This review was submitted over 4 years ago, so some of the information it contains may no longer be relevant.
As with any jobs, there are ups and downs, but overall the work was challenging, interesting and rewarding.
The majority of colleagues treated myself and other interns as a core part of the team - our work made a real contribution and that was generally recognised.
In any large organisation, management will have a limited amount of time to give support and guidance. There were times where I would have liked more support, but generally, the management team were available and forthcoming with guidance.
After the initial learning stage, the role did quieten down somewhat. But it is the responsibility of the intern to reach out to different departments and colleagues in order to receive new challenges. By doing so, the role was generally quite busy.
Once I proved I understood the role, responsibility was given, often in crucial areas. I made decisions on budget spends, led training sessions and wrote copy which was seen by a large audience. I also ran social media for a period.
The increased communication, organisation and problem solving skills I picked up will be extremely useful in my future career and final year. On top of this, I improved in essential areas, such as excel, IT and business management.
Although a relatively large company, the atmosphere was very friendly, enjoyable and supportive. Many colleagues showed an interest in my study and future plans, and most were happy to explain their role and support me in mine, despite the large amount of interns that pass through.
Groupe SEB have taken a large number of UK and international interns, and are therefore accomplished in running this type of program.
It is very important to show personal initiative in this area. There were a number of training and development opportunities available, but no one will push you into these, unless you show an interest.
Sports and Social Club
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
The organisation has subsidiaries in a large number of countries, meaning it would be of interest to me to look into opportunities in one of these areas.
For a large part of my internship there was a great group of interns who were good company in this area. As it was a mix of British and International students, it was a great opportunity to meet people from different cultures and backgrounds. I'm likely to keep in touch with a number of them.
The Co. is based in Windsor - London prices.
Aside from the expense, some great Thames side bars and cool nightclubs.
Interns are invited to offsite meetings, which include staying in a hotel and activities, such as 4x4 track days. There are also a number of smaller events throughout the year, such as days at the races and BBQs.
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Advertising, Business Management, Customer Service, E-Business, Food and Drink, Manufacturing, Marketing, Public Relations, Sales
18th June 2013