Operational Placement at Gist Ltd

Duration
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Region
Cumbernauld Scotland
Review Date
Salary
£16,000 - £17,999
Roles
Business Management Human Resources Mathematics/Statistics

Connect with this company

7.7/10

The Role
8.7
Organisation
8.8

Socialising

4.8

The Role

1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?

The placement was very fast paced and I was given a significant amount or responsibility in my role. The team that I worked in was very supportive throughout my placement, but they made sure to give me enough freedom to develop my skills in my role.

8/10

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2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?

I felt very valued by my colleagues, by the end of my placement I was a fully operational member of the team, they had enough confidence in me to allow me to run the operation on my own at times. Fellow managers would act upon my suggestions which made me feel very valued.

9/10

3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?

The team was very supportive at the start as I had no experience in the role or in the environment, that being said I was pushed to challenge myself and make the placement my own. After a few months in the role I was given the job of running a side operation with the support of a senior manager, this was the best experience for me as I was making the decisions whilst still receiving support when I needed it.

9/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

How busy I was varied upon the amount of product that day, some days you are much busier in the warehouse and others you are catching up on office work, there is always plenty to do. Christmas though was a very busy time for the business and I don't think I ever stopped moving, time flew by!

7/10

5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?

I was given a lot of responsibility, clearly in the first few months I was learning the role but I was quickly up and running with my own team that I had to managed. I was also given a separate operation based at a different site to run over the Christmas period which was an enormous responsibility (more than I ever expected)!

10/10

6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

The placement really enabled me to develop my personal skills, I learned management skills that you are never taught at university but are actually phenomenal important in the business world. The placement also enabled me to put some of my degree skills into practice and provided evidence to support areas of my studies.

9/10

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The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

The atmosphere in my office was great, I wasn't really sure what to expect but everyone was very welcoming and friendly, they were prepared to help me learn and didn't seem burdened by this. The team that I worked with was a mix of personalities but got on really well together we were able to have a laugh and enjoy work whilst still keeping an eye on the targets we needed to hit.

9/10

8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?

The placement was very well planned out, I felt like there was a lot of guidance set out to make sure I learned the necessary skills but I was still given the chance to push myself, I was never held back. It was also really good that additional training was offered as well as the opportunity to go and explore other areas of the business at different sites.

9/10

9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

The business invested a lot in me, I was invited to attended a number of training courses ranging from coaching skills to becoming a qualified first aider. This made me feel valued by the business which encouraged me to really push myself, I wasn't treated like someone who was just at the site for 1 year.

8/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Subsidised/Company Gym
  • Financial Bonus
  • Company Parties/Events
  • Above 25 days holiday
  • Healthcare/Dental
8/10

11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?

Employment prospects are very good, with a number of placement students being invited back to join the graduate program. This is normally a 2 year scheme but is shortened to 18 moths if you are returning following a placement. I have actually been offered a place on the scheme after I finish my degree!

10/10

Social

12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?

I was based up in Scotland, with my site being in Cumbernauld ( just outside Glasgow) there were not many graduates etc. at the site when I first joined but after a few moths we got some more which meant we could form a little "community". There was an okay social scene but the shift that you or others worked could play havoc with this, especially if you were working at the weekend!

6/10

13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?

I was fortunate in that I was able to live with family during my placement which really cut down the cost of living, that being said everything was good value, it seemed a fair bit cheaper than the south of England where I normally live!

6/10

14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?

The night life was okay, because of the sites location we were all dotted around which made going anywhere quite difficult. We did make it into Glasgow and Edinburgh a few times though which was great. It all depended on where you chose to live and who was at your site.

4/10

15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?

There were not really many activities outside of work, anything that we got up to we would just arrange as a small group. I imagine it was mainly because there were very few placement students/graduates at each site so there wasn't really much going on.

3/10

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