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Thoroughly enjoyment my placement/internship. Groupe SEB is a totally international company with the resources and capability to match. I was challenged, but equally supported and encouraged to take on new responsibilities throughout my year. Windsor is a beautiful location and made working there even better.
Extremely supportive work colleagues, the strong family vibe made me feel straight at home right away. Always time for a laugh around the office, and we played as hard as we worked.
My manager gave me truly invaluable support and guidance throughout the whole year which gave me the confidence to take risks and be bold with decision making. My placement probably wouldn't have been what is was without her. I was given help when needed but also encouraged to problem solve and come up with solutions for myself
I was worked very hard for the entirety of the year. It was a mix between asking to take on more responsibility and projects (which was worth it) but also having to balance some of the high expectations of the role.
Given much more responsibility I would have ever thought I would get. After the first 6 months I sat down with my manager to discuss where i could improve/wanted to build my skills. I asked for project management which was exactly what i was given. I was able to independently source suppliers for projects, negotiate (successfully) pricing, create content and implement the content to benefit the business in a tangible way.
The skills I have learnt this yer far succeed the skills I would have learnt in a lecture theatre. Although classes have their place, real world experience which has real world results (both good and bad) has undoubtedly helped set up the direction of my future career.
Overall brilliant atmosphere. Everyone was lovely and easy to get on with. A light hearted environment most of the time, but got serious when the scenario necessitated it. The offices are just receiving a bit of a makeover, so it would have been nice to experience this more before I left.
Very well organised, I slotted into the business like any other employee and wasn't treat like "just an intern". I had a good 2 week handover and was taught all I needed to know right away. I had regular weekly one-to-one meetings with my boss to catch up on work, discuss any problems and to share ideas.
It would have been good to be offered more training (especially in other areas of the business - particularly digital, where the link to the product marketing team is so strong) - but perhaps this is something I should have pushed more for. However the training I did get was great, and definitely useful
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
Previous interns/placements students have returned to the company and have done very well. I have discussed the potential opportunities available and I am hopeful there will be a place for me to return into after finishing my degree. Being such a large company there are many opportunities available on an international and local scale.
Faultless social activity my entire year. There were quite a few placement students, we all got on extremely well, all had lunch together most days, went for drinks after work, and met up outside working hours together. The great location in Windsor definitely helped things too. I couldn't fault the social scene.
Of course being so close the the M25, and in such a tourist hotspot, the cost of living is generally quite high - but this is matched with the high quality of life, and a large amount of social places to visit and enjoy. The company regularly paid for events and put money behind bars when celebrating an occasion so this definitely helped offset the cost of living. I lived at home and commuted to work, which meant socialising out of hours was sometimes difficult but the company was very accommodating and on a couple of occasions paid for overnight accommodation in nearby hotels.
Excellent nighlife in Windsor - a big choice of bars and restaurants - although the clubs were more expensive to what I am used to - especially some entry prices (particularly Atik) - although a lot of places were free. There was still plenty of choice.
This improved near the end of my placement - but there wasn't a huge amount of activities to get involved with, I definitely think this could have been improved upon and a wider variety of activities could have been offered.
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Business Management, Consumer Products/FMCG, E-Business, Electronics, Food and Drink, Market Research, Marketing, Sales