Loewen Windows

Summer at Loewen

Position title
Manufacturing Engineering Student
Work term type
What was your monthly salary (before taxes)?
3,001 to 3,500
How long was your work term?
4 months
Work industry

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?
Was your work challenging and engaging?
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?

Loewen gave engineering students a lot of freedom. There was very little micromanaging, and we were allowed full control over our projects. For this reason I think that it was a great co-op position. I gained very diverse and relevant engineering experience.

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

Loewen has some equipment that is very out of date when compared to other manufacturing industries. They also have some organizational issues in the engineering department regarding drawings.

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 manager was great! She was always willing to offer me help and advice whenever I needed it. My manager allowed us to take full control over our projects and I never felt like I was being micromanaged.

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?
Describe the office environment/culture.

The office environment is very friendly. Everybody in the office was always willing to chat and say good morning.

What are the benefits/perks of working here?
Employee discounts/rewards Free coffee Health/dental benefits coverage Paid vacation time Social activities

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?
Would you work at this employer full-time if offered a job?
Why did you choose this employer for your internship/co-op?
Recommendation Cultural fit
Advice to future interns applying to this company? 

Loewen has a strong lean culture, make sure to mention your knowledge of lean manufacturing principles, 5S, and organizational skills during the interview.