Summer Internship - Audit at Deloitte

Duration
Internship (1-4 Months)
Region
London
Review Date
Roles
Auditing/Tax

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3.6/5

The Role
4
The Company
3.4
The Culture
3.4

Role Description

Summer internship in Audit with Deloitte.

The Role

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

I enjoyed it a great deal. The department was friendly and interesting, and the work was interesting and challenging. Living in London was a new and valuable experience as well, which was one of the reasons I took the internship in the first place. The entire internship, from start to end, was brilliant. It was clearly evident that a lot of time, planning, money and effort went into ensuring all interns had a challenging, yet enjoyable experience which is exactly what I did and why I accepted the return offer for a full-time role after graduation. Overall a very positive experience and I look forward to the job.
5 /5

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

From day one, I was invited to a company dinner that night with my team. We frequently went for coffee together (much to my surprise, I was not doing the coffee runs as I know many companies have their interns do), I was given challenging work, but I was also constantly invited to any socials, conferences, etc. The people on my team were PHENOMENAL. My boss in particular went above and beyond to help teach me the ropes and put me in contact with people throughout the firm.
4 /5

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

The more junior members on my team would sit with me and explain formulas on excel and how things worked. The more senior would also take time out of their busy schedule and, even without asking, see how they could help me advance my career. I had lunch with senior managers who would ask me about my interests and then put me in contact with people they knew from the firm to help me build my network. Additionally, when I voiced my interest in developing my Excel skills, one of the members gave me his log in details for an online training program so I could learn for free.
5 /5

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

I naturally enjoy keeping busy and so I made sure that I was doing just that. I would say out of the 10 weeks I was there, I perhaps had 3 'slow' days. But as soon as I finished something, and review my work before submitting, I could ask for more. I also voiced my areas of interest and was given a big chunk of work at the beginning of each week and had to manage my own time to ensure it was all completed by the end of that week.
4 /5

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

A lot more than I was expecting! Some of the work I was given included: editing and writing newsletters, extrapolating large data sets which were then condensed into short slides, helping plan conferences, working on slide decks and I was also given research pieces to carry out too. A good balance between quantitative and qualitative work. Obviously all my work was supervised/looked over by a superior before being sent away/submitted, but even in the first few weeks of the internship I was doing the large part of the work on a few projects.
4 /5

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

I study Accounting and was working on a financial services client during my internship. After attending some of the company 'TED talks' lead by partners at the firm, as well as with the importance I saw placed on regulatory changes, financial forecasting, and tech advancements, I was not only inspired, but had the tools to write my Honours dissertation on Efficiency in the UK Banking Sector. Without the people and my time at Deloitte, I would not be able to compose such a piece. I was even given contact details and had meetings with employees who were very interested in helping me in any way that they could would my thesis!
4 /5

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The Company

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

The offices are open planned mostly, with the preferred working system being hot desking. This means that people don't have assigned seats so you'll find yourself sitting next to different people (although with your team) and that senior people will sit beside junior people. This made the atmosphere more friendly, talkative, relaxed and inclusive. Colleagues were definitely friendly across the office, and I never had any bad experiences with individuals. However, there was a general atmosphere that everyone was constantly watching the interns to see if they were behaving/working hard enough.
3 /5

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

Absolutely brilliant. The scheme leaders went to so much time and trouble to organise socials for us and ensure we were placed on the best possible project given our skills and interests. We were also given an IT training session, however, I did feel this was too short. I would have preferred a longer training session with more Excel tips and an explanation of the life cycle of a proposal. With so many interns across the company everything was very streamlined and smoothly run though.
4 /5

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

The company was very good for personal training - meetings were set up to brief the interns on each aspect of the company's work, as well as details about industries and the department. Supervisors were always very good at introducing us to new ideas and techniques. This was especially good since the company didn't get any profit out of us (we get paid but make no money for them). Given alot of resources to work with and equipment issued was up to standard, nothing too outdated and similar to full timers.
4 /5

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • Company Parties/Events
3 /5

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

Pretty appealing in general in terms of progression from an associate to a director. There is a steep learning curve involved and you have to learn how to adapt to it. However, the salary for the amount of work is not up to standards as compared to firms of similar size and perhaps could be improved. There is not a single person I met while working there that made me think I wouldn't want to be on a team with them. The work Deloitte does and the clients they have are all of a high calibre which is incredibly motivating.
4 /5

The Culture

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

There was a very good social scene. we had meal orders as a group and also dinners together whether is it after work or during the weekends. Also have pub nights on Fridays to relax upon and snack runs if needed, basically making sure each team member is happy to be working in the team. A social for all the interns was organised for us and this was a good opportunity to meet interns from other teams and areas and compare what it was like working in each of them. I regularly went to lunch with some of the other interns and I had drinks with my team a few times.
4 /5

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

It is London and we were in the City centre so prices were high and I expected them to be so. I was living in Zone 2 with friends over the summer so rent wasn't cheap either. It is really important to budget for this and plan early. Additionally, eating out for dinner is very costly at around 7GBP for a glass of wine and 15GBP for a main meal at your typical restaurant. However, interns are paid and relatively well too so these costs will be covered by the work you do.
2 /5

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

Excellent! There are plenty of bars and clubs (think Clerkenwell Grind and Bounce) nearby. Additionally, Soho, Shoreditch and Clerkenwell are all merely a short bus trip away so there's constantly something available near by. We went to several of these places and my favourite was by far Bounce- it's a 10 minute walk from the office so Deloitte is often there and the bar has ping pong tables. There is always something to do for everyone in London.
4 /5

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

There was constantly endless opportunities to get involved outside of work. Got invited to play tennis, basketball and even join the football team which i managed to give a shot. Also tried out basketball with my colleagues and had a ton of fun socialising through sports. Given opportunities to explore other areas of sports. Apart from all these, Deloitte organised tech talks and different social events where you can meet people from other areas. It helped well for networking.
4 /5

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