Commercial Operations Management at GE (General Electric)

Duration
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Region
Cheltenham Nationwide
Review Date
Salary
£18,000 - £19,999
Roles
Business Analytics Customer Service Internet/e-Commerce/New Media Market Research Marketing

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6.9/10

The Role
8.0
Organisation
5.2

Socialising

7.2

The Role

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

I did my placement at GE Aviation based in Cheltenham. I thoroughly enjoyed my placement as the work was often interesting and challenging. My expectations weren't high as, prior to placement, I had no interest in aviation and was just desperate for a job, however I really did love learning about the industry and the products attached.

7/10

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

I worked in a smaller building at the Cheltenham site in an office of approx. 80 people. Everyone knew each other and I felt extremely comfortable within the first couple of weeks of starting. I felt valued as I was called up upon to complete tasks for various different people in different departments, not just my manager.

9/10

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

I sat next to my line manager in the office and felt comfortable asking her for support and guidance whenever needed. I also knew I could approah offers for help as well.

10/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

In the first three months I didn't have that much work and did get bored. However as I began to prove myself I received more work and was trusted to complete to a high standard

7/10

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

I regularly met customers and completed work that would be shown to customers or used to create contracts. There are a lot of secretive deals in the works that I was often exposed to and no one seemed to mind. I was also taken abroad by my manager to represent GE too so I felt a strong sense of responsibility there to

9/10

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

I think this stepping stone will be more helpful in a future job, e.g. I'm no longer afraid to pick up the phone and call someone! Studies wise not so much as the skills I developed were quite specific to a work place situation.

6/10

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The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

It varied. At times people were relaxed and laid back, particularly over the holidays we would decorate for Halloween and Christmas etc. At other times there was more stress e.g. towards the end of quarters.

6/10

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

The organisation was good as I got settled. For example when I first started I didn't have my laptop for the first week, I had to move desk within a month and one of my supervisors resigned. So when I needed the most stability it wasn't there however as the placement went on and I found my 'role' the organisation was a lot better.

5/10

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

The company doesn't have a transitional graduate job at the end and you have to apply like everyone else. Despite the required training there isn't really any future investment past the year placement. The actual year investment is really good, senior managers will make time for you, the company will pay for you to visit other sites and attend talks, they give you a laptop & phone. So future wise no investment, for that year lots of investment.

5/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • Subsidised Canteen
  • National Travel
  • International Travel
  • Financial Bonus
  • Company Parties/Events
  • Above 25 days holiday
  • Working from home
  • Healthcare/Dental
8/10

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

You have to reapply for a job, or grad scheme with everyone else. Although they like seeing GE on your CV it doesn't guarantee you jump recruitment steps or get the job.

2/10

Social

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

There were 22 other interns based in Gloucestershire for my department (propellers) and 65 based at the Cheltenham site. So we were quite a social bunch.

8/10

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

Coming from uni in Oxford I found the cost of living to be far more reasonable in Cheltenham, however I know other interns from up north disagreed.

7/10

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

Cheltenham and Gloucester had a pretty good night out, a couple of clubs and lots of bars. Bristol is about a 40 minute train ride too which is better.

7/10

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

Yeah lots of sport clubs in particular in Cheltenham. There is also crazy golf, bowling a cinema for casual one offs. I joined a Netball team.

7/10

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