Coordinating and organising projects that the company sell. Being in control of the budget, personnel, logistics and more. I also assisted on technical aspects of these projects as that's what my education is in.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I really enjoyed my time at Sony, there's a lot of other interns and therefore you get a good feeling of community
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
The team I worked in was great and also so was the wider Sony team
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My manager was very good at giving me support/guidance. Although it was a more hands off approach.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
The nature of my job meant that my work-rate changed frequently. But this is quite nice as sometimes you work hard and then others you reap the benefits and can relax and take care of other administrative tasks.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I have a had lots of real responsibility on my placement, I worked with customers frequently and often times I was representing Sony in meetings/on-site visits.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I learned a lot of both technical and soft skills on my placement without actually attending any formal training. The nature of the people at Sony means that (if you're not too proud) you can hold your hands up and say you don't know too much and want to learn more. People will be there to support your learning. There is also a wide variety of access to online and in-person training material here at Sony.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Good balance of working and fun people and you can just fit somewhere on the spectrum. There's games rooms and chill-out rooms for you to go to during lunch/break's and nobody is too hot on your case about being at your desk.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The start of the placement was a bit rocky, I think there was a misscommunication in my department. however, this changed quickly when I highlighted it to management and then I was on a good track. I think a little bit more 1-to-1 contact from HR would have been nice to ease you into work life.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I had a lot of time dedicated to training at the start, once I had proposed what I wanted to learn. I think it can be tricky to start more training if you don't lay this down at the start.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
Above 25 days holiday
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Really good mix of people and around 30 placement students between the 2 UK offices that meet up often(ish).
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Basingstoke has nothing going on, but Reading is decent and it's a lot better (but more expensive) in the Weybridge area.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
There's only 1 club in Basingstoke, but trains take 20 mins from Reading -> London so lots of opportunity there (and it's only £13!)
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There's a social club that hold movie nights at the cinema in the office and other events like paintballing etc..