Research internship at Siemens

Duration
Internship (1-4 Months)
Region
Budapest Europe
Review Date
Salary
Less than £ 10,000
Roles
Aeronautical Engineering Aerospace/Aviation

7.9/10

The Role
8.2
Organisation
7.6

Socialising

7.8

The Role

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

Very nice company culture with helpful peers. Many young people mean an attraction for graduates to start carreer there. Everyone works honestly, there’s no pressure from the bosses to stress you. You do your work in your own pace (even though home office is not a thing yet). Definitely recommend

8/10

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

They weren’t over excited that I was there but they were correct and always helpful. They were interested in me as a person but also academically. We could go out together, have a conversation about normal topics, do sports together, but they also gave me advice on how to proceed when I needed it.

6/10

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

They sent me links, copied me notes, recommended old books from their studies to feed my creativity and set me back on the move when I got stuck. They didn’t solve my problem instead of me but were always available when I needed help or didn’t know how to carry on.

9/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

I wa athlete full time and I took it all to do as much as I could. Of course, I had to stop and relax sometimes when my brain froze or I got some results I couldn’t explain. All in all, I had things to do and would say it was an active period of my summer.

7/10

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

I was given the choice out of three research topics and my method was completely up to me also. They expected me to come up with results but was given the freedom to define my own objectives and set my goals. This was definitely a grown up job and a unique experience.

10/10

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

I can’t say for sure, of course, but I feel how more mature I am after completing this internship. I had to take decisions, do my own research, submit a report to a company to use it further on and I feel my work will have a real life effect. I definitely have a changed attitude now: for my benefit

9/10

The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

It was calm but there were jokes every now and then. Relaxed and welcoming, I would say. It was a good environment to concentrate but also to release stress just chatting with colleagues when I needed to. It would have been better to have some plants (or some green, you know, some “life”)

7/10

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

It was a proper job with contract and training. I got my own desk in an office and had to report on a daily basis on my progress. The working hours were more or less up to us but we were all generally there from 9 to 5 every day.

8/10

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

There were free trainings available online but I was also involved in a team building exercise which was two day long and off site. It was exciting, professional but friendly and I could see how the company invests time, money and energy into the personal and professional development of its employees.

7/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Financial Bonus
  • Company Parties/Events
  • Healthcare/Dental
7/10

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

They’ve got projects available and now that we mutually know each other we both think it could work on the long term. I am considering taking a proper job at them and they have already offered me a place. Negotiations are on the way but I am very optimistic about the future there.

9/10

Social

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

They all were given responsibility and we all worked as proper engineers. I could see how interested they were and this was really motivating. Also they were very nice to talk with when we had a coffee break. They had interesting stories and sometimes we brought some food to share.

9/10

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

I could commute from home so it could not have been cheaper. I chose the location keeping this in mind. The only thing I had to pay for was the transport but it was very very cheap in that area, especially considering the discounts they have available for students travelling.

10/10

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

Well, not in the direct vicinity, but about 15-20 minutes from the site was the city centre with the best places so I often went out with friends. The only problem was that my internship was after the season and the real vibration in the city had decreased by then.

7/10

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

I had a lot of friends in town because I had grown up there. That is why I had a variety of programs to choose from after work and at the weekend. I was also fortunate enough to catch up with my grandparents too who lived close by in the same city.

5/10