Software Engineer at Bloomberg

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Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
London Europe
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About You

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

Everything around the work itself was very thoughtfully organized. Lots of events, opportunities to try new things, meeting people, eating really good food for free. When it comes to actual work though, I felt like an outsider to my team. Moreover, my project involved lots of legacy code and was not really exciting or challenging in any way. I did not like working here.


2. To what extent did you feel valued during your time at the company or firm?

It is hard saying that I felt valued since I know nothing about where the company is heading. Other than a couple of humanitarian purposes Mike Bloomberg supports (and I am grateful for that), I would have liked to know anything related to the strategy long/short term.
If I move to my team, it felt like I was just on my own. I made progress and everything was alright in the end, but I did not feel like I accomplished big tasks


3. How much guidance/support did you receive during the insight?

My mentor was mostly on coffee breaks. I remember losing 20 min on average before having him around to ask any questions. The reason the mark is not an 1 is because my manager was amazing and really supportive, although understandably busy. But whenever I talked to him, he would dedicate enough time to put me in the right direction.


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

I have mostly learned stuff which is specific to Bloomberg. I don't feel like I am a better engineer in any way comparatively to the beginning of the summer. However, my CV looks better I guess.
On the positive side, I have learnt about distributed systems, to a level similar to one of my courses.


The Organisation

5. How well structured was the insight?

The structure was pretty clear from the very beginning. I was given clear tasks, with clear objectives to achieve. We moved systematically through them, and on paper, it was quite a successful experience.
Outside of work, we had tons of events, which were very well structured. This allowed us to get a glimpse into other departments and was really nice.


6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

It was positive during events, the temptation to stop being professional clearly exists. However, I considered that I was still on work premises and behaved appropriately. Everybody is nice regardless of the department they are from and willing to chat.
In my team, on the other side, there always seemed to be a tense atmosphere. I can't really understand why, but the people there did not seem to like each other.


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

One week of training , lots of support for mental health issues. They also have weekly meetings regarding lots of programming languages, as well as workshops to help you get started. There is always something happening to make you grow in Bloomberg


8. To what extent did the insight help you to understand what it would be like to have a full time role with the company or firm?

I think it paints a clear picture of how the atmosphere would be inside a team. It gives a good opportunity of meeting engineers and working with some Bloomberg technologies.


9. How much did the insight help you in understanding the company culture?


10. How valuable was the content in helping you to decide on your future career path?


Other Information

11. Were you paid or reimbursed adequately for this experience?

12. Were there opportunities for networking and meeting other employees of the company or firm?


13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?


14. Did you find out about activities that employees can get involved in outside of work?


15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?