Sales Placement at Danone

Placement Year (10 Months+)
Review Date


The Role
The Company
The Culture

The Role

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

I have really enjoyed my time here at Danone. It is a great company to work for: everyone is extremely friendly, helpful and open
4 /5

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

The team have fully embraced me into the role and made me feel very welcome from the outset.
5 /5

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

Support and guidance has been provided throughout. At the start of the placement when more support was needed it was given however as I have gained knowledge and experience I have been able to do more thinks on my own.
5 /5

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

I always had plenty of things to be doing and so was kept busy. Team were very good at ensuring my workload was manageable and that I had a good work life balance
5 /5

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

I have been extremely surprised by the amount of responsibility I have been given throughout the year. It was very clear that the team trusted me.
5 /5

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

This year has been invaluable to my future. I have gained so much experience and believe it will put me in a great position post uni when applying for grad schemes. I feel skills/ training received are less relevant for my final year at uni though.
4 /5

The Company

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

Good balance of work and fun. Quite a casual environment so if you are looking for a cut- throat, intense business Danone is not for you.
4 /5

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

Great organisation within my team. Managers ensured that I was meeting all my university criteria.
4 /5

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

I attended training courses at the beginning of my placement relating to relevant data systems that I would be using. Did not have the opportunity to go on any personal training courses however on reflection I should have pushed to attend these more.
3 /5

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Subsidised/Company Gym
  • Company Parties/Events
  • Working from home
4 /5

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

I have applied for the graduate scheme for after my final year at university. This scheme is very appealing to me as it has x2 one year rotations and so offer great chance to see all 3 CBUs and different departments
4 /5

The Culture

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

There was a good social scene within each CBU. CBUs tended not to socialise together however within it was great. Socials set up for placements and grads.
3 /5

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

London is expensive and Chiswick is a very expensive area however if you venture further outside of Chiswick then it is cheaper.
1 /5

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

No nightlife in Chiswick however it is easy to get into central london.
2 /5

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

Danone is located on the Chiswick Business Park which offer different activities every Friday. Great in summer as create a beach on the park and offer beach volleyball. I know there are also clubs such as the running club however I was not involved in this
4 /5