1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I thoroughly enjoyed working at Johnson & Johnson. The year had everything I would have wanted; a wide range of experiences, great people and a fantastic culture for someone just starting out in their career.
I was able to tailor my work at Johnson & Johnson based on what I was interested in which helped to make it an enjoyable experience.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Placements are very well valued at Johnson & Johnson and your hard work will not go unnoticed. There are schemes to recognise your achievements and hard work, for example, monetary awards are sometimes provided when you have gone above and beyond your normal day job. As there are so many placements at Johnson & Johnson, I think the employees realise how much of an integral role they play in the company.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I felt fully supported by my manager and as though I could go to them with any issue or concern. My manager was able to provide sound advice whether that be about a specific work task, general career advice or even uni work. I also felt supported by the rest of the more senior people within my team.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I found that within the first 6 months of placement whilst you are still learning the job the work often came in fluctuations - sometimes I would be really busy and other days I would have noticeably less to do. However nearing the end of the placement the work was more constant as I understood more about the projects I was working on and could create work for myself as I had the knowledge I needed meaning I could be more proactive.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was really surprised by the amount of responsibility given to me at Johnson & Johnson. Although of the tasks you may do might seem small, they have a massive impact on the business and one small mistake could cost a lot. I really enjoyed this level of responsibility as it made me feel trusted and that the work I was doing actually made a difference.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
There is so much I will take away from my placement year. Even just working in a corporate environment for a global organisation teaches you so much about people, business, your specialist degree subject, yourself and also specific skills you learn throughout the year.
I feel like my year in business has taught me so much more than my previous 2 years at University did.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The was a real effort to make the office and fun and enjoyable place to be. The ‘Ministry of Fun’ put on events to encourage people to get up and step away from there desks for a bit.
The office was never an unpleasant environment as everyone at the company is genuinely friendly.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
There is a clear progression structure within the department I worked in. There would often be announcements of people getting promoted internally which I believe is a really positive thing, especially for a junior member of the team. There is also a graduate scheme which you can apply for at the end of your placement year.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There were over 20+ placements all living farely locally which meant there some social events- these were organised by the placements rather than Johnson & Johnson however.
I think the social side of work will be what you make it - you will meet some great like minded people on your placement year.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Living at home meant I could keep my costs farely low.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Maidenhead head doesn’t have much night life however there are good trains into London where nightlife is x100 better. Don’t let the location put you off this placement!!
You may also be asked to travel to London and occasionally some of the placements would stay after work for a drink or dinner.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There are lots of opportunities to get involved in different activities where you wish. During the summer there was a netball team set up where we played in a local league. There was also a tag rugby team where both boys and girls could get involved. There were also different volunteering opportunities.