It was thoroughly enjoyable. There were of course, days which weren't as exciting, but these were few and far between. I was given tasks and projects which really contributed to the wider picture and weren't simply menial tasks. You're encouraged to do things for your self and manage your work load, which gives you a little more freedom over how you approach your projects. Training opportunities are given, so there are often opportunities to learn outside of your normal role, which mixes things up a bit.
I've thoroughly enjoyed my time at BAT. For me personally, the best part was the versatility of my role whereby I could decide on my own projects and I have found myself working in several different scientific areas. My department was brilliant, and has such a wide range of research areas that you naturally become involved in a variety of projects and topics.
I thoroughly enjoyed my placement at BAT. I was trusted with a brilliant project and given the freedom to plan and execute the project myself. The placement also involved a good balance of laboratory and office based work. I also met some great people at BAT, the interns and other staff at BAT. I got on very well with my team and felt very comfortable, so the year flew by. Everyone at BAT is very friendly, its full of opportunities to network and grow.
I've really enjoyed working at BAT. The work is challenging and meaningful, so you feel as though the work you do matters to the company and makes a difference. I've felt a sense of fulfilment from the work I have done, as I know that it is valued. The people are great, my whole department are excellent and have supported me a lot as I've learnt and grown. I've made lots of friends at work as I feel the people share a lot of my interests and values.
The work done was very enjoyable, due to working on actual projects of the business, rather than just being given side projects to do, although at times the work was difficult and there is a lot of pressure to deliver work on time. there is a great support system in place for the interns, with a placement team, buddies and mentors as well as your line manager, giving plenty of points of contact when the work is beyond your particular skill set.
I had mixed feelings before starting and I was quite overwhelmed about the idea of working for a year. But from the moment i started i felt more comfortable in my role. The scheme offers wonderful opportunities that most employees do not have access to in the first year. Such as networking with the leadership team including members of the board and a presentation as well to the leadership team. Having around 10 other interns spaced out in different teams in the company lets you know your lot alone as well as sufficiently distancing from them on a day-to-day basis to get on with work
I really enjoyed my placement year at BAT. My colleagues and the other interns were friendly and supportive, I was given a lot of independence to own my projects and workstreams and the working environment was fast paced and exciting. It was a great eye opener to the reality of working in R&D for a large multinational company. The projects I worked on were varied and across different products and brands meaning I could get a good overview of BAT’s product portfolio.
I very much enjoyed my placement at BAT. The work was challenging but I developed so many skills as a result. The placement scheme has developed me as a professional and I feel a lot more prepared for the world of work. It was a lovely site to work on and all employees have been incredibly helpful and friendly.
The placement experience was overall very positive. From a biochemistry point of view, the pay is generous, with an extra bonus in april and free shares, there is potential to adjust your year to personal objectives, the facilities are comfortable (with subsidised gym access), the placement team is very supportive and there is access to various training courses throughout the year.
I enjoyed meeting new people and building my network. During my placement at British American Tobacco, I learnt a variety of new skills and built on some that I learnt during my education at the University of Bath. The placement team at BAT ran a number of programs to further aid our development.
I have been extremely happy during my placement year. I worked on very interesting projects, had all the support I needed, and massively boosted both my soft skills (presentation, leadership and team work to mention a few) and my hard skills (through formal - e.g. acquired on courses - and informal - acquired on the job - training).