Research & Development Intern at BAT

Top Employer
Duration
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Region
Southampton South West
Review Date
Salary
£16,000 - £17,999
Roles
Electronic and Electrical Engineering Electronics Engineering

Connect with this company

BAT is a Top Employer

8.2/10

The Role
8.5
Organisation
8.4

Socialising

7.5

The Role

Role Description

Helping to develop an new e-cigarette device ready for launch.

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

The placement was very enjoyable and gave a great insight into what working for a large multinational company is like. I was given a lot of responsibility very quickly and given freedom to get on with my work without interruptions. British American Tobacco provide a very useful and enjoyable placement.

8/10

Imagine yourself working at BAT

RateMyPlacement is currently advertising 6 roles at BAT

View jobs now →

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

All of the employees at British American Tobacco respect and value the placement students like they are full time employees. The all have a lot of trust that work and results they produce will be up to the same high standard as the rest of the employees, they make all the of the students feel very valued.

9/10

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

The management give support where required but do not micro manage. All of the employees are willing to give up time to help assist the students when they require it. The placement team give great support and guidance in other aspects of work that aren't always focused on, for example. soft skills.

9/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

Each day was very different, but I was consistently busy throughout my placement with multiple projects and tasking running at once to ensure I always had tasks and work to be completed. If some projects were coming to an end the management were very open to ideas of different work streams that I could complete.

8/10

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

During my placement year I was given a lot of responsibility running 3 projects along side one another whilst also completing tasks for other members of the team where required. My manager would check up on my workstream to ensure I wasn't being over worked but allowed my to manage my own time and prioritise how I saw fit.

9/10

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

The placement has helped me to develop my prioritising and time management skills. This year has also helped me to improve my presentation abilities due to the multiple opportunities given by British American Tobacco to present. These skills along with the knowledge I have developed about how a multination company works will help me massively beyond my studies.

8/10

Imagine yourself working at BAT

RateMyPlacement is currently advertising 6 roles at BAT

View jobs now →

The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

Due to office being very open plan with multiple teams working in the same area it gave off a very fun, happy and relaxed vibe. The office gave a chance for people from different working areas to socialise to help each other but also to solve issues that they may be having with certain projects.

9/10

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

The placement had an extremely good set up, the dedicated placement team were always available for support and guidance where required. They made sure we always had everything we required and were gaining the most possible out of this year. The scheme provided us with opportunities to organise our own events and showcase our work and knowledge alongside our normal work.

9/10

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

The company allowed me to organise my own training from an external company to help me develop further knowledge on a subject which would also allow the company to gain more information from the testing I was able to complete afterwards. I was also able to go on visits to other British American Tobacco sites and see what work they are completing there.

8/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Sports and Social Club
  • Subsidised/Company Gym
  • Financial Bonus
  • Company Parties/Events
  • Staff Sales/Staff Shop
  • Working from home
  • Healthcare/Dental
9/10

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

British American Tobacco offer a great global graduate scheme for once you complete your degree, offering the chance to own your own work and projects whilst also moving up the corporate chain quicker. They offer the employees a lot of benefits alongside the normal pay check to ensure you are rewarded for your work.

7/10

Social

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

The placement year is what you make it. The area and colleagues offer lots of opportunities to enjoy your time outside work and make sure you have a good work life balance.

8/10

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

The cost of living is what you would expect to pay for living in a city outside of London. Depending on the type of person you are depends on whether you would have a more expensive year or not.

7/10

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

There are many opportunities to go out and also many different pubs all offering different things, with some being more conventional and others offering different experiences like board games

7/10

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

BAT offer many sports and social clubs for the employees to get involved with, one of the most popular being the Wednesday 5-a-side football league.

8/10

Imagine yourself working at BAT

RateMyPlacement is currently advertising 6 roles at BAT

View jobs now →