Worked in the Talent Acquisition team, with responsibilities include intern hiring, graduate hiring and the SAP Academy hiring.
On the whole I have thoroughly enjoyed my placement year. I have gained more experience and been involved in more projects than I could have ever imagined. This has been challenging at times but the development opportunities have been amazing and working alongside my team everyday has been an absolute joy.
My team never failed to make me feel like a valued member of the team. I was providing a real contribution to the company and my team and the wider employee network were full of praise and encouragement. At SAP you never are never treated as 'just an intern' and this is why you are able to achieve so much in your time here.
In the placement scheme at SAP you are assigned a buddy alongside your manager. A buddy is usually someone in your team and they are the person who provides you with the support and guidance, alongside that of your manager. This is a great scheme and ensures you're always supported throughout!
My role has been very project based this year. Therefore at times I had an extreme workload for the duration of the project I was working on. At other times however I had less to do so throughout the year I haven't had a consistent level of busy. Nevertheless there are always opportunities to get involved in, even in outside departments if you go looking for it.
In my role I feel I was given so much responsibility from the very start. This meant that I could really push the boundaries of my role and learn so many new skills. I was responsible for the hiring of the next cohort of interns, as well as graduate roles. Having that much of an impact on the business and peoples lives has been incredible.
The skills gained from working for a year, wherever you decide to go, will be unbelievably useful in your future career and last year of uni. Working at SAP has given me such an insight into the business world. We were given the opportunity for trainings, but these were sometimes on a first come first served basis so my only improvement would be to put on a few more training opportunities throughout the year.
The atmosphere in the office is great, very friendly and very much an approachable feel. Senior management don't have offices, the whole place is open plan so it feels great walking around and chatting to people like the MD! The only downside is the location, as it is outside of London, so after work activities require travelling to somewhere with bars etc. which can make socialising with work colleagues less likely.
The placement programme went through a much more structured approach this year. This meant that we had much more opportunities laid out for us and activities to take part it that were put on by the placement programme. This will only be getting better as the placement programme continues to receive more investment and support from the business.
SAP are great an opening doors for any opportunity you would like. One example of this a great scheme called the 70:30 split which means you have the explicit chance to get involved in other areas of the business that have nothing to do with your role. This enabled me to hugely build my network and gain much more business exposure!
Graduate prospects in SAP is definitely something that is growing - and it's fantastic to see that a fair few of my intern colleagues will be going back after graduation. There isn't an official grad scheme at the moment but I can see that SAP is definitely moving this way!
The intern community at SAP is a large one and has made my year so enjoyable. We usually have socials every Thursday (outside of work) as well as lots of company organised events etc. with 56 of us it meant that everyday I would bump into a friend round the office and, especially on the hard days, having lots of people to just go for a coffee with was a real help!
I live in Clapham which is fairly expensive but I think around Feltham it is cheaper.
There is no nightlife in Feltham.
Yes, there were sporting groups and also lots of employee network groups like cultures. Also there was the opportunity to start new groups if you wanted.