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Rating

3.8/5
  • The Role
    4.3
  • The Company
    3.8
  • The Culture
    3.1

    The Role

  • 1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
  • Excellent opportunities to get involved in a wide variety of research and work with great people.

    4/5

  • 2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
  • I was given a good level of responsibility and always received acknowledgment and feedback for the work I contributed.

    5/5

  • 3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
  • Guidance and support was always available from management and colleagues were always willing to offer advice when required. I was typically given a fair amount of autonomy, which suited me, but colleagues were always happy to answer questions.

    5/5

  • 4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
  • The workload tended to fluctuate depending on the number of suitable projects available, at points I was very busy whilst at others it felt like there wasn't much for me to do - however I soon found that someone always had something you could help out with.

    4/5

  • 5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
  • I was given a good degree of responsibility in most of the projects I worked on and my supervisor was happy for me to be involved in a wide variety of work to experience as much of the organisation as possible.

    5/5

  • 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 a number of important skills that will benefit me in further education and future employment.

    5/5

    The Company

  • 7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
  • At times the office was fairly quiet as people tend to work at other sites or travel around for meetings, however as the office was open plan there was always people to chat to. When working in teams as part of research projects there was typically a good atmosphere.

    3/5

  • 8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
  • As Dstl is well accustomed to hosting industrial placement students everything was typically well organised. The only issue was the fairly long delay in being given a confirmed start date due to the lengthy vetting process.

    5/5

  • 9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  • Dstl allocate a training budget for every member of staff which can be used to fund training courses, seminars and membership to accredited societies.

    4/5

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

    Subsidised Canteen

    Sports and Social Club

    Subsidised/Company Gym

    National Travel

    Company Parties/Events

    Above 25 days holiday

    Working from home

    4/5

  • 11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
  • The Dstl graduate scheme is an attractive option, despite not offering the greatest salary, the work is interesting and there are opportunities for further training and education along with benefits such as flexi time.

    4/5

    The Culture

  • 12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
  • I was living at home with my parents during the placement so cannot personally comment. However there were other staff and students that regularly socialised.

    3/5

  • 13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
  • I cannot comment as I was living at home. However I know that housing is provided for Year in Industry students at a low rate and other Industrial Placement students typically rented rooms in Salisbury.

    3/5

  • 14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
  • I experienced the Salisbury night life following the staff Christmas party - it is not the most lively place but there are a couple of night clubs and plenty of pubs and bars.

    3/5

  • 15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
  • There are a number of Dstl and MoD sports and activities clubs available along with a gym (including squash court) and playing field on site.

    4/5

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Details

Placement Year (10 Months+)

1st August 2013


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