1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
The summer internship at Credit Suisse is very well organized. Teams are nice and, overall, the life at the IBCM division is very enjoyable. Work is intense and this summer program is probably one of the most intense with multiple evaluation and exercise. But definitely insightfull and efficient in giving you the skills to succeed in this career.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
HR organizes a lot of feedack and "drop-in sessions" that gives you the opportunity to flag any problem. I heard a lot about interns complaining about hoow their superiors didn't care at all about them in other banks, but the teams at CS are quite accessible at all time. Everything isn't perfect, but at some extent, analysts, associates and VPs are always very accessible.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Anytime I had a problem or was strugling on something, someone in the team was avalaible to help and give me advices. Just don't do the same mistake twice. That's a general rule common in all banks I guess. This seems pretty nice at CS. You can go to almost everybody to ask advice and having a buddy in and a mentor outside the teams helps well.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I was busy 90% of the time and going home at an average of 2am everyday. That's something specific to the team you are in. Mine is TMT and the summer was fairly busy. At the end, Investment banking is investment banking. The main point that needs improvment is time management and effciency. Not perfect on that point but the work is exciting
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Responsability comes with the trust from your analysts and associates. As soon as you show improvements and you don't make the same mistake twice, more responsabilities come. Again, probably most banks is like that but at least at CS it is the case for sure for all interns. Up to you to be a good team player.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
A lot. As soon as you start applying what you learned at school it is insightful.We get exposure to what the ank does and get really involve in the team's day to day activities. Again, it's mostly you who drives your internship. If you don't do anything, you won't learn, but as soon as you show your motivation and improvment, you'll get involve more and more througout the summer
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?