Software Group Marketing Support at IBM

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Duration
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Region
Bedfont/ Middlesex
Review Date
Roles
Marketing

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4/5

The Role
4.3
The Company
3.9
The Culture
3.5

Role Description

Supporting Market Managers for UK and Ireland. Customer References/ Case Studies & Wins Co-ordinator Software Events Calendar Editor Promotion of Key Events - weekly communication. Wiki pages, monthly reporting on usage, and assisting with the development IBM UK Brand Pages- process updates, general maintenance and exercising marketing tactics. Report Editor - weekly updated and distributed report Monthly Review Reporting Tactics Coding

The Role

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

Many opportunities for personal development at IBM. You are given a task list as well as a list of activities you can undertake including volunteering and training courses.
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2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?

The team I worked with were very supportive throughout my placement. Schemes like having a work mentor meant that throughout my year I always had someone I could talk to about any problems in and out of work. Also, the Foundation Scheme that IBM has adopted was in its infancy when I joined for my Industrial Placement, but the programme proved valuable offering chances for reflection and feedback from a Foundation Manager.
5 /5

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

As stated above.
5 /5

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

At first I was overworked. I flagged this to my task manager and was tought how to manage my time effectively. Afterwards, being able to manage my joblist I was satisfied with the workload I was given with opportunities to work in different areas of the business like volunterring to work at Wimbledon for the duration of the competition.
4 /5

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

I was given a wealth of responsibility. The tasks that I was to oversee were dependent on my approach to work. I learned to understand the importance of completing tasks on time and to the best of my ability as they can affect operational efficiency and reporting standards.
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 skills I learned during my placement have been life changing. I can leave my placement at IBM knowing that I have truly learned what work life is like even though it is but a dip in the ocean. Also, having the chance to shadow colleagues in different departments has allowed me to get an insight into what other job roles entail.
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The Company

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

IBM operates a open door system. The atmosphere especially with the Marketing team was always supportive. Team bulding activities helped to introduce me to the team.
4 /5

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

I think that the work placment set up through the Foundations Scheme which was at its infancy in my year was good but had room for improvement. Communication avenues were not always obvious (i.e. who do I talk to about this?), we had work placement mentors and Foundation managers.
4 /5

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

I feel that the company invested alot into my personal training and development with the availability of online training courses and volunteering opportunities. Foundation also arranged training days and social events to introduce the placement community and help develop relationships.
4 /5

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • Working from home
3 /5

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

I have been invited back to IBM on the Graduate Scheme. The placement scheme allows you to get an insight into whether IBM is the place for you after University. If it is, then if you have been fast-tracked you have the opportunity to by-pass the lengthy application process, instead attending 1 assessment centre.
5 /5

The Culture

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

The social scene amongst placement colleagues was very vibrant with social events almost every week.
5 /5

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

I rented a ex-council house through an agency which proved cheaper than most options. The salary was enough to get through the year with some savings. However, socialising was kept to a minimum to ensure that I could pay the bills each month.
4 /5

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

The was no nightlife where I lived near Bedfont Lakes business park.
1 /5

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

As said before, there are many opportunities within IBM which you can get involved with including volunteering with younger students, helping at events, working at Wimbledon, etc (job permitting).
5 /5

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