Process Engineer R&D at GSK

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Placement Year (10 Months+)
Weybridge South East
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£18,000 - £19,999
Chemical Engineering Chemistry

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The Role



The Role

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

Very enjoyable placement. A lot of independence was required and there was a strong push for personal development.


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

Within my team and other IP students I felt extremely valued. Most colleagues around site also showed mutual respect. However there will always be people who look down upon you because you are an IP.


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

Support and guidance was always given when asked.


4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

There were times where I was bored because I had to wait for specific people/responses however if I wanted to be busy, I always could find something to do. How much you put out is how much you get back.


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

I was given a lot of responsibility as I had my own projects to run. However when it came to other peoples projects it was pretty difficult to help due to them being heavily involved themselves.


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

Regarding my degree it did not really assist me because work issues are a lot easier than educational problems. However in terms of confidence, networking and presenting; helped heavily.


The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

Perfect balance. Cant be said for other offices as they were habited by different teams.


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

Thanks to my manager.


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

They would invest time in you only if you ask. Everyone else has their own work they need to intend to which is understandable.


10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Company Parties/Events
  • Above 25 days holiday

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

Depends on your career path. I want to look into oil and gas before I come back to pharmaceuticals.



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

Very social. Small site meant all the IP students were well connected to each other.


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

Not a lot to do in Weybridge, also very expensive. However travelling to other parts of surrey and London was not difficult.


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

no nightlife. Have to travel to nearest clubs.


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

Depends on your team and who you know.