1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Largely enjoyable but the workload can be overwhelming at times. This placement certainly favours those who are task orientated and enjoy being challenged.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
All interns are given the same responsibilities as their full time counterparts. As such their actions are every bit as critical to the business as any other employee.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
The initial handover was poorly handled but steps were taken to correct this. Regular 1:1s with management were an open invitation to discuss concerns but the follow through into support was lacking.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Remaining bandwidth varied dramatically on a day by day basis. Over the 13 months duration of the placement this probably balances, however there were many late nights and early starts.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
A great amount of responsibility is given to placement students. The scope can be broad or narrow depending on core responsibilities and available bandwidth for job+ activities.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The soft skills developed here have already been of use in my degree, and my experience informed much of my since submitted coursework. The data analytics and project management skills will be invaluable in my final year project and beyond.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The office environment was never particularly fun, but there is good work being done by the Great Place To Work team to improve this. Communal areas and a well equipped games room certainly help.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Initial training was excellently organised and well delivered, however the on the job training fell short of requirements. The accounts to which I was assigned weren't decided until more than a month on the job. The support networks were in place to assist with these issues but I feel that they could have been proactively addressed and avoided all together with better planning.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I was given the opportunity to work closely with my accounts and attend a large number of in office or web based training on Intel products or processes. However these often clash with other arrangements or take more time than is available in a working day.
In most cases Interns were put face to face with customers, this was not an opportunity given to me. When I confronted this issue I was told that interns don't get travel, something that is clearly not the case as many have (Including 2 from our team that week). Not only do I feel that this was a roadblock to my own development and a better customer relationship, but falsifying the reasoning behind the decision was unnecessary and insulting.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
Above 25 days holiday
Working from home
Healthcare from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Highly appealing from the stance that there is certainly further development to be gained from continued work with Intel. From the perspective of location, workload and progression less so.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
The Sports and Social Committee arranged fairly frequent events and group holidays. Although this was pretty limited to pubs & clubs. Would be nice to see more variety.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Rent was extremely low and the properties great value for money. The induction days before the internship commenced were a great way to find people to house share with.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
There are a few bars and clubs, but if you've seen one in Swindon then you've seen them all.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Volunteering hours could be done in place of work.