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QuEST Global

Structural Engineering

July - December 2018 • Windsor, CT

What I liked

Got to learn FEA and was doing actual work analyzing parts.

What I wish was different

Better flow of work. There were some dead periods.

Advice

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Data Migration

November 2016 - September 2019 • Phoenix, AZ

What I liked

The culture of the office is quite casual and easy-going and the work schedule was quite flexible.

What I wish was different

My status was technically an intern and as such, I had no opportunity to receive pay increases during my tenure.

Advice

Sometimes it was too layback and that mentality would follow me home after work, don't let it make you a perpetual couch potato.
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Manufacturing Engineer

June - December 2018 • Windsor, CT

What I liked

The opportunity to work in different projects and the flexibility.

What I wish was different

Better pay

Advice

Don’t be afraid to ask questions
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Associate Engineer

July - December 2019 • Windsor, CT

What I liked

The people are pretty nice. There are flexible schedules so as long as you hit 40 hours a week you can work whenever.

What I wish was different

Last semester QuEST took on 40 co-ops. This semester they took 4, and still I spent more days twiddling my thumbs than anything else. They clearly don't have jobs in mind for co-ops when they hire them. I started this co-op hoping to better understand where I want to go in the field of engineering. I still have no idea, except for one thing: not QuEST.

Advice

Steer clear.
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Engineering Intern

January - July 2019 • Windsor, CT

What I liked

What I wish was different

Wish they had planned more ahead for what co-ops would be doing.

Advice

Always make sure you know what your role is going to be before going into the job.
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Structural Engineer

January - July 2019 • Windsor, CT

What I liked

Flexible hours, tight knit department, great co-op team lead

What I wish was different

I wish anyone outside of the co-op team lead had made us feel appreciated or like our work was worth anything but a way to get the same kind of work for a cheaper wage

Advice

Don't be afraid to ask questions or negotiate pay!
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Structural Engineer

January - July 2019 • Windsor, CT

What I liked

The structures department is very helpful and has a great work atmosphere. I started in design and got moved to structures and they were very willing to work with me to make sure I could balance the left over work I had from my previous department and their new training exercises. If I was ever stuck on a problem, I knew I could always ask questions and someone would help to the best of their ability. When I began working on real projects, the helpfulness continued. I learned how to use FEA software, and they took the time to make sure I understood the science behind the results instead of having me just memorize the process.

What I wish was different

QuEST as a whole can be very unorganized. HR randomly placed the co-ops in groups, so the first week was confusing as we were resorted. I changed Co-op team leads, which was confusing, and also changed departments. It all ended up working out, but a lot of stress could have been taken out of the first week with a little more organization.

Advice

Don't be afraid to ask questions. If you aren't sure of something, ask around until you find the person that can answer your question. Most people will get back to you if they are busy at the time, or will direct you to someone else. Additionally, talk to your fellow co-ops. They may know the information you need, and at the very least, you make friends and co-op gets less lonely.
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Quality Engineer

July - December 2017 • East Hartford, CT

What I liked

Program managers do care for their co-ops, as I had the opportunity to go to Georgia for work with all expenses covered.

What I wish was different

Communication lacked at this company. It is very difficult to get in contact with the higher ups in addition to lack of work over a period of time.

Advice

It’s a good way to be introduced into the real world; however, if you are looking to advance and move up, this is not the place for you.
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Camp Counselor

June 2018 • Danville, CA

What I liked

Just about everything, great work environment and great kids

What I wish was different

Longer program

Advice

Be prepared to deal with new situations every day and work with your fellow counselors
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Structural Engineer

July 2018 • Windsor, CT

What I liked

The people that work here are absolutely amazing! Everyone will be helpful and friendly. I was nervous coming into this Co-op, but the people really have made it a great experience. The work is also real engineering work, and directly affects jets like the F-22 and F-35! Great people, real engaging work, it's just great and I love it.

What I wish was different

I wish I had some kind of feedback from previous Co-ops on apartments complexes. I seem to be the only Co-op having a rough time with their apartment management, and turns out to be a common problem for people living at the Pavilions. Some kind of recommendation or review from previous Co-ops would've been greatly appreciated.

Advice

Do not go living in an apartment complex without doing really thorough research on it first. Also, don't be afraid to talk to coworkers. It's never an inconvenience to be friendly to someone. If there is bad news to deliver, just be straight about it, giving honest information won't inconvenience people.
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Part Valuation Engineer

July 2017 • East Hartford, CT

What I liked

Lot of exposure to the aerospace industry without being overly intimidating - co-op program seems developed to the point that there are reviews, meetings and presentations designed to rate experiences. Very flexible hours and scheduling, management is approachable. Great people to work with.

What I wish was different

Onboarding process was very rough. Better communication and preparation from the start would have made the experience much better.

Advice

Be patient as some issues cannot be avoided, but don't let them sit on the back burner as they may go unnoticed for an unnecessarily long time.
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