Placement Student, IBM iX at IBM

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Duration
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Region
London Central London and City
Review Date
Salary
£20,000 - £21,999
Roles
Information Technology Marketing

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7.6/10

The Role
9.3
Organisation
6.8

Socialising

6.0

The Role

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

I wholeheartedly enjoyed my placement year. At IBM I was regularly challenged and place under the necessary pressure to develop in a personal and professional sense.

10/10

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

Excluding the other interns, I was quickly embraced by all levels of more senior employees with a wide range of tasks. Coming into the programme, I was initially concerned it would be "teas and coffees" but I was entrusted with delivering work to clients.

10/10

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

There were countless sources of support and guidance within the foundation programme but also within my service line. IBMers were fully committed and supportive of interns getting as much as possible from their placement.

9/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

Things ebbed and flowed as my role relied heavily on others co-operating however over time this got easier which meant more free time to get involved with a number of other projects and initiatives to further my personal development.

9/10

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

Over time the level of responsibility grew. You aren't thrown in the deep end but your hand isn't held if you're capable.

8/10

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

Massively! I've learnt an unbelievable amount

10/10

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The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

Good in person and good online

7/10

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

The hiring process was a bit of a mess in all honesty. They advertised it as being done in 30 (I think) day sprints which wasn't the case. I applied in September and was offered in June, days before I was to sign for a university house. This was the year before COVID as well.

5/10

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

Not financially but there were near-unlimited opportunities for personal development

9/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Company Parties/Events
  • Above 25 days holiday
  • Working from home
3/10

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

As a placement to grad, there are tons and they are clearly presented to you throughout the year.

10/10

Social

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

Great, you make of it what you will.

9/10

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

Cost of living was London but was manageable considering the salary and shift to WFH

5/10

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

5/10

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

5/10

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