Mechanical Intern at GE (General Electric)

Duration
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Region
Bristol South West
Review Date
Salary
£18,000 - £19,999
Roles
Design Electronic and Electrical Engineering Engineering Manufacturing Mechanical Engineering

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3.3/10

The Role
4.8
Organisation
3.2

Socialising

1.0

The Role

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

- Really enjoying the varying tasks I carry out, from designing, to building, to ordering, to working away, to testing, to communicating with customers
- the team is very friendly
- There was only one other intern, so the social life was non existent - and no teambuilding events organized to break the ice

5/10

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

- Lots of responsibility, I feel very trusted and a valued member of the team
- I am encouraged to suggest ideas, and I am praised for making good decisions
- minimal praise by my direct manager, but lots of support by surrounding colleagues
so it is difficult to know how well I am performing

8/10

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

-There is minimal support by my direct manager, but other existing colleagues have taken me under their wing to support me
- My direct manager gives little praise, never checks to see my daily tasks, never suggests how to organize my work load to keep my stress levels down (had to find my own way)

2/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

-Initially work was extremely slow to non existent... but after a few months things started picking up
-Due to lack of managerial direction, it has been difficult to know what to do at times - so I often have to look for work to do or try and learn extra things self taught

3/10

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

I have been left on site as the only mech engineer to represent the company - so quite a lot of responsibility was put on my shoulders! I have been given the responsibility to collect parts from suppliers and communicate to suppliers on a daily basis

8/10

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 that many of my modules are actually relevant to real life industrial work. I have been able to apply my practical knowledge to create innovative and successful solutions to design problems. I am yet to discover if I can apply anything learnt on my placement, to my degree

3/10

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The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

- I am based in the workshop with the other interns. This has been a challenge because I wasn't able to shadow anyone to learn how to work
- Working away however has been great, because I am able to network and learn about other companies and how they operate

4/10

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

There was minimal effort into a placement scheme - I was more or less left to it to find my feet, with no work structure by my manager. I had to find and set my own goals - which was challenging because I didn't know what the limits of my role were

3/10

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

Aside from quarterly reviews to match my uni report submissions, I have has little to no feedback from my manager about my personal development or skills learnt. I have mandatory online training to carry out, but this is generally common sense HR knowledge based tests - so nothing to develop me

3/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Above 25 days holiday
1/10

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

- I enjoy the job variation and the scope to work away in the UK, however I would like to experience a placement in a larger company, to see what the perks are, for example I have no paid overtime, but was expected to work a considerable amount of overtime each month

5/10

Social

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

With there only being one other intern that lives far away - there is no social scene and nothing organized by my employer.

1/10

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

Thankfully I chose a placement close to home, so I pay little to no rent, however I have to drive 1hr through rush hour to get to work. Socialising is non existent

1/10

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

haven't experienced nightlife while on placement

1/10

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

no

1/10

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