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HP or IBM?

 
#1 HP or IBM?
04/03/2003 00:00

Mick

For my sandwhich year at Uni I have been offered a job in IBM global services which I was quite happy to accept, but yesterday I got offered an interview for HP and told there is a good chance I could get it. I want to go into the consulting area on graduatiuon, Should I go to the interview, which company would provide the better oppertunities?

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#2 Stick with your offer!
04/03/2003 00:00

Ben L.

Mick - in the current climate I would say be thankful you have got a placement for your sandwich year and don't mess IBM about. Apart from anything else, most commentators would certainly consider IBM Global Services to be the stronger force in consulting, especially having recently acquired PwC Consulting. HP are a good name to have on your CV, but they don't have such a strong consulting brand. Good luck with the placement

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#3 Re: HP or IBM?
06/03/2003 00:00

Matthew Burrows

Having contracted to both IBM and HP over the past few years, I would suggest that you stick with the IBM offer for now. HP does have a large consulting group and the experience would be beneficial, but my personal opinion is that IBM would give greater experience at this time.

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#4 Re: HP or IBM?
06/03/2003 00:00

ikenna

Like with any difficult question the answer depends on a number of factors. One important question is this:

Have you already accepted IBM's offer? If the answer is yes, then my advice is to do your sandwich year with them - don't get into the habit of burning bridges. If you still have time before you have to respond to their offer, then go to the HP interview - you have nothing to lose. Interviewing is always good experience & you may actually find the personalities at HP more to your liking. However, let them know you have another offer so speed might be a factor.

Both firms have very good reputations internationally but as far as Consulting is concerned, HP are playing catch-up. Nonetheless, either would be a valuable experience for you.

Good luck!

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#5 Re: HP or IBM?
06/03/2003 00:00

Keith

Go for both, from a recruiters perspective I see nothing wrong with going for HP, although IBM and your Uni won't agree. The only thing you need to answer is which Co do you want to work for after Uni. Your placement is an opportunity to impress the Co you want to work for and goes towards your chances of getting a job.

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#6 Re: HP or IBM?
06/03/2003 00:00

Dek

Some sensible comments in your earlier replies. How you conduct yourself now is important. It sounds like you have accepted the IBM offer - do not mess them around.

Having held a varity of positions in both organisations, my advice is to accept the IBM offer, but attend the HP interview for the experience. If HP ask you about other offers, tell them you are considering an offer from IBM (no need for 100% disclosure that you have accepted), and politely/professionally decline the offer should it come. IBM are by far the more accomplished and complete consulting organisation, with a mature approach to career development. HP are a good technology company to work for, but they are relative newcomers to consulting and have a long way to go to compete with IBM.

Bon Chance.

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#7 Re: HP or IBM?
07/03/2003 00:00

Ravi

I work for HP's consulting organisation in the UK. It might not be as big as IBM, but it is a fun place to work. Think seriously about what you want to get from this experience. If you want to focus on one area, then IBM is better. HP will give you the chance to work across more than one area. They are a lot more flexible than IBM.

Taking a long term view, think about which company you would want to work for after graduation and target that. If you have accepted the offer from IBM, I would agree with sticking to it because it is professionally good value to be commited. But don't lose any opportunity to make this yr. work for you and give you the value you want.

Hope this helps.

Ravi

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#8 Re: HP or IBM?
07/03/2003 00:00

Ravi

I work for HP's consulting organisation in the UK. It might not be as big as IBM, but it is a fun place to work. Think seriously about what you want to get from this experience. If you want to focus on one area, then IBM is better. HP will give you the chance to work across more than one area. They are a lot more flexible than IBM. Taking a long term view, think about which company you would want to work for after graduation and target that. If you have accepted the offer from IBM, I would agree with sticking to it because it is professionally good value to be commited. But don't lose any opportunity to make this yr. work for you and give you the value you want. Hope this helps. Ravi

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#9 Re: HP or IBM?
09/03/2003 00:00

Mick

Thanks guys for all your thoughts! I actually had the flu and could not attend the HP interview, and since then IBM have come back and give me two job descriptions to choose from. Thanks again

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#10 Re: HP or IBM?
19/03/2003 00:00

Oh Religious one

Fate works in funny ways my friend

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