HR Partner Support at IBM

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Duration
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Region
Portsmouth South West
Review Date
Salary
£14,000 - £15,999
Roles
Human Resources

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7.3/10

The Role
8.3
Organisation
6.4

Socialising

6.8

The Role

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

This placement year has been very enjoyable and exceeded my expectations. My role as HR Partner Support is very varied which has meant I have got involved in many projects. This has kept me interested and enabled exposure to many different experiences. I couldn't recommend this role and company more.

8/10

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

IBM HR is very inclusive and has a great community feel. I don't feel like an intern, they treat me like any other employee. I am able to offer support and advice to my colleagues as they respect my opinion. This has meant I was able to make a lasting contribution to the projects I have been involved in.

9/10

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

IBM offers a lot of support for the placement students. Firstly, my Early Professionals Manager has been very supportive and I have felt that I could tell her anything. She has given me great guidance in order to further my career and make the most of my time here. My Task Manager has also been very supportive and making sure that I get involved in the best opportunities possible.

10/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

As I mentioned before, my role is very varied. This means that I have been involved in multiple projects whilst also managing my day job. There have been times where I have been very busy and the day flies by but other times where I don't have much to do. This is very rare though and IBM has learning/badges that you can complete in these quieter times.

8/10

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

I was given a lot of responsibility. My day to day role involves dealing with confidential data regularly which they have full trust in me to have and use. I have also helped with presentations for the Country General Manager and the opportunity to work with the HR leader. This has been great exposure for me and made me feel valued.

7/10

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

I have learnt a lot about time management and the value of using the whole day to not waste any time. I will use the same routine when I go back to uni. My confidence has also improved massively which will help me in the future when applying for grad jobs or presenting.

8/10

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The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

The office I worked in was open plan so meant that there was always someone around and to talk to. We all work hard but stopped for the occasional gossip. Friday tended to be quieter due to people working from home but the office was more relaxed (they call it Friday Club).

6/10

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

It is very well set up and you can tell it's been running a long time. The process is very smooth with on boarding and training being very easy and informative. The support and information given on everything, including the intern to grad process, has been very good also. I felt like I belonged from day 1.

5/10

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

There's a lot of focus on employee skills and development. The push for this means there are plenty of resources to learn new skills. The 3, 6 and 12 month reviews allows you to reflect on what you've done and gain feedback for it. This is essential for development and so glad that IBM offers this.

9/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Sports and Social Club
  • Financial Bonus
  • Company Parties/Events
  • Working from home
5/10

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

The grad schemes are very good, I have applied for them myself. There is a separate one for HR which includes a summer project with a global team.

7/10

Social

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

Yes! There were about 20 interns down in Portsmouth with most of us sharing houses together. It's just like uni but you're getting paid/working instead! We all made the effort to do things together at the weekends which was nice, I've made some great friends down here. The only thing we miss out down here is drinks after work (like they have in London).

7/10

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

Very affordable. Housing similar pricing to uni and being a student city means that it's cheap to go out etc!

7/10

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

Again, being a student city there are plenty of places to go out!

8/10

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

I was a bit disappointed that there weren't more sports clubs to get involved with. You could start your own but it's difficult if you don't already play sports. Would have liked to have picked something new up this year.

5/10

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