System x Pre-Sales at IBM

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Duration
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Region
Warwick West Midlands
Review Date
Salary
£14,000 - £15,999
Roles
Information Technology

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5.7/10

The Role
5.0
Organisation
5.4

Socialising

7.2

The Role

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

My actual day-to-day role wasn't that great, however other aspects of the job did make it an enjoyable year.

6/10

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

I worked in a virtual team with little face-to-face contact, and did at times feel undervalued by colleagues.

4/10

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

Again, as part of a virtual team I did sometimes feel distanced from management.

4/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

Some days I was run off my feet, other days I had nothing to do.

4/10

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

I was responsible for putting together large quotes for tenders to huge multinationals.

7/10

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

I developed my IT and communications skills, however many of the other skills I learnt aren't that transferrable.

5/10

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The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

I worked in an open plan, hot desk type office, with different people coming and going every day, so there was little office banter. However we did have a good laugh amongst the other placement students.

4/10

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

Initially it was good, however I did feel that once my predecessor left, I was out on my own a bit.

5/10

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

I could take online courses, but these were not compulsory. After the first month or so I had little additional training and was expected to keep myself up-to-date with technical developments.

3/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • Subsidised/Company Gym
  • National Travel
  • Financial Bonus
  • Company Parties/Events
  • Above 25 days holiday
  • Working from home
8/10

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

I did not apply for the Graduate scheme, however students who have completed an IBM placement are fast-tracked through.

7/10

Social

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

There were around 20 students at IBM Warwick, so we did have a good time socially.

7/10

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

Warwick/Leamington Spa is fairly expensive but there is a good range of student-type houses available, and loads of things to do locally.

7/10

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

Warwick is pretty quiet, however Leamington Spa is a great night out.

8/10

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

I played football once a week amongst colleagues; there is also a Sunday team, and other IBM activities to get involved in, such as organising events.

7/10

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