Project Management Intern at Unilever

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Duration
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Region
Colworth East Midlands
Review Date
Salary
£18,000 - £19,999
Roles
Business Management Computer Science

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7.1/10

The Role
7.5
Organisation
7.0

Socialising

6.8

The Role

Role Description

Report development and analytics.
Project management - planning, execution, and measurement.
Learning new applications needed to complete assignments or support the execution of business objectives.
Job shadowing in other functional areas.

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

Some good elements and good experiences although a steep learning curve and some mundane parts once into the routine. Pretty much the same as a permanent job in that respect!

8/10

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

I was not working with many people of my own age group therefore there was not as much of a social aspect as I expected within the office. There were however regular sports meetings at lunch times where I had the opportunity to make new friends.

7/10

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

There was a good amount of training available, and it was tailored to each individual employee so you could pick and choose what skills to develop. My manager gave me the time to learn new things and widen my skill set.

7/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

For most of the placement I was very busy, although towards the end when I was wrapping up and handing over all of my projects it was hard to get stuck in to anything

8/10

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

After only a month or so I was left as the only planner running the whole category - a challenge but certainly an opportunity to show I could cope.

8/10

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

My degree was not related to the placement, but from a business point of view and learning the ins and outs of a large company it was a very useful year.

7/10

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The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

Everyone is very friendly, the office is open plan and besides desks there are also more casual areas with sofas which are great for informal meetings. People also bring in cake! It can occasionally get a bit quiet on Fridays when people work from home however if you don't have any reason to be in the office on Friday you can work from home too.

8/10

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

The scheme is well structured, you have your own role so it doesn't feel like your picking up others peoples work. Everyone has a personal development plan so you know what you have to achieve by the end of the year. Only slight disorganisation was in finding out where I was based, I didn't find this out until quite late.

7/10

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

I had frequent training opportunities, where I got to have time out of the office and go see our agencies and how they operated. I also had personal development training which gave me better working skills.

6/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Sports and Social Club
  • Financial Bonus
  • Company Parties/Events
7/10

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

Getting on the placement scheme guarantees me a place on the grad scheme which is great, just not sure at the moment whether it's the right industry for me.

7/10

Social

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

There are lots of apprentices on site who are a similar age to myself. However where we were based (Bedford) offered very little to do. So it was often just drinks.

7/10

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

With the salary it is possible to have a good social life, I haven't saved any money. but have a lot of great memories! Renting near to office - a bit expensive, Other costs - fairly average.

7/10

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

The bars were always buzzing on a friday night, as everyone from other banks/companies came out to start the weekend with a drink.

7/10

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

Not to a great extent, although we had a few volunteering opportunities and some charity events.

6/10

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