Programme Analyst at Unilever

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Placement Year (10 Months+)
Chester North West
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£16,000 - £17,999
Information Technology Management Consultancy

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The Role



The Role

Role Description

Running conference calls, project management, arranging meetings, ensuring that meeting actions were delivered, risk and issue management,

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

Coming from a technical background I really enjoyed having the chance to see the bigger picture regarding delivery of technological solutions in a large company.


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

Everyone in the work place was really supportive. I was worried that being a student I might be treated differently, but many people were unaware that I was even on a placement and just treated me like any other employee. When I had suggestions or points to raise they were always taken into consideration.


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

My boss was absolutely brilliant.

From day one I had a detailed work plan of objectives that I was to aim towards and timescales to achieve them in. I was not micro managed, so I was free to arrange meetings and guide these objectives in the way I saw fit, but my line manager was always available on the end of the phone (even on his days off) or in person if I ever needed any advice.

This approach means that I really learnt from the actions I was taking and could identify the best way to move projects forward in the work place. This meant that when projects were achieved that I felt really rewarded as I knew it had been my input that had ensured their success.


4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

Some days I dictated my own workload and could do as much as I chose. Other days I would have a day full of meetings, with a risks and issues log to update at the end of the day (hectic!).


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

I was solely responsible for the tasks that I was delivering, although I was of course accountable to my line manager for them.


6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

Before this role I was entirely technically orientated. The project management, inter-person network building and global ways of working that I learnt from working at this company will be key skills that I will use in my career and in other activities for life.


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The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

Great balance between friendly fun banter and getting work done. There was a lot of interesting characters around! Unilever has a great work ethic which really suited me. There were no "scary" directors and everyone was really approachable.


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

On the day I arrived I had all the necessary inductions, user accounts were already set up for me and there was a member of the graduate scheme at the location I was working who was really helpful and could provide advice and guidance outside of my immediate team.


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

In terms of personal development I took a lot away from the placement from learning on the job.

In terms of a structured training programme, placement students in Unilever are contractors and not permanent employees. As a result of this I had no access to any of Unilever's internal training courses or online training facilities.

Having said this, if I ever needed further information on any subjects I was not sure about I could always speak to knowledgeable colleagues about matters such as ITIL, project management, company organisation etc. but there were no formal training courses in place for placement students.


10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Company Parties/Events
  • Staff Sales/Staff Shop
  • Above 25 days holiday

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

Unilever has an appealing future leaders programme consisting of a 2/3 year scheme with a change in role every 6 months. One role will be overseas and one role will be out of function.

Placement students that have performed well are often given consideration for entry into the scheme.



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

There was a brilliant all expenses paid winter function, and many nights out were organised in the lovely Chester area.


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

I found a great flat less than 5 miles away from work, and secured it for a bargain rate.


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

The office was only a few miles from Chester, a lovely city with plenty of clubs and shops and many people choose to live here when they are on placement. I chose to live nearer work because it was cheaper and more convenient.


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

There were some extra curricular activities arranged around the office such as 10k runs, climbing Mount Snowdon.


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