I have really enjoyed working at L'Oréal, its been a challenging and fun environment with a company that fully supports and empowers you to do your own work and suggest your own ideas, no matter what level job you are within the company.
Every single member of my team made me feel welcomed when I first joined, and a few months in when my manager left the rest of the team, as well as surrounding teams in the area went above and beyond in making sure I was ok and didn't feel overwhelmed.
My Sales Director has been extremely supportive this year and has helped me to develop within my role, a couple of months in I made it clear I really liked another area of the business and they consistently tried over the following 9 months to help me get exposure to that areas and get involved in it as much as possible.
Day to day life for me can change, some days I can come in and not have anything planned to do and have the busiest days of my week, some are full of meetings with other functions of the business and then others can be more quiet and it's just me at my desk doing my daily tasks. The variation on days is something I personally have really enjoyed, as you can never get bored you can always be doing something else and developing your work or networking skills further.
A LOT! As someone that thrives off of being busy and having repsosibility this is something about L'Oréal that I have loved. The company really does empower you to take on responsibility, but equally they will support you through this so that if you need help they are there.
I can genuinely say that the skills I have learnt from this placement year will be with for the rest of my life. Being my first real job in business ever, I have had to learn a lot which I personally think is great as it means that I can go back to Uni with life skills and attributes that I know others at Uni that didn't do a placement year will struggle more with. This experience has been one of the best things I could have done regarding skills I've learn and it is a placement I highly recommend to anyone.
The office is a very friendly and welcoming place, and contrary to what any of my friends thought when I first got the job, the people here genuinely couldn't be nicer or more helpful.
It's a very open office, which is great as it means you can go up to anyone on any team and start up a conversation and get to know more about them and their role, which is something I believe you can't say about many offices.
Extremely well, from the first moment of bein gtold that we had the placement we had a follow up email before we started saying which division and department we would be in. Then after this our managers were in contact with us inviting us to meet the team before we started, which meant on your first day there's a familiar face. Once the placement actually starts the HR team are very easy to contact if you have any questions, and they provided training on a range of skills including basic ones like how to header emails, or present work - which although may sound basic now, being your first actual job they are really important lessons to learn.
The company definitely invests itself in training you, its something that they probably hold back on a little and those on the graduate scheme get a lot more, which I think is fair they give you more than enough training to get you through the year and give you skills for life, but for compulsory training the grads definitely get more. However, that being said if you want to develop further interns can sign up to skills sessions on L'Oréal's MyLearning app - so it's kind of up to you how much you chose to push yourself to learn more.
Very appealing to me, I would really like to come back to the company and develop my skill set further in an environment that I love and really enjoy working in.
The Graduate scheme at L'Oréal is split into three rotation across different roles and divisions in the business, which means that you get to see a wide variety of roles and gain an insane amount of experience which is something that personally really excites me about the scheme.
Yes there is, L'Oréal is like any other placement company I have seen where we have an intern committee complete with President, Social Secretaries, Sports Secretaries, Newsletter etc. etc.
For a first job, it really is a great way to transition from the University lifestyle to the working.
London is obviously more expensive than most places to socialise and live in, but that really shouldn't put anyone off of living here. There are great places to go out and socialise that are more affordable and although you probably won't get a garden with your house there's always a park nearby that you can go and soak up the sun.
London is a fantastic place to live and as long as you ae sensible with your finances you really wont have an issue with financing it.
The surrounding area has some great places and with night tubes and uber's there's always a way home. Locally you have great bars and a few clubs in Putney, the you can either head further into central or head out for a slightly cheaper (not that much I hasten to add) night out in Clapham.
Yes, with the intern committee they started intern netball and football teams, then the working hours at L'Oréal are really good so I personally kept up rowing for the first 4 months through the Summer and I was more than able to balance training and my home life with my work one.