Applied Sciences, Student at Lubrizol

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Placement Year (10 Months+)
Review Date
Chemistry Sport/Sports Management

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The Role
The Company
The Culture

Role Description

Engine oils support, R&D and kineticist.

The Role

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

This job has been really fun. I am sat in an office with 3 full time members of staff who have been become good friends of mine, they were supportive and have helped me grow as a scientist. Out side of this I have made many other friends, there is a great deal of opportunity for me in many innovative areas of science. There is loads of opportunity for sport and social stuff, I was made a student member of the commitee and was able to organise a white water rafting trip which was great fun.
5 /5

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

I have made loads of friends and I am approached directly by senior research staff with very interesting work. I have been treated excellently.
5 /5

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

It was great, my supervisor has grown to be a role model of mine. I know it must sound like i'm blowing smoke, but I have been given great guidance and have really developed.
5 /5

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

Initally I was placed in routine work whilst I proved my capabilities, I was pleased with quick progression into more challenging work. Periods were majorly busy and sometimes we had a bit of space. I was overall very pleased with the balance.
4 /5

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

I was left on a number of occasionas as my supervisor was out of office or on holiday and allowed to manage myself. I managed my own work. My supervisor was very hands on in helping me learn to prioritise work with out forcing me into decisions.
5 /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 a significantly improved my time management and report writing skills. Here I learnt to present my work as a story rather than being a simple step by step process which I was taught to do at university. I have inadvertantly learned to become expert in excel and I have become a skilled user of powerpoint and photoshop for the purposes of presenting and office banter.
5 /5

The Company

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

Excellent, I am fortunate to be in an office with friends, over lunch we play magnetic darts and do quizzes. We all play fantasy football together and discuss it in depth, I also designed a putter and a hole so that we could play office golf. Really fun.
5 /5

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

Other than a lack of training from the HS&E departmet in the early months it has been excelllent. My department manager, HR and supervisor have been excellent. This was both during the application process and during the year. There was some difficulty initially with my banking, as I am with an offshore bank, but this was resolved quickly and effectively with HR.
4 /5

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

In the lab everything I needed to use I was extensively and proffessionally trained in. Out side of this I feel there was a distinct lack of urgency with operationally safety and such.
3 /5

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Sports and Social Club
  • National Travel
  • Financial Bonus
  • Company Parties/Events
  • Staff Sales/Staff Shop
  • Above 25 days holiday
  • Working from home
5 /5

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

My contract was extended, I have been given contact details for the possibility of future employment and PhDs. I am considering my position as I have another year of university to complete yet.
4 /5

The Culture

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

A great bunch of students. We were directed to a number of houses so that we could live together. I have been out regularly with my office and collegues for drinks, golf, sports and general fun.
5 /5

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

Derby is cheap and everything internally is subsidised.
5 /5

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

Derby nightlife is not great. Nottingham and Manchester are fairly close and are really good. Lots of nice pubs, cinemas, bowling and shopping. Derby is alright. Nothing to shout about.
2 /5

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

There is a constant stream of stuff from sports and social, including paintball, go karting, monroe bagging etc as well as football on Monday and Thursday, volleyball on Tuesday and badminton on Mondays regularly. Pretty sweet.
5 /5