Engine Test Intern at GE (General Electric)

Placement Year (10 Months+)
Cardiff Wales
Review Date
£16,000 - £17,999


The Role



The Role

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

The internship was structured to maximise learning and development within and beyond our individual departments. From the outset and throughout the programme, HR and the internship committee provided invaluable support sessions and workshops to develop the skills required to succeed in the working world. This combined with the structured training programmes made the placement somewhat enjoyable.
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2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?

Whilst the majority of the shop floor engineers were welcoming, supportive and a joy to work alongside, a few of my colleagues in the office really spoiled the experience. I was promised to receive exciting project alongside my daily tasks however was never provided with anything substantial to work on, unlike the majority of the other interns. I was mainly given the odd jobs that nobody else wanted to do. My direct supervisor often provided more support for interns from other departments than he did for me whilst guiding them on their projects. This section of the comment has been removed
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3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?

Guidance and support was provided during the first 3 months of the internship. This included one on one meetings with my then manager. Following the unexpected departure of my manager I was given no support or guidance from my immediate supervisors for the next 10 months. Aside from being told to do my core daily duties, nobody took the time out to check on how I was doing and provide/receive feedback.
Thankfully, the shop floor engineers always went out of their way to provide help and support.


4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

During the first three months I found myself being fairly busy and even staying back as and when I needed to. As I settled into the role, I found myself having not an awful lot to do, especially with no initiative from the supervisors to provide me with extra projects. Occasional odd jobs/housekeeping duties kept me busy from time to time however I still found myself with masses of spare time dealing with boredom.


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

My core tasks had varying levels of responsibilities within them. Some tasks were critical and the department/business relied on them being done however the majority of my job consisted of created reports that nobody ever read or checked. Other tasks involved managing company and customer assets which had an element of responsibility however the overall processes for these tasks were managed in such an appalling manner by my department that my input into these roles didn't make much of an impact, thus negating my element of responsibility.


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

The internship was a tough experience given my circumstances however, thanks to supportive shop floor team I left with skills the helped me secure a job immediately after my degree. Some aspects of the placement provided me with the knowledge that I required for my final year project and propulsion module.


The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

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

Internship committee provided a structured training programme


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

Internship curriculum programme that was personalised for every intern


10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Sports and Social Club
  • Subsidised/Company Gym
  • Staff Sales/Staff Shop
  • Healthcare/Dental

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

Whilst a variety of graduate schemes and jobs are offered by GE, I saw no appeal in returning to the organisation considering other companies offered a higher pay.



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

Plenty of socials throughout the year


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

Living in Cardiff/Wales in generally cheaper than other parts of the UK.


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

Cardiff city centre (and beyond) has something for everyone


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

Plenty of volunteering opportunities with local charities and organisations throughout south wales provided through the company.