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  • The Role
  • The Company
  • The Culture

    The Role

  • 1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
  • It was a fantastic learning experience working at Red Gate; I was treated as a normal developer and was exposed to a professional software development environment from the beginning. I felt great satisfaction when fixing bugs and completing "stickies". There were some frustrating moments where I didn't know how to deal with a problem, but the team always did their best to dig me out of those situations. There were also lots of opportunities to have fun with work colleagues; activities I got involved with included foosball, frisbee, table tennis, chess, bouldering and poker!


  • 2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
  • I was given a warm welcome when I began the internship and was treated with respect throughout. By the end, I have felt like I have truly become part of the team.


  • 3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
  • My manager was incredibly attentive and was very patient in guiding me through difficult tasks and teaching me new skills and techniques.


  • 4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
  • Most days, I always had something to do and I was still able to take regular breaks for foosball and table tennis! There was a brief lull halfway through the internship, but that was only because the team had just finished a release and had no new development tasks to do.


  • 5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
  • I feel like I was given a level of responsibility that closely reflected my abilities. I feel that the team would have been comfortable giving me any level of task if I could show that I was confident to perform it. Within a couple of weeks, I was doing similar kinds of tasks to the other developers; it rarely felt that my work was being 'dumbed down' for me, which I appreciated.


  • 6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  • I have learnt a fantastic range of software development skills here, including use of version control systems, debugging, unit testing, test-driven development and dependency injection. These should prove to be useful during my project at university next year and for any other software projects I work on in the future.


    The Company

  • 7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
  • It struck a good balance between being professional and being pretty chilled out about everything. There was no dress code, so people often came in wearing shorts and sandals, which meant the office didn't have an overly formal/oppressive atmosphere. Everyone was free to walk around the office and talk to whoever they wanted. Often, people would eat cereal at their desk.


  • 8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
  • The whole process was very smooth.


  • 9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  • Everyone in my team took the time to teach me new skills and frequently encouraged me to push myself out of my comfort zone.


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

    Subsidised Canteen

    Sports and Social Club

    Company Parties/Events

    Above 25 days holiday


  • 11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
  • Red Gate will definitely be among my first choices for graduate jobs.


    The Culture

  • 12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
  • Maybe it was because I lived with three of them, but me and the other interns spent a lot of time together (going out to pubs and restaurants, punting in Cambridge, etc.).


  • 13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
  • Red Gate rented out a very cheap house for us, though I doubt that's representative of houses in Cambridge. As for socialising, it depends where you go. Wetherspoons is a good bet for a cheap drink.


  • 14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
  • Not that great, but this is not particularly important to me anyway.


  • 15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
  • Think I've already covered these, but you could pretty much do sports/social activities every day with the company if you wanted to.


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Internship (1-4 Months)

East of England

22nd August 2013

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