Sales Operations Assistant at IBM

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

The Role
4.3
The Company
4.5
The Culture
4

Role Description

Assisting in the day-to-day organisation and analysis of deals & potentials deal to clients in the travel & transport and Consumer Products Industry.

The Role

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

I'm working in a great team, in a role with a large amount of responsibility, flexibility & variety
5 /5

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

colleagues are very supportive of any help & assistance I can offer & actively look to involve me in upcoming projects
4 /5

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

With both a task manager & a professional development manager at IBM I have support in relation to my day-to-day job & tasks and my general welfare and bigger ambitions at IBM. Both are readily available to contact whilst the more formal process of quarterly reviews allows tracking of my development as the year progresses.
5 /5

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

With a large network within IBM I have both weekly tasks that need to be completed, whilst I can also approach different members of out team if I seek to become more involved in tasks & projects.
4 /5

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

As the only person performing my role within this sector, colleagues approach me & expect me results.
4 /5

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

a years internship is great within IBM. It gives you a chance to sample what you like & dont like, which hopefully highlights your strengths! From working within sales operations I'm really developing strong organisational skills, especially as I have a high level of independence.
5 /5

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The Company

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

Offices are always buzzing with life, as desks are flexible, so your always meeting & seeing new faces.
4 /5

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

IBM have a great structure in place, straight from the induction in which you get to meet loads of new people whilst also learning a lot about the company & how it's run. Colleagues are very open and suppprtive to intern students & helping them learn, by getting them involved wherever possible
5 /5

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

Aside from the induction & on the job training IBM offer a large range of extra activities (Giveback Scheme) that internship students can get involved in such as projects to benefit the local community.
5 /5

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • Sports and Social Club
  • Financial Bonus
  • Company Parties/Events
  • Staff Sales/Staff Shop
  • Working from home
4 /5

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

My current hope is to gain 'fast track' access & join IBMs Graduate scheme after university in 2011
5 /5

The Culture

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

With lots of internship students starting alongside you there's a great atmosphere and lots going on from a catch up at lunch time to nights out & planned holidays Skiing
5 /5

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

I lived in Windsor and as this is a tourist town it tends to be quite expensive. However IBM internship students live all over North & West London and there are lots of cheap alternatives.
2 /5

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

Windsor has a good nightlife...although a lot of clubs & bars operate an 'over 21s' policy at the weekend. But in general there are loads of decent places for a night out across west London.
5 /5

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

IBM's 'Giveback scheme' offers endless opportunties to get involved and volunteer in many different opportunites supporting local organisations, schools etc. IBM also participate in the Corporate Games, a large sporting event held over a weekend.
5 /5

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