• The Role
  • The Company
  • The Culture

    The Role

  • 1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
  • I greatly enjoyed my placement year at 3M. My colleagues were lovely and everyone that I met with inside the organisation were all pleasant and approachable. As 3M take on many placement students at the same time for placement years, there is a good social life available as well .


  • 2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
  • I felt very valued within my department and within my team as well. From day 1 I was thrown in at the deep end and given a great deal of responsibility which made me feel both welcome and valued from the get go. As more opportunities opened up throughout the year I was given more responsibility and I continued to feel valued.


  • 3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
  • I felt like I was given a good level of support from my manager and team leader throughout the year. I had weekly one to ones with my team leader where I received feedback on my performance and the opportunity to ask for help and guidance on my work and tasks.


  • 4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
  • Each day at work my workload was different but I never felt short of work . There were quarterly payroll calculations for sales representatives that would increase my workload as they came around so there was definitely peaks and troughs in how busy I was on a daily basis .


  • 5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
  • I was given a great deal of responsibility over the course of the year. Handling payment calculations is an important task as pay is such an emotive subject. I got to know people's salaries and performance details which I found to be very informative and made me feel trusted within my department.


  • 6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  • I felt like I joined 3M with a good skill set already but I definitely learned new skills that I had no prior experience with such as how to use SAP systems. As a placement student you get third party training sessions which are very fun and informative on subjects such as communication and efficiency.


    The Company

  • 7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
  • The atmosphere is a perfect mix of relaxed and serious. The offices are all open plan so there is a sense of everyone being approachable and friendly chat was never shunned. There was an effort made to bring different teams together once a month to share coffee and cakes to try and get people interacting who normally wouldn't.


  • 8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
  • The placement was very well set up from start to finish and the HR staff member who ran the talent development events made them really enjoyable. I was settled into my team fairly quickly and given adequate training to be able to perform my daily tasks. Help was always available if I was having issues as well.


  • 9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  • The company paid for third party external talent development training sessions including green belt training in lean six sigma. This was a fantastic opportunity as it is usually very expensive to get this. The company also taught me a great deal of responsibility and I really felt they trusted me to carry out my job well.


  • 10. What were the perks on your work placement?
  • Flexi Time

    Subsidised Canteen

    Company Car

    Company Parties/Events

    Above 25 days holiday

    Working from home


  • 11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
  • I would definitely consider rejoining 3M if I was given the chance. Unfortunately 3M have suspended their graduate scheme which means that i would have to apply for a full time job straight out of uni instead. In addition the headquarters I was based in was very far from my family home so Id probably be more inclined to find employment closer to home.


    The Culture

  • 12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
  • 3/5

  • 13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
  • 3/5

  • 14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
  • 3/5

  • 15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
  • 3/5

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Placement Year (10 Months+)

Greater London

June 2018

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