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Rating

4.2/5
  • The Role
    4.6
  • The Company
    4.9
  • The Culture
    2.6

    The Role

  • 1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
  • I was well welcomed, the people there were brilliant, I was well trained and never got bored. thought out my placement I gradually developed, increasing my knowledge and responsibilities.

    5/5

  • 2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
  • I was given a number of daily tasks to fulfil as well as small projects, people used my work and turned to me for information on the area's I was covering. I felt that I was replied upon in a number of area's

    5/5

  • 3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
  • I have a number of meeting and reviews with my manager, my manager worked hard to to get me the opportunities I was able to access. She was very helpful in introducing me to a number of people allowing me to increase my knowledge of all area's of the business and allowing me to network.

    5/5

  • 4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
  • I have daily tasks that I managed in the morning regarding Contract admin, in the afternoon I mainly handled any invoices I had and worked on the project i had on at the time.

    4/5

  • 5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
  • I was given full access to all the systems, I was responsible for validating a number of large invoices costing millions and was also responsible for representing Swindon Back Office in a Global Standardisation and Upgrade project of the system.

    5/5

  • 6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  • I gained a large number of skills in presenting, networking, excel and databases. I learnt how to work with a number of different people from different countries and also had the opportunity to work within a project and learnt the project process.

    5/5

    The Company

  • 7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
  • The back office was always busy, even on christmas eve, there was a great sense of community and the commodity teams worked very well together.

    5/5

  • 8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
  • My manager and I set targets for my first month, then reviewed these targets and made a 6 month targets. I was also given a review when the rest of the team recieved their annual review. I had a well structured day and there was time made for me to sit with other collegues to learn about their role.

    5/5

  • 9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  • I was well trained on the job, I was able to attend a futures and options training day. i also went to an Access training session, I was also given German lessons as I have been taking them at university I was allowed to carry them on. I was encouraged to apply for the graduate scheme and was given advise in my preparation for it.

    5/5

  • 10. What were the perks on your work placement?
  • Sports and Social Club

    Subsidised/Company Gym

    International Travel

    Financial Bonus

    Company Parties/Events

    5/5

  • 11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
  • I applied for and was accepted on the Graduate scheme.

    5/5

    The Culture

  • 12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
  • There were a number of placement students that were accepted every year about 6 or more, also the Back Office is rather large and all birthdays were celebrated. I also socialised with the people in my team and the teams around me.

    4/5

  • 13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
  • The amount that we were paid for our placement was enough to cover living costs and being able to go out to socialise.

    3/5

  • 14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
  • It is nothing like what I am used to, it is a little small, but there were a large number of people that went out which made going out more fun, we also went to London a couple of times and stayed with people from the London Office

    2/5

  • 15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
  • Football was within work on a Wednesday, Golf and running club were also possible at work. There is no university, which I think made a large difference as there were not the activities available close by.

    3/5

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Placement Year (10 Months+)

South West

16th October 2010


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