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Rating

3.8/5
  • The Role
    3.9
  • The Company
    3.7
  • The Culture
    3.6

    The Role

  • 1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
  • Red Gate is one of the best companies you could wish to work for. The office has an open-plan, community feel to it, and includes a variety of ways to procrastinate!

    4/5

  • 2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
  • From the first day I was writing code that affected real customers. Sometimes the work is dull, other times more engaging. There's lots of scope to choose which activities best suite your skill set.

    4/5

  • 3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
  • As an intern, you're assigned a mentor, who helps to get you started. Aside from infrastructure and administration, they help you pick things to work on and generally ensure that you contribute.

    4/5

  • 4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
  • I found myself quite involved with my work, but most people take it more lightly. Red Gate doesn't count hours - you can work at a pace that suits you.

    4/5

  • 5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
  • My team worked on a particular product for the duration of my internship. The work I did is now shipping with the latest version. I also managed a small team of developers for another 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 now have a better grasp of C# and related technologies. A valuable asset has been learning, from experience, the different roles and requirements of various team members.

    4/5

    The Company

  • 7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
  • It's a bit noisy sometimes, but usually just right for me (not too quiet).

    3/5

  • 8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
  • Just submit your CV and do a small programming exercise. Shortly after a brief interview at their offices, I received a phone call offering me the internship. Simple as that.

    5/5

  • 9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  • There's no formal training, as the technologies used by the company are quite accessible. You also gain a lot from just working with a real software development team.

    3/5

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

    Subsidised Canteen

    Sports and Social Club

    Company Parties/Events

    Working from home

    5/5

  • 11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
  • I've been invited back for another internship. Maybe that will extend to full employment...

    4/5

    The Culture

  • 12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
  • Among the group of interns, we organised a number of activities, both in and outside of work time. The company has a number of clubs, and there's lots to do in Cambridge.

    4/5

  • 13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
  • New starters can live in a Red Gate house, which is pretty cheap for the location. I had accommodation elsewhere, due to my already living in Cambridge.

    4/5

  • 14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
  • Can't comment.

    3/5

  • 15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
  • I was part of the Ultimate Frisbee team. Otherwise, I recall a lot of things going on at other times. Cambridge is also a great place for activities in general.

    4/5

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Internship (1-4 Months)

East Midlands

20th August 2013


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