Technology Summer Intern at American Express

Top Employer
Duration
Internship (1-4 Months)
Region
Brighton Greater London
Review Date
Salary
£28,000 - £29,999
Roles
Information Technology
American Express is a Top Employer

7.6/10

The Role
9.0
Organisation
7.4

Socialising

5.8

The Role

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

The internship was really good. The experience was very eye opening and it proved to me that the corporate environment is not bad at all. Working at American Express feels like you're working at a startup inside a big company. The people are very helpful and there wasn't a point where I felt helpless or aimless.

9/10

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

The teams in the American Express Technology group are very helpful and inclusive. At no point did we feel like we were "just some interns" and we got treated exactly like a full time engineer, except for the extra intern perks :) We took part in day to day activities like stand-ups, planning and sprint reviews.

9/10

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

We had a project supervisor and then a technical buddy. They were available 24/7 for questions and they always took time out of their day to sit down with us and see where we were at. We also had a non-technical buddy which we met every week or whenever we needed something that was or wasn't directly related to our project.

10/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

The volume of work was good. We were busy daily working away at our project, but we were allowed to go at our own pace. If we did have any down time we were encouraged to work on side projects(I even built my personal website in my time there) and there's an online platform called Pluralsight which provides really good courses.

9/10

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

We were given the task to build a module of an application that was going to go into production next year. We were trusted to come up with our own architecture and make our own design decisions provided we had the justification to do so. Our team was included as part of the project alongside all the other 'real teams'.

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 was encouraged to learn new skills and apply new technologies. We were also coached on Agile and how to apply that to our day to day work. The teams here have a vast variety of knowledge and they are all very eager to share what they know. I came in having done no front-end work and now I am confident in my ability to deliver a high-quality production ready piece of software.

9/10

The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

Everybody is pretty laid back. There's no actual dress code and casual Friday is always a highlight, not to mention Thursday fun-day. The office in Burgess Hill is hot-desk so everybody gets to work in different locations in the same sector. You can go in and out of the office whenever and every team works from home once a week.

9/10

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

Our placement leader and his team did a great job setting up the internship and all the intern activities. There was enough of them to keep you engaged, but not too many to be overwhelming. There was a mix of work and non work activities. The office in Burgess Hill is hot-desk so everybody gets to work in different locations in the same sector. You can go in and out of the office whenever and every team works from home once a week.

9/10

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

Our placement leader and his team did a great job setting up the internship and all the intern activities. There was enough of them to keep you engaged, but not too many to be overwhelming. There was a mix of work and non work activities. The office in Burgess Hill is hot-desk so everybody gets to work in different locations in the same sector. You can go in and out of the office whenever and every team works from home once a week.

5/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • There were no perks with this Internship
5/10

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

Our placement leader and his team did a great job setting up the internship and all the intern activities. There was enough of them to keep you engaged, but not too many to be overwhelming. There was a mix of work and non work activities. The office in Burgess Hill is hot-desk so everybody gets to work in different locations in the same sector. You can go in and out of the office whenever and every team works from home once a week.

9/10

Social

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

Our placement leader and his team did a great job setting up the internship and all the intern activities. There was enough of them to keep you engaged, but not too many to be overwhelming. There was a mix of work and non work activities. The office in Burgess Hill is hot-desk so everybody gets to work in different locations in the same sector. You can go in and out of the office whenever and every team works from home once a week.

8/10

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

5/10

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

5/10

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

5/10