Product Development Intern at BAT

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

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8.0/10

The Role
8.3
Organisation
7.6

Socialising

8.0

The Role

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

Working at British American Tobacco was a very enjoyable and rewarding experience. British American Tobacco is a large multinational corporation which allowed me as a placement student to see how different parts of the organisation work together which was cool, especially relating to parts of processes which are not covered in university courses

8/10

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

All members of my team, as well as the upper management make time for the placement students and placement program in general. I felt like a valuable member of the team contributing to the business' larger corporate goals, which was a pleasant surprise compared to placement horror stories. The dedicated placement team also provide additional support if required with mentors and buddies

9/10

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

My team offered me a large amount of support when it was needed, especially at the start of the placement when it was required most. My line manager was very effective at knowing when support was needed and when I needed to figure things out by myself, this guidance along with freedom has allowed me to grow while at British American Tobacco.

10/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

As with most jobs based around deadlines there were busier and less busy periods throughout my year at British American Tobacco. However the busy periods affected the whole team and increased the sense of comradery in the team, during slower times I was always found engaging tasks around the company even if not specifically related to the team.

8/10

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

During my time at British American Tobacco I was given responsibility over specific projects throughout the year as was allowed to manage them as such, with guidance of course. Also when completing work for my line manager or project manager the responsibility of producing such work was mine, this was great as it allowed me to continually develop my time management skills as well as communication skills. Help however was always available if I requested it.

7/10

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

Placement at British American Tobacco has allowed to develop a large range of skills as well as confidence within the workforce. I believe that this will be invaluable in my future studies and career, not only while working within an organisation but also in securing employment, through an improved CV and interview, after university

8/10

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The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

The atmosphere in the office has a good overall vibe with many project teams working in close proximity with constant action in and around the office. There is also ample opportunity to work in different offices around the company if your position dictates which adds some diversity to the daily office work.

7/10

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

The placement was run very smoothly with a large a large amount of training and courses run for the students throughout the year and plenty of opportunities to use these skills within a corporate climate. The teams have a good understanding of the learning curve that a student will go through and take this into account with your workload early on.

10/10

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

British American Tobacco invested a large amount of time in the placement program and the students, and give you the opportunity to go on group trainings with expert speakers, these were excellent opportunities. Personal development training is offered but will depend on team specifics rather than blanket offerings to the placement students

7/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Sports and Social Club
  • Subsidised/Company Gym
  • National Travel
  • Financial Bonus
  • Company Parties/Events
  • Staff Sales/Staff Shop
  • Above 25 days holiday
  • Working from home
  • Healthcare from home
  • Healthcare/Dental
9/10

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

The company has a lot of returning students as well as offering a graduate program to the placement students as a fast track through the company these are great opportunities and British American Tobacco is an excellent place to work with great people and benefits, I would definitely consider returning to employment with British American Tobacco.

5/10

Social

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

Induction days to meet everyone beforehand and organise living accommodation.

9/10

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

The living cost is very similar to any city university.

8/10

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

Plenty of pubs, bars and nightclubs. Normal student atmosphere as there are two universities in Southampton.

7/10

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

Plenty of clubs and activities with the company and all normal city amenities for everything else.

8/10

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