1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I really enjoyed my placement, it gave me incredible experience that I didn't realise I would be able to get during a placement. The people that I worked with were so welcoming and I was given a lot of projects to work on and a high level of responsibly which made my placement year so valuable.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt extremely valued by my colleagues. I got along so well with my team and we often had team day outs. My team really encouraged me to push myself and get involved with new projects. My manager often gave me projects to run and would meet with me regularly to do performance reviews that would support my development.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My manager gave me so much support, and I often asked for help and she would take the time to explain to me any challenges I was dealing with. This meant that when I had to do a similar task I was able to. The whole team were also supported by all the senior managers and directors including the placement students.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I started off quite busy in my placement but as it went on I became increasingly busy. Around launch times I was extremely busy and sometimes worked long, late hours. Other times when there was a lull in work I wasn’t as busy but would still be able to fill the day with things to do.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given a lot of responsibility during placement. I started on smaller projects assisting the team where they needed help and by the end of my placement I was managing my own projects, working closely with agencies, organising daily/weekly calls and preparing documents to be presented to senior managers.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I learn so many transferable skills at Samsung. I improved my team work a lot alongside productivity and communication. I also undertook Microsoft Office Excel and PowerPoint training with I have used already at uni. I also learnt a lot working on projects and managing a large range of tasks that have to be done. This has really aided my organisational skills.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
There was a good atmosphere in the office, everyone really pulls together to work as a team. People are often really busy and sometimes quite stressed so it wasn’t a relaxing environment but always friendly. The office was decorated really nicely and had a creative look and feel to it.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
It was really well organised, Samsung kept in contact with you from the moment you found out you got the job. There were also welcome packs and gifts sent before starting work. Once we started there was an on boarding week with team building activities and a chance to get to know people.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
We had training for Microsoft Excel and Powerpoint which was extremely useful however there was no other training offered to placement students. The graduate scheme offers a lot more training and a structured development plan but this was not open to placement students which is a shame as I think we could have all benefitted from a lot of the team and training days that the graduates had.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Samsung is a great company to work for and there are graduate opportunities that often turn into normal employment positions. However there are not graduate roles in all areas of the business for example there is no graduate role in the European Brand Marketing Team in which I was working.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
The graduates and placement student did socialise, especially at work but quite rarely outside of work. As the location of the offices are in Surrey people live all over the place including London and the home counties or even in Surrey so it made socialising more difficult.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I was living in Surrey near Guildford, the cost of living in that area tends to be quite high but I found a reasonably good house that I shared with two other Samsung graduates. The cost of socialising in Guildford wasn’t too bad but it would be expensive to go into London from Surrey to see friends or colleagues.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
There was little to no nightlife in the area around work. The closest place was Guildford and that nightlife isn’t great. There were a few pubs nearby which were nice, we would often go to the one closest to the station for pub quiz or just a drink. The closest good nightlife is London.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There is a football club for men to play in and a running club for all at lunch times. HR often ran charity programs in which you could get involved in either challenges, supporting hospices or helping the Prince’s Trust. There was also a Christmas Party and Samsung Festival in the summer. These were great events to attend