1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
My summer internship at L’Oreal exceeded my expectations. It was the best internship I have had so far as the working culture made it a pleasure for me to go to work every day. The job was interesting and stimulating at the same time and got to learn so many new things.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
As a summer intern we are assigned a Line Manager to overview as throughout the 10 weeks. The level of trust and respect you are shown was incredible and everyone was so warm and welcoming. You felt that everyone was aware of you being there as they were asking questions if everything is going alright.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My Line Manager was excellent and we got along very well. I was given 100% autonomy in completing my 2 main projects, showing that my manager had complete confidence in what I did. Also my manager was more than welcome to answer in extent any problems or questions I might have had.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I was quite busy working on real projects that required daily moderation and progress. I was given ad hoc projects around three times but were quite extensive in the amount of work required. I liked the fact that I didn’t go around in asking for additional work as I had at least every two days a meeting with my manager to make sure I have sufficient workload.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I had a lot of responsibility as the projects were required to be launched before the end of my summer internship. Having 100% autonomy was stimulating and showed that I had a huge amount of responsibility. We were not treated differently by the fact that we were interns which was really nice.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
We were given trainings on software skills such as Excel and Outlook, and training around how to behave in work environment and presentation skills. The 2 latter gave me confidence for further presentation and formal encounters at work. I developed basic excel skills but mainly data analysing which is very important for my degree.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Everyone at L’Oreal is very happy and very friendly willing to help and answer any questions. The working environment was a really nice place to go to work everyday. I felt comfortable in expressing any opinion and as everyone was so welcome it’s really easy ti fit in any time from the beginning.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Very well organised. As we had most of our trainings in the first few weeks along with getting our own laptops and entry cards the first day everything was running smoothly. It would have been really hepful as well if we were shown how to access MyLearning earlier in advance.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
You realise from all the training sessions that L’Oreal invests a lot of time and effort in making sure that you train and develop both as a working individual and out of work. Also software training that is exlusively relevant for each division and brand introductions were part of our training.
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?
The application processs regarding the Graduate/MT Scheme is a 10 minute presentation in front of a panel followed by 5 minute question/discussion. Then the next stage is a 20 minute interview with 4 Managing Directors. It’s quite competitive but definitely worth it for the experience of being exposed to other people within the company.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
The Intern Committee organised both welcome drinks and also summer intern leaving drinks. As part of our welcome week we had a team welcome lunch and welcome social after work with our team. I also had a goodbye lunch with my team. It would have been nice if there were more sports activities for summer interns.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Hammersmith is in West London and there are many places for socialising. We had staff offers in different restaurants/pubs which encouraged socialising with colleagues after work. Main issue is there are many people going out during lunchtime but if you get to reserve a place its possible to find a place. London however in general is expensive.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
London in general has an awesome nightlife for everyone. Whether your interested in doing something more relaxed or go have a really nice dinner you get to explore the many range of places London has to offer. Transportation is also easy. I have never went out at night in Hammersmith.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There were weekly Yoga classes at the office and also we get to go with the whole team for a social night out once every 2 months. Once every quarter a team building exercise outside of work is organised but I didn’t get to experience it as it would have been held in September.