TD Bank

Data Science Co-Op Review

3.0
Position title
Data Science Co-Op
Work term type
Internship
What was your monthly salary (before taxes)?
4,001 to 4,500
How long was your work term?
4 months
Line of business
Wealth
Work industry
Financial Services
Faculty
Engineering

Work review

With reflection, was your first day well-structured and organized? 
Fairly Basic
Nothing overly impressive; a lot of training modules, special access/software requests took a while.
Did the on-the-job training allow you to be successful in your role?
Good/Useful
Was your work challenging and engaging?
Moderate
Challenging yes, but it was not what i wanted to do so I was not engaged as much as I would have liked to be.
The projects you worked on, did they give you valuable experience toward your career goals?
Not really
Came as a data science co-op, felt that most of the work I ended up doing was more administrative
What did you like best about your internship/co-op? What type of work were you doing?

Everyone is very friendly and there's plenty of opportunity to get involved. It was tough to join projects that already began prior to me getting here because I didn't have access to a lot of things and I didn't understand the things that came prior. Helped with onboarding the team onto JIRA and setting up their boards, and setting up productivity measures using it.

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

As mentioned earlier, did not do the work I thought I would be doing. They were very transparent with me in terms of what projects I could be a part of, but those were more if I had the time to spare, and the more primary tasks that were given to me were a little more boring and took a lot of time.

Manager experience

Did your manager(s) provide you with support and coaching to be effective in your role?
Regularly
Had two managers during my term; both were supportive and willing to answer my questions.
Did you receive clear and actionable feedback from your manager(s) during your work term?
Regularly
Regularly from one, occasionally from the other
Did you feel comfortable asking your manager(s) questions, when needed?
Open door policy
Very friendly, always willing to help and answer questions that I had.
Feedback to management about the internship/co-op program: 

I was not ready for the management switch when my first manager left for study purposes for an extended period of time, and I wish I knew that this would happen earlier so I could prepare in terms of figuring out what projects I could join, or what software/access-related issues I would have while transitioning to a new team.

Again, both of my managers were very helpful and nice, and attempted to help me find projects/people I could work with. I just wish I was better prepared to be able to jump between sub-teams and join projects, but I couldn't because of various administrative issues

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?
Occasionally
Describe the office environment/culture.

I wasn't expecting much because it's harder for larger companies (vs startups) to organize social activities. I don't think there were any during my first two months, but once the Untied Way campaign came around there were a lot more activities, and I think it's nice to have something like that during the whole year, rather than near the holidays.

What are the benefits/perks of working here?
Free coffee

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

Talking to other coops in different divisions but the same position, it looks like they got a lot more meaningful work to do and that they learned relevant things. It's unfortunate that I did not get that same experience but I was able to meet so many people and connect with them, whether they were full-timers or coops. Got to learn a lot through them, and TD overall is a great place to work. Hearing about full-time perks and how much people enjoy the work they do, I'm sure it's still a great place to work.

After my term here I would say that I would not come back to my position specifically, mainly because I was not able to do the work I would have liked, and some issues with who I was reporting to was an unfortunate but unlikely event. Wealth is also a little farther behind in comparison to other divisions in terms of technology being used, but they're working on improving on that front right now, so in a couple of years this position at Wealth specifically would be more beneficial