Information Systems Inter at RCI Financial Services

Placement Year (10 Months+)
Review Date
Computer Science Information Technology


The Role
The Company
The Culture

Role Description

Working with all of business for releases to go live. Testing (automated / manual) (SOAPUI, Selenium, JMeter) Development (Java, SQL).

The Role

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

I enjoyed my time completly whilst on placement here, it had an amazing atmosphere and felt more like a family more than anything. Great people, interesting work and lots of opportunities.
5 /5

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

I felt incredibly valued whilst on placement, i was given a lot of responsibilities whilst on placement and given the confidence in my own ability whilst doing this work.
5 /5

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

Whenever I needed support or guidance it was provided almost straight away and well presented.
5 /5

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

I had daily tasks to do every day which would take up a a couple hours of the day. The rest of the time I had been given other responsibility, whether it being big or small task, I was never given too much so it was un-manageable and was always kept busy/
5 /5

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

As mentioned above i was given a lot of responsibility whilst on placement here. this could of been tasks for sign off of a release being performed or project work.
5 /5

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

Everything I learnt whilst on placement will be incredibly useful for my future prospects as this covered a fair amount of material that hasn't / wont be covered whilst at uni.
5 /5

The Company

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

It has an amazing atmosphere, there is a lot of work that needs to get done but due to the relaxed atmosphere it does cause stress and can be quite fun.
5 /5

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

Most of the work i was given was organised / setup quite well and nothing was given to me without context.
4 /5

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

There was personal training and development available to us. If i didnt understand something or needed some help with technical aspects i always knew who to go to, to learn what was needed for the task needing done. online resources were also provided when required.
4 /5

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Company Parties/Events
  • Above 25 days holiday
  • Working from home
4 /5

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

There are graduate positions within the company and a lot of opportunities whilst there to move from departments to get a wider knowledge of company workings
5 /5

The Culture

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

Everyone got along really well and a wide variety of people to get to know from all over. Everyone was very nice and great people to talk to. Made really good friends whilst here :)
5 /5

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

Rent it Okay for the location (Watford) however is still quite a bit compared to other places. There is a lot to do in the area however so there is that going for it.
3 /5

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

Nightlife can be good if you in / around Watford.
4 /5

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

There are things you can get involved with outside of working hours. These included run club, five a side football and more with people at RCI
5 /5