Retail Executive Assistant at Unilever

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Duration
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Region
Slough Greater London
Review Date
Salary
£18,000 - £19,999
Roles
Marketing Sales

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7.5/10

The Role
8.0
Organisation
7.2

Socialising

7.0

The Role

Role Description

-Assist in the distribution or delivery of marketing materials
-Assist with fulfillment of marketing offers
-Assist with execution of trade shows
-Assist with the preparation and delivery of training materials

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

I really enjoy the work in Unilever, you are started and given tasks at a pace and which you are free to control. The more you want from the placement the more you can get. If you sit idle you will not learn or experience the full range of the business.

8/10

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

From early on within the placement I was given the ability to share my opinion with my team and actively take part real tasks and jobs. My manager has been excellent she pushed me from day one and has been essential aspect to my fast development so far. Putting me forward for extra training courses.

9/10

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

Even though it is an extremely busy work place both my manager and other people within my team managed to spare time with me for various 1 to 1 meetings and share their experiences and skills with me. For me personally I was not taken by the hand which I loved, you feel a sense of responsibility to learn what you don't already know, and the opportunities to do so really do exist,

8/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

The first month or two were a little slow, which initially I thought was a massive oversight and that i thought were potentially wasted, I have soon learned that this time at the start i used for my own learning about the company and to really take in what is going around you. A corporate organisation can be difficult to get your head around.

7/10

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

I have been given pieces of work that I am the owner of people in the team come to me to ask for certain pieces of information, and ask me to complete solo tasks

8/10

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

Unilever has an extensive learning and development department, with many areas in the business providing extra training and help for all colleagues, even interns can apply to various further training from language lessons to process improvement methodologies.

8/10

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The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

The office is great, very modern, large open social spaces. You can have important meetings in rather informal places. Smart casual dress code so you feel comfortable in your own skin in work.
Lots of events and activities made available from the start.

8/10

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

As said previously the first month seemed rather slow, but useful if the company would have set up some more learning about the organisation.

7/10

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

There is always lots of different training events so you get a wide choice of what to get involved in.

6/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

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

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

You have to reapply to the graduate scheme, lots of emphasis put on the fact that if you dont put the effort in during your placement you may not be eligible, but the fact that you get direct entry to assessment center for grad application, gives you a higher chance.

8/10

Social

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

Yeah, if you turned up in the canteen you were bound to find one of them and even if not there was always someone you could find to sit with. Outside of work there was always something going on too

8/10

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

Average cost of living, nights out cost more down south.

7/10

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

Had to go to central London or Windsor for a decent night out not much going on in Slough, however a shorter commute was better for work.

7/10

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

Yes, there was different sport activities but also giving back to the community opportunities too, so always something for everyone.

6/10

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