Working at British American Tobacco was a very enjoyable and rewarding experience. British American Tobacco is a large multinational corporation which allowed me as a placement student to see how different parts of the organisation work together which was cool, especially relating to parts of processes which are not covered in university courses
The placement was very enjoyable and gave a great insight into what working for a large multinational company is like. I was given a lot of responsibility very quickly and given freedom to get on with my work without interruptions. British American Tobacco provide a very useful and enjoyable placement.
I really enjoyed my placement with British American Tobacco. I was given projects which were interesting and business relevant, so the work was fulfilling and felt worthwhile. I feel like I've gained a lot from this year, in terms of practical chemistry experience as well as business skills. I couldn't wish much more from a placement!
Quite honestly, the best year of university for me. I’ve loved working in a business where everyone is so friendly and kind. It is a sociable and modern environment. The labs are right next to the office and for me it was a nice balance between lab and office work. There are 10 other students and so many other graduates who love to socialise inside and outside work. The placement programme was well organised and there was constant progression with my work.
Certain parts very much so, there are some very good aspects to the placement overall especially the placement co-ordinators, but for an engineering student I’m not sure the Next Generation Products sector at BAT is the place for me to be as so much of the innovative design work is done externally. For the most part I got on well with others in the team but it has been a busy year for an understaffed team, with various launches happening and a less than ideal amount of time left for planning useful student development and training.
The projects I am in charge of or working on are always different. It's never the same thing so you don't get bored. I think that's very important to enjoy your placement. You learn a lot - working along tobacco I learnt a lot about chemistry which I knew nothing about before. The environment at BAT is great - everyone is super friendly. You meet a lot of different people - unique characters.
Mostly varied interesting work in which I was learning . At times I was more of a production line member (but alongside management grade employee) as everyone pitched in for a specific project, or just spending far to long slogging through reports plus the odd patch of downtime twiddling my thumbs.
I very much enjoyed my year with British American Tobacco and would recommend the placement thoroughly to anyone who has the opportunity to apply for it. The job was interesting with sufficient course-related work, and the 'softer' side is to be expected with anywhere. The placement was varied and I travelled with work around the UK to suppliers & other sites, as well as having trips to Europe. The one downside was the location of the placement - Southampton isn't very nice.
1) On the whole, I enjoyed my placement at BAT and found it a rewarding experience. The project I was given had relevance to the company and there was importance on its completion, this made me more motivated to complete the work and hence it was more rewarding. Next Generation Products (NGP) in which I was situated has a nice working atmosphere and even though at the start of the year I felt as though I should have had more guidance with my work, this vastly improved throughout my time at BAT. Over the year I met many helpful and interesting people that were able to give me advice and make my time at BAT enjoyable.
I thoroughly enjoyed my placement year, the role suited my skills and I felt like I was able to contribute positively to the company and developed myself professionally. The company as a whole is a very friendly place with senior management being fairly accessible. There are plenty of social and sporting activities that I was able to get involved in.
My placement with British American Tobacco has been thoroughly enjoyable. The whole placement scheme ran successfully and professionally, while maintaining an element of fun and excitement, which for me, is the whole point of placement. The placement organisers inducted us all into the company through several weeks of induction programmes. This allowed us all to gradually settle into working life at our own pace. It also allowed us to build a closer relationship with the other placement students as well as people who work full time in the business. Knowing people at work certainly makes the year more enjoyable! While these inductions finished by the first month or so, other induction events are set-up through the year, principally to aid our learning and development, but also helped to break up the work schedule and to remind us that we are on placement and that a big goal of this year is to enjoy it, which I certainly did.
Even with a few months to go I can definitely say I have enjoyed my placement. There have been lots of opportunities for me to learn new things and to develop my own skills. The colleagues who spend the most time looking after the placement students put so much effort in as it really is their best interest to make sure we enjoy the placement as much as possible. Taking the placement at BAT was the best decision I have made for my career.