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Pella Corporation

Product Engineer Co-op

May 2020 • Pella, IA

What I liked

Real projects and with real impact. Lots of autonomy and expectations to act as a full time/ real engineer. No “intern” busy work.

What I wish was different

N/A.

Advice

Great program if you are interested in learning more about product engineering lifecycle. Not just how to design a product, but how to bring it to market.
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Voice/Data Network Intern

May 2019 • Pella, IA

What I liked

The Intern Program is a blast! It provides those new to the workforce a great experience and a great look into what is expected out of them. The interns do many events together, learning about their fellow colleagues, the company itself, and the city altogether. We took trips to offsite locations to explore what all Pella has to offer. An overall great internship for anyone.

What I wish was different

Some events within the internship program can be outside of your field of study, which can be tedious or not useful, but overall they are beneficial in order to learn about what all Pella has to offer.

Advice

Apply early for the internship program, don't wait until senior year of college. I got accepted my junior summer and spent the summer with a team, but now I get the chance to try out new things on new teams here while still during my internship!
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Department Manager

May - August 2019 • Pella, IA

What I liked

The department manager role really allows you to explore and learn a ton about the company. From day to day operations, to sales and marketing, this role allows you to soak up an all inclusive internship experience.

What I wish was different

A little more structured job shadowing.

Advice

If you find yourself in this role, stay in a continuous state of curiosity. Ask questions every day and make sure you learn something new every day. The employees of Pella are extremely nice and love to help out as much as they can.
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Summer Student

May - August 2019 • Pella, IA

What I liked

Family environment

What I wish was different

Longer lunch breaks

Advice

Pella will give you real world experience in the work force
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Video Producer Intern

May - August 2019 • Des Moines, IA

What I liked

The company culture was amazing.

What I wish was different

Nothing!

Advice

Don't be afraid of moving to Iowa! It's so much better than it sounds. Take risks!
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Assembly Line Worker

May - August 2019 • Pella, IA

What I liked

Friendly work environment

What I wish was different

Nothing

Advice

Great people to work with
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Supply Chain Intern

May - July 2019 • Macomb, IL

What I liked

I loved the family atmosphere. Everyone was kind and happy even on the hottest summer days. Everyone was always willing to help.

What I wish was different

I wish I caught on to my role sooner, that way I could of done a better job at my project and potentially do more.

Advice

Never be afraid to reach out to higher level staff, they are always willing to help or at least point you in the right direction.
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Summer Help

May - August 2019 • Sioux Center, IA

What I liked

The people, especially the managerial staff, at Pella are great. Everyone is kind and welcoming. Denny Van Zanten is a wonderful person who tries to get to know everyone on staff. The environment is very clean and safe. It is clear that Pella takes good care of its employees.

What I wish was different

The pay could have been better. Coming on full time is incentivized by higher pay, but this leaves Summer Help team members woefully under-compensated. A returning Summer Help employee with a whole summer's worth more experience than a new full-time employee still gets paid significantly less.

Advice

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IT intern

February - August 2019 • Pella, IA

What I liked

The internship at pella was really amazing. They really care for the interns and want them to succeed at any future career, even if it isn’t at pella.

What I wish was different

Advice

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Human Resource Intern

May - August 2019 • Sioux Center, IA

What I liked

The culture of Pella Corporation was the most impactful. Pella is a people-focused culture and it is made known. Pella also taught me a lot of what I know in regards to personal development. There are opportunities all around & we just have to take initiative. Pella is a great company and I could not have had a more positive experience.

What I wish was different

I wish there would have been more workshops/trips throughout the summer.

Advice

You are in charge of your experiences - take charge and exude everything you can out of each opportunity that arises. If you fail, that's okay! As long as you are failing forward.
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