1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
The responsibility and trust L'Oreal give you is amazing. My Job role was very broad ranging from launching products, eventing, subcon to creating marketing materials. The only negative is it is a very fast pace environment to work in and if you are a laid back person you may struggle every little task is taken very seriously.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt very valued by my colleagues - they always made a effort to include me in everything and its a amazing culture to be In and everyone is very approachable even the MD!
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
All mangers when handing you a project will say that if you need anything don't hesitate to ask, nearly all of them will help but there is a small handful that will push back when you ask But you can always find help in your peers or someone else in the team when this happens.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Most of the time I found my work manageable. I am a person who always likes to be busy so I love a fast pace work environment but there have been multiple times where I have felt completely overwhelmed by my work load. If you are a slow learner this is not the place for you and If you are struggling with your work don't be scared to say something your team will always help.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Amazing amount of responsibility - you 100% wont be making coffees. I really felt like I was a important team member looking back and seeing all your accomplishments you realise how important your work is to the brand.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The skills I have learnt at L'Oreal are invaluable I feel I have come a long way since I started in both my confidence and understanding of marketing. Training sessions are always available to you and encourage by management across the building. I feel L'Oreal has well and truly made me a better person and helped me understand where I'd like to go in the industry.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Really positive and fun office environment - everyone is approachable. Great place to work
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
I felt like my handover when I started could have been longer as the role was so big and unfortunately they announced the grad scheme results the last day of my handover which meant my previous intern disappeared for hours whilst I had to hold the fort with only 4 days experience. The HR team are a constant support system and will always let you know deadlines well in advance.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Training is open to everyone so it is dependent on you as a person on how much you sign up for, there is many amazing opportunities to help you develop across Ecom, PR and Presenting skills. I do believe it is dependent on the division you are put in. I know that ACD & LUXE put a lot into your development and give you many opportunities but I have heard that PPD wasn't great at this.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Very Appealing - I'd love to work for L'Oreal again in any of the divisions. The only thing I would say is the grad scheme is very competitive and limited.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Every year they nominate a social sec - it will be dependent on your nomination. Last year I heard great things but this years was very poor. There is none or little events held by L'Oreal as business for all the placement students.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
London is amazing and a great place to socialise - Hammersmith is in Zone 2 so close to all the action. I live a 20 min walk from work and pay around £700 a month for rent with bills. L'Oreal will create a housing group chat where you can meet other people looking for a house I'd strongly recommend this. The further you move close to Fulham the cheaper - some people that live 5/10 mins from work pay close to £1000 a month but i'd say this is normal for London.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The nightlife is really poor in Hammersmith but if you get a short tube to Piccadilly it is much better - nothing is ever to far away in london
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yes there a lots of external activities that people arrange at work. Yoga, Drinks and Working for charities.