1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I've really enjoyed my Supply Chain placement at L'Oreal - it has really pushed my boundaries in terms of what I thought I was capable of taking on (in terms of responsibility) and made me realized how much I like to work in a fast-paced environment. They give you a lot of responsibility from the start which means you really feel like you're contributing to the team and wider company.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
For the most part I feel that my team valued me in general, the level of work that I did and the extent I supported theirs. However within the wider L'Oreal community I do feel that my role was taken less seriously at the start as I was 'only an intern' which meant I had to really prove my capabilities from the start in order to be taken seriously.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My managers were very supportive when I asked. I think it's definitely a 'sink-or-swim' culture which means it's a bit of a uphill climb at the start, but means you end up getting a much better understanding in the long run. I do feel that I would have benefitted from more guidance at the start, as my manager is more of a 'you really need
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Very! I was given a lot of sole responsibilities from the offset which meant I spent a lot of time having to figure out how best to achieve the tasks. As my placement progressed I was given further responsibilities and projects so my role never really slowed down - but it means I've had experience and gained understanding in a lot more than I expected so overall was worthwhile. My role was also very customer-centric which meant there was a lot of ad hoc issues and queries to pick up and sort daily.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
A lot! I was an implant for a key retail customer (so went alone to their offices 1 day a week to liaise with them and help with issues as needed), as well as fully responsible for their account from a supply chain perspective.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Massively - not just in the computer/work skills I've developed, but my networking and interpersonal skills have been significantly improved which I feel will be a great help going back to university and beyond.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Good - fun and enjoyable, team made it a great place to be even on harder days
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
For the most part good
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Lots of optional learn sessions throughout about all the different roles/divisions, plus 8 compulsory meetings to learn about key practicalities like competition law
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Definitely lots of good roles available lower in the employment chain so for the next few years to come I'd be very interested in coming back. Not sure how much movement/promotion space there is as you get higher up the ladder
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Monthly intern socials, Friday drinks with team
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
London so expensive!
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Lots of pubs/bars nearby to office
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yes, my team were are very sporty and ran/cycled together most weekends, L'Oreal also has football and volleyball teams which compete yearly against other countries!