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Academic Work Reviews

Updated Jul 16, 2014
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3.1 12 reviews

50% Approve of the CEO

Academic Work CEO and Founder Johan Skarborg

Johan Skarborg

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50% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Great career opportunities and great colleagues

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)

    ProsAt Academic Work I'm surrounded by great people. Not just good at their jobs but truly great colleagues that are welcoming and easy to bond with. It creates a sense of "we" and friendships are easy to create.

    It's relatively easy to make a career internally at Academic Work and they promote internal personell and hire internally for most positions.

    Good salaries overall and great cultural benefits such as events, trips etc. but pretty standard in monetary benefits comparing to other consulting firms and agencies but would probably be rated high compared to overall job market.

    Good leadership with high ambition.

    ConsSometimes leaders lack experience due to inexperience and juniority. Some feel stressed in the beginning of their careers not being used to work in such a goal oriented organisation.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    This company takes advantage of the Swedish employment market

    Consultant (Current Employee) Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)

    Pros1. Easy way to get a job in Sweden, specially for immigrants- since it is very hard
    2. The account manager in charge of ones contract is very nice and attentive always helping and answering questions
    3. They plan activities for the consultants, most people working are young so is fun to meet other consultants
    4. Have access to good companies- I see it as a way to have experience for some moths nothing else

    Cons1. The salary is super low. for a 4 year experience as finance assistant/ secretary, administrative they pay 120 kr the hour! this includes a bachelor degree and in most cases even a master.
    2. There is no room for negotiation of your contract or salary and it is clear they are making money out of low salaries- its also due to the overload of non Swedish looking for jobs in english
    3. Unstable contracts - this is the new rule in the job market in Sweden. The company hires one of this intermediary companies and then gives small contracts to a consultant. Is a terrible system and one can only wish for the day this is banned.
    4. Sometimes the communication on feedback and happy messages from the account manager seem too much- its like they are forcing them to do this. it kind of feels like one of this always smile rules of fast food chain restaurants.
    5. The company has a small project in Africa and the employees visit the site sometimes. I can only think this is just to compensate in their minds for the low salaries they pay in Sweden. at least they do something.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI'm not sure about management inside of the company, but I know what I have experienced as a "consultant" - is sad to hear that a young company is also doing what others are, (and in a worst way!) just for the sake of making money. it doesn't matter how many happy messages you send to your consultants- you are still taking a huge chunk of their salaries. Even is this is accepted as a rule in the market.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Made me feel like a wasn't a person.

    Account Manager (Former Employee) Helsinki, Southern Finland (Finland)

    ProsThe people who work there before they get eaten up, chewed and spat out.

    ConsThey have a culture of covering up bad press, bad experiences and everything is kept in house. As seen here by the reply to one negative review from their representatives. They are cons and disingenuous.

    Employees are worked until they are nothing but dust from their former self. To quote what I was told more than once by my team leader "You need to be allowed to be brainwashed into our culture". Especially account managers are harassed to work long hours and you are made to feel like a maggot if you're not among the five best each week.

    Pay is bad whilst they make it sound as if you can become a high earner with little effort during the interview phase.

    Once someone gets let go, their clients are handed out to the senior account managers who just grow their own commission by cannibalising others out of the company. I'd not treat my worst enemy with as little dignity as this.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop psychologically terrorising your employees. There are so many broken people in your organisation. It is sad and you are playing with the happiness and well being of other humans.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A company that needs to think about there employer brand

    Consultant Manager Assistant (Former Employee) Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)

    ProsWhen you are young and new in your career, this gives you the opportunity to learn a lot and fast. You quickly get a lot of responsibilities.

    ConsThe management don't have the experience our the support from the top management to help the employees when challenges rises. When I worked as an assistant I worked a little with scheduling the consultant that was working on assignment. If they called in sick, I was asked to tell them that if they have a fever, they can take an aspirin and then go to work.

