1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I thoroughly enjoyed my internship at L'Oreal. I worked in the new brand therefore I don't think I could have asked for a more exciting area of the company to work in! My expectations were met and exceeded and I enjoyed the level of responsibility I had in the role.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
If I'm honest, I didn't feel as welcomed as I would have liked. However I think employees at L'Oreal are used to the high turnover in interns every year that they aren't particularly phased by welcoming new people into the business, especially as I arrived 6 months after all of the other interns.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I was in a small team therefore I felt I was given a huge amount of support directly from my line manager. He was very approachable and always made me feel comfortable in the tasks I was carrying out. However I do feel he could have given me more guidance of what was expected of me as the months went on.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I was really pleased with how busy I was on a daily basis - I think it is always better to be busy as I'm more productive as a result. I wouldn't say I ever felt under too much pressure, but just the right amount in order to achieve a lot in a comfortable amount of time.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Due to being in such a small team, I was given the opportunity to take on as much responsibility as I wanted to really! Which was great as I feel like I learnt so much in such a little time. I was very content with the amount of responsibility i had in my role.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
100% I have gained a variety of transferable skills that I can use later on in life! Whether that be at L'Oreal on the grad scheme or in a different industry - I believe that experience in the workplace is invaluable. I have learnt a lot about self-management and self-motivation.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
I liked the general atmosphere in the office, however I didn't feel as though there was great communication or relationships between brands/teams. It is quite segregated and cleaky I would say! Having said this, everyone was very polite to me but I missed saying hello to multiple people in the morning!
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
HR were great and very communicative from the start. I was always informed and knew exactly what needed to be done or where I was meant to be when. I appreciated how formal the internship review procedure was as I think this is such an important aspect to ensure you get the most out of your internship as possible!
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The learning team at L'Oreal are great. Following a few mandatory training sessions, including asking for/giving feedback etc I was inspired to try out more of them! I think they are really helpful and it is also a great way to meet other people. The training and development is definitely readily available.
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?
Future employment prospects are rather promising. I am very interested in the management trainee scheme as it is 18 months whereby you can do 3 rotations. The opportunity to experience and work in 3 contrasting brands across the business is truly invaluable! I look forward to hopefully returning to L'oreal in the future.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Not particularly if I am honest, compared to my previous placement where we went for drinks after work most Fridays! In my 5 months there was only 1 work social for my division which i was quite disappointed with if I am honest! However you could take it upon yourself to organise something.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I mean it's London so its never going to be cheap but Hammersmith isn't central so it isn't as exortionate as other places probably! I rented very close to the office and feel as though I am paying a very fair price for the condition of my flat. Hammersmith is definitely more affordable than other areas in London.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Hammersmith doesn't have many clubs but you don't have to go far to get to one! London is full of them so it is very easy to find nightlife a tube ride away! Or borris bikes if you're that keen. I don't think this is a super important factor if i am honest.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
The intern committee are great at L'Oreal and organise a running club that run a 5K every week. They also organise yoga on a weekly basis as well as netball and football teams I believe! Many employees in the building go to spin classes or gymc lasses together as well!