Chemical Engineering Intern

by Church & Dwight

Rating

3.4/5
  • The Role
    3.7
  • The Company
    3.1
  • The Culture
    3.3

    The Role

  • 1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
  • I enjoyed my internship very much. It was engaging and informative. I was given the freedom to explore my role and make an impact in the company. I enjoyed the workshops and training sessions as they were very interactive and provided the opportunity to build on key skills and attributes.

    4/5

  • 2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
  • I felt fairly valued by my colleagues. But being an intern does mean you are at the bottom of the corporate hierarchy and there are some unspoken rules you are expected to follow. As such, I felt like any difficulties or issues I was experiencing were not taken as seriously.

    3/5

  • 3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
  • My supervisor provided continuous support during the first six months of my placement. She was patient, helpful and always happy to assist me throughout my projects. This made me feel at ease under pressure. My manager also provided invaluable advice and guidance during my placement. His oversight benefited me tremendously.

    4/5

  • 4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
  • I was quite busy on a daily basis. I had multiple projects I was handling which ultimately developed my project management skills and helped me to manage my time effectively. It also taught me to delegate and prioritise. If I was not doing manual tasks there was paperwork to do.

    4/5

  • 5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
  • I was given a lot of responsibility during my placement. I was treated as if I were a regular employee. Early on I was tasked with learning how to operate a very expensive and technical piece of testing equipment and use it to test our product packaging for ergonomic development.

    4/5

  • 6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  • The skills, insight and information obtained throughout my placement have benefitted me tremendously. Many of the skills are transferrable; they have helped in group projects at university. Practical and kinaesthetic learning on the job has given me a better understanding of common chemical engineering concepts I learn on my course.

    5/5

    The Company

  • 7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
  • There was a great sense of community in my office. Everyone was approachable and friendly whilst maintaining a healthy level of professionalism. In my opinion, the atmosphere was the best working conditions for optimal productivity. It was an open-plan office so colleagues could easily communicate between themselves which was very beneficial.

    4/5

  • 8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
  • The placement was fairly organised. I was left to my own devices early on and nothing concrete was in place. I was expected to take initiative and sometimes create myself tasks on my own volition. However, after my probationary period I had more tasks to complete and projects to manage.

    3/5

  • 9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  • I learnt how to perform First Aid which is a useful skill in life-threatening situations. The company trained us in assertive communication which I have employed in my personal life. I have observed its benefits firsthand. The time management workshop also improved how I manage time in my personal life.

    4/5

  • 10. What were the perks on your work placement?
  • Financial Bonus

    Company Parties/Events

    Healthcare/Dental

    3/5

  • 11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
  • They are very appealing. There is an opportunity for graduates to build an amazing and rewarding career at Church & Dwight UK Ltd with staff available to support and offer guidance and counselling along the way. Moreover, the company is always providing employees with the opportunity to diversify their skillset.

    3/5

    The Culture

  • 12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
  • Yes there was. The interns would often organise socials such as a movie night at someone's house, bowling in Ashford or laser tag locally. It gave me a stronger sense of belonging and strengthened relationships between the interns. It also provided an opportunity to unwind together outside the work environment.

    3/5

  • 13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
  • I paid a monthly rent of £400 which is fairly cheap. I had everything included in my rent including utilities and bills. Socialising was relatively cheap. I would often go to Weatherspoons on Thursday nights with the other interns to unwind. It hardly cost more than £10 for a meal.

    4/5

  • 14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
  • The nightlife was decent. I am not much of a partygoer so I did not go on many night-outs. However, according to those who did, there were a few favourite clubs amongst the interns that they would regularly attend. Good vibes and energy is the general public opinion on night-outs.

    3/5

  • 15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
  • A cricket tournament was arranged for us to participate in. The different departments competed against each other. It was a very eventful day. Besides that, the company also frequently organises quiz nights that employees can participate in. The activities strengthen colleague relationships, encourage teamwork and promotes healthy competition outside work.

    4/5

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Details

Placement Year (10 Months+)

Chemical Engineering, Science/Research

South East

May 2020


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