Partnerships Executive at TopCashback

Duration
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Region
Stafford West Midlands
Review Date
Salary
£14,000 - £15,999
Roles
Administration/Secretarial Marketing Sales

7.1/10

The Role
7.7
Organisation
6.6

Socialising

6.8

The Role

Role Description

Being the point of contact for a list of our retailers on site and selling our advertising space to them. Keeping the site updated, including making planned changes in advance as well as efficiently dealing with requests as and when they come in. Performing administrative tasks in order to ensure the site runs smoothly.

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

People in the company are very welcoming and friendly, so I always had fun with them at work. Some aspects of the job were less enjoyable, such as the level of administration jobs, which could be frustrating. However, I really enjoyed the account management and sales side of the role and it isn't something I had considered before I got the job here but is definitely something I'd think about going into in the future.

7/10

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

The people I work closely with have always been thankful for any work I do for them or for anything I help out with. I couldn't have asked for a better team to be part of and I've become good friends with them all.

10/10

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

There is support in the sense that my line manager is very open to us bringing up any issues we're having and encourages us to shout up if we're struggling to keep on top of a large amount of work. However there are areas which could do with improvement such as more regular reviews and a better training scheme.

6/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

It varied from day to day but there was never a time I had nothing to do; there were always jobs I had been meaning to do for a while that I could focus on during a quieter time. Other periods could be manic and I've gained a lot of prioritisation skills as a result of this.

8/10

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

I had my own list of tasks that needed to be carried out either on a daily or weekly basis, which gave me a fair level of responsibility as I needed to make sure things appeared on site smoothly. I was also in charge of a list of accounts whom I would sell our advertising placements to - this was a lot of responsibility as there's a focus on sales but the main focus is on building strong and long-lasting relationships with our clients.

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've learnt a lot about the affiliate marketing industry which is a very specific area of marketing and is quite big with retailers at the moment as shoppers look for the cheapest deals - this has definitely allowed me to understand an area I wasn't familiar with and will give me a good basis for finding a job after I graduate. I also believe I've gained life skills and professional skills and matured in both areas over the year, which will definitely help me through my final year of university.

7/10

The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

The office is fairly relaxed but coming into such an atmosphere straight from uni means it takes some time to learn where the lines are - obviously the company don't want to be under the impression you are wasting work hours! Once this is understood though it's a great atmosphere as everyone is so friendly, I've had a lot of laughs over the year!

9/10

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

I spent 2 weeks gradually learning more and more about the admin side of the role, which is carried out on a very specific database system, so this training gave me a good base knowledge, although there were obviously things I would learn later on throughout the year as well. There wasn't any training on the sales/account management side of the job which would have helped out a lot if I had a basic understanding of this before being handed accounts.

6/10

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

The company paid for me to go down to London for meetings with my clients on a few occasions which was always a good experience! I was also always given constructive feedback on my presentation skills and slides after every meeting which helped. In terms of development, I only had 3 reviews over the year which were meant to be quarterly, so this could have been organised a bit better to ensure maximum growth. There weren't really any other protocols put in place for development, although I do believe I've developed massively over the year without anything else!

5/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Sports and Social Club
  • Company Car
  • Subsidised/Company Gym
  • National Travel
  • International Travel
  • Financial Bonus
  • Company Parties/Events
  • Staff Sales/Staff Shop
  • Above 25 days holiday
  • Working from home
  • Healthcare from home
  • Healthcare/Dental
  • Travel loan
8/10

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

Although I'm based in Stafford, most of the sales (partnerships) team is based in London, which is something I would be interested in going into. However, my main interests lie with marketing and that is based in Stafford and I'm not sure I would come back to live here.

5/10

Social

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

Yes - we organised a few nights out in Derby, Stoke and and Stafford. There are also table tennis tables in the canteen so we all socialised with each other during breaks and lunch.

9/10

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

Taxis are unbelievably expensive, and some of the bars can be too. However there are a few cheap places that we often went for a drink to after work. Other than that prices of living are fairly standard.

5/10

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

It is what you make of it - the clubs and bars in Stafford aren't great (although there are quite a few choices of pubs/bars, but only 2 clubs) but we've all had some really good nights out, so it doesn't really matter what the places are like as long as you're with people you can have a laugh with.

6/10

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

I helped organise the Christmas social and also helped with the move when we moved our office from Uttoxeter to Stafford.

7/10