Placement year lab scientist at GSK

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Duration
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Region
Stevenage South East
Review Date
Salary
£20,000 - £21,999
Roles
Science/Research

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7.6/10

The Role
8.3
Organisation
7.4

Socialising

6.8

The Role

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

I really enjoyed my work placement, as my work was challenging but I was always supported and helped when I needed it, my team were friendly and we all got on well, and it felt like my contributions were valued. I definitely enjoyed having other placement students in my department too.

8/10

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

8/10

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

My supervisor was really good, she was always available to help out and answer any questions, even when we were all working from home during the coronavirus pandemic, and made sure I never felt stupid when asking a question. She was also always happy for me to do any extra development opportunities (like shadowing other people/training courses).

10/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

As a lab scientist this really varies based on experiment planning. Some days would be full lab days and other days were less busy and so filled with more computer work (e.g. results analysis) or meetings. At the start of the year things were generally less busy whilst being trained but then after that it got busier quickly.

7/10

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

8/10

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

The lab skills I learnt will be hugely helpful when finishing my degree, and for any further study. The more general transferable skills such as giving presentations, team work, communication and just generally learning how to work and be comfortable in a professional environment and have responsibility will also be useful for future jobs .

9/10

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The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

There was also a nice friendly office atmosphere. I was in a fairly small office (about 10 people) but that was nice because everyone knew each other well. There was a nice level of chatting, and on our floor there were smaller meeting rooms where you could go for group discussions/call to not distract other people.

8/10

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

The placement was well organised. There is quite a lot of information given at the start from SRG about admin (timesheets/payslips). At the start there was some confusion between IPs as to holiday allowance and how it is accrued but once we all figured it out everything was pretty simple and quite well organised. My team were from GSK were really well organised.

7/10

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

My supervisor was always happy for me to organise shadowing of other people/meetings to learn about other jobs and areas of the business. There was also a scheme set up were an IP can have a mentor who is on the future leaders grad scheme which was a really useful opportunity.

7/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Sports and Social Club
  • Subsidised/Company Gym
  • Company Parties/Events
  • Staff Sales/Staff Shop
7/10

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

Having done a placement year at GSK I would want to return to work with them in the future. Everyone was friendly and got on well which created a nice working atmosphere. The lab facilities and lab opportunities are really impressive and generally the company seems to care about its employees.

8/10

Social

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

There were over 100 placement students at the Stevenage site, and most of them live in Stevenage for the year which was nice as it meant we could all socialise together at the weekends. There were a couple of organised socials but generally people just organised things themselves which worked well.

7/10

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

7/10

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

6/10

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

There is a gym at the Stevenage site which was really good as there were classes/sports clubs to get involved in. It was pretty cheap, especially for IPs, and there was a good range of gym classes and social sports teams to go to either before work, at lunch or after work.

7/10

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