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A really good experience on the whole, lots of interesting and varied work
Made to feel very welcome, 'buddy' assigned to help you through the first weeks. Lots of team / group social evenings / lunches. Lots of good office chat.
Team meeting once a fortnight gives chance to raise any concerns, manager always available for one-to-one chats.
Management very concious of staff's workload, constantly review and adjust to match time available. Usually busy enough, some quiet patches. Flexitime scheme an excellent perk of the job
Being sole developer of various software projects meant that I was responsible for delivering them on time and budget
2 new programming languages learnt during the year, really useful for the final years of my degree. Presentation and report writing skills greatly improved too.
Fun and light-hearted, but also hard-working, especially when deliverable deadlines approaching
Standard induction and training scheme, followed by just jumping straight in to project work. Regular update meetings with supervisor throughout the year
I participated in a number of compulsory and optional training courses, including fire safety, first aid, manual handling, software courses
Above 25 days holiday
Working from home
Sponsorship scheme for final years at uni with guaranteed graduate interview after graduation
Although I did not participate much, there were regular nights out with other students.
Based in Kent, so rent and living costs relatively high. Other company sites would be cheaper to live close too.
Three large towns with 15 mins train / car journey, with pubs, clubs, bars etc. London not far away either
A number of groups / clubs exist, such as photography, sailing, football etc exist
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Armed Forces/Military, Computer and Systems Engineering, Engineering, Science/Research
3rd August 2012