1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
At most times during the placement It was good. My sandwich year was split into two, First half of the year I was in UX experience where I mainly tested new products and building systems (which I like doing) for events like EFA, REC and many more. The second half of the year I had the opportunity to travel to places and to showcase our department "Retail roadshow" to customers in Poland, Dubai and many more. it was allot of hard work but during these travels we get to explore a bit as well such as in Dubai seeing the tallest tower in the world, most expensive hotels and the palm all during non working hour's.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I found that there's a certain attitude towards interns, doubts and lack of focus in our department due to the recent mishaps of employees with employees (not including interns). This disruption left everyone quite unstable in their position and priority for the interns was on a low. I'm not going to disclose anyone but I was told "This department is not recommended for new experiences. Maybe other departments in Intel would be better but, other companies would be a better option". Personally I have a very high expectations and I don't take things easily but this was outrageous.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
They do give you support through conversations and 1 to 1's but lack in note taking and guidelines. Notes on task is good but they wont admit they haven't sent it. Half the time they end up interrogating your computers personal emails to try to find the email they didn't send. I find that there's a lot of privacy issues and its very time consuming and all they needed to do is to open there own devices to find the email! I finds that time isn't used to the optimal.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Half and half depending when the projects are set.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Quite a bit of responsibility but some small issues like "sending a small table to Germany" was not necessary at all since its not required and it was utterly pointless. Other things beside that is testing devices and trying out new software's technologies. There's a fair bit with oculus rift if your lucky.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
There was a lot of training at the start which helped us do our daily tasks. The training is mainly Intel policies. Relating it to my degree, the only parts you can extract from the training is the polices, protocols and security measures.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Okay environment well I was mostly in a lab which was quite.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Firstly well organised but months later realising the flaws.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Training is a mandatory thing but it does help to kickstart in what to do at intel.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Not appealing due to specific hires and poor management.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Social scene was great at first until everyone began to reside into groups of their own and to be honest social got better in our own groups.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Cheaper than my Uni. plenty of takeaways cluster in old town and new.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Nightlife is half and half depending on the night in most cases. Best bet would be sessoning in Bristol or reading.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yes within our own groups we created allot of activities but will require a car to get to places and have some time.