I have been working for Zebra for a year in the Channel Marketing department. Over the year I have been assisting with running joint marketing campaigns with Motorola and have liaised with agencies and customers on a pan EMEA basis.
I was also asked to consult for the directors on how they could improve communication within the company. As a result the company chose to implement many of my recommendations and are pleased with the results. I was also responsible for data cleansing and CRM maintenance in the Siebel oracle system.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I was placed at the Bourne End office and was part of the Marketing team. All colleagues made me feel exceptionally welcome, especially as I had moved closer to the place of work. I had varied tasks and projects which helped build my CV and experiences.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I was given additional tasks beyond the 'day to day' work, This is because my team valued me as an employee and felt I could contribute more to new projects. Zebra also gave me insight into other departments and invested a lot of time and effort into my development.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
All the management and directors I came into contact with had an open door policy and valued everyone's opinion. The HR team combined with my line manager ensured I received all the support and additional development I wanted and needed.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
My days varied with a mix of day to day work and additional projects, this gave me enough work each day to keep me focused and on track. I don't feel I was 'over stretched' and always had a colleague or line manager for support when required.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I not only assisted the marketing department but also liaised with the customer support team on projects. The variety of work with budgets or liaising with other offices around the world proves I had excellent scope to my job and some real opportunities to push myself and learn.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The amount of experience I gained from the placement was immeasurable. My experiences from Zebra gave me the perfect platform to gain a first class honours degree when i returned to studying. I was able to relate to subject matter and use real life experiences within my work which gave my work credibility.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere was great in the Bourne End office where i was placed. Colleagues were friendly and the office had a very European feel. The office felt productive and personable with a warm feel which is thanks to the special staff that make up the company.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The placement was very well organised and structured from the application and interview process to the projects set by line managers or HR. All the placement colleagues felt very much part of the set up and were sad to depart at the end of the placement.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
We were fully inducted into the business like any other employee and received one to one training on aspects of the job. I personally felt very supported as their was a hand over period from departing placement colleagues. We also attended additional training as required to ensure we had enough skills to carry out our job but also skills which can be applied post Zebra.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Zebra is a very reputable company and is one of the leaders in its industry. Future employers recognise Zebra and understand the size of the organisation. On the rare occasion they don't, once you explain what Zebra do they soon relate to the brand.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Yes, there were numerous clubs, outings and events. Some were Zebra official, others were a group of colleagues organising things. As there are a few placement students at one time this allows for making new friends, whom you can share experiences with.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Due to the desirable location, compared to home the cost of living was relatively high. However the placement is paid and this was enough to fund me for the year and gave me a good standard of living (for a student!)
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
There are lots of nice places to visit and go out. Due to the great location, nothing is far away on a bus, train or car. There are plenty of pubs and local amenities needed for a year away from uni/home. Plenty of great local pubs too! Rebellion beer festival was a great highlight.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yes Zebra held BBQ's, fun runs, fun days among other activities and events.