7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
On some days (especially Fridays) the office would be almost completely empty. But most of the time the office was busy with salespeople all around making calls and employees having fun and chatting. The overall atmosphere was great, however, the open-plan office might not be for everyone as it was slightly difficult to focus on one task in such a busy office.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The onboarding process was well organised and there was always someone who could clarify things about the placement if something didn't make sense to me. Work-wise, I was given the freedom to find my own projects to work on. The lack of direction might not be perfect for everyone but to me, that was one of the biggest perks on this placement.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
There are more training and development opportunities than one could do in a lifetime. Apart from freely available online courses, the company would always inform about the available training courses within the company. Also, IBM funded multiple external training courses which were very useful for my personal development. (including the travel costs)
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I'm still in progress to get a graduate role within the company. The opportunities seem to be endless, however, there are limitations to what roles are available in various parts of the company. It's quite unlikely to land a job back in the team where you worked. Yet it seems that current employees are able to change their roles within a company with ease.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
The nearest pub is only 30 seconds away from the office door and both interns and colleagues are always up to something. It can get a bit expensive (as it is London) but I would probably consider that an investment in your network rather than an expense for the entertainment.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Well, London is one of the most expensive cities in the world so living costs and socialising isn't cheap. However, that's something that one should expect when working in London. Obviously, I wouldn't mind if the prices would be lower but hey, at least you can never get bored in this city.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Once again, this is London. Plenty of clubs, bars or whatever you want in all price ranges. I'm more of a "let's go to the pub" than "let's hit the club" person, so I might be wrong here. But there are plenty of bars and clubs operating till early hours.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
As there are a lot of people working here, it's easy to find common interests and things to do with others outside of work. It takes a bit of effort to find the right people, but there are plenty of communication tools here and sometimes it's as simple as just posting a message on Slack.
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