Equity Research Analyst at Royal Bank of Canada

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Duration
Internship (1-4 Months)
Region
London
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3.6/5

The Role
3.8
The Company
3.8
The Culture
3.3

The Role

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

I enjoyed my internship a lot. It was a huge learning curve but there were numerous interesting and engaging tasks to do and great opportunities to network and socialise with other interns and employees. Despite the internship being online, I still feel like I got the most out of it although I would have loved to be in the office. RBC made an effort to encourage us to network by arranging virtual coffee chats and a lot of team building activities for the intern group. Overall it was a really fun experience.
4 /5

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

I felt valued by my colleagues during team tasks, they would ask for my opinion and input and take it on board. We even had the opportunity to join employee resource groups and were able to attend the committee meetings and give our advice on events they can run for interns, grads and new employees.
4 /5

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

We were given ample support by management, even during earnings seasons and busy periods, our managers made a effort to reach out and support us in our tasks and clear up any questions we had. The online aspect of it made it a little hard to build relationships with the team and being placed in a small team there were not as many people I could reach out to for help however I felt fully supported through the whole process.
3 /5

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

The levels of 'busy-ness' varied through the 10 weeks. I found during earnings seasons which was the last few weeks of my internship I had a lot to do whereas the first few weeks (which was heavily training focused) there was less work from the desk. There were times there was less to do from the desk but we were still taking part in activities such as a trading stimulation challenge or having virtual coffee chats.
4 /5

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

I believe I was given a good amount of responsibility. There were tasks where I had full reins to do as I wished and was checked by my manager weekly. These tasks were the most fun and I learnt the most from as they gave me a real idea of what tasks I would carry out on a day to day basis in a full time role. The tasks were varied too which made them fun to complete.
5 /5

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

There was lots of training involved, we had excel training, completed full Bloomberg training and the BMC. I think they will be useful in roles which are very market heavy and require software like Bloomberg and excel. The training wouldn't be useful in degree studies unless you were studying something in relation to markets or economics.
4 /5

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The Company

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

Since I was working from home it was hard to get gauge an atmosphere but if I had to comment I would say all employees seem like they really enjoy their job and seem very passionate. The people I worked with were enjoyable to be around and were chatty. The grads and more junior employees were very easy going and great to talk to. I imagine the atmosphere to be quite calm, not too intense and fun.
3 /5

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

The internship was very well organised and the HR team did an amazing job, despite the internship being online, they managed to organise a FULL 10 weeks of work for the interns. They provided training in the first couple of weeks to ensure we were completely ready to join our desks and throughout the 10 weeks we had numerous calls with all the different divisions across Global Markets which was really informative. The internship was set up in a great way to ease us into the firm.
5 /5

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

The firm provided us with a lot of training and development opportunities. We had 1 week formal training as well as training in Bloomberg and Excel. There was also Diversity and Workplace behaviour workshops which were really interesting. The formal training was done with an external firm and was very useful. I think RBC invested in the interns a lot and really took the time to teach and train us so we were ready for tasks given by the desks.
5 /5

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Working from home
3 /5

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

I highly recommend RBC as an employer. I thoroughly enjoyed my internship experience. The team were great and really invested in my learning. Everyone was very open to chatting and talking about their role and providing guidance where they can. Overall, it is a great firm to work for and given that it is a top 10 bank and one of the biggest banks in Canada, it is highly reputable and working here provides great opportunities.
5 /5

The Culture

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

Since the experience was online it was a lot harder to socialise with other interns. However the HR team did an amazing job at providing team building activities and group work where we can get to know each other and develop a real relationship.
2 /5

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

N/A as I worked from home but in general London is a hotspot.
3 /5

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

Nightlife in London is great
5 /5

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

Not as many as it was online, however there were some online quizzes organised by my division!
4 /5

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