Former Research and Development Intern at Unilever
about 2 years ago
During an internship, upper management at Unilever will be there if you have questions and are relatively easy to access and talk with. However, they will not be guiding you through a project and you will likely work closely with/ be supported by lower work levels. Every intern is paired with a recent graduate and an experienced lower level employee (non-management) to support them throughout the summer. The manager of those employees will also serve as a support resource. As an intern, I would recommend setting up one on one time with upper management so they get to know you and you can learn as much as possible from them. As a full time employee, upper management will be relatively involved in projects and will expect to see updates monthly and on some occasions weekly. If there are any issues throughout a project, upper management will be able to support access to the appropriate resources and will provide advice on how to present everything to other aspects of the business.
I had plenty of support when needed, however there was a level of independency that was expected. Goals and plans would be worked on together with management, but the actual work and experiences are tended to be performed independently. Although management was always open to help with any questions I had.
Upper Management at Unilever is second to none. They truly care about your success. While being on co-op any questions I had I did not hesitate to ask anyone in the office. Unilever management and employees also do an excellent job of providing feedback to further increase your development and professional growth and success. But it is important to remember that this can be a two way street. Make sure that as a co-op you are doing your part to complete tasks, learn, provide updates as the investment in time that you give each employee and the company will directly correalate to your success as a co-op.
The upper management is keen on constantly making improvements across all the factories, especially with regards to World Class Manufacturing practices. It’s as beneficial to their bottomline and production volumes as it is to the engineers, operators and technicians. For this reason, I believe incredible support is to be expected. It certainly was the case with me, and I had the opportunity to work with a fantastic Manufacturing Director who greatly encouraged free and open communication.