I did not especially enjoy my placement year at all, neither did the vast majority of the other students.
Not very valued at all, I was doing the tasks that my team did not want to do such as sending out and tracking samples, simply because it was too boring. Frustrating as I felt I could do so much more.
Very little support was given, no formal training on any systems that I needed to use. Guidance was given as more of an afterthought. They didn't invest in you as they knew you were only there for a year.
Very little work was given to me other throughout the time, in the first couple of months I could have easily just not been there.
While the tasks I was given needed to be done, not often would anyone pick them up if I were ill.
Not at all, if you are looking to develop skills from your placement year. I would recommend looking elsewhere, very little development is given to you and the tasks you will be given will not help you long term at all. You are merely a cost saving exercise and will be allocated the tasks your team does not want to do. These will not be mentally stimulating at all.
The atmosphere was very poor, very few people talk to each other and the average age of the workforce is 40+.
Pretty poorly in general, my first day I was not told timings to come in and my manager was off for two weeks.
Absolutely nothing. I was offered Excel training 8 months in, when I now knew what I needed to know.
Not good, one out of 26 placements students are now back at the company after graduating.
No, there is one pub Weybridge, no sports clubs or social committees. We had 2 work parties throughout the time and they ended at 12 in Surrey and you're expected to make your own way home.
Extremely expensive, I was told the salary would be £16,500 a year. We were paid an hourly rate (I know around 20 people who did placements at various companies and Sony are the only company to make yo do this), this equated to you taking no holiday and working your lunch break. After tax and not working the lunch break, it was around £14,500, with rent costing in the region of £8,000 a year.
No, none at all.