Rating

3.5/5
  • The Role
    4.0
  • The Company
    2.7
  • The Culture
    3.6

Role Description

Metallics manufacturing engineer

    The Role

  • 1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
  • I enjoyed my placement, it was interesting to work in a factory with a team of skilled engineers. The beginning of the internship was a little slow as I didn’t receive much guidance but after a few months I really enjoyed it. I was given plenty of responsibility and trusted with my own projects as well as taking part in group projects with other interns. My site had a lot of interns which was good for social events

    4/5

  • 2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
  • I felt extremely valued by my team. They put a lot of effort in to help me with learning new things and would often take time out of their day to help me. The wider site was helpful also and often would point me in the direction of someone who could help. Often i felt like I would have to put the effort in to ask for help but when I did the team and my manager would be very patient

    4/5

  • 3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
  • Over the first few months of my placement my interim manager did not give much guidance and support. I didn’t have set tasks and sometimes didn’t have anything to do. However when a new manager took over he was extremely proactive in giving me projects in order to improve on my skills, he allowed me to set my own targets and deadlines which let me develop on my project management skills. He also gave me responsibilities and made me feel like a valued member of the team.

    5/5

  • 4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
  • At the beginning of my placement I was often not busy and felt like I was not useful and I found my days quite boring. As I was extremely new I didn’t know where to go to be proactive and ask for help my self. However when my new manager took over I had a variety of extra projects to keep me occupied on top of my day to day tasks. This meant I was a good amount of busy

    4/5

  • 5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
  • After my new manager started I was given a variety of different responsibilities including an interesting cost reduction project. The responsibilities allowed me to develop my technical skills as well as my project management and time management skills. It was interesting to be given plenty of responsibilities as it let me really see what it’s like to work in a real industry rather than just university learning. Overall I was happy with the amount of responsibilities given

    5/5

  • 6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  • I am extremely happy with the skills I learnt not only did my placement improve my technical knowledge and engineering skills. It also helped me improve my soft skills such as time management and project management skills as well as work etiquette which I think will help me in future places of work. I don’t think much of the skills I learnt on placement will assist with my degree but it will definitely assist with my future as an engineer

    4/5

    The Company

  • 7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
  • General atmosphere of the office was inclusive and fun. There was always some one to speak to and ask for help. Although the office was full of people coming and going to meetings which was great for networking it was also a technical office so would have times or quiet concentration which was good to get work done. There was also plenty of room at my desk and with some spare desks around me so I had lots of room

    4/5

  • 8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
  • The placement I think was pretty unorganised. It took 2 weeks for us to get our laptops so our induction with the previous interns so that was done without laptops. Also the HR team didn’t know much about interns and couldn’t help with some of our queries about benefits packages and payroll problems. This made it quite difficult as we didn’t know who to ask for help with. Although I enjoyed the placement I think it could be better organised

    2/5

  • 9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  • I developed my skills and personal attributes whilst on placement but I think this was down to the team I worked with and my manager and not down to GE. There was little opportunity for Personal and technical development courses and I didn’t feel like the firm invested in the hamble interns. Although I am great full for the opportunity I don’t think that the firm helped me with my personal and wirh my technical development

    2/5

  • 10. What were the perks on your work placement?
  • Subsidised/Company Gym

    Above 25 days holiday

    Healthcare/Dental

    4/5

  • 11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
  • I am attracted to future employment with GE as a company but not with GE Aviation. I enjoyed working for such a large international company and I think it was excellent for networking opportunities and I would like the opportunity to rotate in different departments within the company. I think the career progression opportunities are an attractive prospect as well so I would be keen to apply for a grad role with GE. Also the benefits package was excellent

    3/5

    The Culture

  • 12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
  • There were 16 interns at my site and we were put into a group chat before we moved which was good for meeting them before starting and sorting housing. As we were of a similar age and had similar interests we would have lunch together and have social events Such as night outs and teas with eachother most weeks It was good to work in an environment with other interns even if they were in different work areas

    4/5

  • 13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
  • Southampton was in the south so the price of a pint was pretty expensive but to stay in a student house was averagely priced. You could go on a night out for a student amount of money and could still receive student deals. The pay of the placement was good so even with costly pints it was still a good place to live. I enjoyed living in the city and joining sports teams in the area

    4/5

  • 14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
  • The nightlife was reasonably priced and you could go on a student night out however if you went to a non student event it could be quite pricey as it was quite a busy city there was a variety of different clubs and music scenes which you could go To or even just a pub night. There was enough for everyone to have a good time it just was dependent on where you went like any cuty

    4/5

  • 15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
  • I joined an external rugby team so I had a weekly training sessions, games and monthly socials which kept me occupied. My best advice would be to join an external club and get stuck in wirh something that way. I found other than yoga sessions in the work gym there was little extra curricular activities to take part in with work which was disappointing but as I took part in a rugby club there wouldn’t be any time for me to have other clubs anyway

    4/5

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Details

Placement Year (10 Months+)

Aeronautical Engineering, Manufacturing

16th September 2020


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