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Rating

3.4/5
  • The Role
    3.7
  • The Company
    2.8
  • The Culture
    3.8

    The Role

  • 1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
  • The work was quite enjoyable, but I was left to my own devices for weeks at a time meaning I didn't always have anyone to ask for help.

    4/5

  • 2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
  • Everyone was really nice, and they seemed quite interested in what I had been doing.

    5/5

  • 3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
  • My supervisor was on holiday for a few weeks, and was ill after that meaning other people had to try and fill in to help me. No instructions were left for what I should do so I didn't know what I was doing for the first 2/3 weeks of my placement

    2/5

  • 4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
  • I was as busy as I wanted to be; I was given a project to work on so I managed my own time, I wasn't pestered for work and I always had something to do, so I wasn't overworked or bored.

    4/5

  • 5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
  • I wasn't doing anything to do with the day to day running of the office, but I was entirely responsible for producing good results from my project.

    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 was able to develop my programming skills much more, and I learnt a fair amount about different databases and code repositories.

    4/5

    The Company

  • 7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
  • Everyone was really friendly, and the whole team deserted the office to all go to lunch together everyday.

    4/5

  • 8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
  • I really didn't have anything to do for the first 2/3 weeks, and there was a bit of trouble getting the correct computer for my work, which I think should've been organised before I arrived.

    2/5

  • 9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  • I did learn some new things but I would've liked to learn another programming language. I know of other people on other placements who were given alot of tutoring.

    3/5

  • 10. What were the perks on your work placement?
  • Flexi Time

    Subsidised Canteen

    Sports and Social Club

    Subsidised/Company Gym

    Company Parties/Events

    4/5

  • 11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
  • I didn't mind the work but I found that sitting at a desk all day wasn't really my thing. If I was more interested in what I was doing I would rate them slightly higher, but I did find my team to be quite disorganised, and I prefer a more rigid plan of what I want to achieve.

    3/5

    The Culture

  • 12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
  • There were lots of summer placement students all living in the same flats, and they organised days out and parties. There was a sports day with teams from around the office and summer student teams. There were also lots of clubs to join including ultimate frisbee; they held socials every month quite similar to a university club.

    5/5

  • 13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
  • I commuted everyday as I live an hour away so I don't know how expensive the area is

    3/5

  • 14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
  • As I was commuting I didn't have the opportunity to visit the pubs and clubs

    3/5

  • 15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
  • There are lots of sports societies to get involved in; there's a running club that take advantage of the surrounding countryside every lunchtime. There are also non-sporting clubs such as the office band. Aside from this, there is a good summer placement group every year that want to socialise

    5/5

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Internship (1-4 Months)

Computer Science, Mathematics/Statistics, Science/Research

South West

November 2012


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