BTS Lab technician at Lubrizol

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The Role
The Company
The Culture

Role Description

Analytical testing on oil samples for a variety of chemical properties

The Role

1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?

A lot more than I initialy thought I would, it wasn't a struggle at all
4 /5

2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?

Incredibly, the level of responsibilty given to you was much more than anyone else I've spoken to on placement
4 /5

3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?

Although they were very busy they almost always managed to find time to teach/guide
4 /5

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

The level of work that came to our section of the site wasn't constant and sometimes it was busier than others, but the managers get round this by handing out projects to complete in spare time
4 /5

5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?

A lot, I was trusted with a lot more things than I thought I would be, for example my project was very expensive and I helped purchase a robot for one of the systems
4 /5

6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

Not only did I get all the transferrable lab and job skills I needed, but also I became an adult while I was on placement and this will serve me well in my final year at university
5 /5

The Company

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

Everyone was friendly with everybody else and plenty of other activites outside of work were organised
4 /5

8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?

There was a definite plan for me and I know what I was supopsed to be doing early on, the training period perhaps lasted a little too long though
4 /5

9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

I really feel like I have developed this year and the training itself will be part of that. There was also optional extra training like giving presentations and working with customers
4 /5

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Sports and Social Club
  • Financial Bonus
  • Company Parties/Events
0 /5

11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?

I would quite happily return but hopefully to a different position with a bit more chemistry behind it
4 /5

The Culture

12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?

They made the placement
5 /5

13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?

I commuted from Nottingham where I am a student, but the reviews from the other students on life in Derby was very good
4 /5

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

Derby has an ok nightlife, but Nottingham is well worth the trip
4 /5

15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?

The sports and social club organised plenty of events from hiking in the highlands to a weekly climbing group. They were also open to suggestions for other events and this was all subsidised
5 /5