The focused and collaborative work environment made me look forward to going to work. We also had a great relationship with our project investigators at Sandia National Laboratories and were able to communicate with them easily everyday.
What I wish was different
We definitely had some issues with network connectivity when demoing our weekly progress with Sandia employees, and would encounter slow network when we were trying to run and debug applications, which slowed down progress some days.
Do not be afraid to ask questions, especially if you're confused about a task! Communicate with the project investigators daily and remember to comment/document your code.