The Inventory Planning department manages the flow and levels of inventory so that inventory availability supports achievement of on-time shipment targets and company inventory metrics are achieved. The Inventory Planning Assistant provides a database maintenance and administration service to the Inventory Planners.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
The role is dominantly mundane, the majority of time is spent at the computer repetitively entering data on the company's database.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
There is not much focus on the team environment and little was done by the company to improve this. Management don't push teamwork and are rarely available to discuss issues.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
The role supervisor (manager) was away from the office for the majority of the year. A weak relationship between myself, the team was noticed.
I was provided two reviews throughout the year. I also noticed that no appraisals of my work was noticed.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Work load was very high. This meant there was much pressure on myself and the department to complete work/tasks.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
A fair amount of responsibility was gained which involved tracking freight and placing orders.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I considered the placement year to be an eye opener on Inventory planning. The training provided was given to complete day to day tasks. Very little wider knowledge was gained throughout the year.
Almost all working days were computer based, performing tasks which could/are being automated. This made the role mundane, repetitive with very few opportunity's to gain new skills.
I personally noticed my confidence and esteem decrease throughout the year. However I believe I have now gained enough knowledge/contacts to complete a final year dissertation.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The office environment involves many departments sat at computers in silence. Atmosphere was anxious and poor.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
There was no placement program, simply taught the mundane daily tasks and left to complete the job.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I was given tasks to complete and left to do these. No further development was provided.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Employment options are possible.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Cost of living is seemed to become a large outlay. However socialising in the area (eg pubs) are reasonable.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
London is a 30 min train journey away from Wycombe.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Very little options, A 5 a side football game had been arranged (this was as and when).