Category at The Walt Disney Company

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Duration
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Region
Hammersmit Central London and City
Review Date
Salary
£16,000 - £17,999
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4.1/10

The Role
4.2
Organisation
4.6

Socialising

3.5

The Role

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

Average - lots of placements which is great but given very very basic tasks which definitely could be worked on. Comparing now to what placements get at other companies I’ve worked out makes me realise how little I achieved. Great company other than that - great offices and lots to get involved in outside of day job

6/10

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

Honestly, not at all. Felt it was very hierarchical - maybe that’s just the team I was in I’m not sure but the team wasn’t great. Great to have the support of lots of other placement students though which is a positive as lots of social events with other placements

2/10

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

I would say I did get support - however fairly limited. I had 3 managers so sometimes was tricky to work between them as they were all very different in how they managed. Definitely a learning curve though and helped me understand how best I work with other people and that support is key!

6/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

It really varied depending on the time of year! I generally had a lot to fo day to day - even if they were small tasks such as tidying up, cleaning up desks, getting coffee etc but it did keep me busy! The work definitely picked up at the end of every quarter

5/10

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

Limited responsibility however was in charge of a few contracts for the team. I do feel that the company are nervous to give jobs to interns which I completely understand but I feel personally there are ways in which they can manage this better - now I’ve worked for other companies I see how others really do this well

4/10

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

I haven’t used any of the skills I learnt, the only ones I would say are how to manage upwards, I learnt to stick up for myself, how I like to be managed and that support and line manager relationships are extremely important. I now know what I want out of a job

2/10

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The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

most people were really friendly and there were lots of social events such as screenings, staff sales, and placement events too! The office is huge and there are people everywhere which I personally love and most people would be happy to help you out if you needed any help at all

8/10

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

The team I was in had never had a placement before so didn’t know what work to give me. I also started a lot later than all other placements which I didn’t like at all as they had all made friends and found their social groups whereas I struggled as I came in later

1/10

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

I wouldn’t say they really invested much if I’m honest. I don’t remember going on any training days or development opportunities. Again comparing vs other companies I’ve now worked for has made me realise how little I got in terms of training from the placement year which is a shame as you don’t realise at the time.

4/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Staff Sales/Staff Shop
5/10

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

Personally I wouldn’t go back as it’s not the industry for me. I’ve also moved away from the actual job i was doing at Disney into something Else which I much prefer - maybe this also didn’t help during my placement that I wasn’t overly interested in the day job

5/10

Social

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

Yes I would say so - I did struggle to settle in as I started later than all other placements which still confuses me. Luckily I knew someone also in the office from my university which enabled me to make friends through her but without her I would have struggled

5/10

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

I lived at home and commuted in - on this wage this was really really hard! £16,000 salary but I spent £30 a day on travel and then paid rent to live at home so was a massive chunk of money. I didn’t want to live in London as it didn’t make sense for me

5/10

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

Not great but this wasn’t a massive deal for me. Did occasionally go for after work drinks and local bars were fine or you’d head into central London / local areas nearby so was absolutely fine! Hammersmith had a lot of shops too which was great for lunchtime walks and shopping

2/10

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

Not really to be honest I know other people did volunteering within their teams but my team didn’t. I took part in helping at the staff sales but that was it and I wasn’t aware of anything else to be honest to get involved in - I would’ve been interested to

2/10

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