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Rating

4.3/5
  • The Role
    4.5
  • The Company
    4.4
  • The Culture
    3.9

    The Role

  • 1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
  • I was given full responsibility and encouraged to work independently on tasks. Everybody I worked with, in the purchasing department and around site were really supportive and friendly - it's a great place to work, as it has such a positive environment.

    5/5

  • 2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
  • The fact I was left to work independently (with help if I needed it), made me feel like a Lubrizol employee, rather than just a year placement student. I was given real-life tasks to work on, that effect the business - It felt like a real job, rather than a placement.

    5/5

  • 3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
  • Support and guidance was always available if i needed it; My manager, supervisor/colleagues always made sure to offer support. I always felt like i could ask for help and never afraid to approach my colleagues if I needed to.

    5/5

  • 4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
  • There is always something to do in the purchasing department at Lubrizol, everyday is different, which keeps the job role interesting and never dull! Every day you learn something new, which is why I think I really adapted to the placement.

    4/5

  • 5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
  • I was surprised how much responsibility I was given during my placement, every task I was given effect the organisation at small-medium level. As i mentioned in one of my previous answers, I was definitely treated more as Lubrizol employee, rather than just a placement student.

    4/5

  • 6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  • The skills/training I have developed throughout my placement have helped me to understand theories I have learnt so far in my degree and apply them to real-life. This has helped me to understand why we are taught certain subjects and apply skills I have learnt at Lubrizol to topics covered at University.

    5/5

    The Company

  • 7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
  • If i was to describe the purchasing department at Lubrizol in three words, it would be: Positive Busy Flexible Everybody made sure to communicate and, take interest in each others hobbies etc. as well as work together on tasks and help each other if needed.

    5/5

  • 8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
  • A 3 month handover is provided for every purchasing student, therefore enough time is given so the student feels comfortable before taking on the role independently. The current student is responsible for the 3 month handover, which means a lot of trust/responsibility is given to every purchasing student.

    4/5

  • 9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  • I had the opportunity to experience a day in HR/Marketing and Sales, which wasn't something Lubrizol had to provide me, which I really appreciated. I feel everyday I developed within my role through practice, experience and learning new skills. Every time the role is handed over to a new student, a lot of knowledge is taken away from the department, meaning a lot of time and effort has to go into training students, to try and avoid this happening - therefore I feel a lot of training and development was provided by Lubrizol during my placement.

    5/5

  • 10. What were the perks on your work placement?
  • Flexi Time

    Subsidised Canteen

    Sports and Social Club

    Financial Bonus

    Company Parties/Events

    Above 25 days holiday

    4/5

  • 11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
  • Extremely appealing - working for Lubrizol during 2015-2016 has been a great opportunity and I would be interested in returning to the company if any job opportunities were to come up in the future.

    5/5

    The Culture

  • 12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
  • There is a lot of sports and social activities to attend every month, a restaurant on site, were a lot of employee's go to on their lunch break.

    4/5

  • 13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
  • Very low - it's as expensive as you make it.

    4/5

  • 14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
  • Hazelwood is about a 10 minute drive from Derby city centre

    4/5

  • 15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
  • Yes - quite a few. There was at least one-two event happening every month, if not more.

    4/5

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Details

Placement Year (10 Months+)

Purchasing and Supply

2nd June 2016


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