Windows System Adminstration at Bank of America

Top Employer
Duration
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Region
London Central London and City
Review Date
Salary
£24,000 - £25,999
Roles
Computer Science

Connect with this company

Bank of America is a Top Employer

8.0/10

The Role
8.7
Organisation
7.4

Socialising

7.8

The Role

Role Description

I was part of the Windows Server Operations team supporting over 2300 windows servers in EMEA for Merrill Lynch (now Bank of America Merrill Lynch)

1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?

The work was interesting and a challenge. I got plenty of exposure to different parts of the firm, in both technology and the business side.

9/10

Imagine yourself working at Bank of America

RateMyPlacement is currently advertising 10 roles at Bank of America

View jobs now →

2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?

Was a great team to work in. I was integrated fully, even going on call and being left as the escalation for the support team.

9/10

3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?

My manager actively sought to provide me opportunities to learn new things, provided me with new skills, and books to read to improve, I also had a chance to move to between technical items, reporting and project work.

8/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

Was very busy during the placement, but then investment banks are very busy generally. I enjoyed being stretched, and to succeed at the bank you can't be shy of hard work.

8/10

5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?

Was a full team member, included in the team rota, and on-call rota. Also was the sole technical consultant for a number of projects which meant I was representing my team.

8/10

6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

The first year taught me an incredible amount about myself, and without that year I do not think my degree classification would have been as high as it was. The skills I picked up have been used in my current graduate role, and have been invaluable in aspect even outside my professional life.

10/10

Imagine yourself working at Bank of America

RateMyPlacement is currently advertising 10 roles at Bank of America

View jobs now →

The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

Table Football was a regular fixture during lunch, and office was a good team place to be, it had recently been opened so it was new and very pleasant to work in.

7/10

8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?

The placement was in it's first year when I joined, as a result it was a little disjointed and not as well supported as possible. However the current scheme has greatly improved and has been actively seeking input from past participants and current graduates (I'm both these things) to continuing improving it.

5/10

9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

Placement students were provided opportunities for training as well as provided with some access to the senior managers in the group.

7/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • Sports and Social Club
  • Financial Bonus
  • Company Parties/Events
  • Working from home
8/10

11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?

All the graduates within my year (2009) have been recruited from placements, the bank uses that as an extremely strong method of recruitment, and greatly values employees with a year's experience under their belt before beginning the full graduate program.

10/10

Social

12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?

There were 11 placement students, and there was a very strong social bond between us, we did training together, often went for lunch together and had social events both company organised and self-planned after work.

8/10

13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?

Lived at home, worked in both London and Camberley (Surrey). London is expensive, but we were paid London salaries, and it was more than comfortable.

8/10

14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?

London is great. Camberley is not so good, that said it was possible to have a beer or two, and there were chances to get lunch at restaurants etc.

8/10

15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?

7/10

Imagine yourself working at Bank of America

RateMyPlacement is currently advertising 10 roles at Bank of America

View jobs now →