Rating

3.7/5
  • The Role
    3.8
  • The Company
    3.8
  • The Culture
    3.4

Role Description

Star Wars Consumer Products Reviewer and designer

    The Role

  • 1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
  • I thoroughly enjoyed the placement. We had a lot of work to do in teams and individually and I got to know the company and industry very well. I would say that there could have been more work that was in direct contact with clients and more design work overall but it was still very good quality as the whole team were easy to work with, very creative and highly talented in their area of work so I learnt a lot from them

    4/5

  • 2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
  • My colleagues relied on me very heavily which is why I felt valued and they made sure I was aware of everything and understood everything, especially if I had any questions. I would have liked to have been involved in some specific client projects more and my colleagues seeing that me contributing can be beneficial - most of the time it was me having to ask if I can join in on a project they were doing

    4/5

  • 3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
  • The support was there whenever I had questions or needed time but it would have been nice to have more 1 to 1 support and a timetable of things planned for the whole year; this could have been just a rough estimate. This is because sometimes I would be left without design projects and it would just be doing Product Reviews. Other managers were great at doing this and would check in on work regularly

    4/5

  • 4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
  • Everyday I had set tasks which I had to complete and when reviewing there was a 10 day return period. With Star Wars being so huge this year this meant that I had a lot of work to do throughout the whole year. There were more design projects near the end of the year which kept me very busy and I had to try and balance when I was doing this with my day to day work

    5/5

  • 5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
  • My specific role meant I had a lot of responsibility when it came to making sure concepts sent in from clients were correct with the films and with Disney. I also had some responsibility when it came to the design projects but I would have liked more when it came to presenting them to clients and seeing them go somewhere e.g. into market or even assisting my manager or others on a live brief as well

    3/5

  • 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 about the industry itself which is great. My confidence has gone up so much, so presenting, speaking etc. isn't an issue anymore. The most important thing is that my design skills have really developed. This is in terms of communicating ideas, brainstorming, design sketching etc. This is really helping me in my final year of study at University and I know it will also help me in the long term as well

    5/5

    The Company

  • 7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
  • Great. People were so friendly and always willing to help, which meant communicating was easy. Sometimes people were on edge because there was a time when job protection was on the line with Disney merging with Fox but once that was over everything went back to normal. There was also a lot of interns in the whole business which meant that it was a young atmosphere but also the whole team itself was still young so we had a lot in common

    4/5

  • 8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
  • We had a set job to do and other design projects on the side which meant it was very organised and we were involved in different projects, presentations etc. and we weren't treated any differently. I think that as said before, specifically with my manager we could have set up a timetable so that I had set projects in place over the year and that these would have some important and relevance with what I was doing

    4/5

  • 9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  • There was a monthly extra-curricular learning timetable that you could join onto during work time and it was dependent on what level you were but we went to a few e.g. saving a life, how to be organised, how to present well etc. The company really values helping you to develop and these sessions are great as they also tend to get people from outside of the company to come and present and get you involved

    4/5

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

    Company Parties/Events

    Staff Sales/Staff Shop

    Above 25 days holiday

    4/5

  • 11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
  • As I got on so well with the team and my manager it felt more like a friendship that worked very well in the work place. There is no direct graduate role but I have been told and I knew that I could contact quite a few people to see if any roles are available and if so they would preferably have a previous intern which makes the prospects of returning favorable and something I have definitely considered

    4/5

    The Culture

  • 12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
  • The social scene was great because we were based in London and also because the average age in the whole building was probably 30-40s, with at least 10% of the building being interns. This meant that we could easily go for a drink after work, go bowling, go to the cinema etc. with ease and we would do a lot of these with managers and the team. There is also a Disney intern ball which is great

    3/5

  • 13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
  • Very expensive as its central London

    5/5

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

    4/5

  • 15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
  • There was the opportunity to get involved with a lot of charity work outside of Disney which was great and we held a tombola to raise money for Movember which hit a record for Disney. There are other things such as Triathlons and Toy Design events we went to but I do think there could be more teams especially sports teams that are formally set up by Disney themselves instead of just your own team

    3/5

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Placement Year (10 Months+)

4th November 2020


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