SQL Server DBA at Bank of America

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Duration
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Region
Camberley, Surrey South East
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Salary
£24,000 - £25,999
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Computer and Systems Engineering Computer Science Information Technology

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8.3/10

The Role
9.5
Organisation
8.8

Socialising

6.0

The Role

Role Description

Management of Microsoft SQL Server infrastructure in the development and production environments. Included troubleshooting, assisting developers, installation of package, liaison with vendor, advising on appropriate design.

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

Excellent job - good range of challenges and tasks. Expanded my knowledge, understanding and skill greatly.

9/10

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

Very close team who provided great support, mentoring and coaching. Treated as part of the team - give the "real" work not just small side-projects to keep me quiet

10/10

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

Great support structure through mentoring with a senior leader, coaching by a peer and coaching from line managers. Also given training with external supplier.

9/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

Busy - worked on out of hours tasks, had plenty to do. Real work from the queue with real clients.

10/10

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

Primary support contact for live production systems. Led major environment wide projects on live production systems. Trated as a normal day-to-day DBA

9/10

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

Had no skill set or experience in SQL Server prior to placement - finished with exposure to a large enterprise environment, formal vendor-approved training, understanding of ITIL. Greatly helped in final year project as had practical skills, enhanced learning and concentration skills and ability to tackle problems.

10/10

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The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

Friendly, warm and supportive. Other Placement Students in the office which provided a support network.

9/10

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

Very good. Structured 1 week introduction with external training. Less structure once in position but did have some target setting and performance review.

10/10

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

Formal induction with external training. Specific product training with external supplier (price paid at market level) with internal web based and instructor led training.

10/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Subsidised/Company Gym
5/10

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

Got a job.

10/10

Social

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

Small number of placement students in same office but commuted in, therefore after hours was limited. Some social opportunities with colleagues. Limited by the out-of-London location

7/10

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

5/10

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

5/10

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

7/10

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