TD Bank

Co-op II Review

Position title
Intern / Co-op II
Work term type
What was your monthly salary (before taxes)?
2,001 to 2,500
How long was your work term?
4 months
Line of business
Where did the internship/co-op take place?
Work industry
Computer Science

Work review

With reflection, was your first day well-structured and organized? 
Some issues
Did the on-the-job training allow you to be successful in your role?
Was okay
Was your work challenging and engaging?
In the beginning, it was incredibly boring. It stepped up near the end to become more challenging and/or entertaining.
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 learning the ins-and-outs of an AGILE workflow, as well as what a real development environment is like to work in. The work I was doing was mostly odd-job support tasks: things like creating monitoring dashboards with Splunk. I never did any actual programming.

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

I wish that I had had more time doing *programming* instead of busywork.

Manager experience

Did your manager(s) provide you with support and coaching to be effective in your role?
Did you receive clear and actionable feedback from your manager(s) during your work term?
Did you feel comfortable asking your manager(s) questions, when needed?
Feedback to management about the internship/co-op program: 

I think I could have been guided a little bit more in the beginning, since there is a lot to learn in this position about the things we are working on. There were so many acronyms, and I was never *trained*, I just had to ask whenever some crazy new acronym showed up.

Social experience

To what degree did the team make you feel welcome, included and valued?
How often were there opportunities to participate in social activities with your colleagues?
Describe the office environment/culture.

It was great to get to know my small team, but I didn't get the chance to meet most of the other people sharing my office. There were plenty of events to do so, but I wasn't here long enough to get comfortable with them.

What are the benefits/perks of working here?
Office games (foosball, ping pong, etc) Work from home

Final notes

Did the internship/co-op experience match what was described in the job listing and interview?
I did not have a job posting. I was reached out to specifically. There was less legitimate programming than expected/desired.
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 Recommendation Benefits
Advice to future interns applying to this company? 

Be ready to be independent. A foundation of self-discipline and an understanding of the AGILE methodology will be extremely helpful.