Scientist at GSK

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Duration
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Region
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina USA
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Salary
£20,000 - £21,999
Roles
Science/Research

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6.3/10

The Role
7.3
Organisation
6.2

Socialising

5.0

The Role

Role Description

Working in the laboratory making new chemical entities. This involved the planning and preparation, synthesis, purification and analysis of all the chemistry. Also involved was documenting the work and registering the compounds.

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

I really enjoyed my job. The work was interesting and varied with plenty of opportunity and support for me to forge my own direction.

8/10

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

My colleagues were very friendly and my supervisor would thank me for my hard work.

8/10

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

The management level were not involved in the day to day workings of the company and did not give much input in any area. However, if I had needed it and asked, I may have received whatever help was necessary.

4/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

Chemistry is quite dynamic in terms of work load as depending on the reactions being run there may be a lot of work, or very little. It was up to me to managethis appropriately.

7/10

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

I was given the responsibility for my own projects and my supervisor recognised that I was being productive and hence did not hinder me.

8/10

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

I feel much more confident in my lab work and in general areas of chemistry that I became familiar with during my placement. Past degree level I can take the advanced skiulls to the work place and I have a full year of experience to offer potential employers.

9/10

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The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

My colleagues were fun and friendly and we often had games, lunches or other activities planned, as well and day to day talking and fun.

8/10

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

My placement was in America and I did not think that the there was enough time to sort out visas and flights comfortably. Also, since I was the first international intern nobody really knew what to do with regards to social security, finding and apartment etc etc. Hopefully in the future this will become easier.

When I arrived I had a project planned for me to get me in the swing of the work but after this it was less planned, again largely due to the dynamic nature of chemistry. I think that it would have been beneficial for the company to have planned specific times for seeing different departments or getting a wider range of techniques learnt.

6/10

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

Lab skills were taught to me by the relevant colleagues as time went on - necessary to do my job. In addition to this I was allowed to go on a course designed to improve presentation skills which helped me greatly.

6/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Subsidised/Company Gym
  • Company Parties/Events
  • Staff Sales/Staff Shop
  • Working from home
5/10

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

The economy isn't promising and pharmaceutical companies are taking cuts. However they still take on a few graduates each year and I would be happy to go back.

6/10

Social

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

There were very few interns. As a group people would go out but most people were young professionals with young children which hampers the social scene

4/10

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

Not super expensive, not super cheap.

6/10

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

America's nightlife is very different from Britain so it's hard to judge. There were plenty of bars and live music.

6/10

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

It was very difficult to get involved in a large number of things as many things seemed to be exclusively for members of the local universities. Anything I wanted to do I had to work very hard to try to make happen, and more often than not it didn't work out so well.

4/10

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