Friendly

4.0
Position title
Business Analyst
Work term type
Co-op
What was your monthly salary (before taxes)?
3,001 to 3,500
How long was your work term?
4 months
Line of business
Technology
Work industry
Business
Internship/co-op type
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?

The hackathons were definitely my favourite part of the work term, as you got to see groups of varying skills and experience get together, and saw what innovation projects they came up with. The hackathons also allowed me to take a minor leadership role, giving me a taste of project management. My daily work included doing research for upcoming projects or communicating with coworkers to acquire information. I would then add this information to the current project's app database or in some cases implement it directly into the app. To complete these tasks I worked with .json files and did basic programming with flutter.

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

I did not like my lack of a meaningful workload. At some points I felt like my work contributed to the team, however most of the time I had little work to do, or the work did not feel rewarding. I know that the full-timers tried their best to find me tasks to complete, but I just felt unneeded most of the time, or at least was not needed at these stages of product development.

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?
Regularly
Did you feel comfortable asking your manager(s) questions, when needed?
Regularly

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.

By working in the Innovation Lab, I got to experience what many describe as the "tech startup work environment", such as its' open workspace and nearby foosball table. The full-timers and fellow interns were very friendly and understanding of personal issues, and were supportive throughout the work term. I have been able to gain a great working relationship with the majority of my coworkers, some that I would now call good friends.

What are the benefits/perks of working here?
Free prepared meals/snacks Office games (foosball, ping pong, etc) Social activities

Final notes

Did the internship/co-op experience match what was described in the job listing and interview?
Occasionally
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?
Recommendation