1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I really loved my time at L'Oreal! L'Oreal gave me a very hands-on view of what it's like to be working here as a grad or on a full time role and I'm really grateful I was given the opportunity to learn and be involved in many projects during my internship. I think the amount of responsibility you get given at such an early stage is great and it really allowed for me to understand my role whilst seeing how my function worked.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I was extremely valued. I was treated no different than those who are not on internships. I think the culture of L'Oreal really speaks for itself. Everyone is very supportive of you, and every process or task I was involved in, I knew that my opinion mattered and that it would make a difference.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I was supported a lot by my team and manager. My team helped me settle in very quickly, and there was always someone who I could ask for guidance if I was unsure of what I needed to do. I had weekly 1-2-1 sessions with my manager which allowed for me to receive constant feedback on my projects I was involved in. This was always informative and allowed for me to strive for continual improvement.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I was very busy! There was always something to do. As a Summer Intern, you are assigned to projects rather than daily tasks, but if I finished the projects, I could always ask for more. There is definitely lots to get involved with and I recommend always asking for more as that's the best way you'll learn.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I had a lot of responsibility, I was assigned to about 6 projects! This meant that I was constantly having to meet deadlines. I think this was great as I was able to see the different functions within L'Oreal and how they integrate together, in some instances. You are very hands on as an intern.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
All the skills which I have learnt here will definitely aid me going forward for my degree. The biggest one which I have developed is 'Time Management' as most of the work was deadline based, it ensured that I worked on managing tasks based on priorities which is something I'll take forward whether its for my degree or future job.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Great! It was very relaxed environment and really friendly! Everyone is very welcoming and you can settle in very quickly. Throughout my ten weeks, I felt that I bonded with my team really well.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
My internship was organised really well. I think it depends on the division and function you're working in, but for Finance, I managed to have a good structure where I knew what projects I was working on, what was expected for me and feedback I'd receive.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
L'Oreal has lots of training involved. So for instance, there is courses which you can apply for one 'ownyourfuture' and you can get professional training on say 'pitching and presenting' or on 'LinkedIn skills'! There are also technical courses where you can improve your knowledge in the work you're doing and also excel course where you can learn more advance skills!
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
L'Oreal offer interns the possibility to apply for the Management Trainee scheme. This is essentially a two stage application process, where the initial pre application process is a recommendation by your manager based on your 10 week performance and moving on to a presentation done to a panel and finally a interview with a General Manager or Director of your division.
All prospects at L'Oreal for interns are really appealing as they offer you a chance to do 3x6 month rotations within the function you are applying for in the Management Trainee scheme.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Yes! It's London, so there's so much to do! Amongst interns we managed to arrange nights out/activities and drinks to go to!
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Fairly pricey, but that's expected of London!
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Great! You have so much to do in London, there are many clubs or pubs or places to go to! You'll definitely won't be bored.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yes, the intern committee arranges for us to attend a lot of social events. There are also sports team which people can get involved with. L'Oreal has Wednesday Yoga's!