Team Member at Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl)

Duration
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Region
Portsmouth
Review Date

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3.6/5

The Role
3.9
The Company
3.5
The Culture
3.3

Role Description

Industrial placement student, Working on various projects.

The Role

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

I enjoyed it, it was fun and a really useful experience. Would recommend.
4 /5

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

My team was really fun, and easy to get involved with. Everyone was friendly.
5 /5

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

Everyone was pretty supportive of each other, and my manager frequently stopped by to see how I (and everybody else) was doing.
5 /5

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

There tended to be periods of lots and lots of work, followed by periods of not a lot on at all.
3 /5

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

I was doing things that mattered and were useful, but I wasn't running the show - that sounds a bit too crazy! If I couldn't do something on time, I don't think the whole company would go bust.
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 learned a lot of life skills, like time management and punctuality, and some technical skills too, such as improving my Linux usage and using some different programs.
4 /5

The Company

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

My team was fun. People got the work done, but there were quite a few laughs and jokes. Lots and lots of cake too.
4 /5

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

It seemed set up well enough to me.
4 /5

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

I did quite a few training courses, and was encouraged to look for areas of training / development I was interested in doing.
4 /5

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • Sports and Social Club
  • Subsidised/Company Gym
  • Above 25 days holiday
  • Working from home
3 /5

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

I'll see what life looks like when I've finished uni, but I'd be happy to work there.
4 /5

The Culture

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

Yes. Also had an organised new starters group.
4 /5

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

I don't really know. Average.
3 /5

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

It seemed all-right to me. Not much of a clubber myself.
3 /5

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

Yes, lots. It's pretty easy to get involved.
4 /5