Information Management Specialist at IBM

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Duration
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Region
Cosham
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4.3/5

The Role
4.4
The Company
4.3
The Culture
4.3

Role Description

I was responsible for delievering reports that where then used by various levels of managers for decision making.

The Role

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

It was slow to start, mainly becasue the team where busy with a previous project, however after that things picked up nicely.
4 /5

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

I was fully involved, for obvious reason there was some stuff that was just to advanced for me but apart from that I was fully integrated.
5 /5

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

I was well looked after and found myself a mentor early, who really helped me throughout my year, introduced and broadened my network greatly and also got me involved in some great opportunities.
5 /5

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

There were times between projects when things were a little quiet, however this gave me an ideal opportunity to get involved in some community giveback and represent IBM externally.
4 /5

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

I was team lead in a few projects and was a key technical co-ordinator in the production on an internal wiki.
4 /5

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

The Business skills that I have learnt at IBM are skills that I shall keep with me forever and am likely to need to use a great deal in the future. I don't think I could have picked a better place for learning skills for life.
5 /5

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The Company

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

The office atmosphere was OK. Being an open-office it was really that loud as there were other teams to take into consideration, however within the team we talked and had nights out which more than made up for it.
4 /5

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

The set-up and running of the internship was organised very well. The team looked looked after us were great and threoughout the year put on different educational seminars for us to learn even more skills.
5 /5

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

Due to the economical downturn the opportunity for travel and education was somewhat minimised. However I was skill encouraged to partake in as many online learning courses as I could fit in around my day-to-day work.
4 /5

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • Company Parties/Events
  • Working from home
5 /5

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

I have been asked on the fast track scheme and am now going through the various processes involved with that. Am hoping that I get asked back as it is a great company to work for in the long-term.
5 /5

The Culture

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

There was an absolutly excellent social scene amongst other students. We were always going out together, clubbing, cinemas, golf etc. Some of us went on holiday together and there will be a lot of people that I will be keeping in touch with.
5 /5

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

For me it wasn't to bad as I lived locally, however form what other people have said I believe that the local area isn't that expensive in terms of rent and the cost of socialising is relatively cheap.
3 /5

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

Loads of pubs and clubs
5 /5

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

Several giveback opportunities were available throughout the year.
5 /5

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