HR Assistant

by Computacenter

Best Student Employer

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Rating

4.1/5
  • The Role
    5.0
  • The Company
    3.6
  • The Culture
    3.4

    The Role

  • 1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
  • I completed my 12 month Industrial Placement with Computacenter within the HR department. I enjoyed the year and experience and had an amazing time. Computacenter have many undergraduate and graduate roles available throughout the year and appreciate how important experience is for students.

    5/5

  • 2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
  • The team at Computacenter were welcoming, supportive and helped me to get the most out of my year. They developed a thorough induction plan and made sure I was trained in all aspects of my job role. They valued my opinions and took all my suggestions on board.

    5/5

  • 3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
  • During my 12 months I rotated throughout the HR team to experience many aspects of HR. For each rotation I was assigned a buddy and a mentor. I also had regular 1-2-1s with my manager and buddy to make sure I was settling in well and experiencing a variety of tasks each day. The team were very supportive and if I had any queries they were more than happy to help.

    5/5

  • 4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
  • At the beginning of my placement I picked up tasks gradually and had a good balance of learning and working. During the end of my placement I had picked up many roles in the team and tasks however I was happy to do so and the team allowed me to pick up or drop tasks depending on how busy I was at the time.

    5/5

  • 5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
  • At the beginning of my placement the team eased me into a work environment and allowed me to take my time to settle in. I also had a months induction into the different roles within the team and tasks I had to pick up. After 3 months I had settled in well and was able to be involved in many tasks and projects. By the end of my placement year I was not treated or felt I was a placement student and felt like a full time employee within the team.

    5/5

  • 6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  • During my placement I was able to go on a variety of training sessions, communicate with the wider business and learn as many roles as I could. I was also able to pick up all software which will help me in my future career. Taking a placement has allowed me to see a how a HR department functions and supports the rest of the business. I feel I have a major advantage going back into my final year of University from the real life experiences I have observed.

    5/5

    The Company

  • 7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
  • Within the business the HR department all sat on the same floor and worked closely together. There was never a dull day at the office and a good balance between talking and working.

    4/5

  • 8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
  • The placement year was created and structure before I started my year and within my first week my manager talked me through the outline of the year. I had the chance to rotate throughout the HR department and spend 1 or 2 months with each team. I was also allowed to look through the structure and let my manager know which aspects of HR I enjoyed the most and spend more time in one area. I had the freedom to be involved in many projects and team meetings and the year was organised well.

    4/5

  • 9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  • I was able to attend training workshops when needed and the wider business was happy for me to observe them and ask any questions I needed. For example I was responsible for processing all invoices. Most of the HR team did not understand how the process worked so I was able to spend time in the finance department to have more training and ask any questions I needed to.

    4/5

  • 10. What were the perks on your work placement?
  • Subsidised/Company Gym

    Company Parties/Events

    Staff Sales/Staff Shop

    Healthcare from home

    3/5

  • 11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
  • Computacenter encourage placement students to apply for future job roles and two employees within the team were ex-placement students.

    4/5

    The Culture

  • 12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
  • There were many student roles throughout the company however they were based at different locations therefore during my year I did not have a chance to spend much time with other placement students. However Computacenter are expanding their undergraduate and post-graduate schemes. I was fortunate enough to be involved with the recruitment process of other placement students.

    3/5

  • 13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
  • The cost of living and socialising was good as the head office is based in Hertfordshire.

    4/5

  • 14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
  • The night life was good in the area.

    3/5

  • 15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
  • The team had regular lunches out together and organised many nights out and team building events. I was lucky enough to organise and attend a cocktail training session in London and a Christmas fun day with the whole team during my year.

    4/5

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Details

Placement Year (10 Months+)

Administration/Secretarial, Human Resources, Information Technology

Greater London

September 2013


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