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  • The Role
  • The Company
  • The Culture

Role Description

Responsible for managing the order to invoice process for a large number of accounts including Ireland.

    The Role

  • 1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
  • Danone is an amazing company to work for with so many opportunities outside the role profile. This includes geeting involved in volunteering at events such as the Dannone Nations Cup to becoming an employee rep for your team to put forward ideas and thoughts of how to improve the working environment. There are various sports teams and activities to get invoved in to meet people from across the business all funded by Danone.


  • 2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
  • I was immediately made to feel part of the team - everyone is lovely and I think the people are one of the best things about Danone, the environment is relatively informal where you can stop the MD in the corridor and have a chat about their weekend, which I think is great. Everyone is willing to help, have great ideas and have fun together both inside and outside of the office.


  • 3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
  • I was mainly taught by the placement before me and recieved little mentoring from my line manager. It would also help to have more 1:1 meetings to discuss progress and career progression.


  • 4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
  • I joined the Waters division in the midst of one of the hottest summers in 250 years and had to learn extremely quickly and was insanely busy for a good 2 months but so was everyone in the business. Everyone pulled together and supported each other so it wasn't too daunting. As it has quietened down I have got involved in numerous projects and this has kept me busy and interested.


  • 5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
  • From day 1 I was given reponsibility and really learnt on the job. As the placement progressed and I became more comfortable with the day to day work I was again given more responsibility. This was done gradually and I never felt overwhelmed or under pressure


  • 6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  • I had already graduated when I started this placement but the skills and experience from this placement will be invaluable for my future career. I would love to continue working for Danone in the future.


    The Company

  • 7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
  • The Waters division isn't that big and we are all on the same floor which is great. Everyone's working very hard but up for a chat, laugh and a game of table football. Company events are organised like a haloween party where most of the organisation attended and made loads of effort.


  • 8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
  • The placement is more like a job, the role is very clearly defined with scope to take on more if you want.


  • 9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  • When I wanted to improve a certain skill then a course or project would be organised where I could use and improve that skill in a work situation. Well being of employees is very important to Danone with visits from occupational nurses, free massages and benefits for doing something heathly.


  • 10. What were the perks on your work placement?
  • Sports and Social Club

    Subsidised/Company Gym

    International Travel

    Financial Bonus

    Company Parties/Events

    Staff Sales/Staff Shop

    Above 25 days holiday

    Working from home

    Healthcare from home


  • 11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
  • There are so many opportunities - either the grad scheme or graduate level entry roles. Danone is a huge global organisation and there international opportunities as well.


    The Culture

  • 12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
  • Lunches, after work drinks!


  • 13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
  • Living in London is always going to be expensive!


  • 14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
  • There were a couple of nice pubs were we could go for a team drink after work.


  • 15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
  • The volunteering opportunities and sporting opportunities are endless.


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Placement Year (10 Months+)

Administration/Secretarial, Consumer Products/FMCG, Customer Service, Food and Drink, Logistics and Operations, Purchasing and Supply

14th November 2013

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