1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I really enjoyed my placement. L'Oréal is very fast-paced which makes your role as an intern very interesting but also very intense. My team was great and I had the chance to learn a lot from them. Also, L'Oréal has approximately 100 interns/grads per year which makes the social life very nice.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
L'Oréal usually give an important role to their interns and we are usually valued by our colleagues and teams. However, it varies a lot from one team to another. I felt really valued by my manager who has trusted me with a lot of projects and made me really feel like I was part of a team.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My manager has always been really helpful in terms of guidance and support. I always felt like I could express myself if needed and I really felt supported when needed. However, there are no guidelines or time set for your support and guidance inside the company, you usually have to ask your manager to do so, which can be difficult.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
My work load has varied a lot during my internship. It has depended a lot on product launches or on the different projects. Sometimes the work load has been very overwhelming but nobody ever pressures you to work after 5. I would say that I have been very busy during my internship but it is also due to the fact that I asked for more projects.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
From the beginning, my role entailed several tasks that gave me a little bit of responsibility. Progressively, my manager gave me more and more responsibility in order to challenge me and keep my role interesting within the team.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
My internship gave me good idea of how an FMCG operates and what marketing is in practice. It also gave me a broad set of skills that will be very valuable for my business studies. However, I think that L'Oréal should train more the interns on how the beauty industry operated and its challenges.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere at L'Oréal has been really nice during my internship. Most of the people are always willing to help you if you need anything.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
I think that the overall internship is quite disorganized. You do not really get any support from HR if you have any questions and your role as an intern inside the company can be quite confusing as you get a lot responsibilities with no real guidance.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
L'Oréal does invest a lot in training his employees but interns are not always invited to those trainings and the communication around the available ones is not very good.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
The graduate scheme that L'Oréal offers is very appealing but the application process is very long and hard which I think is very demotivating.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
The social scene between interns and grads is very good. A lot of socials are organized and the atmosphere is really nice
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Hammersmith is not very expensive which convenient for social event.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
There is not really a nightlife in Hammersmith even though most of the employees live there.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There was barely any activities to get involved outside work.