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Rating

4.3/5
  • The Role
    4.8
  • The Company
    4.2
  • The Culture
    3.5

    The Role

  • 1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
  • I made contributions to a fantastic piece of software and met lots of brilliant people along the way.

    5/5

  • 2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
  • I felt apart of the team, and the contributions made had impact on various colleagues' work within the software.

    5/5

  • 3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
  • The support was there for any problems you were having be.

    5/5

  • 4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
  • It's a relaxed environment. No one is watching over your shoulder or minds if you go for a short break as long as you get the work done to a high standard, and on time.

    5/5

  • 5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
  • From the first week you dive into real-world problems faced within Mantid (that if you did not solve, other team members would have). You are then given responsibility for a specific domain, and get to work on improving, and adding new features to that.

    5/5

  • 6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  • It's a huge project, and the team is full of brilliant people. All of the technical and soft skills developed will certainly help when doing my final year at university and beyond.

    5/5

    The Company

  • 7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
  • It's a rather laid back environment in the sense that each person is working on their own tasks. I enjoyed this as I also wanted to work on my tasks. Everyone is friendly and approachable (for when you're stuck on that problem!).

    4/5

  • 8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
  • 5/5

  • 9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  • We had to participate in various courses (fire safety, lifting etc) as RAL can be dangerous.

    5/5

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

    Sports and Social Club

    Above 25 days holiday

    3/5

  • 11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
  • A previous placement student has just started the graduate scheme.

    5/5

    The Culture

  • 12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
  • There are lots of students (from BSc to PhD) to meet, and always events happening (especially in Oxford).

    5/5

  • 13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
  • Not too bad. We're paid more than enough to cover living, socialising and have lots left over.

    2/5

  • 14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
  • Students normally go out in Oxford.

    3/5

  • 15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
  • There are always scientific lectures/tutorials and other events on site that you can attend.

    5/5

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Placement Year (10 Months+)

Computer Science, Physics

8th January 2014


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