1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
My internship has been challenging allowing me to grow and strengthen my skill set. There isn't a lot of training given, especially at the start, so one needs to actively seek out help and training, which can be a learning opportunity in itself. I particularly enjoyed the many different areas of marketing I got to explore and I was able to see the impact of my work, which was really rewarding.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt like everyone at the company is rather open to offering help. However, the company culture is very fast paced, so advice was rushed at times and it can be hard to reach key contact people for support. Even though interns are very valued, there could be a little more respect for their workload by colleagues and managers.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
As mentioned, guidance and support are there to an extend but interns need to contact key people to receive that. I think interns would benefit from a better guide as to who they can turn to for support with key procedures and policies when managers are busy. A really nice online learning program with courses allowing the familiarisation with key platforms used in the social sphere, is very helpful and should certainly be extended to other processed and programs.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
My internship has been very busy and I was involved in a lot of different areas of marketing, which I enjoyed a lot. I do think, L'Oreal should make sure their brand's teams are more balanced as some were rather overwhelmed. My workload wasn't always manageable within my working hours. I think some managers should be given training to make sure that interns are given more realistic workloads. However, it is great that interns are trusted with important tasks.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given a lot of responsibility from the very start, which was a little intimidating but also an amazing opportunity I have been able to use for my development. It certainly felt like a job rather than an internship and I was a full member of my team. I think it's great that L'Oreal allows interns such deep insights into its business.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
This internship has been an amazing opportunity to develop and prepare me for after university. I have been able to learn how to approach intimidating situations more calmly and openly. This really is an internship in which you can get a lot out of if you seek out opportunities to learn from great people. A little bit more training would be nice to make L'Oreal a nicer working environment and offer some more guidance, especially at the start.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Everyone is extremely busy. However some teams are a little bigger and employees appear to have more time and are less stressed. The same occurs for interns that have peers within their team for support, which is a big benefit. A general seating plan to find teams within the building 8 floors, would be very helpful.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Even though there is a group for interns, some more organised meet ups for lunch and catch ups would be great. There is a lot of support interns could offer for one another, so bringing everyone together on a frequent basis would be nice, especially when new interns start throughout the year.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
There are training courses available, but there should definitely be more to choose from considering the size o the company. I also think there should be more extensive training on other devisions so interns understand more about L'Oreal as a whole and which brands they might be interested in working with after their internship.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
It would be great to have more information about different job areas. Even within one area such as marketing, there are many different positions on which HR should educate a little more to help interns decide on potential career paths within the company as this is something lacking at the moment.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Many interns have become close friends, but it would be great to get everyone together more as I have mentioned to elaborate networks and introduce everybody throughout the year at different stages. It would also be great to have an event for former and new interns to connect those groups.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Hammersmith is a rathe nice part of London. There are surrounding areas like Shepard's Bush that are rather affordable. Many people take the train and commute to work though. As it is London public transport links are very established. Transport in London isn't the cheapest though and L'Oreal could do more to support employees with travel expenses.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
As I have been very busy in my internship, nightlife hasn't been a big factor for me.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There definitely appear to be opportunities but the education on those is missing a bit. However, there have been Yoga and puppy sessions that were great.