Managed 10 national accounts with a large high-street and online presence from a supply perspective.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I thoroughly enjoyed my placement! It was very challenging but very rewarding at the same time. A lot of responsibility is given from the first day, so combined with an extremely fast passed environment it can be daunting. However, you are given great support by both your line manager and function team, along with HR really allowing you to perform to your best and develop your skills.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Very valued - you form close relationships with many members of your team, especially other interns. People will go out of their way to congratulate you and praise you when you are performing well, as well as providing constructive criticism on areas you can improve.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Myself and my line manager had weekly formal catchups scheduled, however as we worked very closely I felt completely at ease asking for support and guidance at any point. He was also receptive during times of stress, finding solutions to help with my workload.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Depending on your placement role, you can be extremely busy at L'Oréal, often feeling the need to work outside of your contracted on a regular basis in order to keep up with your workload. This is something that can become manageable as you become comfortable with your role, however even at the end of my placement I still find myself coming in before the working day begins, and leaving long after it finishes sometimes.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
A great deal of responsibility can be handed to you during your time at L'Oréal, depending on your placement role. It is very common for interns to be solely responsible for ongoing projects, be customer facing or have a completely operational role. This is very rewarding!
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Beyond my studies, my placement has set up with a great skill set to take to workplace - with a lot of experience now under my belt from a world class business.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere is very fast paced, but generally light hearted. There is a family feel within many teams, and the different divisions all have varying traditions to bring fun into the office. There is also many events in our communal areas to bring a change to the day to day.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Onboarding was quite tedious as I did not find out my actual job role until my first day. Following that however there was a range of inductions that were organised fairly well, and laid out the structure for your placement (i.e mid year and end of year reviews, graduate scheme application deadlines).
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
They invested quite a lot. There is a wide variety of trainings available to all employees no matter your role. Some trainings are mandatory, others are optional so you are in control of your development.
They have a massive network of e-learnings along with sponsoring you for up to 3 Coursera courses at Universities around the globe should you want to develop any skills of your choosing, therefore the opportunities are definitely there for you!
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Very appealing, the management trainee scheme that L'Oréal offers appears to be quite comprehensive being 18 months long and consisting of 3 business rotations.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Yes, there is a strong social scene for interns. With a large intern population and a dedicated intern committee, sports clubs and socials, there are plenty of opportunities to socialise.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
London housing is very expensive and it can be costly to live in the Hammersmith area (Zone 2). There is no contribution towards accommodation during your time here, however there are employee discounts at local eateries, salons and gyms.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The Hammersmith night life is lacking, however there is plenty in Central London which is a 20 minute tube ride.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yes, there are many intern socials and sports clubs to get involved in, as well as socials and team drinks in your working teams.