Nathan Robichaud Reflection

5.0
Position title
corporate tax co-op
Work term type
Internship
What was your monthly salary (before taxes)?
2,001 to 2,500
How long was your work term?
16 months
Where did the internship/co-op take place?
Halifax
Work industry
Finance
Faculty
Engineering

Work review

With reflection, was your first day well-structured and organized? 
Very impressed
Did the on-the-job training allow you to be successful in your role?
Very helpful
Was your work challenging and engaging?
Moderate
The projects you worked on, did they give you valuable experience toward your career goals?
Very helpful
What did you like best about your internship/co-op? What type of work were you doing?

I was doing mostly informational reporting on emera's tax work to the CRA. I also did plenty of admin work, like creating spreadsheets and filing things. I liked best the in-depth projects that kept me really busy and learning lots

What did you like least about your internship/co-op?

It is the nature of tax to slow down dramatically in late July and all of August, so the end of my term was really slow. This is no fault of the company, just a timing thing within the tax industry. I did get a chance to do some online learning and reflection during this time, though. I have friends doing more exciting work more consistently, and I'd love to come back and sample that kind of internship.

Manager experience

Did your manager(s) provide you with support and coaching to be effective in your role?
All the time
Did you receive clear and actionable feedback from your manager(s) during your work term?
All the time
Did you feel comfortable asking your manager(s) questions, when needed?
Open door policy
Feedback to management about the internship/co-op program: 

My managers made a tax job as interesting as you can make a tax job (kudos to them for that). They love the work they do and I was often blown away at the amount of knowledge everyone on my team had. Our director was great at including everyone on projects, even if they were way over our heads. One of my managers worked with me from day one (I had never taken a commerce course) to help walk me through the first report I completed. As time went on, I noticed that people here always had work for me, in spite of my very limited knowledge in the field. As a result, I learned more in 4 months than I ever thought I could.

Social experience

To what degree did the team make you feel welcome, included and valued?
Like family
How often were there opportunities to participate in social activities with your colleagues?
Regularly
Describe the office environment/culture.

Nobody here hates their job. It's very much the opposite of traditional work in firms or of office stereotypes. Everyone here has a really impressive resume and are engaged in their work.

In my department, you could pretty much show up and leave whenever as long as you worked 7 hours.

there is decent free coffee on all the floors and slightly better coffee downstairs, but the best coffee is across the street.

The best part was there was no bad-mouthing other people. In the past I've seen people leave a room or a meeting only to be ripped up by the remaining employees as soon as they're out of earshot - not the case here.

What are the benefits/perks of working here?
Company gym Flex time Free coffee Social activities Volunteering day

Final notes

Did the internship/co-op experience match what was described in the job listing and interview?
Regularly
Would you recommend this internship/co-op to a friend?
Probably
Would you work at this employer full-time if offered a job?
100%
Why did you choose this employer for your internship/co-op?
Reputation Location
Advice to future interns applying to this company? 

Emera is a FANTASTIC company to intern with. If you have a passion for a specific field, this is the place to pursue it. I've never seen so much education in one building and almost everyone is approachable and friendly. You can ask executives to go for coffee or lunch, email pretty much anyone with questions in their field, and build a really impressive network here. My advice is this - take every opportunity they give you. We were offered free dinner tickets to some pretty important business galas in Halifax, where I met a mentor and made tons of connections. On the social committee, we set up lunch & learns with some awesome folks from the company as well as some after-hours events for the students, as well as some volunteering. What helped me the most was talking to people on the elevator or in the kitchens - you'd be surprised at how often conversations like this lead to solid connections and new opportunities.