Marketing intern in the professional products division of L'Oreal.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I really enjoyed my summer at L'Oreal. It was a great experience to work with such ambitious people who are so passionate about the beauty industry. HR are extremely supportive throughout the whole time here so that you never feel lost.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt incredibly valued by my colleagues. What I loved about at L'Oreal was that you never felt that there was a real hierarchical structure within the brands - you could talk to anyone and were always encouraged to network with people at all levels.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I was given a lot of support in the team by the grad on the MT scheme as well as my line manager and also other line managers. People were always happy to support and guide you and you never felt like a question was stupid.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I was kept fairly busy - the great thing about a summer internship is that you get in what you put out. You could choose to put in extra time to your projects but equally never felt pressured to stay past 5. At L'Oreal there was always something to do which meant you're never watching the clock!
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given a lot of responsibility during the internship which is great, particularly if you wanted to go onto apply for the graduate scheme. You were never out of your depth though and always had a point of contact you could talk to.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Throughout my internship I was always invited to various training sessions which will definitely help me in my future career. As well as this, learning how to prioritise and manage time were skills which I have developed extensively which will help in my final year at University.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The general atmosphere in the office was extremely friendly. Despite being busy most of the time, everyone was very calm and talkative. There was also always interns to go to for lunch with from across the different brands which was so nice to do and also a good opportunity to find out more about L'Oreal in general.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The internship was set up well in the sense that it was always clear what stage you were at whether it was your mid-review or applying for the grad scheme. It was also always clear who you could contact in HR if you ever needed to chat to anyone.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
As previously mentioned, the numerous training days interns were invited to showed the extent to which L'Oreal invested in us. They weren't all compulsory (or relevant for the brand you were currently working on) but this was a good opportunity to gain more knowledge in different fields.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I am currently waiting to hear back from my application to the MT scheme (the marketing stream). I am really hoping to come back based on my experience this summer!
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
The office is extremely social (there were always interns to go for lunch with) and also on a Friday everyone tended to go to the pub which was really nice. As well as this there were organised socials every other weeks which could be club nights or bar crawls etc.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Hammersmith was reasonably priced - the local pubs weren't extortionate compared to other areas of London.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Again the nightlife in the Hammersmith area was reasonable - more closer to "student prices" than other areas.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yes, there are also sports events happening as well as socials.