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Most Interns Disliked Remote Work In 2020: Glassdoor Analysis

Most Interns Disliked Remote Work In 2020: Glassdoor Analysis

A Glassdoor analysis of more than 130,000 of the site’s job reviews posted by U.S. interns showed a 385% increase in remote work mentions between 2019 and 2020 amid the pandemic’s onset, the company said, and the share of negative mentions has grown since that time.

Glassdoor found that 58% of relevant reviews posted between June and September 2020 mentioned remote work negatively. By last summer, 70% of intern reviews mentioned remote work negatively. Glassdoor said several such reviews commonly cited difficulties with communication and connection. By contrast, the share of negative reviews by full- and part-time employees remained steady by comparison.

The analysis also identified the 25 organizations with the highest median monthly pay for interns in 2022. Online gaming platform Roblox took the top spot with a median monthly pay in excess of $9,000. Uber, Capital One, Salesforce and Amazon, all of which offered median monthly pay of $8,000 or more, rounded out the top five.

COVID-19’s first wave had a mixed impact on internships. While some employers transitioned their programs to a virtual, off-site format, others delayed or canceled internships altogether. Even those that decided to continue their programs may have faced constraints on internal resources and the need to simultaneously support employees and interns remotely.

Office reopening conversations can already be a fraught subject for younger workers, with some commentators noting the possibility that new workforce entrants could lose out on important social connections afforded by in-person work.

Moreover, stakeholders have offered up differing assessments of the move to remote internships. After launching a virtual program in April 2020, Microsoft has since announced that its 2022 internships “will be built for in-person and virtual experiences” while allowing interns to co-create their experiences. Others who previously spoke to HR Dive noted hesitancy on the part of employers to continue the virtual model out of concern about connectivity.

And yet organizations, in some cases, have managed to maintain cultural traditions and facetime within virtual internships through structured processes. Accessible technology platforms can allow interns to operate in the same environment as their peers.

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