• The Role
  • The Company
  • The Culture

    The Role

  • 1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
  • I feel that my placement was a total waste of time. From the first week it became quite apparent that the company invests nothing in you as an Industrial Placement Student, and if you're lucky, you just get given the most mundane tasks that no one else wants to do. You are expected to be grateful for being given paper filing tasks!


  • 2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
  • You will occasionally hear comments such as 'oh, you're the intern then' and 'how long do you still have before you leave?' . No one trusts you as an Engineer, no one cares about your learning or development.


  • 3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
  • The guidance and support was close to zero. They make you feel that you are a massive burden and that it is an unearned privilege that you work for the company. You are used as a scapegoat whenever something goes wrong. A very toxic blame culture!


  • 4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
  • Either extremely busy, or have nothing to work on for days!


  • 5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
  • No actual real responsibility. The work that you do is not visible, not value-added, just a repetitive chain of data entry tasks!


  • 6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  • I truly regret joining the company. I would have been much better off without doing the placement. I would discourage everyone from joining.


    The Company

  • 7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
  • Extremely political, toxic, full of blame, where everyone is just looking after himself, especially with the way the ranking system works!


  • 8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
  • Apart from the handover at the start, there were no clear agendas or objective on what you should do, or what you should aim to achieve.


  • 9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  • Whenever you bring up the topic of training, development, learning, you get a response along the lines of 'just get on with your work.' There was no personal training, and no tangible development that I felt throughout the placement.


  • 10. What were the perks on your work placement?
  • Subsidised/Company Gym


  • 11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
  • Its well paid, apart from this I see no reason why would anyone want to join this ageing, depressing, dreadful place.


    The Culture

  • 12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
  • 2/5

  • 13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
  • Southampton is not expensive compared to other cities.


  • 14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
  • 1/5

  • 15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
  • 3/5

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Placement Year (10 Months+)


South East

September 2018

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