I work as an intern at a large scale company and am coming to the end of my contract. I sacrificed a lot to take this placement so put a lot of effort into making a name for myself in the company. Some of the ways I have done this is volunteer to lead projects, training new members and always being prepared to put in extra hours when necessary.
Due to this work ethic, I made a very good impression on a senior member of staff and have a positive, professional relationship with this person. I was thinking about requesting a reference from this individual but I have an issue:
The majority of my colleagues have stated that this individual has treated them with very little respect and have mention numerous occasions where the senior staff member has been unreasonable in his or her requests. I have seen that at times the senior staff member can be very cut-throat but haven't personally experienced the behavior they have suggested. This may be due to the fact that I'm an intern and they want to promote the workplace program.
My dilemma is that it would be brilliant to receive a reference from someone at such a senior level but I'm worried that it could have a negative effect if this bad reputation is also present outside my company.
Does anyone have any experience in this type of situation or can provide me with some points to consider?