Fall 2019 - Cyber Security Analyst

5.0
Position title
Cyber Security Analyst
Work term type
Internship
What was your monthly salary (before taxes)?
3,001 to 3,500
How long was your work term?
4 months
Where did the internship/co-op take place?
Toronto, Ontario
Work industry
Cyber Security
Faculty
Computer Science

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?
Loved coming to work
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 enjoyed the software development aspects of my job. I developed and automated security investigations within the organization. I really enjoyed connecting with the different SMEs to get the job done. Stack was primarily object-oriented Python.

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

I didn't enjoy the manual work very much since my passion lies with software development. My initial goal was to automate my job, but once I found out one of our proprietary tools didn't have API access, I realized my goal wasn't feasible.

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: 

I typically had a good experience with management through this internship. My manager was very open with communication, no micromanaging. He was always quick to respond, no matter the time of day. Whenever I informed him of a roadblock I had, he would usually have a solution ready by day's end. This helped me continue my work with minimal stops.

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?
Regularly
Describe the office environment/culture.

I made a lot of friends at the office and in other departments via coffee chats. I most valued the coffee chats with Capital Markets executives near the end of my term. The only way to access them was to attend 10K Coffee Chat events, which were always very welcoming. I had a second group of friends that I'd regularly see at the 10K coffee chat events.

What are the benefits/perks of working here?
Free coffee Office games (foosball, ping pong, etc) Social activities Volunteering day 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?
100%
If they're interested in cybersecurity positions.
Would you work at this employer full-time if offered a job?
100%
I'm shifting my career focus right now, so if the offer was from RBC Capital Markets for a quant developer role I'd jump at it.
Why did you choose this employer for your internship/co-op?
Reputation Cultural fit Location
Advice to future interns applying to this company? 

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