbacks and an outside opinion all of that helped me a lot in the accomplishment of the project.
Going back to the University I felt much more confident about the subjects I was working on during the internship. Even if to be honest it's not that obvious to make the link between what we learn at school and what we lean during an internship. I do believe though that the experience we gain during a successful internship can be even more rewarding than what we learn at the University, it was like this in my case at least.
It was a great working atmosphere. I was in an office with 4 more colleagues and we were all very respectful of each other. We were working hard during the working hours and then taking breaks all together every once in a while. This was the time to exchange on our projects ask advices or some help if needed or just to share some of our future plans and interests beside work.
Everything I needed for work was easily accessible. I had a very good IT equipment and all the stationery that I might need for the work. My work station was also equipped with a quite comfortable desk and chair. In the first week the HSE department showed me a video that explains how to organize the work station in an ergonomic way and then a couple of weeks later a member of HSE department came to assist me with settling well my work station and making sure that I have everything I need for work and also to watch out for some small things like having enough access to the natural light from the outside.
The majority of the trainings that I've been part of are mandatory for every new starter and concern first of all safety at work. Even if I found them quite useful and I can say that everything I learned there about the safety issues is also applicable on daily bases outside work it was still not really related to my direct duties as I was never working in labs or test halls.
I actually manage to get another placement in a different country with them but I would be also quite interested in working for them in the future. This is also a company that I will strongly recommend to all of my friends as a great company to work for. However due to the economic context they are having a hard time hiring new people right now but I really hope that it will change quite soon.
There was a great interns community at Schlumberger Gould Research and due to that it was quite simple to make friends and get quickly integrated. There were also a lot of events that were organized by the students and for the students, it was actually quite exciting to be part of those events cause this is a wonderful possibility to create lifetime friendships.
To be honest Cambridge is a quite expensive place to live, so going out with friends was quite expensive. But then as everywhere it was still possible to find a way of organizing social activities that would not cost that much. Also during our internship at Schlumberger we were quite well payed so it was enough to cover all our living expenses.
Cambridge is a student city so it was obvious that there were a lot things to do in the area. Lots and Lots of nightclubs and bars. You were also able to find 24h opened supermarkets and fast food. It was also quite safe in the streets . At least I never felt in danger or unsecured there when getting back home late in the night.
Plenty and plenty of them, there were a lot of sport clubs, dancing, music, painting classes... and of course any kind of cinema and theatre. Also during the summer time there were some sessions of openair cinemas and Shakespeare theatres in the historical gardens of the most famous colleges of Cambridge.