Grocery Category Intern - One Stop and Tesco Support at Danone

Duration
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Region
London
Review Date

3.5/5

The Role
4.3
The Company
3.3
The Culture
2.4

The Role

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

Danone is great. I loved working here and they really made me feel like a permanent part of the company.
5 /5

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

Danone has a great environment to work with. Coming to work everyday isn't a pain when your team is really supportive. I was also given so much more responsibility over the year, managing my own accounts by the time I was half way through.
5 /5

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

Although I did not have a line manager when I first started, the head of my team really took time to help me grow and develop my skills. The rest of the team were of great help as well.
5 /5

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

Weeks vary, but usually very busy. I'd have to work late some days but others would be fine.
3 /5

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

By half way through the year my role had changed into a role that had previously been a permanent role. So I was opperating like another full member of the team
5 /5

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

Category management will always be useful to me in terms of the databases I have been using on a daily basis and the amount of knowledge into market and shopper insights I gained.
5 /5

The Company

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

Everyone was generally very energetic and I developed a really good and close relationship with my team, which made the experience better.
5 /5

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

Everything ran relatively smoothly, or my team made sure it did so. Like I mentioned before I didn't have a line manager to start with and my role wasn't properly defined but my team made it work really well.
4 /5

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

Enough to allow me to do my job in terms of external training. But my team really took time to teach me everything they could for my personal development.
4 /5

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • Financial Bonus
  • Company Parties/Events
  • Working from home
  • Healthcare/Dental
3 /5

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

I have currently had my contract extended another year, but permanent roles at a level that is not quite senior are scarce at the moment.
2 /5

The Culture

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

We all got along well and had drinks after work several weeks. Overall it was quite social but we could have definitely had a better social scene amongst us.
4 /5

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

Quite expensive, not just in the area but London in general. It's really hard to live on a placement salary.
2 /5

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

We just stayed around the two bars near the business park. To go anywhere else we'd have to get the tube into central London.
1 /5

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

Yes, the business park was quite good at constantly having activities and sports during the summer.
4 /5