Unilever Finance Summer Placement at Unilever

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Duration
Internship (1-4 Months)
Region
Leatherhead South East
Review Date
Salary
£20,000 - £21,999
Roles
Financial Management

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8.9/10

The Role
9.0
Organisation
9.6

Socialising

8.0

The Role

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

I really enjoyed my summer internship, I was given real responsibility from the get-go and was always helped whenever I needed it. It was a great environment to work in, and it was really nice to have other fellow students/interns to catch up with during the day. The job was very enjoyable, and it was really great to see real outcomes from my projects.

9/10

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

I very valued by my colleagues. As soon as I arrived, I was introduced to my whole team and everybody was very welcoming. My colleagues showed me around the office, taught me the basics that I would need to set up my computer, and I really felt like I was a valued member of the team.

9/10

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

My line manager was extremely helpful. She encouraged me to try and get on with my work as much as possible, to try and find the solutions myself, however I knew she was always there when I got stuck and had questions. I felt extremely supported and I knew that whenever I had a problem that my manager would help me to find the solution.

10/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

This varied depending on what projects I had on the go. Some days were extremely busy, with lots of work to try and finish for a meeting, or to meet deadlines, whilst other days were a bit less busy with a bit of lull in the workload.

8/10

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

I was given lots of responsibility for my own project, and I really felt like I was able to dig deep and learn a lot about my particular project.

8/10

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

I was given lots of basic training in the first 2 weeks, which proved to be extremely useful for the job that I was completing. The excel skills that I developed will be useful for life, and will assist me not only in my degree but also in the future.

10/10

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The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

The office had a really good atmosphere, everyone was extremely friendly and it was definitely a good working environment. There were lots of perks in the office as well, such as free ice cream and a free gym, which definitely contributed to the overall positive environment.

10/10

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

Very well organised, a facebook group was set up before the start to give us information and to connect with other interns. Once I had arrived, I was allocated a line manager who gave me my work. It was all very well organised from start to finish, and I was always aware of the next step in the internship.

10/10

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

I do think the firm invested in my personal development, especially in terms of teaching me skills which I may then be able to use elsewhere.

8/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Sports and Social Club
  • Subsidised/Company Gym
  • Company Parties/Events
  • Staff Sales/Staff Shop
  • Working from home
10/10

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

Very appealing. The UFLP graduate scheme run by Unilever seems to be extremely well run. The graduates that I spoke to themselves were having a fantastic time and did not have a bad word to say about it. The company is great and the opportunities for development within the organisation seem very good.

10/10

Social

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

Yes. There were about 60/70 interns in total (including both summer and year-long industrial placement students). We were all introduced at the 2 day induction event which was great fun and a nice introduction to the company. I made lots of friends through other interns and we spent quite a lot of our free time together.

10/10

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

Based in Leatherhead, the majority of placement students lived in London where the cost of living and socialising is quite high.

5/10

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

Again, London nightlife is very good, however it is expensive to go out.

10/10

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

My function specifically held a few out of work activities, such as a quiz and a boat party, however I am aware that different functions hold weekly sporting activities amongst other things.

7/10

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