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I am an electrical engineering intern at a utility company. The company requires that we have a presentation at the end of the term. The presentation is expected to contain information regarding the projects over term and share challenges, successes, accomplishments, and provide feedback. I have not had a great summer due to low amounts of work, and micromanagement.

Would it be professional to include that in my feedback?

How can I word this without offending someone?

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    I go to presentations like these looking for prospective employees that I can steal for my team. – Dark Matter Aug 8 at 14:58
  • @Lechuga, welcome to The Workplace. In the future, you might consider leaving your question open (without an accepted answer) for a bit longer (perhaps several days) to see if you can gather a diversity of perspectives on the issue. – Jay Aug 8 at 16:25
  • @Jay Thanks for the information. I will take it into consideration next time. – Lechuga Aug 8 at 17:51
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No, it would not be professional to include this in your presentation.

Most internship presentations are meant to be a summary of your work and the things you've accomplished over the term. It's usually more of a benefit to you than the company, to help you develop technical communication and presentation skills. Including criticism of your experience in this venue, which will likely include a number of co-workers you don't know very well, would be inappropriate and reflect poorly on you.

That's not to say that you can't give negative feedback on your experience at all, but the presentation is not the place for it. This sort of feedback is better given to your manager in a one-on-one setting where a conversation can be had rather than a one-way lecture.

I would also note that your comments won't be received well if this is the first time your manager is hearing about it. If you have been lacking work all summer and haven't been asking for more or indicating your manager that you don't have anything to do, then you are equally responsible for your poor experience. Managers can't fix a problem they don't know about.

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Since you were specifically asked to provide feedback in the presentation, it's okay to include something. Definitely include positive feedback for the things you enjoyed. If you are going to include anything negative, it should still come off as positive and that you enjoyed working there. For example in your case you could say,

I wish I could have been able to get involved in more projects.

This will come off as "I liked it so much I wish I could do more!" instead of "I was bored and had nothing to do." Say what you wanted, not what you didn't like. It's all about spinning the negative feedback to sound like a positive. Probably best not to mention the micromanagement, as I'm not sure how to make that sound good.

  • Can you please tell me what type of feedback I should include in that section of the presentation? – Lechuga Aug 8 at 13:17
  • @Lechuga Have you specifically been asked to provide feedback in your presentation? – David K Aug 8 at 13:19
  • Yes I have been asked to provide feedback – Lechuga Aug 8 at 13:28
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    Were there things that did go well? Were there colleagues you could get along with well? People that helped you out? Collaboration on specific items that turned out positive? Things you learned or experiences gained from a colleague? – Caroline Aug 8 at 13:40
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    We used to call these 'lessons learnt' presentations, we would deliver them to the team at the end of each project. They're really useful to help you reflect on what worked and what didn't, they're not a forum to be negative, but it's ok to say there were challenges or issues that impacted work. – Clare Aug 8 at 13:58
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A lot depends on the culture you live in. Whereas it would be unprofessional to criticise your superiors, in some cultures you would be able to include a positively phrased sentence such as:

The experience was great overall. In my next job I hope to be able to take over more advanced tasks and have a slightly more autonomy.

Or similar. It's not straightforward, but people will understand what you mean if they want to understand.

In some countries this wouldn't be ok however.

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