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Rating

3.9/5
  • The Role
    4.3
  • The Company
    3.8
  • The Culture
    3.4

    The Role

  • 1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
  • I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Savills. The experience gave me a great insight into the work of a Chartered Surveyor and into Savills as a company. Savills have a great work/life balance. I met some great people both when working on projects in the office and at social events after work.

    4/5

  • 2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
  • I felt very valued by my colleagues. They were always very supportive of my work and gave me invaluable advice throughout my placement. I gained so much knowledge in such a short time, mainly thanks to the entusiasm of the team I worked with and their time and patience.

    4/5

  • 3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
  • I was given support and guidance by management from day one. When I first started my placement they provided me with advice about which university to apply to to study for my masters and they helped me apply for funding for my masters. In addition they organised talks and presentations from different departments in order to give us an insight into the work carried out in these departments.

    5/5

  • 4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
  • I was busy the majority of the time. For the majority of the time I worked with one team within my department and they ensured that I was busy but not swamped with work. On occasions, if my team could not provide me with work I helped out other teams within the department who had a high work load at the time.

    4/5

  • 5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
  • I was given a great deal of responsibility from the start of my placement. I worked in the Valuation team and so was able to work on projects from start to finish, from inspecting the site to sending the final report to the client. I was responsible for certain sections of the report, which was great.

    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 believe the skills that I have developed during my time at Savills will greatly assist me during my masters course. Before I came to Savills I had very little knowledge of the property industry but I have learnt so much during my placement and this can only aid me next year.

    5/5

    The Company

  • 7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
  • Everyone was very friendly and willing to help, however it was quite stressful at times.

    4/5

  • 8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
  • Overall the placement was well organised and managed.

    4/5

  • 9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  • I was invited to attend a company IT induction day and an introduction to Savills day, which helped me settle in.

    4/5

  • 10. What were the perks on your work placement?
  • National Travel

    International Travel

    Company Parties/Events

    4/5

  • 11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
  • I have been asked to apply for the grad scheme in September and will be fast-tracked through the process.

    4/5

    The Culture

  • 12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
  • There were lots of opportunities to go out with the other placement students, both on organised and independent events.

    4/5

  • 13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
  • I lived at home in Cambridge and commuted into London on a daily basis. This was expensive but cheaper than living in London, and the benefits of the placement greatly outweighed the travel expenses.

    1/5

  • 14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
  • The nightlife was great - I was based in the west end though so it was to be expected!

    4/5

  • 15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
  • There were lots of organised events both for placement students and grads as well as company wide, such as placement students v grads rounders and the Savills annual cricket match.

    5/5

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Placement Year (10 Months+)

Surveying

18th July 2008


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