1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Working for ALDI has been a rewarding 12 months, It is hard work and a lot of hours but great fun! The Store, Area Managers and Directors that I have worked along side have been great and I would highly recommend. It makes you grow and develop massively as a person and I have learnt an awful lot, about myself, business and ALDI.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
My Colleagues that I worked with in my region were great. I felt fully supported and valued by my colleagues. The project I completed for the last four months helped with this as it was a project that required there input and communication. I have been fully immersed in the world of ALDI since the start.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I was given full support by my mentor and direct leader. The guidance I received from both were to a very high level. With anything I needed I felt comfortable to ask for my mentors help and support with it. When spending time in head office I had weekly catch up's with both my director and mentor and again was given full support with research and implementation of ideas.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Working for ALDI isn't an easy ride. You are expected to work hard both in stores and when out of stores. You will never be clock watching and there is always something to be working on. However, you are rewarded for this it is a highly paid and respected placement year to complete.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
The responsibility was massive! Much more than I anticipated. When in stores you are working closely with the store management to implement ideas, help train new starters. You are manually placing orders for stock worth over £60,000 in your fist few weeks, your opening, running and closing a store by yourself.
In head office the projects I had gave me huge responsibility, if there were ideas that I wanted to implement I was given full support to start implementing them to the region.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
MASSIVELY. I have developed a wide range of skills from this placement year with ALDI. Not only have I learnt about the workings in a huge corporate business but I have also learnt an awful lot about myself which will assist me when I go back to uni and complete my degree.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere in the office and in stores was really good, you could tell that everyone works hard and enjoys what they do.
I think it ultimately depends on the store and regional office that you are working in, but the region I was in there was a great atmosphere.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The placement was very well organised from the start. On my first day I was given a training plan that was mostly stuck to, a few things changed such as the store I worked in but I was given plenty of notice and luckily it was closer to where I was living!
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The company invests in you massively. You are given a lot of hours to use for your training in stores and ultimately you use a lot of your managers time to help train you. You spend a lot of time with your mentor shadowing them and learning the Area Manager role. So in terms of time and financials you are invested in to a high extent.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Above 25 days holiday
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
I think this depends on the region you stay in and your colleagues, as it is them who organise it. Luckily in my region there was a good social scene, we quite often went out for coffees/ dinner or nights out! There is also a summer and winter team event that everyone goes to which is fun!
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Again the same as above, there was a good social scene, we quite often went out for coffees/ dinner or nights out! There is also a summer and winter team event that everyone goes to which is good fun!
You also have access to perks/ benefits such as cheaper cinema tickets etc.