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  • The Role
  • The Company
  • The Culture

Role Description

Cigarette R&D

    The Role

  • 1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
  • Mostly varied interesting work in which I was learning . At times I was more of a production line member (but alongside management grade employee) as everyone pitched in for a specific project, or just spending far to long slogging through reports plus the odd patch of downtime twiddling my thumbs.


  • 2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
  • I was free to make suggestions which were listened to and given a good amount of responsibility throughout the year.


  • 3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
  • Regular reviews and feedback from my manger in a structured program which all the students follow.


  • 4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
  • Very variable work load with some dead periods while waiting for external providers. Equally I was never overworked and the entire team was very relaxed.


  • 5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
  • I was given many smaller projects but with a considerable degree of management oversight.


  • 6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  • 4/5

    The Company

  • 7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
  • Relaxed and easy-going both in the open plan office and in meetings. However it is quite a mature office.


  • 8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
  • 4/5

  • 9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  • Plenty of opportunity to work in areas I was interested in and were relevant to my degree


  • 10. What were the perks on your work placement?
  • Flexi Time

    Subsidised Canteen

    Sports and Social Club

    Subsidised/Company Gym

    National Travel

    Financial Bonus

    Company Parties/Events

    Staff Sales/Staff Shop



  • 11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
  • 5/5

    The Culture

  • 12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
  • A dozen or so placement students make it easy.


  • 13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
  • Cheap for the South.


  • 14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
  • Two big unis mean there's always something going on.


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


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Placement Year (10 Months+)

Consumer Products/FMCG

29th June 2017

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