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Relations with Management

7.6 / 10

(based on 53 ratings in 2016)

2016

"We have both a task manager (who helps you with day-to-day tasks) as well as an early professional manager who is there to help us throughout our early career. All managers are friendly and fully embrace the graduate scheme."
Graduate, London
"Managers make time to help you overcome the challenging work they set and spend time mentoring you. Managers always provide feedback on your performance when asked."
Graduate, London
"I've had some excellent mentors and managers at IBM. They've given me detailed feedback and recognition as well as clear communication and they make time for me. However, it can be patchy on occasion – it depends on the project and area of the business you're working in."
Graduate, London
"As a graduate, I've found managers to be very accessible and helpful. We have mentor and sponsor schemes. The mentor scheme encourages us to create our own relationship with managers and ask them to be our mentors. The sponsor scheme is where we are assigned a sponsor, who is typically a senior manager, to give us advice and help us expand our network."
Graduate, London
"Managers are accessible but are hugely busy in their roles. Mentoring can be arranged and most are willing to help with this."
Graduate, London
"Managers seem to genuinely care for their units but they can be too busy to have the time they need to dedicate to being mentors or offering close support and guidance. However, they will always be there if you really need them."
Graduate, London
"Management are very supportive of your career and constantly give advice while being on hand to support you. You are given an executive as a mentor and they are around whenever you have problems, need advice or want to chat. Great support!"
Graduate, London
"Very good. Management are open and approachable and, even at a very early stage of my career, are happy to help out. This goes for everyone from my direct manager to very senior-level directors."
Graduate, London
"You are assigned two managers. One is your early professional manager who looks after your wellbeing, career progression, and any problems you might face etc. The other is your task manager who gives you your daily tasks and manages you on a day-to-day basis (this is who you will have most interaction with). I have not got a bad word to say about any of the managers I have had. They are approachable, helpful, genuinely interested in me as a person and keen to help me progress my career to where I want it to go. If you want feedback, they will give it to you and you have regular reviews during your placement. As long as you maintain the relationship on your end, they will reciprocate."
Graduate, Southampton

2015

"There are two levels of management. Graduates have a foundation manager/Early Professional Manager (EPM) who is essentially their careers manager, and this manager helps us through our first couple years as a graduate employee. Then our task manager is our day-to-day port of call, who sets us our role specific work."
Graduate, Winchester
"While from my experience the managers are very dependent on what your role is doing, and in what team, all graduates have a separate manager to support them, as well as a task manager."
Graduate, London
"IBM managers are always approachable and you can reach to them any time, no matter what the hierarchical gap is. I think that hard-working performers are always recognised and praised at IBM."
Entry level, London/Bonn
"There is a lot of communication here: monthly meetings with managers, regular talks with team leaders, team meetings and 'scrums' and lots of informal conversation at all levels. As well as this, graduates have a personal manager for professional development."
Graduate, Winchester
"I have had good managers who are there when I have needed them for support and advice."
Graduate, Winchester
"You are assigned a Career Development Coach who is a few promotional bands higher than you to help guide you through the company."
Graduate, Newcastle
"In my experience, my managers have always gone out of their way to make sure I am happy with the work I am doing and that I have enough work/have too much work. They are always easy to contact if there is anything I need to discuss."
Graduate, London
"As well as my project manager, I also have a graduate manager that is in charge of my career development: mine is a fantastic mentor and often finds me training opportunities. My graduate manager is also in charge of my performance feedback."
Graduate, London
"I can speak to my manager whenever I want; he is very approachable and also good at dealing with issues."
Graduate, London

2014

"My personal manager is very good - he's always at the end of the phone if I need him. I find that some senior managers are not that visible, but you do receive a lot of information cascaded down."
Graduate, London
"Management has been very accessible in my case and there are good mentors. However, they are responsible for a lot of graduates and this can mean that some are given better opportunities than others."
Graduate, London
"I think that mentors are what you make of them - identifying a good one can be difficult. Performance feedback is very good on a project, but not as good in the wider company where performance measures are somewhat opaque. Graduates have dedicated managers, which is helpful. There is some good praise and recognition internally, including a surprisingly good rewards points scheme."
Graduate, London
"Managers can be helpful and supportive, and I think that they will support you as much as you need."
Graduate, Manchester
"As a graduate student we have continuous opportunities to engage with our managers and meet executives at the company."
Graduate, London
"We have a number of managers assigned to us for different aspects of our career, and have regular calls to check progress and discuss our careers in general, focusing on how we can progress and develop."
Graduate, London
"I have personally found communication with management to be a little rarer than I’d hoped, unless they are telling us to do something - such as utilisation targets."
Graduate, London
"We have as personal manager as well as a task manager who provides pastoral/career advice, as well as direct line management. As it is such a large company it is sometimes difficult to get visibility of the really top level management, but I believe that their general messages in terms of strategy are filtered down."
Graduate, London
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