I really enjoyed the 8 weeks that I spend in the Lidl UK office in Wimbledon. My department was very welcoming and integrating from the beginning on. Three weeks before my start, my contact person already informed me about the rough training plan that she prepared for me and asked me to let her know about anything else that would be interesting to me to add it to the plan. So all in all, the 8 weeks were very diverse and organized! No week was like the other.
I very much enjoyed my time at Lidl, i believe the training i have received over the past year has begun to prepare me for my future career. Having been given the opportunity to see many different areas of the business was definitely an advantage and aided in my understanding of how the organisation works.
The placement year at Lidl is something that I would recommend to anyone! I have thoroughly enjoyed working in all the different departments (Sales, Warehouse and Admin) throughout the year and consequently gained a great overview of not just Lidl, but the retail market as a whole.
The Lidl placement scheme had a lot to offer with its rotational nature in an intensive period of time. The placement at Lidl was at times enjoyable, but this is very dependant on which region you are based and the support you are given throughout by those in each department. In a nutshell, it's very exciting to know you are to experience every aspect of a big business retailer like Lidl. So if you love change and being able to adapt, or just want to experience how a retailer like Lidl operates, putting it simply - this placement is for you.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my placement with Lidl. Throughout the placement I have experienced a 360 view of the company and had the opportunity to work within numerous different roles whether it be in stores, logistics or the offices. Like with any job, at times it was a struggle, especially when working in departments that I had no passion for. Further to this, I did also find that at some points there was a lack of organisation from the departments I was working in. However overall, due to the nature of the programme you really get to understand what you enjoy doing the most and you always have someone there to ask if you need help or guidance.
Most of it was a bit of a slog. Sometimes it would be okay that certain jobs were boring/ tougher because of the rotational nature of the program. There were interesting areas of the business, such as property and supply chain, but because it is a rotational placement I was only able to spend 2 weeks in each of these departments. Certain departments simply had no idea that I was going to be working with them, so when I turned up on day 1 of that rotation, they would be shocked to see me and try to find things for me to do - which is poor. Working in store you have to be well grounded and not be a typical pretentious university kid. I was fine with that, and got along with some of the guys in store really well.
I have thoroughly enjoyed all 3 rotations on the placement programme (Sales, Logistics, and Office), as well as the two weeks spend in Lidl's UK Head Office. Each rotation gives you a realistic insight into what it is to be a manager in that department. I was given suitable tasks and responsibility and all of my colleagues were approachable if I needed advice or guidance. It has allowed me to grow in confidence and develop skills in a way university does not always allow.
In the last 7 months, my time working at Lidl has been remarkable. You would imagine working for a large cooperation that you would get 'lost' or forgotten about, especially when it is a live business environment. Although that couldn't be any less true. Initially, I applied for the placement because it offered a overall understanding in different business areas including working in store, working in the regional distribution centre (RDC) in departments including Admin, Personnel, Training and Supply Chain. This has therefore allowed me to know where I want to specialise in, and even more importantly the areas I do not wish to further my career in. You are given a lot of responsibility from the beginning, from ordering all the stock for the store or to allocating all of the bakery/flowers for the entire region. In some departments there was a lot to learn, and the need to learn quickly was clear. I even had the opportunity to work in the Head Office for Lidl in London which was very interesting. A lot of time is invested in each student and knowing the culture and principals for the company will most definitely be an advantage for gaining further employment with Lidl after graduation. It recently described the placement program as being a big jig-saw puzzle, the more experience in each department you begin to see how the company operates and interrelates which was important for me because one of my aims from the beginning was to increase my business acumen and understanding of the workplace. In order to give a fair assessment of my placement, it would be useful to have more one-to-one appraisals in relation to progress. Although the placement includes the same program for each student, in some cases students spent more or less time in certain departments than other students and I think the company should ensure that each and every placement spends the same time working in exactly the same department, so a clear overview of what must be learnt in each department would be an advantage. On the hole, a incredible business, a fantastic placement and certainly help me become more employable after I graduate - and hopefully with Lidl.
My experience at Lidl has been a very enjoyable one to say the least. The opportunity to work in various areas of the business, is one that was very unique and made 100% sure that my interest in my work was always at a high level. In addition to this we had the opportunity as placement students we were given a two week period in which we visited Lidl UK head office and were assigned a department of our interest. In which I was able to get my teeth into some very enjoyable projects and felt extremely welcomed to the team. Overall my time at Lidl has been fantastic and really opened my eyes to the different opportunities around once graduating.
Overall I've really enjoyed my placement, it's given me some real management insight into how such a big company operates on such a grand scale. There were some parts I struggled with but I worked with a fantastic team and loved it all the same. Overall its a very happy and hard working company
I really enjoyed my time with the Logistics department. I was given some really interesting projects and tasks. Working within a department where you have a real passion for the work they do doesn’t feel like work! Seeing the different roles of the centralised logistics operation is great as during my placement I was involved in the regional logistics operation.
My Lidl placement was great! I was based in Weston Super Mare living in Bristol. When relocating straight away the Lidl team were advising me where to move and helpful things. However when I comes to this placement scheme it is the best. I scrolled through this page for hours when I was looking to go on placement and no other programme stands out and can offer you the type of exposure Lidl can.
As a result of completeing my placement year with LIDL UK, i was fortunate enough to be offered an extension of my contract throughout the summer. I worked directly alongside the Regional Training Consultant and was set a project throughout the summer. I thoroughly enjoyed this extended placement as I was exposed to sides of the business in even more detail than I had seen before. It also allowed me to continue developing as an individual before entering my final year at university.