Rating

3.5/5
  • The Role
    3.3
  • The Company
    3.5
  • The Culture
    3.6

    The Role

  • 1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
  • A thoroughly enjoyable placement year enabling me to gain an insight to office life in London. The team at Randstad were fantastic and I was made to feel very welcome, and part of the team from day one. Although the work could become repetitive at times, the energy and atmosphere in the office helped motivation greatly. A great placement year!

    4/5

  • 2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
  • Made to feel very at home straight away, and I have made some great friends and connections that will last long beyond this placement year. Everyone was extremely friendly and I could always ask for help if I required it. The social aspect to living and working in London helped solidify these relationships.

    5/5

  • 3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
  • Support was offered and given. Weekly meetings, monthly appraisals and a mentor made it easy to locate and make the best of some extremely knowledgeable individuals within the field.

    4/5

  • 4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
  • As busy as one should expect to be whilst working a role in London. It wasn't overly full on, and the team could enjoy a joke around between calls. Days leading up to assesment centres could become stressful, but not unmanageable.

    3/5

  • 5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
  • Treated like a full time employee and the expectations were of that as well. Within the role I was quite buttoned in to what I had to do, but was left to my own devises on the whole to complete tasks and meet my own targets.

    3/5

  • 6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  • Limited application of degree based material, but invaluable experience of office life. The responsibility and confidence I was able to gain are perhaps the most important things I can take forward with me to my final year. The job didn't feel like it required any university experience, so don't expect years of lectures to suddenly make a reappearance in this role. This is a perfect role for an outgoing student looking for a taster of work life.

    2/5

    The Company

  • 7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
  • Very fun, vibrant and enthusiastic office, with everyone celebrating each others success. Helped form great bonds with fellow team members and wider colleagues. With a predominantly young workforce I felt I fitted right in, and always had something to talk about with people. The Christmas party and summer conference echoed this sense of team spirit and were great fun as well.

    5/5

  • 8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
  • It was fairly well set up, however didn't deliver a clear structure for personal development that some people may be looking for. Once your training was given, you were very much within that role doing the same thing for the remainder of the placement, so skillset became very suited to the role, but not particularly expanded upon.

    3/5

  • 9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  • Randstad did help us become very good at recruiting and spotting talent. Not too much was offered in terms of developing skills outside of the job role, but this wasn't an issue for myself.

    4/5

  • 10. What were the perks on your work placement?
  • Subsidised Canteen

    National Travel

    Financial Bonus

    Company Parties/Events

    4/5

  • 11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
  • Had a very good relationship with colleagues and managers alike. I put in the effort to my work whilst also ensuring I developed long lasting relationships with them. I would certainly be interested in a return if an opportunity arises.

    4/5

    The Culture

  • 12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
  • Not too much organised via Randstad, but we organised a lot of drinks etc amongst ourselves. As we were all in a similar stage of our career, we could bond over shared interests and passions. Very good social scene, especially for a first time working in London.

    5/5

  • 13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
  • Cost of living was high, but worth it for proximity to the office and to enable social gatherings post work. I would recommend spending a bit more and living in London, as opposed to worrying about when your last train home is.

    3/5

  • 14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
  • We frequented bars and pubs , not nightclubs which suited me. Always a new pub to try so can't fault that.

    4/5

  • 15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
  • There were on occasion, but it was up to your own volition to seek these out. If you didn't put the effort in, they won't fall in your lap.

    4/5

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Details

Placement Year (10 Months+)

Banking/Finance, Recruitment

Central London and City

July 2020


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