Tech Management at Unilever

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Duration
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Region
london Central London and City
Review Date
Salary
£20,000 - £21,999
Roles
Information Technology

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5.3/10

The Role
6.0
Organisation
4.4

Socialising

5.5

The Role

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

I have thoroughly enjoyed the placement working at unilever in various teams. The placement has been well organised by HR. I have been well informed by HR and the placement team throughout. My only bug bare is being promised a grad scheme for high performance, which was not offered to anyone despite promising places.

8/10

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

I felt valued by my colleagues to some extent. If my colleagues were aware I was a student I would have been valued less. I used to hide the fact that I was a student so that they would trust my opinion more. I dont think students are valued in the company - based on pay and how they made me feel for work.

3/10

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

I had a line manager and 3 contact managers who I could also reach out to for any issue that arose that I couldnt or didnt want to discuss with my direct manager which may affect my work. I was also given a buddy so I had a big network support system.

7/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

I was very busy. This was because i managed my own work and wanted to busy. The work can be difficult to find and i found myself bored at times looking outside my role for work which i was then told not to do by my specific manager however this is encouraged in the company.

5/10

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

by chance i was given a huge amount of responsibility as someone in my team got promotion and moved role therefore i took up their role. this meant that i was managing projects at a senior level and getting a lot of exposure and experience. however, there are other students in my team who havent been as lucky and there isnt work there for them to do.

10/10

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

I think i developed a lot of soft skills like confidence, presenting skills and working with a varity of people however I was not taken to any training sessions on tools or process which would have been very useful to my job and experience. It would have been good to attain a qualification alongisde placement

3/10

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The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

the atmosphere was very relaxed, the dress code is also relaxed e.g. jeans trainers t shirt and we were allowed to work from home and manage our own time. I think this was good for me but some other students would struggle managing own time. everyone was very friendly and encouraging. Not much socialising

9/10

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

the placement was organised to a point. the support system was good, but i didnt feel like i was informed every step of the way. I was mislead for grad job opportunities and confusion over pay/ activities / socialising. Could have done with slightly more guidance from HR but my team around me were great

5/10

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

No they did not. I was offered free training tools and to select time to practice these courses but this fell through in my 3rd week. They did not allow me to take time out as I had other things to do in my role which didnt give time for training.

2/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • Subsidised/Company Gym
  • Company Parties/Events
  • Staff Sales/Staff Shop
  • Above 25 days holiday
  • Working from home
5/10

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

Not a growing area in the company. Think they are cutting down UK business as a whole due to brexit, as is the current employement market. Therefore no one on the scheme was offered a job. maybe future years will have better luck that we did and the market will pick up

1/10

Social

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

no there was nothing organised by the company which there should have been

1/10

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

London. Says it all. Was very very expensive and the pay doesnt cover this. It is very hard to live off the pay given, despite subsidised gym. Travel,rent and living costs are above and beyond the salary. salary is same for those work in the northern parts of the company which seems unfair there should be differences between locales

1/10

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

very good and very fun, london is very busy :)

10/10

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

Not sponsored by the business but individually with university friends

10/10

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