1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I really enjoyed my Internship as L'Oreal - they are a great company to work for in terms of company culture, professional development and social life! There is also never a dull day in the office - from external training, large internal meeting and product launches, my internship was varied and I got to experience more than I could have imagined!
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt valued by every single one of my colleagues. I felt like a true member of the team and was invited to many senior meeting and key events throughout the year. Definitely not what I expected before starting the placement.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
The support was always there when I asked for it - one thing they say a L'Oreal is that asking questions is always a good thing! Most team member offered me advice, support and guidance throughout the year. When I asked to be given projects and responsibility, more often than not they made sure that happened.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I was extremely busy on a daily basis and my to-do list often seemed never ending. However, my manager was very good at helping me to prioritise and manage my time well.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
With lots of work comes lots of responsibility. This was often overwhelming at times at the beginning, however as the year went on i learnt how to handle this responsibility and found myself asking for more towards the end of my placement. I was leading major product launching and running my own projects throughout the year.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The skills I have learnt will be invaluable, especially time management and stress management. Having the opportunity to go to many personal development trainings has made me feel a lot more confident in my abilities, especially when it comes to presenting!
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The general atmosphere in the office was very friendly and welcoming most of the time. There is always something happening in the building, may it be a product giveaway, new launch buzz or team celebrations! Understandably, at times when teams are busy or under pressure to achieve the atmosphere tended to be more negative.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The internship was set up well. My objective were made clear to me from the start. You then have a mid year review and an end of year review where you are measured against these objectives and there are a lot of opportunities for both personal and professional development. However, I sometimes felt that there was a bit of a disconnect between the managers and HR on carrying out the reviews.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
There is a wide range of compulsory and optional training, both internally or externally outside the office, which all interns are encouraged to go to! There is also a bookings app where you can choose dates that best suit you and book onto training sessions. You also have opportunities to learn new professional skills outside of your function.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
Above 25 days holiday
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
There are a wide varieties of future career pathways at L'Oreal to choose from following a placement. Interns are offered to apply to the graduate talent scheme, that starts after university, with rotations in different function. Although the application process is intense, there is no other grad job like it that offers such flexibility and role diversity.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There is a whole intern committee at L'Oreal, who organise sports teams, socials and other activities outside of work. I can honestly say I have made friends for life working here and have never had a dull weekend whilst living in london
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
As your in London, the cost of living is VERY high. If you want to live close to the office, most of your salary will go on accommodation. Although, there are some cheap restaurants and bars in the area.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The nightlife in Hammersmith and surrounding areas isn't the best, however if you are willing to get the tube and travel a bit further the nightlife is amazing!
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yes, I got involved in the intern netball team. We played locally every tuesday. It was a great opportunity to keep fit and make new friends. The purchasing team often send round vouchers for different activities such a exercise classes, which me and my team would attend after work.