Summer Intern - Requirements Engineering at Siemens

Duration
Internship (1-4 Months)
Region
Ashby
Review Date

2.8/5

The Role
3.3
The Company
3.3
The Culture
1.5

Role Description

I worked in requirements engineering, using the Polarion software, and later in Bids

The Role

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

I really enjoyed my time at Siemens. I learnt an enormous amount and developed a lot as an engineer. I was very impressed by the level of investment in their staff (computers, office environment all to an excellent standard etcetera). I think having done this placement will help me with my degree.
5 /5

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

I was very lucky with who I worked under - he was keen to allow me to take on challenging tasks and responsibilities. I worked in a team towards the end, and despite my technical knowlege obviously being less than that of some of my collegues, I still felt useful.
4 /5

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

Again, the person I worked under was great. I was given tasks that were of use to the company, which meant they were often quite difficult, but he helped me when I needed help. Everyone in the office was beyond nice and I know if i had needed it, I could have gone to any one of them and been well revieved.
3 /5

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

Very - I chose to take on several extra tasks because I like to be busy, but often stayed late as a result. Even so, there was never a point at which I couldn't go home when I wanted to, and no-one forced or even encouraged me to stay late.
3 /5

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

More than I was expecting... When my supervisor went on holiday, towards the end of my placement, I essentially took on part of his role. Within this, I assisted many different collegues and project teams to progress with their work. When working within bids, I helped to select various paers of our solution
4 /5

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

I think the workplace skills will be invaluable in future jobs, and I think that I used a lot of industry specific products and programs that I will probably be using again at some point. This being said, I did not do a whole lot of actual training while on this placement.
3 /5

The Company

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

Very friendly - people worked across teams comfortably. The office isn't too big, and in time I would have learnt everyone's names because of this and the general atmosphere. Birthdays are celebrated, and there are a few corporate teambuiding activities (usually charitable) that you can take part in, if you like.
4 /5

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

I was only there for 3 months so there wasn't really much organisation to be done... There was, as ever, a slight IT hiccup at the beginning of my placement, but this was soon sorted and I had no other issues. There were processes in place for regular meetups with my line manager.
5 /5

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

Honestly... not a lot. I did one course during my first week, and there was an intern induction (for which I had to travel away from home, so some investment there), but other than that I mainly just fufilled my role. This being said, there is an excellent online campus, but most of the time I was too busy to get much use out of this.
2 /5

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • Subsidised Canteen
  • National Travel
  • Company Parties/Events
  • Above 25 days holiday
3 /5

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

I would never have considered this industry (rail) prior to this placement. Since I have done the placement, I might consider going back for the graduate program, but personally I would like to see other companies before I make that decision. It has been suggested that I would be welcomed back, and I know they look favourably upon people they have worked with before.
4 /5

The Culture

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

There was only one other placement student. There were some other people our age on different programs, but we didn't really socialise much outside of work. This being said, I know some other people did meet outside of work. Part of the problem is the tiny town we were based in.
2 /5

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

I did not live in the area I worked in because it was a tiny town and there were a few larger towns a short (about half an hour) drive away. I stayed in a university town, so the costs were pretty reasonable in for living and accomodation, even if it was a little dead over the summer.
3 /5

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

The nightlife was, quite literally, non-existant. Not that this was particuarly an issue for me. In the various university towns nearby there was a nightlife, but the East Midlands is not known for its wild parties. The most you are likely to get is a pub, though since you can finish at 4, travelling a bit further to find a city isnt out of the question.
1 /5

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

Some - mainly sports leagues
2 /5