Summer Intern at Siemens

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

3.8/5

The Role
4.5
The Company
4
The Culture
2.6

The Role

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

The project I worked on was very interesting and added real value to the business and team I was working in. I was given the opportunity to feed back the results of my placement to the Senior Management Team. It was fantastic that my work added value to the company. Additionally, I managed to learn a lot through the work I was doing and also got to see other parts of the business throughout my time there.
5 /5

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

My colleagues were extremely welcoming, very friendly and genuinely interested in bringing someone new into their team. Through the work I was doing I was able to up skill them in programming, they really enjoyed these sessions and were extremely grateful for the work and time I had put into them. Everyone was always happy to help and seemed genuinely interested in my development.
5 /5

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

I was given as much support as was required for the work I was doing. This was fantastic as it gave me the freedom to explore the topic and really learn from it, without slowing me down too much when I hit a major bottleneck. Management was interested in the progress of my project and actively set up meetings to share the work I was doing.
4 /5

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

Apart from the first few days of work I was busy throughout the entire summer placement. The team I was working within had clearly prepared for my arrival and outlined a task that matched the time span of my placement. I did not feel bored at work, there was almost too much work for the time span of the placement.
4 /5

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

I was given the task of teaching fellow members of my team the Python programming language through weekly sessions. This allowed me to take lead of the team through regular sessions and develop my presentation and communication skills. Additionally, I was given the opportunity to present the results of my placement to Senior Management and advertise the hard work of my team members.
5 /5

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

In particular this placement allowed me to greatly develop my technical skills in programming. I learn't a new programming language (C++) and worked with a range of new tools to help in the development process. I was allowed to work with a new software platform that is used in industry. Additionally it allowed for the continuing development of my professional skills.
5 /5

The Company

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

The atmosphere was very welcoming and my colleagues were very friendly. The environment was focused, however team members would have a conversation and a joke throughout the day.
4 /5

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

Initial set up of the placement through the recruitment team was a relatively simple process. However, it did take a long time to set up and required quite a few hoops to jump through before it was complete. Once arriving at the business it took about a week to have all the tools required to operate properly on a day to day basis, ideally this should have been ready for my arrival. However, the team I worked in was very prepared for my time within the company and had clearly outlined a task they wanted me to complete.
4 /5

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

4 /5

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • Subsidised Canteen
  • International Travel
  • Company Parties/Events
  • Staff Sales/Staff Shop
  • Working from home
  • Healthcare/Dental
5 /5

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

Future employment prospects are very good. The company has graduate schemes which they are actively trying to engage me with that have a wide range of benefits. Additionally, there is an internal jobs market where all jobs are listed globally. Opportunities for development are clearly laid out and available to all.
4 /5

The Culture

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

4 /5

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

The cost of living was relatively high, higher than I would experience at University. Rent cost was fairly high and opportunities for renting were quite difficult to come by. This made the process of securing a place to live very difficult. Local restaurants were very reasonably priced and there were a good range of supermarkets available locally. A subsidized canteen on site definitely helped with the cost of living.
2 /5

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

2 /5

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

Some sports events were organised by other members of the company. These were supposed to happen weekly but were often cancelled due to low numbers. Members of my team also went climbing regularly, this was great to get involved in and relatively affordable for the summer. Additionally local gym membership was fairly cheap and flexible.
4 /5