A normal working day usually consisted of using SQL to extract data from the Health & Beautycard database; using Excel to manipulate and analyse the data; and producing analysis packs in PowerPoint. Analysis projects generally came from two sources – the commercial team and external suppliers – with project content and turnaround varying greatly from project to project.
I loved my time at Superdrug and would highly recommend this as a placement, as the team are very friendly and welcoming, the work is varied and challenging, and there are also a lot of learning opportunities to take advantage of!
The team was extremely welcoming and obviously valued having me there on placement. They made every effort to incorporate me into the team and treated me as another employee rather than just an intern.
My manager was very approachable, as I sat at the desk next to my manager and could ask questions whenever I wanted to. I also had also had weekly catch ups with my manager, so any other issues could be discussed, as well as meetings with my manager's superior to also check my progress.
The majority of the time the work was perfectly balanced - a good amount of time was spent on getting me up to speed, which meant I could then manage my workload further down the line.
A lot of responsibility, given projects to work on from day 1 which I was responsible for delivering. However, I was also able to ask for help if needed and your work is checked by other team members, which gave a good balance.
I learnt so much from my placement at Superdrug, particularly regarding data analysis and presenting this to a wider audience. I was also able to undertake other training opportunities, which made this a priceless learning experience.
The office was a great place to work in, everyone was very friendly and approachable. There was a good degree of mixing between the different teams, and there was always lots going on that you could engage with.
The settling in stage was very well managed and structured, with the my manager and team ensuring I was able to get up to speed with work at my own pace – once everyone felt I had settled, I was treated at the same level as any of the other analysts and therefore had a varied workload.
I gained experience using a wide range of analytics software (including SQL, VBA, and Google Analytics) as well as being able to take part in some presentation training. There was also more general, on-the-job personal development, with my manager critiquing my work and offering advice on how I could improve.
Superdrug is growing as a business and there were a number of opportunities within the team I worked - I was offered the chance to come back following graduation, but chose to pursue a different opportunity.
The team was generally very sociable, eating out for lunch on Fridays, as well as having a few team events out in the time I was there.
A group of people in marketing also played football on a semi-regular basis, which was a good way to meet people you wouldn’t otherwise interact with regularly.
Croydon was relatively expensive, but on the whole, the costs of living and socialising were comparable with other areas.