Rating

4.5/5
  • About You
    4.6
  • The Company
    4.5
  • Everything Else
    4.9

    About You

  • 1. To what extent did you enjoy the virtual experience?
  • I spent most of my internship with a dev team working on production software. Through working with them I learned a lot about software engineering and how to work as part of a team. Everyone in the company was very supportive and seemed keen to make me feel at home. I thoroughly enjoyed my internship and didn't feel like I missed out due to remote working.

    5/5

  • 2. To what extent did you feel valued during your time at the company or firm?
  • I was part of a team of developers from day one. Because of this, I got the opportunity to develop relationships with them that wouldn't have been possible if I spent less time with them. Throughout the internship, I made several contributions to production code which made it very clear the effect of my contributions on the company as a whole.

    4/5

  • 3. How much guidance/support did you receive during the virtual experience?
  • Redgate assigned me a line manager (another member of my team) who was able to help me with all of the problems I brought to him. I was offered guidance and a personal development plan which we reviewed every few weeks as part of the internship. I always felt like my line manager and by extension, Redgate wanted to help me achieve my goals.

    5/5

  • 4. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and information you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  • Through my internship at Redgate, I learned how to be a software engineer. I came with a fairly good understanding of most common programming concepts but through applying these at Redgate I gained a much deeper understanding of why they are needed and how they are used. I can see this being useful as I progress throughout my career. In the shorter term, it should help focus my efforts on my degree.

    5/5

    The Company

  • 5. How well structured was the virtual experience?
  • From day one I was integrated into a dev team. This meant I started learning straight away and through a series of induction events with my team and with other parts of the company I learned a lot about how to company functioned and what was expected of me. Every few weeks I met with my line manager for a more formal discussion about my progress and what I wanted to achieve over the next few weeks.

    5/5

  • 6. How was the general atmosphere during your virtual experience?
  • The atmosphere was very friendly and fairly relaxed. Due to remote working, it was harder to meet new people but this didn't seem to impact the atmosphere. Everyone who I met was friendly and wanted to say hi. Within my team, I felt like I had a voice and that my work was appreciated. I also participated in two company-wide events that were dedicated to taking time away from work to improve our skills and explore new ideas.

    5/5

  • 7. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  • Through working on products I quickly gained an understanding of the underlying technologies they used to develop software. My line manager and I met frequently to discuss my progress and set out goals for me to work on before our next meeting.

    4/5

  • 8. To what extent did the virtual experience help you to understand what it would be like to have a full time role with the company or firm?
  • Everyone at the company was remote working at the time of my internship. Because of this, I got a good idea of how the company functioned remotely. I believe I also know what the company is like normally, as colleagues were keen to share answers to any questions I had.

    5/5

  • 9. How much did the virtual experience help you in understanding the company culture?
  • Company culture is a big deal at Redgate. Everyone from the CEO downwards is keen to make Redgate a friendly and welcoming environment. Staff in the product division are actively encouraged to take 10% of their working time for self-development (whether that be reading a relevant book or learning a new technology). We had a week-long event for learning and self-development where we were able to take time away from our regular work.

    5/5

  • 10. How valuable was the content in helping you to decide on your future career path?
  • I got a good idea of what it means to be a software engineer thanks to Redgate. Because I was working as part of a regular team, I was able to experience the lives of people much more experienced than myself. This has been very helpful for me by allowing me to refine my goals and decide on a career path.

    4/5

    Everything Else

  • 11. Were you paid or reimbursed adequately for this experience?
  • I have no complaints about the amount that I was paid.


  • 12. Were there opportunities for networking and meeting other employees of the company or firm?
  • Redgate is a heavy user of Slack, making it very easy to get in contact with new people thanks to all the channels there are to participate in. There were a few networking events throughout my internship and special projects where teams mixed and allowed for the easy meeting of new people.

    5/5

  • 13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?
  • They were generally relaxed and friendly. At the networking events, I felt like there was adequate time to meet new people and they ran a good format too. Social events within the team were commonplace, with less frequent meetings of product and division groups. I think this went very well, much better than I had expected from remote working.

    5/5

  • 14. Did you find out about activities that employees can get involved in outside of work?
  • There were occasional quizzes and murder mysteries hosted outside of work hours. In addition to this, my team met once a week for some social activities (usually video games/puzzles due to remote working).

    5/5

  • 15. Would you recommend this virtual experience to a friend?
  • Yes, absolutely. I have really appreciated the experience and have no real complaints about my time at Redgate.

    5/5

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Virtual Experience

Computer and Systems Engineering, Computer Science, Information Technology

11th September 2020


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