1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I'm a developer for Android apps and my daily tasks involve fixing and building the apps we make/are making.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Not really no. There is very little training available, and most of it is on the job, or you watching other people do you're tasks for you so that you can see what you should be doing.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
The team and the people are nice, but there is very little support from anyone. It's not enjoyable because alot of times I get stuck and don't know what to do because there was never any training. As an Apprentice coming from college, they should expect that I know very little about their business and should do more to help me learn faster, so that I can adapt to the role better.
4. How valued do you feel by IBM?
I feel like I can easily be replaced. There are more trained people than me that could take these positions, but the part that IBM don't realize that other companies have, is that training is more than just on the job for a specialist role like this, and requires some courses to really be able to have an impact which is something that I don't feel I have.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
No training, no organised support meetings. You have to seek everything yourself which is very difficult when you have to juggle all of the work that you can't do on top of it.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Very little. There was no support just orders that this is what you should be doing. It should be a transition, like how can we help you get to this stage, what do you think you need to do to get here, the support looked more like managers to me.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Very little. There was no support just orders that this is what you should be doing. It should be a transition, like how can we help you get to this stage, what do you think you need to do to get here, the support looked more like managers to me. If they want me to be a good addition to the team, they should be more supportive.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The salary is good and gets better, but I don't think it's worth the mental and emotional costs that comes from stress of not doing enough.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Yes, there are lots of funded programs bu the company that allow you to get involved. I think they should spend more of this funding on educating and training the new IBMers, as that would be more helpful
9a. Would you recommend IBM to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
It's good money, but it's not worth the hassle when they have no trouble just replacing you If you don't meet their standards. When you apply they know what you are like, and if they don't help you to achieve the level of skill that they want, they shouldn't have hired you in the first place.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to IBM? *
:::If you really want to go for it, you're mental.:::
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