Accounting Intern at The Walt Disney Company

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Placement Year (10 Months+)
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The Role
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The Culture

Role Description

Accountant in the Disney Stores team. Mainly did reconciliations and post journals along with some fixed cost analysis and other ad hoc tasks.

The Role

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

Over the first month or two I was still settling in and getting to know my role and colleagues. Once I had gotten to know people better and became more confident in my role the placement was very enjoyable.
5 /5

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

The majority of the work I did felt very simple but it needed to be done. I offered to take on more work or to help other team members during busy periods. People did seem appreciative but the role felt basic.
3 /5

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

My supervisor was always willing to help with any questions I had and other team members were also very helpful. There was always someone to ask if I was unsure and this helped me to learn the role.
5 /5

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

This varied a lot. As it was an accounting based role the work volume tended to be greatest at month ends and quarter ends. Sometimes in the middle of a month there was not that much to do. This only became a problem after I had become more familiar with the role and could do my work faster. When I first started the work all took longer so felt like I was busier.
2 /5

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

I felt like I had minimal responsibility. I occasionally did work that I thought was important but most of the time I felt as though I was given the simple unimportant tasks.
2 /5

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

During my placement I decided to apply for summer internships. I was successful in being offered two, the placement was a big help for this. The main benefit was being much more confident in the work/office environment.
5 /5

The Company

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

The dress code was very relaxed, smart casual but a lot wore t shirts. Everyone was friendly so was easy to settle in. Also if I wasn't too busy and had some time I was able to chat to other interns without feeling like I was disturbing those around me.
5 /5

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

Very well organised. Good training courses at the start on things like excel and email etiquette. Training specifically for my role could have been better but my supervisor was able to answer my questions after my handover period had ended.
4 /5

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

I received minimal additional training. I did attend a few training sessions relating directly to my role but this was rare and did not feel as though they were useful.
1 /5

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Company Parties/Events
  • Staff Sales/Staff Shop
  • Working from home
4 /5

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

Due to me wanting to pursue another career path I would not be looking to return, at least not immediately after graduating. Would recommend to firm to others though as the year was very good. However, I am not sure how quickly someone could progress through the company.
3 /5

The Culture

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

There are so many interns within the company so there was a lot going on it would just depend on which friends groups you were in and how involved you wanted to be.
3 /5

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

Living costs were incredibly expensive. I was invited to a facebook page to organise accommodation with other interns. I thought I was invited to this page fairly late and ended up not living with other interns. My rent was very expensive.
1 /5

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

Theres a lot to choose from in London, something for everyone.
4 /5

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

I played in a 5 a side league with other interns, was good fun and a good chance to meet other interns not in my department.
4 /5