Improved a User Interface for an internal application
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I really enjoyed my placement. My fellow colleagues were supportive and friendly, and I'll miss them! My project was completely new to me so I enjoyed the initial steep learning curve, and then more in depth challenges. The only issue for me was my 1.5hr commute, which made the day very long.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt very valued by my colleagues. They would always approach me for a chat throughout the day, or take the time to tell me about their experiences at Schlumberger.
It was also a very sociable atmosphere and I was often invited to go out for lunch, or an occasional pub trip!
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My team would always help me with any query immediately and patiently review my work and work through any issues I was facing.
I had little to no contact with my manager, and my onboarding and offboarding wasn't organised/smooth; however, my team often checked in on me, so any issues I had were swiftly sorted out.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I was pretty independent working on an individual project, so had no fixed deadlines but plenty of tasks to do. Hence I was as busy as I wanted to be and could push myself the perfect amount. There were also optional talks to attend to broaden my understanding of the company.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I have learnt Angular, and front end web development as part of my role, which will be useful for certain modules next year. Also skills such as operating in a Agile team and knowledge about development pipelines have made me feel confident about working in such an environment in the future.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The general atmosphere was incredibly friendly and supportive - everyone was always down for a chat and some banter. We also got a regular selection of cake which improved the atmosphere! I liked meeting new faces on a regular basis over lunch; everyone was always keen to share their experiences.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Above 25 days holiday
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I would definitely consider returning to Schlumberger as I felt very valued and liked the friendly and supportive atmosphere. I would like to work on different projects now and in another office to get a broader understanding of the company and experience a different work environment. I had a great 3 months!
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Despite not being too lively, I definitely got close to my fellow interns. We usually got lunch together, or met up for tea for quick chats. We also had the occasional trip to the nearby pub after work. Most of us go to the same uni, so I will definitely stay in contact. There were about 10 of us.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Schlumberger offers housing allowance to live nearby the office. I actually commuted every day from London as my housing for next year was over summer too, which was pretty expensive. Socializing is probably similar to the price of London - a pint is about 4 pounds in the nearest pub ;)
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There were not too many opportunities I know about. The main ones were sport - they offered football, basketball and climbing in oxford. I did yoga every week in the office. They also sponsor a scheme to learn a topic of choice for 6 months and then present to a group.