Business Operations Specialist at IBM

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Duration
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Region
Waterloo
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4.8/5

The Role
5
The Company
4.9
The Culture
4.5

The Role

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

I thoroughly enjoyed my placement year with IBM - It has helped me grow so much as an individual and as an early professional. The exposure that we receive as interns at IBM is massive - I've had the opportunity to work with various project teams, senior stakeholders, and clients, all while being encouraged to grow my knowledge base and skills. Overall, I've had a very fulfilling, stimulating and fun year with IBM, and am so grateful for all the experiences during my placement!
5 /5

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

My IBM colleagues and managers have been extremely encouraging throughout my internship - they have pushed me to grow my skillset and have been very receptive to giving me the opportunities to explore different areas of the business. IBM also has a great internal feedback system, as well as an online placement journal for their interns to log their achievements. Interns also have regular reviews with their managers, where they are encouraged to play back on their experiences and accomplishments.
5 /5

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

I received immense guidance from my task manager, project managers, and early professional manager throughout my placement. There is a great balance between the support and guidance we receive and the freedom are given to explore areas that interest us.
5 /5

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

There was a good balance in my daily schedule - there were some very busy moments, and some quieter ones, which balanced each other out quite well.
5 /5

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

The exposure that we receive as interns at IBM is massive - I was trusted to own project deliverables, and give the opportunity to work directly with senior client stakeholders.
5 /5

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

My managers really encouraged me to grow my skills. IBM has great internal learning platforms that provides courses on topics ranging from Design thinking to Cloud and cognitive systems. I have also been able to receive external accreditations through IBM funding, and have then been able to use these skills in practice while working on project teams. I was also given the opportunity to shadow various professionals, including UX designers and scrum masters, and was mentored by senior stakeholders within the business.
5 /5

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The Company

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

The atmosphere within the office is great! Although we have had to move to remote working due to the pandemic, my team still make it a point to catch up virtually to not only discuss work-related updates, but also to take virtual coffee or lunch breaks together. We also have access to great virtual events, meet-and-greets and webinars to keep us informed and engaged. The physical office atmosphere is equality great! The Southbank office (where I was based) has a great and positive work culture.
5 /5

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

The internship was very well set up. I have a comfortable handover period at the start, and was given the time to ease into my role. I was then given the opportunity to make the role my own, and the flexibility to expand my core role.
5 /5

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

I've been given so many great opportunities to train and develop new skills, be it internal IBM training, or external IBM-funded training. I was also able to receive mentorship and shadowing opportunities. Additionally, IBM encourages placement students to participate in giveback opportunities which really add to the growth and development of the interns.
5 /5

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • There were no perks with this Placement Year
5 /5

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

The IBM graduate scheme provides great opportunities to early professionals, and is definitely very appealing.
5 /5

The Culture

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

Yes! The intern cohort at IBM is massive, and we have had several intern events, along with several IBM-wide events.
5 /5

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

4 /5

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

5 /5

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

5 /5

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