Responsible for over 700 different cameras and lenses.
Helping organise events.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Enjoyed some aspects, going to events, planning them etc and there was some good projects to work on. i'm not sure I am suited to the corporate environment and i found the company had quite a strict hierarchy which meant all decision making was made by someone else. I felt like we as a team didn't have much freedom and the marketing roles in Sony aren't as creative and hands on as you would think.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I got on really well with most of my colleagues and felt like they trusted me and valued me. Sony UK is a really friendly environment. They also trust me to have input and opinions.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I think I came at a difficult time, as I actually only had an official hands on line manager for around 6 months of my placement as she left the company. She was good in helping develop my skills and motivating me. The rest of my team have been really supportive and I can ask them for help guidance or different projects if I need it. I think I could have had a little more guidance though because I'm confused sometimes as to who i report to, and my tasks are very sporadic so could do with more direction and reassurance of purpose.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Very changeable. Sep - April is very busy, as we have a lot of events, and opportunities. I really enjoyed this busy time as I felt like I had good input and purpose. The summer however is fairly quiet, and I've had days where I've had to fill myself. During this time I probably could have done with more guidance.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
My team trusted me to do a good job at my roles and responsibilities. There were some projects where I had a good amount of responsibility and I felt valued by my team and supported by them.
I noticed when I had a line manager she would pass a lot of responsibility on to me which was good as she played an active part in developing me. Since her absence I've definitely taken on less responsibility and i'm more of a help to the team rather than having my own projects and responsibilities.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I'm not sure this has much relevance to my degree. I actually don't think I've learned as much as I expected to learn here. The role is fairly basic and i don't feel like I've been challenged much mentally.
Day to day i do a lot of packing up cameras and posting them. However there are some days where I have more responsibility and feel like my skills have developed. Particularly planning and organisation where i've been involved in organizing events.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
My team are quite lively sometimes and people are friendly. Most of the office are fairly head down getting on with their work. Things are fairly casual too and I feel comfortable in the environment.
In Sony Europe things are a bit more formal I think due to the Japanese nature of the company.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
HR have done a really good job. The assessment center was the best and most organised I've been to.
Regarding my team, the role was already carved out so I and the team knew my responsibilities. I think at times I could have done with more guidance from my team added roles and responsibilities and clarity of what our team are doing and what the expectations from me are.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I had product training quite a bit which helped a great deal as I work with products ever day.
Regarding other training there wasn't really much going on because I wasn't a permanent employee. I wanted to do excel training but because I wasn't a permanent employee my team department had to pay for it. In the end I didn't do the training.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Really not sure. There have been a couple of placement year students who have had jobs after. I get the impression that the company are cutting down on employees and things are changing. My role is going to be different moving forward. The grad program seems ok though. For 2 years the grads rotate around the business getting to know different departments.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There is a lot of placement students at Sony, and we all got on really well. We eat lunch together and meet up outside of work. It was nice to have people to relate to during my time.
Our team also had team dinners which happened a few times a year and the UK team had quarterly parties. All of this was paid for by the company which is nice.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Weybridge is expensive. Some of the interns chose to rent which I know is expensive (pretty much London prices) I chose to live at home and commute because it was cheaper. Traffic is really bad around the area though so my commute takes quite a while.
Cost of a pint in the local pub is probably about £5.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Not much in Weybridge, sometimes we go to the local pub which is nice. If we go for a night out we'd go into London Kingston or Guildford. Basingstoke has a few bars and a club. We've meet up as placement students quite a few times, but sometimes it's hard because people live quite far away.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Haven't really done much outside of work with my colleagues. We go to team dinners which is nice and we did a few days away in the lake district to do team building. This was intense, but nice to feel involved and I feel like we developed as a team.