• The Role
  • The Company
  • The Culture

    The Role

  • 1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
  • I really enjoyed this summer, it has been my best placement so far. We were given projects of real value, everyone in the office is really nice and helpful, and the working hours are very flexible in case you have personal problems. Having multiple interns also made the start of the internship more enjoyable.


  • 2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
  • I think this depends on the projects you work on, and if other people are relying on you for work to be done. For my main project where I work with many people across the business I felt like I was valued. But for projects that did not have a strict timeline I did not feel very valued.


  • 3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
  • My supervisors always found a way to spare at least half an hour in case of any problems or concerns. I also had bi-weekly meetings with my main manager which I always looked forward to because a lot of problems would be solved in that meeting. Those that were less busy would almost always drop whatever they are working on to help me too.


  • 4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
  • Almost too busy. There has not been a single moment where I did not have anything to do. On days or times where I was not being efficient, this resulted in having to work a little bit more than the allocated 37 hours. Which means it is not just about being in the office, but focusing in the office.


  • 5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
  • For my projects I was given a lot of responsibility. I scheduled the meetings, arranged trips, took my own approach to the project. The project had a reasonable amount of weight for the rest of the business too, with other people depending on me. The side projects were smaller, and meant that I had complete control over the project.


  • 6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  • There are soft skills such as communication that I have really improved by meeting people. Then there are also hard skills such as the lean six sigma course, or programming. But there is also the motivation, after seeing the opportunities for technology to improve in industry I feel like I will study with more attention.


    The Company

  • 7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
  • Everyone is really positive and chatty when you approach them. There has only been one person I felt like I did not get along with. We also have things like team lunches to build relationships with colleagues, which I really enjoyed. Even with senior management they were really nice, you would not know they are senior management.


  • 8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
  • Very well organised. On my first day I was given a placement scope. On the scope there was all my projects, about how much of my time will be spent on what project, who I should consult for help on each project, and also what are the end goals of the project.


  • 9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  • We all did training and certification for lean six sigma yellow belt. There were also trips and days arranged to learn more about engines. Myself and my colleagues also received new laptops and phones to help make work easier, which was very important. I saw some more tenured staff struggle with older laptops.


  • 10. What were the perks on your work placement?
  • Flexi Time

    Subsidised Canteen

    Sports and Social Club

    Subsidised/Company Gym

    National Travel

    International Travel

    Financial Bonus

    Company Parties/Events

    Staff Sales/Staff Shop

    Above 25 days holiday

    Working from home



  • 11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
  • Very appealing. I feel like it is a company I can grow with. There are also a lot of opportunities to diversify the work that you do with them in the future. I was offered to interview for placements abroad, in different fields and skills that I am interested in growing.


    The Culture

  • 12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
  • Yes. On weekends the interns would socialise or go on trips. We also all lived in the same place which helped with the socialising. There was also after work drinks every Friday to become more friendly with the younger staff. Opportunities like playing football and basketball was also always available.


  • 13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
  • Cost of living was quite expensive, it was £40 per month of gym membership at £160 a week for accommodation. Socialising was not bad, comparable to most cities. Activities like escape rooms was £20, Maybe if you can drive it could be cheaper to live in a nearby city and drive in to work.


  • 14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
  • There was quite an active nightlife, but since it was not during term time, there was not a lot of students or people our age at the night clubs. When we went to night clubs the average age must have been around 30. Or alternatively some clubs clearly let in many under age girls.


  • 15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
  • Outside of work there was paintball organised, meals, birthdays. There are also a lot of people that play basketball or football, so occasionally we would play some sports as well. There are also interesting activities like guided meditations and mindfulness which I think is very important for everyone's mental health.


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Internship (1-4 Months)

15th September 2019

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