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2016

"It can be easy to be a small fish in a big pond if you don't work for it."
Graduate, Winchester
"Large amounts of admin work and a lot of bureaucracy."
Graduate, London
"You have to be lucky to get a good first role – it can negatively impact your experience if you don't. I believe it's more valuable to be in a client role, even if you are just copy pasting into an excel file than bringing business or creating value for company or client."
Graduate, London
"There are so many graduates and interns that it can feel as though your work is less valuable than it might be. We can also need to perform a lot of basic tasks or be moved around different job roles."
London
"There can be a lot of pressure to be valuable."
Graduate, London
"You need to be exceptional to stand out because of the size of the organisation."
Graduate, London
"Sometimes, there can be a mismatch between what is required from your training (deadlines to submit work etc) and your everyday job role, which may be quite demanding. Balancing the time effectively can be difficult."
Entry level, London
"It's more to do with my specific role but you are required to do a lot of travelling as a consultant. This can be good because you get to visit lots of different places but the appeal may not last long term."
Graduate, Southampton

2015

"The size of the organisation means that sometimes decision making and change can take longer than would be expected."
Graduate, Winchester
"IBM is a very large company, so it can feel like there is lots of red tape. You may feel lost in the system at times too."
Graduate, London
"I wanted more support in my graduate role, and I have found that things can be confusing and difficult to start with."
Graduate, London
"At IBM you have to be willing to travel Monday to Thursday, and you need to be flexible about where you travel to."
Graduate, London
"Occasional long hours at IBM can be a drawback."
Graduate, London
"There are too many activities to get involved in and I just don't have the time."
Graduate, Winchester
"I have found that there is a flip side to being flexible, and I feel expected to work long weeks to get work done."
Graduate, Woking
"IBM can be bureaucratic at times, and there is a lot of paperwork involved in most processes."
Graduate, London
"There is so much information to learn and that can be confusing."
Graduate, London

2014

"Having to stay away overnight a lot can be tiresome."
Graduate, London
"The salary is potentially not as high as competitors."
Graduate, London
"There is a bureaucratic element within the company."
Graduate, London
"Compared with many other graduate schemes, I have found that there is little structure after the initial four week induction."
Graduate, London/Bonn
"We are promoted based on how we compare with our peers rather than individual progress."
Graduate, Manchester
"There is a lot of admin which is not as streamlined as it could be due to the size of the company."
Graduate, London
"The starting salary may not be as generous as competitors. However, in my experience this is compensated for with a large training budget and a good work/life balance."
Graduate, London
"As with any large corporation, there's an array of processes which can take a lot of your time, in and outside office hours."
Graduate, London
"The organisation could be better as you might not know what role you will be doing until you begin."
Graduate, Farnborough
Our 'Inside Buzz' reviews are the comments and views of recent graduate recruits, giving you a view of what it may be like to work for an organisation. Copyright of all TARGETjobs Inside Buzz material lies solely with GTI Media.
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