I was the placement on the brand marketing team for Benadryl and Sudafed.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I thoroughly enjoyed my placement year and would definitely recommend it!
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Everyone at J&J is super nice and make you feel valued.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Management and support was great, cannot fault it. I had an hour long 1:1 to catch up with my manager each week. Any time you need support you are never made to feel like a burden. Feedback and personal development is also well managed with quarterly reviews throughout the year.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I was definitely kept very busy which is great because I was never bored and was always productive. Being on seasonal brands the workload would sometimes be heavier at times when we would be preparing for the season. However whenever i did feel my workload wasn't manageable, my team were really supportive in helping me prioritise things and taking on some projects if I didn't have capacity.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was responsible for many important projects such as budget management, market performance tracking and website optimisation. Responsibility to own large projects increased as I started to settle in and prove my ability to lead such projects. But soon into my placement I was leading big exciting projects such as Buzzfeed videos, competitions and influencer campaigns.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
This placement definitely developed my project management skills, teamwork and leadership skills which I know will really help when I go back to Uni, in terms of group projects.
Working on two medicine brands has definitely expanded my Biological knowledge and given me an insight into the industry. Performance tracking each week has largely developed my ability to analyse large sets of data and improve my excel knowledge which will be a great help going back to my Biology degree.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Everyone at J&J is so friendly and chatty so the atmosphere is a really nice environment to work in. It is a fairly quiet office in Maidenhead which I liked but maybe not suitable for others who may want a more buzzing, fast paced atmosphere e.g. in London.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Such a well organised placement from the initial start date to the training period and all throughout the year. When we started we had a big handover document to refer to and lots of training sessions organised by the placements we were taking over. In terms of projects I was eased in - helping the team with their projects initially and then given my own big projects to lead as i progressed.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I felt J&J were very invested in my and the employees personal development. We were encouraged to set goals and objectives and go back and assess these in our quarterly reviews. The company arranged for me to shadow one of our creative agencies to get more external creative experience as I flagged that I was interested in 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?
I was encouraged to apply for the graduate job and I know that the managers put a lot of time into preparing the placements for their assessment centres. I personally didn't apply because during my placement I have really enjoyed the creative side more vs client side so want to try something different with a creative agency.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
J&J employ lots of placements - I think there were 30 when I joined so it was great to know lots of people my own age. We went on a few local nights out and events like ascot which was nice.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I know Maidenhead rent is quite expensive but I stayed in Reading which is only a half hour drive away and rent was pretty cheap.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
There are a few nice pubs around and Smokeys night club which we went to a couple of times but nightlife in Maidenhead isn't really a thing.
Reading, being a student town is better for nightlife.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
I did lots of volunteering days with the team. I'm not very sporty myself but did see a few emails around football teams/ sports events.