Program Manager at Microsoft

Duration
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Region
Reading South West
Review Date
Salary
£16,000 - £17,999
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8.7/10

The Role

9.5

Organisation

8.2

Socialising

8.2

The Role

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

A placement that enables you to grow, learn, shadow and make huge impact! Very social environment with plenty of travel opportunities available. You're able to impact millions of customers and work with the best minds in the business for one of the biggest companies in the world.

9/10

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

My manager was first class. Invested money, time and thought into my development. I was able to travel, take courses and be active on social events. You get such great support at Microsoft from your mangers, mentors, buddies and colleagues.

10/10

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

My manager was first class. Invested money, time and thought into my development. I was able to travel, take courses and be active on social events. You get such great support at Microsoft from your mangers, mentors, buddies and colleagues.

10/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

The summer months were quite quiet. But once September begins you are full steam ahead! With opportunities to do multiple tasks! Marketing, project management, operations, sales. Anything you have an interest in. Summer months were there to get you prepared and ready.

9/10

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

Huge. From presenting to leadership to presenting to the public. You get huge responsibility to do great work that you are interested in. You can be in attendance at conferences or on calls to people from around the world. The opportunities are endless. You have such a great responsibility. It's upto you how far you take it!

10/10

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

I believe I saw how little connection there is currently with theory and how it applies in the modern world. Though this placement made me more determined to challenge the way theory is taught and how out of date it is.

9/10

The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

Amazing. Free soft drinks. Great atmosphere and aura. It was a campus atmosphere.

10/10

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

Very programmatic. Welcome day. Welcome week. All to get you prepared for the role. Hugely rewarding and great the way things are structured though communication could be improved.

10/10

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

Able to challenge myself daily. On the job learning with courses at my fingertips.

8/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Sports and Social Club
  • Subsidised/Company Gym
  • National Travel
  • International Travel
  • Above 25 days holiday
  • Working from home
8/10

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

Greatly so. I would say you have a great chance of coming back if you have an internship and did well!

5/10

Social

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

Yes although groups were quite clicky especially depending on were you where from and your background. I think this should be improved upon and looked at to create more inclusion and fairness for interns. Although, parties and events were prevelant for you to get involved in so do not worry about the social scene.

9/10

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

Quite high. Looking 500+ for decent accomodation.

7/10

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

Not ad goof as London or Liverpool but quite good for a small city!

7/10

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

Hugely! You could travel the world or get involved in 101 groups which were extension projects to impact the wider community.

10/10