NPD Engineering Intern at Eaton

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Duration
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Region
Loughborough East Midlands
Review Date
Salary
£16,000 - £17,999
Roles
Administration/Secretarial Business Analytics Computer and Systems Engineering Design Electronic and Electrical Engineering Engineering Market Research

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6.1/10

The Role
8.0
Organisation
5.6

Socialising

4.0

The Role

Role Description

You find this out in your induction.

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

I really enjoyed my internship at Eaton mainly because of the levels of responsibility I was given and also the people at my workplace. The people make such a difference. I was fortunate to have 5 fellow interns on the same site as myself and lots of young people around which helped improve the office environment.

7/10

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

At Eaton, you do not feel out of place as an employee. I really liked the fact that you are given your own work laptop, desk, telephone number and email address. You feel like a valued member of the team and your colleagues trust you to carry out the work that is needed.

8/10

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

The infrastructure at Eaton allows for good support and guidance by management, however in my case I felt there was a lack of structured support from my line manager. This is an isolated case because every manager works in different ways. On the plus side, I felt if I really did need some support there were plenty of colleagues and other senior members of staff who I could approach.

6/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

In general, I would say I was kept at a good level of busy throughout my internship. There were certain periods in the year where I had a smaller workload, but I ensured I kept myself busy on my own accord. For example there was always the option of doing self-learning on Eaton University or studying manual guides in the lab.

7/10

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

This would be the biggest plus of doing an internship at Eaton for me. You are valued as one of the team where the only times where you may not be allowed to do something is to comply with regulations such as a lack of training. I really liked the fact that you can carry out tasks that are really important for the company without anyone saying you can't because you're an intern.

10/10

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

We received many training days as part of the Intern Programme which I thought was extremely helpful and also allowed us to meet up with all of the interns across the UK which is always a nice day away from the usual work routine. I developed many skills that will definitely be useful for the future. However the main way of developing skills is through working regularly in an office environment for an extended period of time.

10/10

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The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

The general atmosphere in the office was really positive and good in general. There are times where it is really quiet in the office but I would allocate that to everyone working hard to keep the business running. Although the engineering department can be a little quiet, having so many other departments in the office definitely helped the working environment.

8/10

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

I have to give it to Shaun for arranging a well organised Intern Programme with many training days and events throughout the year. As Eaton have been doing internships for many years, you can see that the structure is there and the work sites are used to having interns, with all the support present. They also accommodate for the handover period between old and new interns, making it easier for the managers of the interns.

10/10

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

I know that the company is keen to develop me as an individual, however I feel that in terms of actual investment there wasn't much of this at all. Apart from the intern training, the company did not invest in any training for us. We went the whole year without undergoing a full lab training when my role was almost completely based in the test lab.

3/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Company Car
  • Company Parties/Events
  • Working from home
4/10

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

Personally I didn't feel that my work site showed any passion towards trying to bring me back to work for them after my graduation. We were told briefly about the Graduate Programme and the Young Talent schemes, but there was a lack of real drive to motivate us interns onto these.

3/10

Social

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

There were fellow interns and colleagues which I really enjoyed working with and having around the office which was great, but in terms of meeting up outside of work there was nothing going on bar things I instigated myself. It helped that I also lived with three of the other interns. Loughborough is a quiet town.

4/10

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

Standard student accommodation prices.

7/10

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

Loughborough has a really good Uni so there is nightlife, but I wasn't a fan. Try Notts.

2/10

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

Not through the company itself. Everything I did outside of work was down to myself.

3/10

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