Lab Technician at Lubrizol

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The Role
The Company
The Culture

Role Description

Run daily routine testing, alongside a project which is presented at the symposium that runs annually

The Role

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

I have enjoyed my placement a lot, it's very different to a university environment and allowed for many development opportunities which you wouldn't necessarily gain at university
4 /5

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

At no point whatsoever have I felt left out, not trusted with my work or that i was 'the student', I was made to feel part of the team immediately
5 /5

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

My supervisor changed part way through my year due to busy schedules, however both my new and old supervisor are always around to offer help of advice with anything and willing to give up some time to help me with anything I need
5 /5

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

Personally, i haven't been rushed off my feet and there have been periods of quiet workload where I have been bored, however I used those quiet periods to complete university tasks, develop my project or assist others in anything I could - there is always something to do, it just may not be your first choice or the most interesting task. The beginning of the year was quieter due to only being trained to complete one test, meaning there was a limited volume of work I could do without assistance
2 /5

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

Plenty of responsibility - I currently single handedly manage two instruments with multiple tests, and previously another two until a new staff member started, I also have control over my own project which include writing the procedure and training guide for the test method.
5 /5

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

I'm unsure as to whether they will assist at university but the interpersonal skills i've gained along with working experience will hopefully help me achieve a good graduate job, and it has taught me the value of working with a good team.
4 /5

The Company

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

At every team meeting there is cake, or there is cake when it's someone's birthday, or there is cake because it's a thursday - basically there is always cake so don't expect to diet here! I work in a fairly large office so sometimes it can be disruptive to working with people being loud on the telephone however this depends on how you work as an individual.
4 /5

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

Everything was communicated well from Lubrizol, starting dates, familiarisation with the work place and the other students, tours and induction material. My university were the ones who were disorganised
5 /5

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

There are often training days you can attend - for example, becoming a STEM leader
4 /5

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Sports and Social Club
  • Subsidised/Company Gym
  • Financial Bonus
5 /5

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

There are many departments within lubrizol so i'm sure there are plenty of opportunities, it just depends on the timings
4 /5

The Culture

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

There are 20+ students at lubrizol, and we regularly go for drinks after work, or participate in the S&SC events, or we organise nights out on the weekends. With colleagues there's always the opportunity for a pub lunch, or meals at certain times of the year
5 /5

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

Rent is super cheap, gym memberships for 24 hour gyms are cheap, nights out on saturdays are cheaper than most cities however not quite student prices
5 /5

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

Not many clubs - approx 3, lots of bars with cocktail deals though
3 /5

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

There are many clubs that run after work such as badminton or climbing
4 /5