Great Culture

4.0
Position title
Business Co-Op
Work term type
Co-op
What was your monthly salary (before taxes)?
2,001 to 2,500
How long was your work term?
4 months
Where did the internship/co-op take place?
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Work industry
Accounting
Faculty
Business

Work review

With reflection, was your first day well-structured and organized? 
Went smoothly
Did the on-the-job training allow you to be successful in your role?
Good/Useful
Was your work challenging and engaging?
Boring
The projects you worked on, did they give you valuable experience toward your career goals?
Not really
What did you like best about your internship/co-op? What type of work were you doing?

My favorite thing about the co-op term was the flexible schedule, and company culture. Working from home allows you to be flexible, as long as you don't have meetings you can sleep in and work your 7 hours from 9-5 instead of 8-4.

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

In my specific role, my work relied on others that were not usually available or had many things to do. This was a huge challenge as I would have days where there was not much to do, it was very frustrating. I felt guilty for not doing much some days but at the end of the day there was nothing i could do about it other than communicate with my supervisors.

Manager experience

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

My only feedback is to create a plan for what the student needs to be doing, with lack of structure, it is hard for students to feel productive.

Social experience

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

The culture is great, they regularly host webinars around diversity & inclusion, systematic racism, etc. I learned a lot about social issues and you could tell they really cared.

What are the benefits/perks of working here?
Flex time Office games (foosball, ping pong, etc) Work from home

Final notes

Did the internship/co-op experience match what was described in the job listing and interview?
Just as advertised
Would you recommend this internship/co-op to a friend?
Probably
I would recommend Emera/NS Power, I would not recommend my position
Would you work at this employer full-time if offered a job?
Probably
It would all depend on the type of work.
Why did you choose this employer for your internship/co-op?
Reputation Cultural fit Location
Advice to future interns applying to this company? 

Network as much as possible, with students and team members.