L'Oreal splits its finance department into two teams, commercial and marketing, So essentially I was the assistant financial controller for the marketing budget.
My tasks were mainly ad-hoc, but it involved a lot of SAP, Excel and general computer skills.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Was really enjoyable. There is a nice 'young' culture at L'Oreal. Every month they have a mini-party upstairs and the teams are close-knit, which makes it nice to come into work.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Of course this is biased to me, I helped out my manager hugely and saved her so much work by automating processes, so I particulary felt extremely valued. But if you do good work then you will be valued!
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
In general most interns sit next/opposite their manager which means they are there on a regular basis. My team worked very well together aswell so anyone could help me with any problems.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
There was a lot of work to do, but there was a lot of admin. This means when you are involved in a project and really busy it is perfect but then the admin to follow up keeps you busy but in a boring way - although this is to be expected from any job.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was allowed to do what I wanted really. You are really free as long as you are capable. But where I worked it was difficult to 'run the show' as managers etc have the authorisation to do things which interns cannot.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Excel is key at L'Oreal, the Excel skills you gain here you will keep for the rest of your life. Also training on SAP which is very useful.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Was good. Nice people, friendly atmoshphere, good laughs, but it's nothing like Uni!
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
L'Oreal has a great scheme set up for interns. Honestly it is amazing. They have their own monitoring, auditing and evaluating process and you are given contact in HR if there is ever a problem. The HR department are fantastic, they will help you and make sure managers are nopt just giving you the rubbish!
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
They really try to help you out and develop you as the interns in many cases come back and eventually become managers.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
Healthcare from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
People seem to progress very quickly within L'Oreal, so for career development they are good.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Interns go out together and friends have lunch each day.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Standard for London really.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Some really nice pubs with amazing views over the Thames and beer gardens.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
They aren't too well advertised to be honest but there are clubs e.g. Football team.