1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I really enjoyed learning about all of the different divisions and opportunities to work within L'Oreal. During my time I received a good mix of training and work to enable me to develop.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Once I had proved myself I was able to ask for more responsibilities. This work had a real business impact and included the daily stock checks and investigating the cost to serve L'Oreal customers.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
For most of my projects I have been left to my own devices to work out what the requirements are. For some projects this was good for others I would have preferred some more structured guidance.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Once I had proven myself with the projects that I was initially set; I was able to ask for more responsibility. This enabled me to experience different parts of the Supply Chain with L'Oreal and network with a wider range of individuals.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was handed a lot of responsibility especially with the 'cost to serve' project which investigated areas for cost saving within L'Oreal.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I developed my Microsoft Excel skills throughout this placement which will be really useful when I return to my Mechanical Engineering studies.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The office had a young and fun atmosphere where everyone was very helpful. This was really good for me as learnt a lot about Microsoft Excel from the team.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
From a HR perspective the internship was well planned; we regularly received training to develop both technical and general competencies. I was a little disappointed that everything seemed to be planned very last minute, I was only informed a few days before my placement began where I would be based even though I had accepted the contract 6 months before I was due to start.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
L'Oreal provided access to various different e-learning platforms. This was really good as I could learn how to do things on Microsoft Excel as well as learn about the different divisions within L'Oreal in my own time. This helped me plan my development better as I could schedule myself in for training when necessary.
The company also signed me up to attend various product trainings; this enabled me to get a better understanding of the beauty industry and recognise the challenges it faces.
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?
The Management Trainee scheme (graduate scheme) is highly regarded within the company, throughout my placement I have been shown the various success stories of graduates quickly being promoted to senior positions. This makes the potential of a graduate scheme very appealing to me.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There have been plenty of opportunities to socialise with other interns whilst on my placement. L'Oreal has a 'coffee culture' which means that everyone is continually growing their network and socialising.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I lived at home and commuted so my costs were fairly low, other interns who lived in central London found it expensive.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Located in London the surrounding night life is fantastic
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There have been some opportunities to volunteer for various charities during my placement.