Information Officer at BAT

Top Employer
Duration
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Region
Southampton South East
Review Date
Salary
£14,000 - £15,999
Roles
Biology Computer Science Information Technology

Connect with this company

BAT is a Top Employer

7.3/10

The Role
8.7
Organisation
7.2

Socialising

5.5

The Role

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

I have really enjoyed my year at BAT. It has had good and not so good moments, but overall it has been great.

8/10

Imagine yourself working at BAT

RateMyPlacement is currently advertising 6 roles at BAT

View jobs now →

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

I felt like my team really valued my contributions. I've been involved in quite a few projects around the business and I have always felt that people have respected my opinions and my contributions.

9/10

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

My manager has been fantastic. He's helped me focus my thoughts, and we've worked together on a couple of big department-wide projects. I can be a bit all over the place sometimes, but my manager has helped to focus that energy onto a few points where I can say I've helped make a real difference.

10/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

Between managing day-to-day things and doing department improvement work, I have been pretty busy. However, I've always been able to complete work inside my official working hours, so I'd say the balance was spot on.

10/10

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

I've been involved in various department-wide projects, including several novel ideas that I was allowed to try out. I've been responsible for reviewing several systems from suppliers, and have had the authority to reject them. I've also been involved in business requirements for a complete shake-up of how my department runs.

7/10

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

Although my placement may not exactly match my degree, things like people-skills and presentation skills are easily transferable and highly useful in the long term

8/10

Imagine yourself working at BAT

RateMyPlacement is currently advertising 6 roles at BAT

View jobs now →

The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

My office area is pretty laid back. Although there is quite a lot of chatting, it never got too much, and the atmosphere was friendly. Everyone gets involved in jokes and the department is pretty close-knit.

7/10

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

The placement seemed to be well organised in the initial few weeks. After that, it was down to our managers and ourselves to organise us.

7/10

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

I've had the opportunity to attend quite a few workshops while I've been here, and I feel that BAT has invested quite a bit in me.

8/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Sports and Social Club
  • Subsidised/Company Gym
  • Financial Bonus
  • Company Parties/Events
  • Staff Sales/Staff Shop
  • Above 25 days holiday
  • Working from home
  • Healthcare/Dental
5/10

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

There doesn't seem to be a clear path for interns to come back to BAT, although this is probably being worked on! However, I've come to really enjoy working at BAT and would definitely not mind returning.

9/10

Social

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

The interns have been out several times, for drinks or clubbing etc. My colleagues aren't really the clubbing type, although we've been to the pub a fair few times. It seems nicely balanced, and suited me.

8/10

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

Southampton is fairly cheap - £100 a week for bills/accommodation + food. Socialising is pretty cheap too. Not great, but not hideous.

6/10

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

Pretty poor. The only clubs nearby are city-center bars with dancefloors like Revs.

4/10

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

Not many that I noticed.

4/10

Imagine yourself working at BAT

RateMyPlacement is currently advertising 6 roles at BAT

View jobs now →