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.
  • Whilst in store I was part of the management team. This meant I had responsibilities such as running the shop floor on a day to day basis; ordering the products for the store; to motivate and maintain the general wellbeing of the store team. In head office I have done a number of projects across a variety of departments, these projects are highly influential for example I had the chance to design self checkout areas for 7 stores.


  • 2. Have you learnt any new skills, or developed your existing skills?
  • My leadership skills have improved exponentially, the chance to have such a senior management role in a store at such a young age, and low level of experience, is unique and a worthwhile process. My ability to communicate effectively as part of a team has also improved, as it must when you are working with a management team of around 7 people to ensure a store that takes £500,000 a week meets commercial KPIs it has been set, whilst maintaining high customer facing standards.

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

  • 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?
  • 5/5

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


  • 3. Were you given much responsibility during your placement / internship?
  • The level of responsibility I was given is unlike any other placement students I have spoken to in any other scheme. The level you go in at is usually undertaken by people who have been with the business for a number of years.

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

    Support & Guidance

  • 4. How much support and guidance did you receive during your placement / internship?
  • You are assigned a mentor before you even start who reached out to me so you had a familiar face waiting for you on day one, the mentor then has regular catch ups (often weekly) where I was given lots of helpful advice and support. There were also a few other placement students in the same region who I got to know well and we supported each other throughout the year.

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

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


  • 5. What was the company culture and general atmosphere like?
  • Very sociable place to work, particularly in store I became very close with a number of my colleagues. Hard work is expected but the directors were very conscious of work-life balance, asking at every update about working hours, interests outside of work, how we were doing mentally etc.

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

  • How would you rate the social opportunities?
  • 4/5

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

  • 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?
  • I have thoroughly enjoyed it, due to sense of purpose I had due to the large amount of responsibility I was given.

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

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

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

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

  • 8. What advice would you give to others applying to Aldi
  • Go in open minded and willing to do anything as the work is so varied you have to buy in to every task you are given!

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Placement (10 Months+)

Business Management

West Midlands

June 2023

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