1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
The role didn't really suit me. The tasks were boring and I wasn't invloved by the team, so I felt isolated and unappreciated as I spent 95% of the time just doing invoices and emails with little face to face communication. It felt very much like a work experince/internship that lasted a year as I never felt included and was just doing simple tasks in the background.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I didn't feel valued at all. I never felt like the team invested their time in getting to know me and what I wanted from the internship. This resulted in the team not getting the most out of me and left me feeling unmotivated and underutilised. I can only recall once when my supervisor said 'good job' or something similar that was remotely encouraging.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
As far as day to day goes, my team were supportive and were always on hand to help me with questions I had etc which was really good. However, overal there was no appraisals or meetings to check my progress or develop me as an employee which was really disappointing.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
As an accounting intern the work fluctated depending on the time of month. We typically have one busy week and three quiet weeks. This meant that I was either super busy or not busy at all and verging on having nothing to do in the middle weeks of a month.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Very little, if any. I wasn't involved in any of the teams projects, so was just left doing largely admin jobs like manual invoices which was disappointing. There was little room to have responsibility, the role is largely just following a job list and working through it day after day.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I don't think the role developed or aided me as far as completing my degree is concerned particuarly. What did help was using excel extensively as that has improved my skills dramatically to the point where I am very confident I have the skills to work with excel in any role.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere was good. The offices are amazing and it is a really cool place to work with a relxaed yet hard working atmosphere which is what I enjoyed about working at Disney. Everyone is super friendly and approachable which puts you at ease and allows you to talk to anyone on the floor.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The placement is well organised. There is good training offered to interns and they take good care of you. However, the role is a placement but you are classed as an intern and treated like one and I dont think an intern is the same as a placement student. So I think they need to clearly distinguish between an intern and a placement student.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
There was basic training and a handover at the start of the placement which was helpful and taught you everything you'll need to know for the year. However, after this there wasnt much development or time put in towards developing past that stage at the first month.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
It is possible but there are not many positions available straight out of university. This being said lots of people in the office have interned at Disney at some point, so having completed an internship here would definitely increase your chances of landing a job back here in the future.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Yes. There are approximately 250 interns at Disney and around 12 interns on my floor so there is plenty of opportunity for socialising if you wanted to. However, this isn't really organised by employees, there is some team lunches etc, but I think its uncommon to go on a nightout with your team for example.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Being in London, not cheap. Earning a relatively low salary means you dont have a lot of disposable income to spend on nightsout so this is something to consider but feel this will be the same wherever you go.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
It was ok. There are a few good pubs in Hammersmith etc. But for good nightlife you would want to go into central, but that's not too far to go.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yes. Disney lay on plenty of talks, volunterring events, employee screenings etc, so there is always stuff to do and is a definte pro of working here.