• The Role
  • The Company
  • The Culture

    The Role

  • 1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
  • One of the best experiences I have had in my life. Will definitely recommend to someone on the fence about doing. Had tremendous amounts of fun with my colleagues and the work was both interesting and challenging. Not forgetting to mention that the office was situated in the heart of the city. Rest of the intern class were a blast and have made friends for life.


  • 2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
  • Was treated like an actual colleague and member of the team rather than just "the intern". Colleagues would seek my input and opinion on pertinent matters and felt like I had a voice in team and project direction. Managed to act as a lead developer on a forefront project, taking in great experience.


  • 3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
  • Given tons of support by my managers and HR during my time. In the first stages of my placement, HR organised various of talks given by managing directors of the different departments of the firm to the class of interns in order to enlighten us and how the company functions.


  • 4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
  • As an intern you cannot be expected to have work to do every day, that's standard. However most of the time I felt like I had the right amount of work to do. This is partly due to my team's use of agile methodologies and daily stand-ups to make sure everyone had something productive to do.


  • 5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
  • One of my first tasks was to work on a program used by the front-desk daily, on one hand lot of pressure but a great learning experience on the other. One project I was lead developer one and I was the first point of support during user queries and bug fixes.


  • 6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  • Worked on a wide array of new technologies that I would not have worked on my own volition, such as Flask, Angular and JS. This placement has definitely improved by skill set on fields other than Computer Science, such as Economics and Finance. This placement has also assisted in me in what field to base my dissertation on. To add, my industry knowledge of agile principles has tremendously improved since university, principles I will most certainly apply in future studies and occupations.


    The Company

  • 7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
  • It was an open plan office. I felt the environment was quite open, anyone could talk to anyone. If I felt the need to go an ask someone for help I would normally go to their desk physically, mainly everyone being so open and friendly. The atmosphere amongst my team was always great.


  • 8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
  • Very well structured, due to how many years the company has had placements and internships running. There was a clear timeline and milestones they have put in place to make sure we get the best out of our placements such as conducting reviews at 3, 6, 9 and 12 months in.


  • 9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  • The company provided us with a Pluralsights license, which is invaluable if you would like to learn a new technology or skill and are bit daunted on where to begin. The company also conducted many soft skills talks such as Japanese Cultural Awareness and Public Speaking to further boost our skill set


  • 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

    Above 25 days holiday

    Working from home


  • 11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
  • Have received interest in me returning to employment after I finished my studies which of course I would definitely accept. This experience has been absolutely amazing and I would happily to go back to be employed here.


    The Culture

  • 12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
  • Was an amazing social scene amongst my fellow placement students, we would normally go our for drinks every week and sometimes we would go out and meet up even on weekends. Due to the fact that they work in different departments it was always nice meeting up for lunch and talking about our work day.


  • 13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
  • Lived with my parents so cost of living was minimal. Cost of socialising comes with the territory, it is central London. However the company does provide a few amenities, such as a subsidised bar and canteen which aids tremendously. Going outside the office however can get quite pricey, one of the few downsides of working in London.


  • 14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
  • London was at our doorstep, countless events going on every day which we had access to. Our office was situated right by the River Thames and stations such as Bank and London Bridge nearby provided us with amazing transport links. We normally had drinks every week or so due to the fact our office was situated so much in the centre.


  • 15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
  • Dozens of clubs and activities outside of work that the company endorse. I took part in the Rock Climbing club and also participated in Public Speaking society. Also partook in Karaoke and Ice skating with other members of the company. Additionally went on a ski holiday with my team, definitely the highlight of my year.


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Placement Year (10 Months+)

Central London and City

June 2020

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