- Lufthansa Technik AG22.Jan. 2019
Please do yourself a favour and don't do an internship at LHT PD COM.
As an intern, you'll be treated like one. Whenever you're being introduced it always starts with "this is our new intern". Working full time on "projects" that are given to you, I believe it is not right to be treated like a second class employee. Additionally, I've seen interns given the task to clean white boards and watering plants. Considering having a masters degree, it's neither the work you've signed up nor does it contribute to "your" knowledge you wanted to gain when you accepted a minimum wage salary. I believe in a system in which Interns provide additional support to the company in exchange for gaining practical knowledge even for minimum wage.
Unfortunately, I've seen this second class employee attitude across several departments. Within meetings or conferences employees refuse to talk in english if Non-Germans are involved ("for an intern, I won't start to talk in english"). While LHT's business and network is highly international the German base in HH does not want English to be the corporate language.
Interestingly enough, the PD-COM boss never said "hello" to the interns if people weren't around. Everybody is just being focused on the hierarchy.
Everything is just hierarchal. Private and business topics are strictly separated from each other. "what did you do on your weekend/vacation?" is the only question you can expect.
If you're lucky and in the right department, you'll have a few intersting jobs.
No Never! Read everything I've written above and beyond this chapter. Interns are second class employees and are treated that way.
Umgang mit älteren Kollegen
Well, PD COM employees are of older demographic who are highly respected though.
Karriere / Weiterbildung
If you intend to have better chances in getting a job at LHT after going through an internship, please let me tell you that the application procedure is so standardized that you need to go through the assessment process anyway. It doesn't include business cases to analyse your strategic or operational thinking but gives you a bunch of computer riddles, email simulators etc by which they determine if you are LHT material or not. As a regular employee, the only chance to step up on the career latter is by being becoming a "Head of" smth, neglecting the power of expertise and knowledge, resulting in more hierarchy.
Gehalt / Sozialleistungen
Interns accept a minimum wage in order to be trained and gain knowledge and practical experience in order to succeed in the future. The minimum wage for an internship that goes beyond 3/4 months is around 1500 Euros before Tax in Germany. However, LHT pays 650 Euros for the first 3 months and then minimum wage for the next 3 months. I've contacted the Amt für Arbeit und Soziales, which confirmed that this is tax fraud and can legally be prosecuted.
While I certainly support the idea of open offices since it fosters communciation and knowledge exchange, the entire advantages of open offices are being annihilated because all employees have their pre determined desks on which they work for years. Additionally, if space is not available, you as an intern have to constantly move from one place to the other until that space is occupied again by a full time employee. I've been sitting in a quite room to do my analyses until i saw two guys looking into the room i was occupying, saying "it's just the intern" and trying to kick me out of it so they can use it.
Umwelt- / Sozialbewusstsein
A lot of flying. Workshop in India for 2 days? Let's fly there. Have you ever heard of Skype?!
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