Chemist at Unilever

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Placement Year (10 Months+)
Bedford East Midlands
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£18,000 - £19,999
Food Science

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The Role



The Role

Role Description

Worked in solution NMR as part of food and refreshments mainly looking at ice cream

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

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. As a placement student, you are contracted through a different company to Unilever so I was given little support and help in dealing with this problem. Despite Unilever's promotion of wellbeing, they showed little interest when it mattered.


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

I felt valued by my line manager and colleagues in the project I undertook but when assisting other projects with other managers, I felt like I was looked down on as a placement student


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

At the start of my placement I was given a lot of support and guidance by my manager but became independent as my placement went on. I was given support by my manager relating to the bullying but not by the managers whom could deal with the situation.


4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

At the start of the placement I wasn't busy at all but by the end I was busy. People could expect too much from you and palm work off onto you if you let them but at the same time I had the time to do some university work during work hours and this wasn't frowned upon. You could be as busy as you wanted to be.


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

I was given a lot of responsibility in my own project but almost assumed to be incompetent in others. I think it depended on who you were working with.


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

I learnt a lot which I'll be using going into my masters year.


The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

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. Other than this then Unilever was good at putting on extra fun events.


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

At the start it seemed quite unorganised and slow but that can be the nature of research.


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

I couldn't access learning portals which Unilever employees can access that would have helped with my learning when I started. I was given training to be able to do my job but nothing more.


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

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



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

There are a lot of young people at Unilever so although Bedford as a location is very boring. Other people mean that there is something to do.


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

Bedford is expensive for what it is due to being on the trainline to London


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

There is one club that is £10 entry and isn't very good. There are two bars which are alright but it's the people that make the nightlife


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