1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I thoroughly enjoyed my placement at L'Oréal.
L'Oréal is such a fast paced business with so much variety - truly no two days are the same and I'm so grateful for the growth that I've developed in my time here both professionally and personally.
They really put value on making sure there's balanced lifestyles and that's amazing.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Being a summer intern and only here for 10 weeks it's lovely to know I've integrated and been welcomed with open arms. Don't be shy! Speak to someone new every day, everyone's super friendly and willing to help no matter how much they've got on. No question is a stupid question and your imput is always praised!
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I had quite a few managers during my internship as I did digital marketing for the whole of L'Oréal Paris but Becky was amazing and super supportive, always responding to emails super quick, always there for guidance when needed BUT also leaving me to explore things on my own and develop my own research and analytical skills.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Honestly it really does vary. Dependant on what projects are given to you AND what projects and opportunities you make for yourself. Network and make connections in your division, on your floor but also across divisions. There's so many places you can add value to the business and also yourself, you just have to be proactive and forward thinking.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
A lot of responsibility. I think that's one of the best things about L'Oréal. Doesn't matter your experience you're still held to a high standard and aren't waiting around making people coffees. You're working, and every single thing that you do will directly impact the economy and the business mindset.
In the first week or so I was working on the digital presence of L'Oréal skincare and organising products per retailer. You're insight is extremely valued here.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
So many skills. General life skills, workplace conditioning (huge difference from uni living), new computer shortcuts, learning quicker ways of doing things and most importantly TIME MANAGEMENT
L'Oréal's great for learning beyond your role. You can learn from other divisions alongside there just being so many trainings to go to and workshops across life skills like time management and diversity training to trainings unrelated to your role such as creating great video content.
There's also free coursera available to do alongside your studies if you're a summer or year long intern.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Hard Working, Fast paced - nobody would be sat at their desks all day. It's meeting intensive yes but there's a real sense of family.
In L'Oréal Paris there's snack Thursdays, gatherings in office for birthdays with food brought in, everyone really appreciated and values everyone.
Any achievement is celebrated and everyone gets involved with everything (especially team drinks and breakfasts out).
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
It's organised. there's reviews throughout your internship to make sure you're still on target, however It is your internship and you make of it what you want to. If you find a certain relevant thing interesting you can springboard from there and shape your experience accordingly with full support from managers and team.r
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
There's a lot of personal development trainings and workshops running all the time especially for life skills or just expanding your horizons.
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?
Extremely attractive, I really cannot picture another place that works and has the same atmosphere as L'Oréal. It's not a normal corporation, it's extremely warm and inviting and the perks are unbelievable.
The opportunities you get here aren't normal, I can easily say I'm ahead of my age mates industrially and in terms of personal development because of the value of this internship.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Team breakfasts, Team drinks, Team nights out, Intern nights out, Intern Lunches and dinners, Sports teams, Workout sessions, Division drinks after work, events, Snacks. Honestly in my 10 weeks here I've never seen so much sociability in a business.
Everyone's encouraged to get up and go out, grab a coffee with someone you haven't met before and network.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
London is expensive that's always a given, but for anything team/division related they tend to get put on a tab!
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
I didn't go out too much, I was sometimes way too tired to! But the places I did go were incredible.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Endless Opportunities, if you wanted to join L'Oréal sports teams, or participate in PRIDE or do a fitness class there's always options and opportunies to get involved. As well as doing something with colleagues. new friends and other interns!