1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I greatly enjoyed my placement. The people I worked with really made it a great environment to work and I enjoyed the role that I was fulfilling. Now I'm back at University for my third year I really miss working at L'Oreal.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I really feel like I was given a large amount of responsibility and was asked to contribute in meetings etc. and hence feel as though the job I was doing and my thoughts were valued.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
There could have been a little more guidance from my line manager at the start of my placement, however, after requesting weekly meetings to catch up on what we were both doing and understand each others workloads I feel as though I was being given the necessary support.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
There as always something that needed doing. Some days I had urgent tasks that needed to be done as there were always requests coming from the other business functions, i.e. sales/marketing as well as tasks related to my day-to-day job. When there wasn't as many urgent tasks I then had tasks relating to the longer term such as building project plans etc.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I believe that with regards to my role I was given a large amount of responsibility; however, my manager was always there if I had any questions and so would say that the balance was good.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I believe the skills I have gained will put me in an excellent position going forward with regards to future career and degree. I have found it much easier to sit down and complete a task quickly and believe that the experience of working in an office culture such as that at L'Oreal will prepare me for future jobs. I have been able to develop the confidence, interpersonal skills and a greater ability to solve complex tasks by looking for simple yet effective solutions.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Always fun to be part of. Everyone was friendly and there was a good team spirit. I would say that a change of personal really added to this; the senior demand planner in Luxe changed, as did the Luxe Supply Chain Director and this really added to the team feel as they seemed to really value the thoughts of everyone in the office.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
There was clear processes and procedures in place with little ambiguity with regards to what needed doing.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Although there was no formal training with regards to training courses, I feel that I was working with people with masses of experience and so what I was able to learn from them has been invaluable. My line manager and his manager were very supportive and were happy to spend time with me so I could better understand supply chain topics and themes.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
The social scene at L'Oreal was great, I could not fault it at all
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Costs were high, but that's London I guess. The salary paid accommodated for this and I was able to enjoy my time during my placement.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Being in London it was great.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yes. The team took part in a triathlon and the whole office got behind them and attended the event.