Retail Management Placement Review

by Aldi

Best Student Employer


  • Skills
  • Responsibilities
  • Support & Guidance
  • Culture
  • Your Impressions


  • 1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis.
  • The first 7 months of this placement involves working in stores. During this time you start as a store assistant and work through the different roles up to the store manager, where eventually you should have the ability to run a store. After this you spend the rest of the 5 months in head office completing project work. These are real life issues which Aldi requires you to research, analyse and present your findings.


  • 2. Have you learnt any new skills, or developed your existing skills?
  • During my placement, I would say I have developed my managerial skills, due to the fact at the start I couldn't have imaged running a store, however by October I was running the store all by myself. I would also say I have learnt more about communicating professionally, during placement you meet loads of new people from store assistants to store operations directors, so knowing how to communication professionally is something I've developed.

  • How would you rate the training provided during your experience?
  • 4/5

  • How would you rate your development of industry-specific skills during the experience?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate your development of personal / soft skills during the experience?
  • 4/5

  • Please rate how these skills have helped you in your career development
  • 5/5


  • 3. Were you given much responsibility during your placement / internship?
  • When working in my first store, after 3 months I was given a set of keys to the store and to the safe in order to run the late shifts and sort the money on shift. which was a huge responsibility that was scary at first but soon felt easy after a few shifts. As well as this during our project time we were given the briefs and allowed to make them our own.

  • Please rate how meaningful the work you were doing was
  • 3/5

    Support & Guidance

  • 4. How much support and guidance did you receive during your placement / internship?
  • During placement you are given an area manager mentor who is someone you can go to if you need help or have questions, you also spend various weeks throughout the year working with them. My area manager mentor was very helpful and always tried their best to help and give advice if I asked. they also made me feel valued whilst I worked the weeks with them.

  • How would you rate the support and guidance from your line manager?
  • 4/5

  • How would you rate the support and guidance from the wider team?
  • 3/5


  • 5. What was the company culture and general atmosphere like?
  • In all the stores ive worked in, I have loved the culture and atmosphere as ive found all the people in them to be lovely an extremely friendly and helpful. The head office is lovely but it is very quiet most days as lots of departments have moved national.

  • How would you rate the inclusiveness of the culture?
  • 2/5

  • How would you rate the social opportunities?
  • 2/5

  • How would you rate the diversity initiatives?
  • 2/5

  • How would you rate the charity, sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives?
  • 5/5

    Your Impressions

  • 6. To what extent did you enjoy your placement / internship?
  • Overall I have enjoyed my placement year, it has been a tiring, hard but eye opening experience which gave me a real insight into the work. I have enjoyed meeting so many lovely new people and liked the responsibly that was given to me. However whilst working in store, as it was long hours and weekend work it was harder to enjoy life outside of work. But once we came to head office and it became more set Monday to Friday hours my work life balance became better.

  • Please rate your level of enjoyment on your placement / internship
  • 4/5

  • Please rate how your experience met your expectations
  • 4/5

  • Please rate the future employment prospects at Aldi
  • 4/5

  • 7. Would you recommend Aldi to a friend?
  • Yes

  • 8. What advice would you give to others applying to Aldi
  • Be prepared for long hard shifts whilst when you first start working in stores, but as long as you try your best people will apricate and respect you as a manager.

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Placement (10 Months+)

Business Management

Yorkshire and Humberside

June 2023

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