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Rating

3.9/5
  • The Role
    4.3
  • The Company
    4.3
  • The Culture
    2.6

    The Role

  • 1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
  • When I started I didn't think I'd enjoy, however now I only have a few weeks left I am not looking forward to leaving.

    5/5

  • 2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
  • GIS at Illumina are a really close team, everyday there is something new to laugh about.

    5/5

  • 3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
  • My on site manager has supported me whenever I have an issue. My manager in the US has provided any advice I need via email or telephone.

    4/5

  • 4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
  • There are some quiet days and some busy days, but if I'm bored I can always find work to do.

    4/5

  • 5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
  • I was left to manage the backups, but given support whenever I needed. I also had plenty of projects to manage.

    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 have gained an understanding of systems that I didn't know existed but that are used in lots of companies.

    5/5

    The Company

  • 7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
  • When it's busy or something has gone down then the office is very work focused, however there is always time for a laugh and even the odd pub lunch.

    5/5

  • 8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
  • Illumina have previous experience of placement students and well set up to deal with them.

    5/5

  • 9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  • I have had a lot of the training full time employees get, learning about things outside of IT.

    4/5

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

    Company Parties/Events

    Above 25 days holiday

    Working from home

    5/5

  • 11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
  • There has been talk of possible future jobs within Illumina in different rolls.

    4/5

    The Culture

  • 12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
  • Illumina has a social committee that organise events throughout the year. Plus the agency through with placement students are employed organises regular outings to cinema, meals out, etc.

    4/5

  • 13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
  • Socialising was easy, Cambridge is only 10 minutes away and London less than an hour. However the cost of living can be expensive depending on the choice of location

    3/5

  • 14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
  • The area Illumina is based in is the middle of the countryside, but Cambridge is 10 minutes away.

    3/5

  • 15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
  • If you look around there are opportunities, but they aren't always obvious or easy to find.

    2/5

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Details

Placement Year (10 Months+)

East of England

5th June 2013


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