Bespoke, Manufacturing and Invest Controlling Intern at BMW Group

Duration
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Region
Chichester
Review Date

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3.7/5

The Role
3.7
The Company
4.1
The Culture
3.4

Role Description

- Supporting month end close - Analytical based duties using Excel - Working with a small team using good communication and working under pressure - Exposure to the workings of an international business with specific focus on cost control within a financial department

The Role

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

I found the work challenging and engaging and I never felt bored or found myself with nothing to do. I also really liked the fact that Rolls-Royce has such a large intern community, this made it the whole experience a lot more daunting - it almost felt like a mini university.
4 /5

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

I felt that my work was appreciated and often received thanks and praise upon completion of a task as well as consistent support and encouragement throughout its completion. I was always included in meetings and was able to voice any concerns or questions freely, I truly felt like part of the team.
4 /5

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

What was required of me was always clearly explained with a lot of support given initially on how to complete tasks, as I grew more confident in the role this was slowly withdrawn allowing me autonomy over how to complete a task. However, they were always available should I have a question or need some assistance.
4 /5

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

I felt like my day to day tasks were quite unpredictable as to what was needed, but this is what made the role interesting no two days were the same. Month end was always a particularly busy week, then my individual and supporting projects sustained me in the weeks in between.
5 /5

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

Initially my work was checked for mistakes and I took on supporting roles within existing projects. Then as I became familiar with the role and the company I started taking on more tasks and processed from colleagues being solely responsible for their completion, as well as seeking out my own projects within areas of interest.
4 /5

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

My excel skills have vastly improved which will significantly aid in the data analysis section of my dissertation. I also became accustomed to SAP a software I had not previously used and will be largely beneficial in my future career.
3 /5

The Company

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

My office was quite quiet but it was a comfortable silence, everyone appreciated the fact that others were busy and looking at numbers all day requires a certain level of concentration that is much easier to maintain in a calm and quiet atmosphere.
4 /5

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

This handover was extremely well organise, I had six weeks with my predecessor to become accustomed to the role, and I am not sure I would have ever got up to speed without it. I was able to watch tasks being done and ask questions, particularly regarding SAP, before having a go myself with my predecessor; so, that I had had several practice runs before having to do the tasks solo for the first time this helped me to feel much more confident.
5 /5

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

I was able to attend many training sessions, and the placement really is what you make of it. Initially there was a lot of introductory company trainings to familiarise yourself with the corporate world and then with Rolls Royce. Throughout my placement I took part in sessions both online and in person, including but not limited to topics such as values, diversity, leadership and even modern slavery and fraud.
4 /5

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Financial Bonus
  • Company Parties/Events
  • Above 25 days holiday
  • Working from home
5 /5

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

There are many graduate roles throughout the company that are highly sought after due to their development opportunities including international placements. They are competitive but definitely achievable and I am sure having already completed a placement and being familiar with the company will stand you in good stead for this.
4 /5

The Culture

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

There were frequent activities organised outside of work such as the Christmas party both for the department and between interns. There are a large amount of interns at Rolls Royce as well as a University in the town so there is a great social scene to be had.
3 /5

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

Down south is known to be quite pricey, but there are ways of marking it affordable - the biggest saving for me and also great fun was choosing to live with other interns in shared accommodation.
3 /5

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

There are a few "clubs" in Chichester which is where most people choose to live due to the proximity to the office. There are many bars and pubs too but the clubbing scene is a little lacking, but there is Portsmouth on the doorstep which is a great night out guaranteed. Also Southampton and London are also accessible via rail links.
4 /5

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

I personally joined the local rugby team which was great for fitness as well as the social side, I made many friends. The local college gym is also very affordable and offers climbing sessions. Weekend trips to Bath, Brighton, London, Southampton (Ikea!) are also at your disposal with each city having something unique and interesting to offer.
5 /5