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  • The Role
  • The Company
  • The Culture

Role Description

During my 10 weeks at Unilever, I worked on ‘Unaccounted Waste’. Unaccounted waste at Purfleet is waste that is generated but not currently explained by factory systems. Unaccounted waste accounts for 30% of the overall waste produced on the Purfleet factory and is currently worth around €800 000 per annum. In tackling the problem of unaccounted waste, I had to analyse the process by monitoring and measuring waste at different stages of the operation in order to find out the key reasons for the production of unaccounted waste and provide solutions to minimise the waste produced. The project requires close work with Production, Quality, Finance and a number of other teams on site, to cumulate data towards reaching the project aim, as well as problem solving and creative thinking skills. The work done was a mix of office based data analysis and a lot of factory visits.

    The Role

  • 1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
  • 5/5

  • 2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
  • 4/5

  • 3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
  • 4/5

  • 4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
  • 4/5

  • 5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
  • 4/5

  • 6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  • 4/5

    The Company

  • 7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
  • 4/5

  • 8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
  • 4/5

  • 9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  • 4/5

  • 10. What were the perks on your work placement?
  • Staff Sales/Staff Shop

  • 11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
  • 4/5

    The Culture

  • 12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
  • 4/5

  • 13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
  • 3/5

  • 14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
  • 2/5

  • 15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
  • 2/5

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Internship (1-4 Months)

20th November 2010

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