A pleasant time at RBC

Position title
Communication Designer
Work term type
What was your monthly salary (before taxes)?
2,001 to 2,500
How long was your work term?
8 months
Where did the internship/co-op take place?
Toronto, Ontario
Work industry
Digital Media
Graphic Design, UI/UX Design, Project Management,

Work review

With reflection, was your first day well-structured and organized? 
Fairly Basic
Good introduction to the team and instantly started to network with others off-team, but work laptop was not ready day one.
Did the on-the-job training allow you to be successful in your role?
Was okay
I believe I came in pretty prepared and learned more work-life skill than technical
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?

The people and culture. It is promoted that growth is the most important thing for RBC employees and I can see that. I was never restricted to pursue work/projects outside of my team and was encouraged too, as long as I put the teams work first when it came. The other teams that I've worked with were extremely welcoming and had lots of interesting tasks to complete.

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

The downtime, sadly my team didn't actually have a lot of work for me to do day-to-day. The things that I did receive from them were easily completed so I had a lot of downtime. I decided to volunteer myself to other departments/team so I could consistently have work to do rather than sitting around. It filled up some time but there are still moments where I would have nothing to do.

Manager experience

Did your manager(s) provide you with support and coaching to be effective in your role?
Was always available for a meeting/talk and checked up on me weekly.
Did you receive clear and actionable feedback from your manager(s) during your work term?
Anytime I made a mistake, I was told in a professional manner and given feedback on how to improve.
Did you feel comfortable asking your manager(s) questions, when needed?
Open door policy
Never once did I feel uncomfortable talking to my manager or other staff
Feedback to management about the internship/co-op program: 

I had an amazing time working at RBC, while some days I did struggle to find work to do you were open to me giving up my time to assist other teams and department. That is something I truly respect as I understand that my time is being paid with your limited transit but you were still open to me doing work for others, as long as I put our team's work ahead of others.

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?
All the time
Describe the office environment/culture.

Very open and friendly, we had an open space office so we could sit anywhere we liked and no matter who sat beside me, they were always open for a quick chat and or help if I had questions.

What are the benefits/perks of working here?
Employee discounts/rewards Flex time Free coffee Free prepared meals/snacks Social activities Stocked fridge Tickets to entertainment events Work from home

Final notes

Did the internship/co-op experience match what was described in the job listing and interview?
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?
Reputation Work types Cultural fit Location
Advice to future interns applying to this company? 

Take matters into your own hands, if you feel like you aren't getting enough work, or meaningful work, don't hesitate to talk to your manager about it. If you have problems and you don't tell anyone, no one is going to know about them.