My first impression of the Boots site in Nottingham was ‘Wow!’ I could not believe how huge it was, like a small town in fact. It even has its own shuttle bus service that can take you from one end of the site to the other."
The main office alone, is home to over 3,000 people, and covers so many different functions, including Technology, Finance, Brand, Buying, Marketing and many more.
I remember thinking, ‘how am I ever going to be able to find a certain meeting room without getting hopelessly lost?!’ (and to be perfectly honest I did have a couple of moments!) but you’ll be surprised how quickly you pick it up. Plus the people around you are so friendly and willing to help when you look confused and in need of a bit of guidance.
Now that I’ve settled in (… and don’t need to carry around an emergency site map with me everywhere I go) I’ve started to realise why it’s so great having all of these parts of the business together in one place.
Everything we do in our roles, whether it’s Technology, Commercial, Finance etc, affects every other part of the business and having one central work place makes it easier to join up my role with others parts. It’s great as it gives you exposure to all of the different areas of work. If you want to get an understanding of how a different part of the business works, you can go for a walk and ask someone to talk you through their role – and in my experience people are always more than happy to share their insight with you (especially if you come bearing gifts of a chocolate nature!)