7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere was generally quite quiet. Most people just get on with their work and put headphones in, would occasionally be louder when there was a birthday celebration. Also, quite a few people work from home so on some days there would be only a few people in the office. It is good though if you want to put your headphones in and concentrate as some places dont let you do that!
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
They've been doing this for years so it was well set up. When taking over from your old intern they pass down all the work they have to you. However, there is no structure in term of projects you have to complete, its just as and when there is work for you.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The company don't send you on any courses, they have options for extneral compaines to come in to better your skills but this wasn't approved for me as it costs the company money. Everything you learn is for free from collegues you aren't sent on any additional courses to help.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Disney do not offer grad jobs but they invite you to a linkdin page at the end to stay connected and hear about any job prospects. You make connections with people throughout the job which can always help getting a job in the future. A few interns do come back and get jobs due to their connections made on placement year.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
The interns have a good social scene as there is 200 in the company. The interns put on a annual event (Self Funded) called the winter ball and all the interns attend. As a team, we don't do many social events expect the christmas party and leaving drinks as lots of people commute and have children so find it difficult getting care for them.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
London in general is very expensive, especially if you are renting it means 3/4 of your wages will go on rent and bills and food. Depending what you do socialising costs i believe are the same as anywhere else in the country, you just have to be sensible with money and make sure you budget on an interns wage.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
London as a place has lots of nightlife, however hammersmith is more corporate so has a few pubs and 1 or two bars. There are lots of other places near by which are more fun to go to. We usually would go to the pub on a thursday as interns.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
They have a charity group that you can get involved in when you sign up. This is a really rewarding group and you can do it in work hours too. They also have screenings of all the films you can go watch. They have sports charity events, however, its hard to get involved unless someone from your team/someone you know is taking part.
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