Demand and Resource Management at IBM

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Duration
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Region
London Central London and City
Review Date
Salary
£18,000 - £19,999
Roles
Human Resources

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6.6/10

The Role
9.0
Organisation
5.0

Socialising

5.0

The Role

Role Description

To assist clients both internal and external to staff various roles and projects.

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

I thoroughly enjoyed my time at IBM throughout my time there. Whilst not every role offered to interns may be the most exciting every experience is one to be enjoyed and learnt from. The people you meet both other interns and full time employees are fantastic and really allow you to turn this into more than just work experience.

8/10

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

During my time in my role I worked very closely with my Manager as we were the only UK based resources in our team. I also took on a role with very high autonomy and was in charge of myself, my time and a few specific roles within our team. As a team we all valued each other and often worked together to spread the load if anyone of us was getting a full plate, and this was reflected in the sense of cohesion within our team.

8/10

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

I was never without support on my placement, whether it be from the intern HR Managers (EPMs) or from my own team and Task Manager. I was always able to reach out to someone who could help when ever I had a problem and there really was no silly problem (Within reason). I had a number of occasions where personal and family issues required me to spend time out of the office or not at work during the day and my Manager was more than helpful in accommodating these times and helping me where possible.

10/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

I had an extremely busy placement, working on a proper 9-5:30 arrangement, because within my team I was given a full role and as my own ability grew my autonomy grew with it. This lead to me never being loaded it more than I was capable to handle but also not being left with nothing to do.

That said how ever, if I ever needed to make time for an event, a talk, or some other learning opportunity, I was usually capable of making the time to attend such an event in order to expand my internship.

8/10

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

I was fully autonomy in my role, I had the oversight from my manager to ensure that if I ever needed assistance or a second opinion I was not alone however, I was rarely ever checked up on as much as I was check in with. This really made me feel capable and responsible in my role and I often found myself engaging as the main point of contact with many client interactions.

10/10

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

I can't stress enough how helpful it is just to have the imposed structure of a 9 - 5 commitment and the work ethic that comes with that for a year. That alone is enough to make an experience like this worth it for many however, when you consider the exposure to office politics, a view of the practical applications of skills and knowledge acquired at University and the general networking opportunities. This experience is something to work for.

10/10

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The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

5/10

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

5/10

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

5/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • There were no perks with this Placement Year
5/10

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

5/10

Social

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

5/10

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

5/10

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

5/10

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

5/10

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