Undergraduate Researcher at BAT

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Duration
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Region
Southampton South West
Review Date
Salary
£14,000 - £15,999
Roles
Chemistry Mathematics/Statistics Science/Research

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9.1/10

The Role
9.2
Organisation
9.0

Socialising

9.2

The Role

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

Highly enjoyable, worked on a variety of projects which involved lots of different types of thinking and learning.

9/10

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

Fully integrated into my team and my function. Opinions and ideas were valued and taken seriously. I was treated as a full time employee

9/10

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

As well as my manager, I had a support network of people from different functions and management levels.
With my manager I was given freedom to do my work and I could call on him when I needed help guidance

10/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

I was busy with work every day. I was allowed to persue other areas of interest with in the business if time permitted so there was always something to do.

9/10

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

I was given responsibility of my time and my projects

8/10

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

I have received a lot of training at British American Tobacco. There has been student specific training in important skills such as CV training and interview techniques. I have also been on training for Thermogravimetric Analysis, Gas and Liquid Chromatography, Mass-spec

10/10

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The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

Everyone was working hard but there was always a conversation to be had in the background.
Office atmosphere was always friendly.

10/10

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

Placement was well organised.
We were given a support network to help us if we needed it.
There were multiple events organised to introduce us across the organisation

9/10

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

There was a lot of training available from interpersonal skills to Scientific

9/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Sports and Social Club
  • Subsidised/Company Gym
  • Financial Bonus
  • Company Parties/Events
  • Staff Sales/Staff Shop
  • Healthcare/Dental
10/10

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

There are a number of previous placement students working currently for British American Tobacco.
There seems to be the mentality that if you impress on your placement year, you have good prospects for future employment.

7/10

Social

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

Students are all social with each other often going out for meals, films and drinks.
Colleagues are all friendly and arrange meals and drinks after work which we are invited to and actively encouraged to go to. I was not treated as a student so I was seen as a full time colleague.

10/10

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

Southampton is a student city so it isn't too expensive.
Premiership football tickets were around £40 and there are an endless supply of well price restaurants to eat at.

9/10

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

Lots of different clubs, pubs and bars.
For non-drinkers there are independent films nights and lots of restaurants and open mic nights

8/10

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

The Sports and Social had lots of events on which were subsidised.
The New Forest is within cycling distance or a short drive. There are regular trains to Bournemouth and London Waterloo is only an hour and a half away.

10/10

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