Retail Management Industrial Placement Student 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 role consistently changes, beginning as a store assistant you work up the management chain within stores before moving to a role in head office working in different departments.


  • 2. Have you learnt any new skills, or developed your existing skills?
  • Management skills are developed as well as personal skills such as confidence and communication.

  • 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 placement is tough work because of how much responsibility you are given so early on. This carries throughout the 12 months.

  • Please rate how meaningful the work you were doing was
  • 4/5

    Support & Guidance

  • 4. How much support and guidance did you receive during your placement / internship?
  • You are provided regular feedback and support. However, you are expected to undertake a lot on your own more often than not.

  • 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?
  • 4/5


  • 5. What was the company culture and general atmosphere like?
  • The culture is very fast paced and hard work is expected. It is likely that you’ll work longer hours than planned and have to deal with issues quickly. Can be a stressful environment and put you too the test.

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

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

  • How would you rate the diversity initiatives?
  • 4/5

  • How would you rate the charity, sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives?
  • 4/5

    Your Impressions

  • 6. To what extent did you enjoy your placement / internship?
  • The role is rewarding and you are able to learn a lot, but it restricts social life a lot and it’s hard to get a balance. Depending what you want will determine how much you enjoy it.

  • 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
  • 5/5

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

  • 8. What advice would you give to others applying to Aldi
  • You will get out what you put in, and be prepared to work extremely hard. However, the teams are fun to work in and you can form strong relationships to carry on into the future.

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Placement (10 Months+)

Business Management

North West

June 2023

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