    There were also other assistants and other employees that from one day to another just quit. The explanation then came in an email to all the employees and said "XXX didn't measure up to mine and Academic Works great expectation." This made me as recently employed very anxious and afraid to lose my job as well. I also think that it wasn't fair to the former employees integrity to email the whole office. When I spoke to some of the employees that had to quit they were very unsure of why there employment got terminated, and they also felt that they didn't get a good explanation or a warning before the decision was made.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    If you want to be treated like a dog then this is the right place for you.

    Account Manager (Current Employee)

    ProsAbsolutely nothing. This is the first time I ever can say this about a job but I truly mean it. This place is so bad you would not as a sound minded person set foot into it.

    Cons- Only thing that matters is how much you sell. If it is a bad month and customers are on vacation you will get threats about getting fired if you don't perform.

    - They have so called values of "Show Heart", "Beat Yesterday" and "Show Energy" these are repeated day in and day out like a religion. If you have a bad day you'll be asked how can you do better tomorrow instead of being asked how can we help you to do better.

    - Salary is ridiculous. They promise mountains of gold but it will take you at least 12 months to get good pay. If you get above 2000 € a month the first six months you're lucky.

    - Senior management are all from within the business without any experience form any other company or industry. They are brainwashed to brain wash you.

    - If you're offered a sales job at this place, no matter what they say you'll be a phone slave.

    - Lunch is said to be 1 hour. But if you take the length of lunch stated in the contract you'll be seen as a slacker and they'll give a hint in your next performance review that you'll get fired if you don't work harder.

    - Working hours are 8 hrs. a day. But if you leave after 8 hrs. you'll be seen as a slacker and not worth a dime.

    This is genuinely the worst and most horrible place I've ever worked at. I've never been treated so badly in my whole professional career. This is a modern day gulag and nothing else. I've never seen as many unhappy people in my life as in this place. They all put on a brave face but they all struggle to make their rent and get food on the table. If there is one truly disgraceful employer in the Nordic countries it is this place. Do yourself a favour and stay away.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat your people like humans. Focus on the good and not only the bad. Stop thinking that your "Values" are so special, they're just words that you try to make into a religion.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

    Academic Work Human Resource Manager responded to this review

    Mar 14, 2014

    Dear Account manager,

    At first, I would like to emphasize that I take your comment very seriously. This is definitely not how we want to act or be perceived and I would like to get in contact with
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    Good recruiting company for students

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsIt is a recruitment consulting company so you are hired by them but work for other companies. It is a great way for a student to get into the labour market. The recruitment process was fast and most of the recruiters were very helpful.

    ConsA bit low payment even for students

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    Ambitious , warm and professional company!

    Account Manager (Current Employee)

    ProsThe experience
    The salary
    The coworkers
    The ambition
    The culture
    The professionalism
    The generosity

    ConsMany hours, a lot of pressure

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep the good work up, keep recognising good performances !!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Is true, its the home of young professionals!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThey really have a lot of jobs for people who just graduated. It is easy to find interesting jobs and you can really tell what they are focused on, students and young professionals.

    ConsSometimes you don't know wich company the are recruting for, but on some ads you can tell. Its better when you can.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great palace to work

    Consultant Manager Assistant (Former Employee) Gothenburg (Sweden)

    ProsThere are many pros with working within Academic Work. As a consultant manager assistant you get to try on a various of tasks and really get to work with the whole recruitment process. As a student I thought it was very valuable to see "the real" world and practice the things I learnd in school at work. Academic Work also has a strong culture, and reward you if you do good things.

    ConsThe culture , I guess, can be perceived as too strong. Either you love it or you don´t.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Exciting and dynamic company!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat company with amazing opportunity’s and a fantastic culture!
    There is a strong (almost obsessed) focus on development and growth combined with a very dedicated staff.
    The executive management team has identified that Academic Work is in an unique position to fill the void between traditional consulting companies and staffing companies and the outlook for the next decade is extremely positive.

    ConsSometimes the tremendous focus on growth can create problems when things are moving too fast.
    The ratio of inexperienced managers also presents a problem in certain situations.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep promoting young talent from within to new management positions but don’t forget to sprinkle in a “silver fox” every now and then.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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