I have thoroughly enjoyed my placement year at Groupe SEB, and cannot speak highly enough of it. I spent the year working in the Marketing team, and have been exposed to so many different tasks, projects, ways of working and presentation & management styles. And as such I have been able to really build on all of these experiences at Groupe SEB - which has been great for my personal development.
For the most part, the department's intern is treated like a core part of the team. Involved in team meetings and discussions, and working with all members of the team to support their projects. However there have been times where I have felt a bit of an outsider to the team, but these occasions are rare.
New interns receive very close guidance from management and other members of the department, as you grow within your role you find that constant support decreases and your independence grows.
As with most jobs there are periods of relative quiet, and times when it feels like you are working non-stop..! On the whole I have always been very busy with various projects. Even if it is quiet, there is always some admin & housekeeping to be done. Although I would suggest this is what you make of it, if you are keen to succeed and develop yourself, you will find yourself a lot busier than other interns may be.
As stated, the more you put into this placement the more you can get out of it! Marketing Interns are responsible for gathering and analysing sales & market data, which is hugely important to the business. This data is often fed right the way up to the senior corporate team in France. Interns are also often given their own key projects, or mini-categories to oversee, giving the intern a glimpse into the world of project/product management.
I am very grateful to Groupe SEB for all of the time and effort put in to developing myself, and the opportunities I have been exposed to. Weekly 1-2-1 meetings have allowed me to work on new things each week, learn new things and ways of working, and get feedback on my performance. I will be able to apply all of my learnings from the past 14 months to my future career and develop myself further.
There's never a dull day in the office..! Every single person in the office is a delight and a real credit to the company, and as such the office environment is light hearted and jovial 90% of the time. Of course there are occasions when the atmosphere is more serious, as would be expected.
Very well organised - cannot fault it. When I joined meetings are set up with all of the core members of the business, this provided me with an excellent view of the entire business and the structure of all of the departments. I also had a two week handover with the departing intern, to go through all of the routine activities so that it isn't too daunting..!
On a departmental level the business is keen to train the team on various functions of the business, typically areas where people don't work within on a day to day. For example we have had training in various digital marketing topics, such as SEO, Amazon Analytics and Paid Media. As well as receiving training from the head office on programs that we use daily. On a personal level I don't feel I received a massive amount of training and would not have been sure on how to go about this. Although I do believe if I had pushed for this the business wouldn't have hesitated to provide training.
Sports and Social Club
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
Above 25 days holiday
Working from home
Healthcare from home
There are a fair few members of the team who joined Groupe SEB as interns and have returned to more senior roles. I would like to think opportunities for me to return to Groupe SEB will be an option once I graduate, however as a small/medium sized office, these opportunities to rejoin the business are not always available.
Work events are fairly frequent, attracting a good turnout across all departments. Regular events include leaving do's (departing employees are given money to put behind the bar at the local pub), pub quizzes, Xmas & Summer parties... the list could go on and on
Unfortunately, with the office being located in Windsor, it is very close to London, and a tourist hotspot. As such it is fairly expensive for living & leisure.
Windsor nightlife is very good for a town of it's size, with several clubs, the usual cohort of bars/pubs (Wetherspoons, All Bar One etc)
There are a fair amount of activities going on outside of work, with regular football games and work nights out. As well as regular charity events, which allow volunteers to pitch in with helping a local charity. This could be expanded to further activities, although for an office of this size the amount of activities is very good.
Placement Year (10 Months+)
24th August 2018