HR Partner Support at IBM

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

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7.7/10

The Role
8.0
Organisation
7.4

Socialising

7.8

The Role

Role Description

Helping the HR Partners best serve their business areas in IBM.
Providing data reports and presentations.
Getting involved in engagement projects

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

Overall I really enjoyed my placement experience at IBM. It was a good insight into a large corporate global business. I learnt lots of new skills and knowledge. Because the business is so big you have access to lots of different roles and areas of business. I would definitely recommend a placement here.

8/10

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

I did feel like I was respected at the same level as a normal employee would. Particularly towards the end of the placement I was able to add lots of value and opinions and people came to me to ask for help. However from time to time and from certain individuals I was given multiple administrative tasks that dont make you feel that valued.

7/10

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

I was given a Task Manager who gives you your daily task and can help with you role.
I was also given an Early Professionals Manager who I could go to for my wellbeing, career guidance or any grievances I had.
Whenever I reached out for help or guidance it was given. I felt very supported throughout.

8/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

There were very rarely days when I had nothing to do at all. If you are eager and proactive you can get involved in lots of different projects which could make you very busy but you are able to control this most of the time. There are always badges or a learning portal you can use if you are bored.

8/10

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

I was given lots of responsibility. The data and slides that I provided on one occassion were used by the Country General Manager! At times I would have liked more responsibility to lead a project or an initiative. I recommend that you are proactive and create or seek opportunities of responsibility.

8/10

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

I feel that I have learnt lots of invaluble skills that I can use in future job interviews and in my degree. For example my excel skills have greatly increased. I also feel I have developed soft skills throughout my year, including different communication styles, leadership skills and creating and delivering presentations.

9/10

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The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

For me the office could be abit dull at times. There was not a very good gender spilt in the office with way more females, so more diversity would have been nice. On particular days there was barely anyone in the office however we were still asked to come in. Also I would have preferred more early proefessionals in the office.

5/10

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

Very well organised. Foundation is the area of the business that looks after the interns and apprentices and they offer lots of support and guidance throughout the placement. They make sure that you are aware of any events they have organised for your benefit etc. However organising more events would be good.

9/10

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

I felt there was a large invenstment in my personal training and development. I was able to go on workshops just like normal employees. Also there were workshops and training throughout the year that my Early Professionals Manager set up such as how to network or time management and presentation skills. I would like more external training facilitators to come in and deliever workshops.

8/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Sports and Social Club
6/10

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

Very appealing, because IBM is such a large organisation there are lots of opportunity to keep moving roles and therefore keep learning new skills. Also everyone is very eager and open to tell you more about their role so you can learn what future roles might suit you if you were going to come back.

9/10

Social

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

Yes every weekend people met up to do activities or go out.

8/10

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

Very reasonable in Portsmouth

9/10

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

I lived 50 minutes away from the area of work. However I believe the nighlife was good there.

7/10

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

Yes, there were sports clubs depending on where yu were based. Such as volleyball, hockey, football. Hursley also has a gym.

7/10

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