1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I was given a variety of projects over the 12 months. P&G works with a "5 rock" system which to non P&G'ers means 5 projects. These can range depending on your role. I had a project management role so my biggest "Rock" was Project Management. The work can be fun but there's a lack of teamwork.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Straight from day one, everyone is really nice. I sit in a team of around 12 people and we usually get lunch together, go out for the occasional night out every few months. In meetings, everyone is keen to hear each other's thoughts and I always felt like I could give my opinion.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I set up weekly meetings with my manager from the beginning (others did less, others did the same) and also weekly meetings with my "coach". This allowed me to get a lot of feedback - about my day to day work and how I could improve in that area and then meetings with my coach to get feedback about my overall life at P&G.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
This fluxuated depending on the time. At the very beginning, I was introducing myself to the team and my users around the company so I was quite busy. When the work began, again I was pretty busy. But there's a lot of waiting around for other people to complete their work so a lot of free time which you can then spend learning or doing something else.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
You get a lot of responsibility. Some interns had more than others, but this depended on experience and technical ability. I was managing a team of 12 developers based abroad, so as a student that's pretty impressive. I also delivered a website that was used by over 900 users on a daily basis
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
In terms of my degree: not very much. I study Computer Science but this is more of an IT Project Management internship. So for me, I didn't do too much coding/technical work.
This will really help me with future life, as I learned a lot! I had to deal with business users, developers, manage timelines, etc.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Apparently it's just this office I'm based in - at least that's what I've been told. It's pretty good at times, people are really nice, there's a Costa Coffee, it's quite relaxing. But it doesn't scream fun - it's very corporate. People have phone calls at their desks so it's quite quiet until there's a call, then you can hear people in meetings. There are P&G products around the whole site which is cool, but "Fun Never Stopped" is not accurate.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
They did well. From day 1, we were treated incredibly. We were flown to a city in Europe to meet other interns at other offices and then we've had a lot of training events. Every other week an expert from P&G will give us a lecture on an area or skill for us to improve which is great. Presentations throughout the year so that we can reflect on our progress.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Linkedin Learning is fully paid so that's great. There's also a lot of internal P&G training available which interns can take full advantage of. My manager is also sending me to an external, paid workshop for a day - so they cover all expenses for the day - so they're keen to promote your learning.
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?
You get rated at the end of the year on whether you succeeded or not. P&G doesn't offer a grad scheme so if they give you an offer to come back, you'll go straight into a career. You won't know until the last day of the internship though!
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Yes! A lot of recent graduates and interns around the office make it an awesome place to be. The city is great and you quickly form a friendship group which lets you go and explore the city, restaurants and travel around the area. One of the best things about the placement!
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Pretty cheap, especially compared to London! Rent can range from £70 for a nice flat to £120 a week for a penthouse (maybe exxagerating). Bus to work is £13 a week, and food is cheap! A lot of cool bars and amazing restaurants well priced too, and pay is good so this helps nicely
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Newcastle is known to be one of the best in the UK. It doesn't dissapoint. Even if you're not a big clubber, there are a tonne of awesome bars. Not into drinking? The food scene is great and plenty of things to do. An ice rink is near and the beach is cool.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
5 a side, theater and a lot of other things available. 2 big universities are based in the city so you can join them on some of their activities too. Plenty to do and so much to see. An airport near by is also a huge advantage! I did barcelona for a weekend!