I enjoyed working in IBM. The placement scheme is very fulfilling as you are given the opportunity to participate in many different activities outside of your day to day role. I worked with many senior consultants and also graduates, making a good mixture of people around me. Working in a client account was an unbelievable experience.
I felt very valued by my colleagues. Most people were very supportive and helped me throughout the year. Most graduates that have participated in the placement scheme before are keen on helping you thrive, which is amazing. Senior management is usually available to have coaching sessions and help you improve as a professional.
Mixed answer here. Unfortunately my manager was not very supportive and at times was harsh and unpleasant. On the other side, I was given a lot of support by my Early Professional Manager. She helped me cope with my manager and become a better professional. The People Champion at the account was very supportive and always available for a chat, which was very good for my personal development.
I was extremely busy on a daily basis. I was in a client account that was very fast paced and there were many deliverables at any point in time. Most people were stressed, however, everyone was on the same boat, so it was an experience everyone was going through. I enjoyed my work a lot and feel like I grew faster than I would if I weren't given as much responsibility and tasks daily.
I was working along with the Change Manager for the account, which was a graduate. We ran the Change Process for the account, which was the vehicle to approve technical changes to the solution we were delivering as a programme. There was a lot of responsibility and we had to deal with senior management from the client. We were also under pressure from the commercial team to close deals. Overall it was incredible to be given so much responsibility.
I feel like these are skills for the working life of a consultant. Working in a client account developed my communication skills. The fact that I was under a lot of pressure constantly made me work quicker under pressure, which will be vital going forward. Being thrown in the deep end is incredible as you are forced to grow and understand what is around you quicker than you usually would. It was a great experience that has given me skills for the future.
Working in the client office was at times very stressful as we had to reach deliverables and milestones that were at risk at times. Most people had multiple jobs within their role, however, everyone was going through the same. The Young professional community in the account was very active and organized a few events outside of work that were very fun to attend.
Very organized. The placement team in IBM is prepared for 200+ students.
IBM has online learning in any topic you might think of. It genuinely surprised me the amount of offer in the learning portal.
Sports and Social Club
The graduate programme is known for being very good and it is definitely a place I would like to return.
Working in a client account is bittersweet as I did not have much contact with placement students that were based in the IBM offices. There was the Young Professional community in the account, but it isn't the same thing.
Expensive. London is expensive.
London is incredible for nightlife. A bit expensive but worth your money.
Not much as most of my time was spent in the office.
Placement Year (10 Months+)
1st July 2019