Finance Analyst at IBM

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Duration
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Region
Portsmouth South East
Review Date
Salary
£18,000 - £19,999
Roles
Financial Management

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8.9/10

The Role
9.8
Organisation
7.8

Socialising

8.8

The Role

Role Description

Working closely with key members of IBM UKI's Finance team. Dealing with unassigned revenue/costs that fall to non-brand, keeping up to date files on Finance Headcount and the GMs Industry and Enterprise Units, running weekly revenue forecast reports for UKI clients and consolidating revenue and cost submissions for Enterprise units under the broader IBM spectrum.
As a consolidation role, often I receive the material to consolidate very close to the deadline, hence time, efficiency and strategising are pivotal to the role.
Furthermore, there is emphasis on the scalability of the files I run as they have an exponential impact on IBMs business operations and goals.

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

Unbelievable year. Great company and support. The perfect internship to build skills to take into jobs after university. Must do if you have the opportunity!

10/10

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

Very valued. I was treated as a full time employee. As I grew in my role I became a valid member of the team; team members relied on what I did, trusted my work and in the end even turned to me to learn!

9/10

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

IBM gives you two task managers throughout your time. One to support your well being and act as a guidance to any questions etc. A second to be your day to day manager; providing you with tasks. My task manager had 20 years experience in the industry, giving great guidance.

10/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

The perfect amount of busy. Can't recall one day where I was bored or had nothing to do. Each week I had tasks to do, and daily was involved in a consolidation team...therefore each day was different and exciting.

10/10

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

First 3 months very limited... by the end I was entrusted with all my tasks and even tasks for very senior individuals within the firm. I had to prove myself in the first few months and had to learn about the business. When I had done so I had huge responsibility.

10/10

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

Oh undoubtedly it will... beyond imagination! I think about where I was last year compared to now... and it is incomparable. My skills have progressed daily. My work ethic is a lot higher and I understand the competitiveness of the workforce...therefore am very motivated to get a first in my degree. This is all thanks to IBM

10/10

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The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

I worked in Finance, the working environment was intense. However, I made sure I conversed with my team and we had a laugh (when it was appropriate to). I liked the atmosphere, it was a real work hard hub.

6/10

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

Very organised. Reviews with your manager if you would like them. Encouraged to learn and host sessions. All in all very organised start to finish. However, in future, it would be nice to have a mid placement learning refresher course.
Also, IBM went above and beyond...adding you to Facebook chats to help sort accomidation.

10/10

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

Unlimited learning resources, daily news updates, finance and accounting courses paid for. Opportunities to give back to the community. Badges accredited by acclaim for free. Was great.

8/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Above 25 days holiday
  • Working from home
6/10

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

Very. They offer first access to Graduate jobs. A internal application process which bypasses straight to interview if they like your application form!
Been a great year, so future employment opportunities are very exciting.

9/10

Social

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

Yes, 25 interns at my location. Weekends we always had a social happening. Mid week less so, however this was because I had to drive to work and I trained most evenings. So when I did socialise, I tended to socialise with some of the interns at the gym or over a movie.

9/10

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

Cheap living, cheap social. I was based in Portsmouth, it was easy to save money mid week so my weekends I could travel or go up to London cheaply.

9/10

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

University city, good nightlife. Fair few clubs and because you could save during the week and were earning...there was easy access to VIP.

8/10

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

Yes. Encouraged by your welfare manager. I joined the IBM cricket club and also a hockey team. The world is your oyster and so much to do!

9/10

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