Supply Chain Intern at Tesco

Duration
Internship (1-4 Months)
Region
London Europe
Review Date
Salary
£18,000 - £19,999
Roles
Business Analytics Logistics and Operations

6.3/10

The Role
7.3
Organisation
7.0

Socialising

4.0

The Role

1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?

Overall, I did enjoy my time with Tesco. While there were certainly difficulties, the main factor that made it enjoyable was the people here. It really is a chill and inclusive environment. Everyone is still very hard-working and gets their tasks done, but it is not nearly as intense as somewhere like a consultancy or a bank. While my project was not the most interesting and definitely came with its challenges, my team made up for that as we were often laughing together and having fun.

6/10

2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?

Obviously this differed for me based on how much I worked with certain colleagues. The ones that I worked with the most in my team were amazing and I absolutely loved them and they made me feel so welcome. Everyone else were extremely friendly whenever I came to them with a question or issue. The people here truly are amazing. You will probably hear this a lot from anyone who has worked here and it's because it's true; my colleagues were the best part about my internship.

9/10

3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?

My line manager, who I worked next to everyday and spent the most time with was incredibly supportive. If I ever needed help, no matter how occupied she was, she would help me with whatever I needed. However, the managers above her played quite a distanced role and were not too involved in the tasks I was doing. I think this made my project much more difficult, especially when these managers had different ideas of the tasks I should do to approach my project.

9/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

This changed for me dependent on how my project was progressing. At the beginning, I was learning to use SQL and familiarizing myself with everything and talking to different people about my project so I was not too busy at all. However, when my project began to pick up pace, I found myself being quite busy. Especially for the last few weeks I was very busy.

5/10

5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?

I was definitely given a lot of responsibility on my project. While this sounds ideal and something that I thought was great at the start, I think my project was so challenging that I needed a lot of help to approach it. This being said, I think if I had gotten a little luckier with my assigned project, the amount of responsibility I was given was great and very empowering.

7/10

6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

This is hard for my to say as I'm not exactly sure what I will want to be doing in the future. However, learning to use SQL and getting very familiar with excel are skills that I hugely enjoyed developing and I am very happy that I got the opportunity to do so.

8/10

The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

Light-hearted and joking but everyone definitely worked hard and got their jobs done.

9/10

8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?

I thought it was well organised from a support standpoint but I'm not too sure how well the projects were thought out as it seemed for mine, no one really had suggestions on how I should approach it and it was received with a lot of scepticism, additionally the training document for SQL, which I used a lot was quite poor and didn't encompass many things that I used.

5/10

9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

The technical skills I learned were fantastic and I think my team supported me greatly with this. As for other skills, there was nothing special that I hadn't already heard or known about.

7/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • Subsidised/Company Gym
  • Working from home
9/10

11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?

This is a difficult question for me as I truly did enjoy working with everyone here and learning a lot, but my experience with my project was not the best and if hypothetically, the projects I would work on, if I was here in the future, were of similar difficulty, I'm not sure if I would enjoy that at all. However, I do believe if I had a project that I genuinely enjoyed doing, my view on coming back to Tesco would be much more positive.

5/10

Social

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

Within the workplace, it was great. However, as the campus is in Welwyn, which is quite a boring city to be blunt and most people drive from all over, it is very difficult to arrange social events outside of work.

5/10

13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?

I rented a room in Welwyn for £750 pounds a month through spare room. Quite expensive for what you get but it was really nice to be close to work.

5/10

14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?

Welwyn Garden City is definitely not the place to go if you're looking for good nightlife.

1/10

15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?

There were a few fun socials. I enjoyed going to a trampoline park with fellow interns / analysts. As for volunteering opportunities or sports, I wasn't made aware of many but if I had looked harder, maybe I would have been able to find more opportunities.

5/10