Marketing Executive at RCI Financial Services

Placement Year (10 Months+)
Review Date

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The Role
The Company
The Culture

Role Description

Marketing for a financial company such as RCI is extremely diverse, as not only is there a creative aspect to it, but also incorporates and builds on my analytical skills. Since I have been here I have achieved and learnt a countless amount, from daily reporting, to product development. Within the team there is a massive opportunity to look at marketing from different perspectives, for example I have learnt a lot in terms of services for products on finance, been in involved in many exciting Digital marketing projects, and have learnt the strategies applied for when a vehicle is put on the market in each quarter by the respective Renault and Nissan Brand Teams.

The Role

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

I was pleasantly surprised when I joined RCI Financial Services. I expected an extremely corporate environment however RCI has a very approachable and warm culture, allowing me to be easily integrated into the company. The role I had in marketing was also extremely diverse - so I never found myself doing the same thing on a daily basis!
5 /5

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

I always felt extremely valued and important to my team, as not only did they include me in all their projects but I always felt comfortable asking for their help.
5 /5

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

My manager has been extremely supportive of me during my placement year, especially as the automotive industry is a completely new area for me. I feel like the time was taken to train me, as well as assign me independent projects, allowing me to take ownership of my own work.
5 /5

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

I was never bored or idle - there was always something that had to be done!
5 /5

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

I was given individual projects that I was able to present and take ownership of, really developing my skills for my final year project. I felt like I had the same responsibility as any other employee.
5 /5

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

As I am only half way through my placement I haven't been able to implement the many skills I have acquired - however I am extremely proficient in Microsoft Office (especially Excel) and have greatly improved my presentation skills. I also think this role and company has given me the confidence and motivation I need to go into my final year and really aim high! As I would love to work in a company like this after I graduate.
4 /5

The Company

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

Not as corporate as one might expect! It was so easy to talk to everybody and the friendly buzz and chatting created a relaxed but hard working atmosphere. If people are happy and comfortable in the place they work - they really are likely to achieve more!
5 /5

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

Really well - during the first few weeks there were a lot of inductions and meetings and interactive training sessions which really helped us learn about the company and our role!
5 /5

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

Since I have been here I have attended many training sessions in order to progress and learn more about myself. The company allowed me to spend time with other departments in order to get a feel of what other areas I may be interested in.
3 /5

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Sports and Social Club
  • Company Parties/Events
  • Above 25 days holiday
  • Working from home
4 /5

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

Very! I would be very fortunate to work here.
3 /5

The Culture

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

Definitely, I was always invited to lunch or events with my colleague. It was amazing having the other placement students to hang out with and we've become good friends!
4 /5

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

As it was not a student area and quite close to central London - the prices are a bit higher than your typical student prices. As I lived at home - the commute through London was quite expensive.
2 /5

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

Watford Oceana.
4 /5

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

Yes! There was evening Run club and events like movie nights held by the sports and social committee.
3 /5