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Rating

3.7/5
  • The Role
    4.3
  • The Company
    3.4
  • The Culture
    3.3

    The Role

  • 1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
  • Technically difficult work, but very interesting and rewarding and a steep learning curve, with a great social atmosphere.

    4/5

  • 2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
  • I wasn't made to feel like I was "just an intern", the atmosphere was very sociable and I was treated as an equal team member.

    5/5

  • 3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
  • Support was always there when I needed it and asked for it, but wasn't too overbearing in the sense that if I was doing a task which didn't need guidance, I could just do my own thing.

    5/5

  • 4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
  • I always had work to do, never searching for small tasks to fill out my time, but I very rarely felt any stress or time pressure to finish any aspects of my work.

    4/5

  • 5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
  • I was working on my own end-to-end product, so there was little interaction with other development teams, whereas some other interns were working together with other staff, however I do not believe this gave me any less responsibility, as I was pretty much in charge of developing my own product from start to finish, which was great.

    4/5

  • 6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  • The skills I learnt at Metaswitch will definitely help me in my studies and beyond, from teamworking to consistently sticking to coding standards, as well as the base knowledge of computing I've built up. I can see it all coming in very handy in the future

    5/5

    The Company

  • 7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
  • Full time staff tended to work through lunch, so limited social interaction during the day, but with frequent social activities and weekly lunch time sports, it definitely didn't feel like an "all work no play" atmosphere.

    4/5

  • 8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
  • Very well organised, with accommodation and transport arranged and a great structure of reviews and status updates to get interns into the swing of things.

    4/5

  • 9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  • The company held an effective communications session for all interns

    4/5

  • 10. What were the perks on your work placement?
  • Financial Bonus

    Company Parties/Events

    3/5

  • 11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
  • Metaswitch is far more appealing to me now having worked here

    3/5

    The Culture

  • 12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
  • A few of the interns stayed together in a company flat, and all the interns got together a few times for various occasions. There was also an interns social event put on by the company.

    4/5

  • 13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
  • The cost of living in Edinburgh is generally quite high, but the company subsidized out accommodation, which helped a lot.

    3/5

  • 14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
  • Living in Edinburgh during the Fringe Festival, there was ALWAYS something to do!

    5/5

  • 15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
  • Team sports at lunch times was about it in Edinburgh, but there was more on offer in the Enfield office

    2/5

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Details

Internship (1-4 Months)

Scotland

26th August 2014


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