1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I highly enjoyed the internship and I only have great things to say about Rothschild & Co. It was due to a combination of factors, from the great culture, incredible deal flow and efficient team management, as well as the highly useful training week at the start as well as on the job training
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt very valued by my colleagues. We worked very well together as a team and enjoyed taking on many projects. They would always explain anything I didn't understand and expectations were always clear from the start. Additionally, we would often have team events and fun nights out so it wasn't always just work!
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I was given a lot of support. Anything I didn't understand or didn't have 100% certainty about, was fully explained to me in detail. They want you to grow and mature and learn a lot, and it's also a good position for you to be in because then you can decide if its the right job for you.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
My days were typically very busy but that's because of effective time management, both on the team's part as well as mine. The best part is that you always know how busy your day will be looking from the start, so there were no awful surprises really. Fridays were typically quieter to make up for the rest of the week!
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given a high level of responsibility, but I had to earn this as your colleagues do not know what level of skills you have from the very start. So, I demonstrated my initial competence and this resulted in me being given higher levels of responsibility as time went on.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I do not study a finance-related degree, but I feel that the skills and training were extremely beneficial to me in terms of preparation for my future career in banking. It was very relevant and they showed you the most efficient ways to do things so I think it couldn't have been better!
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The overall vibe was great, I think the most important aspect is the people there and they were all very lovely and treated interns as part of the team, rather than an addendum as what may have been the case at other firms such as bulge brackets, so this is what I really appreciated.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The organisation and set up was really great overall. There is a team of HR responsible for making sure you settle in well, complete your training (which is done by external providers), attend all the fun intern events and also explain your strengths and potential improvements during the review process.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I feel that Rothschild & Co invests in its juniors a lot. For example, interns are encouraged to attend meetings either with seniors or with clients, and it was more common than exceptional to see this. They let you play up a level if you're good, meaning you can be the analyst on the deal if you prove to be competent.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Employment prospects are really good, as this is a meritocratic firm which hires based on skills, competence and likeability. If they see you working hard, they will reward you very well for that. They hire interns who perform well and do not make up anything about headcount, like some of the bulge brackets.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Yes I believe the social scene was great! There were so many events taking place each week, from internal team socials to HR hosted intern events. It was highly encouraged to attend every single event because the firm recognises the importance of having soft skills as well as honing your technical skills, so they really encouraged us to socialise and grow our networks
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I do not know much about the cost of living as I commuted there. But, the socialising was really fun because there are so many places to go out and celebrate on a Friday! We often went to some of the restaurants nearby and would grab dinner together as a team at the end of the week
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The nightlife was good overall as it is not too overpriced like areas such as Mayfair or St James, but it is also a lot more varied and exciting than further out areas such as Canary wharf. I think the city has the most interesting places to hang out after work in London
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yes, there is a gym with daily classes such as pilates given. There are regular events related to well being, leadership and team building that also take place throughout the year. Many people also took part in the JP Morgan run that took place during the summer. I think the team events were the best part though!