Assistant innovation (marketing) manager at Unilever

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Duration
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Region
Leatherhead Head Office South West
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Salary
£20,000 - £21,999
Roles
Consumer Products/FMCG Financial Management Market Research Marketing Purchasing and Supply Sales Science/Research

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8.3/10

The Role
9.2
Organisation
8.4

Socialising

6.8

The Role

Role Description

It is a role within the marketing function where you run innovation projects from idea to landing in store

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

I really enjoyed my placement year, I never thought I would have so much responsability and have the chance to learn so much. It has been a hugely insightful year giving me lots of experience within and outside my role.

9/10

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

My Colleagues value me a lot, you don't get treated like a placement student as they really want to encourage you to have ownership within your role.

9/10

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

My manager was great, incredibly support for times where I struggled to understand but also let me have a lot of independence with me running my own projects a few weeks in to my role.

10/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

I would say it's quite a good balance although at times you will be extremely busy.

7/10

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

I ran all of my own projects with quite a lot of support at the start.

10/10

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

I have learnt a lot of soft and hard skills which I will be able to take back to university. Main ones being organisation, time management, accountability and Ownership. I have learnt a lot about myself and the way I manage which will really help me in my future.

10/10

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The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

There is a really good company culture within Unilever. Everyone is always wanting to support and help and can be lots of fun. We have had some great virtual activities during C-19.

9/10

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

The placement is very well organised, I have never been paid late, you gain a lot of support from your manager and there is good support from HR. However, I think it would be better if we had more events organised for IPs.

9/10

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

I had a lot of personal development at Unilever, with there being access to so many great courses through our internal learning space but also through my experiences.

9/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • Financial Bonus
  • Company Parties/Events
  • Staff Sales/Staff Shop
  • Above 25 days holiday
  • Working from home
8/10

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

I think this is one part where I would challenge the way Unilever is set out. They not longer fast track straight to a job from the placement scheme whereas a lot of other companies do. Your manager and team can think you have done a great job but you can only be fast tracked to an assessment day where it is very competitive and all your hard work over a year is not accounted for on the day but rather your performance in Business challenges and interviews. However, saying this I was one of the few who got fast tracked so I am grateful for that opportunity.

7/10

Social

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

Yes there is a good social scene amongst placement students so you have good opportunity to meet everyone and get to know them. I just wished HR did more to make sure everyone gets the chance to meet people.

8/10

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

It was expensive as I lived in London to be closer to the social side of things.

4/10

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

The Nightlife within leatherhead is non exsitent however most IPs and work collegues arrange things in areas like Clapham and more central which has a good nightlife.

6/10

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

There was a lot of activities you could get involved in outside work especially to do with the Purpose of our brands such as voulenteering days etc.

9/10

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