I loved my work placement, Warner Bros is a great company to work for. I found that everyone I worked with was very welcoming and brilliant to work alongside. I feel I have learnt a lot within one year both in terms of work and skills but I have also learnt a lot about the workings of a large corporate company and have loved it. i have also had the opportunity to experience many amazing opportunities such as premieres, fan events, screenings and promotion of the company.
I felt very valued by my team and the surrounding departments that I communicate with. I was given a lot of responsibility within my placement with the tasks and projects I was assigned and I feel the work I carried out was very valued as it informed the wider company of new information. I think within Warner Bros colleagues do respect each other which does mean you feel valued even as an intern.
I felt like I had a lot of support from my team and that guidance was there whenever I needed it. I knew that I could go to my manager with any questions or issues I had and if he wasn't there I could ask any of my other team members. We caught up on a weekly basis to cover the events of the week and go through any upcoming work or events and to talk over any questions or queries I had. We also reflected on everything so far in order for me to improve and push myself further through the year.
I found myself very busy with both weekly reports and emails that I would send out to the wider company. Additionally, I also adhoc work for my team and other departments within the company. There always seemed to be a lot going on within the the company which was great to feel a part of.
I was given a lot of responsibility within my placement both on a daily basis and over months and the whole year. I felt I was given both important and essential tasks for the company that I then got to communicate with not only my department but also the wider teams. Overall, I felt like the work I had undertaken myself was valued.
I feel over the year I have learnt many skills which will benefit me both within my degree and beyond. Firstly within the role I have learnt both practical working skills such as excel and presenting but I have also developed my communication skills and confidence both within and outside of a working environment. We also recieved training sessions on how to best present yourself, project thinking and prioritising and others, which will be useful both back at university and within my future career,
The atmosphere within the office is great, everyone is friendly and inviting. The company also have a lot of reasons to celebrate and keep moral up well. Although the office can be seen as a more aid back environment that other large companies it suits our way of working. Everyone is very hard working and passionate about the projects/ films/TV or work they are involved with.
The placement was very well set up, on our first day we were taken into an HR talk and introduced to the company. We then had a handover period with the previous intern where they showed you how the company worked and the things you would be doing. I also attended meetings with them which was great to ask questions or later catch up with about parts you initially didn't understand. Then throughout the year we have had set training sessions and set reflection and evaluation sessions with our manager that really helped me to grow and improve throughout the year.
Warner Bros provided us with several training sessions on developing our personal skills such a time management, how we present ourselves to others and within meetings. We also looked at the Myers Briggs Indicator to learn our personalities and how knowing this can help us. Additionally there are optional courses such as Excel and SAP which you can enrol yourself onto if you wish.
Whilst working within Warner Bros I have worked with and alongside many other departments which has allowed me to gain a great knowledge of jobs available and their roles and what they would entail. Many of this would definitely interest me in the future and so would the Entertainment industry for definite. Warner Bros is a great company and a great environment to work within and so I would definitely consider working at the organisation in the future.
The social scene within London is high anyway but at Warner Bros within around 50 interns the social scene is great. There is always a lot going on or someone who will be wanting to go for a drink or two. The social scene with other colleagues is also quite high, the company is very friendly and so as a result there are many great events hosted by the company or after work to be involved with.
The cost of living can be expensive but it is in London. Many interns share flats or houses and pay roughly £600 a month each (some more, some less). However, the paid placement helps out with this enough. Additionally going out and socialising can be expensive but as an intern you can quickly learn which bars have a happy hour or deals on to make a night out affordable.
The nightlife is great! The main office is in central London and so after work the interns and other colleagues tend to go for drinks in Holborn, Covent Garden, Leicester Square and Tottenham Court Road way which are great for nights out. The intern group is around 50 interns as well which means there is also someone up for a drink and a great sized group are often out.
I found there were many opportunities to get involved in through out year. I personally got the opportunity to attend numerous premieres, the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child play and many screenings. In addition I also got the opportunity to help out at Comic Con which was great and I also helped at a university fair promoting and speaking to students about the placement scheme. We also have several away days within departments or with others to discuss upcoming slate and opportunities and to also reflect on the previous quarter.