Business Operations Analyst at IBM

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Duration
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Region
London Central London and City
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Salary
£18,000 - £19,999
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Computer and Systems Engineering Computer Science Customer Service E-Business Economics Mathematics/Statistics

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8.9/10

The Role
9.2
Organisation
9.0

Socialising

8.2

The Role

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

I thoroughly enjoyed my placement at IBM.
I got to learn alot of how to work in a world leading organisation and how to make the most of this opportunity.
My managers and co workers were both supportive and super friendly and easy to talk to which meant I got help with any queries I had.
I feel I am much more ready to go to university and my skillset and knowledge base is now much much better than a year ago!

10/10

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

My managers and co workers were both supportive and super friendly and easy to talk to which meant I got help with any queries I had.
I had a great relationship, both professional and friendly with various members of my department and across the company.
IBM made it very easy for me as an intern to interact with Directors and business leaders.
They were impressed with my work and as they began to trust me more, they involved me more and this was a great learning experience.

9/10

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

My managers, both Task Manager and Early Professional Manager were always eager to help and support me.
They made me feel welcome and always had were willing to help.
This was a major reason I enjoyed my placement year so much and I am very grateful for their all round continued support.
Despite being senior members of the company, they both took out time to help me and made time to check in on me.

10/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

I was given various tasks to carry out throughout the week.
In the beginning, I had lots of free time when I was learning my role and getting used to the working life.
After a few months, more team members began trusting me to complete tasks and became aware of my skills hence I got busier and had more to do.
No two days were the same and there were challenges but overall I am pleased with the amount of work I completed.

9/10

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

I was pleasantly surprised by the level of trust and confidence by manager and team had in me.
I was given responsibilty to produce cadence packs, sales packs and share all this information on a timely manner.
The accuracy and timeliness of this was all left on to me.
I was also given the chance to control the screen and make updates and changes on vital meetings in which the Vice President was also present.

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 am now going to begin my degree after I finish the placement.
I am certain the valuable skills I picked up have readied me much more to undertake university life.
I am much more focused, driven, time oriented and collected after this placement.
I have many more skills and discovered talents I did not know I possess.
This will help me for my degree but I am certain it will also help me with my career after that

9/10

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The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

It was lively and fun. It was serious in conference rooms and meeting areas, but the best thing was that there was areas where you could enjoy some down time.
You could play table tennis, grab a coffee or tea and play video games.
Occasionally a robot would visit the office too which was very cool.
The atmosphere was mostly friendly and you were free to do as you wish as long as you get work done...

9/10

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

It was very well organised.
From the time I started there was a clear syetemof how to get the work done.
It was a weekly system to follow and started again at the start of a new week.
My manager and tem members explained to me what was required of me and I was given a good handover so I possessed the required skills.
The placement flowed well and there were no roadblocks along the way.

9/10

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

The firm provided a lot of resources.
These were free to access for me and I could do it in my own time as well.
There was great training given to me when I was handed over to by the previous intern and when I had questions the team was available to answer.
The your learning platform had a lot of free resources and this helped increase my knowledge about products I was interested in.

9/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Subsidised Canteen
  • National Travel
  • Company Parties/Events
  • Working from home
9/10

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

Very appealing.
It is a company I would love to work at after university.
I feel like they support young people really well and invest alot to help you flourish.
It is a friendly and calm atmosphere where I would be happy to work at.
The people are great and support is given at all times.
It would be a great opportunity if I could come back and work at IBM again and I would cherish it.

9/10

Social

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

There were loads of placement studnet spread across various departments.
I was part of the futures scheme and so we would hold quarterly meetings to catch up and have a day of fun filled activities like treasure hunts in London.
We would meet up in the canteen and table tennis room at lunch time and have chats over coffee and so on.
This really made working much better and brightened up a gloomy day as well.

9/10

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

London is an expensive city to live in so socialising was costly.
Transport was a major cost for me and took a lot of my salary.
Other than that going out for a meal or drink was not cheap but affordable as we learnt what places to go to.
Socialising was not possible daily due to the cost but we would do it at least weekly and make the most of the variety and options.

7/10

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

It was great.
Working in central london meant there were bars, pubs, clubs and so on within a mile of the office.
There were so many restaurants to try that we couldn't even go to all of them.
We had an intern boat party for christmas as the river is right opposite the office and this too was great fun.
Highly recommend the buzz of London for good nightlife and just if you want to have a goood time.

9/10

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

Generally IBM offers a lot of opportunities.
However, unfortunately due to this year's Corona virus pandemic, this was much more limited.
I still got to go to Think London which is the flagship event and we had a team day and meeting in Portsmouth which was fun.
I missed out on the opportunity to help at Wimbledon which I was really looking forward to but unfortunately this year the event was decided to be cancelled.

8/10

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