Academic Work Reviews

Updated May 11, 2015
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  1. As consultant for Academic Work I feel supported from my advisor.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Service Agent in Stockholm Arlanda (Sweden)
    Current Employee - Service Agent in Stockholm Arlanda (Sweden)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Academic Work full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You'll end up having colleagues in the range of your age and the same job experience. This makes the environment really fun and friendly.

    Cons

    The salary is really low in my opinion. And there is little chance of advancing to higher positions.


  2. Ok place to work during your first years.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant Manager in Gothenburg (Sweden)
    Former Employee - Consultant Manager in Gothenburg (Sweden)
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Academic Work full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    A strong positive culture with a lot of great people.

    Cons

    A high personnel turnover overall.


  3. Helpful (2)

    This company takes advantage of the Swedish employment market

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)
    Current Employee - Consultant in Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Academic Work full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    1. 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

    Cons

    1. 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 Management

    I'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.

    Academic Work Response

    Sep 23, 2014 – Operations Manager

    Hi and thank you for your comments, First of all I´d like to say that I´m happy to hear that we´ve been able to help you find a suitable job here in Sweden. It´s of course nice to hear that you ... More


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  5. Great career opportunities and great colleagues

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Academic Work full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    At 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.

    Cons

    Sometimes 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.


  6. Helpful (3)

    A company that needs to think about there employer brand

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant Manager Assistant in Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)
    Former Employee - Consultant Manager Assistant in Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Academic Work part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    When 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.

    Cons

    The 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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Good recruiting company for students

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Academic Work part-time

    Pros

    It 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.

    Cons

    A bit low payment even for students


  8. Helpful (1)

    Ambitious , warm and professional company!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Academic Work full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Many hours, a lot of pressure

    Advice to Management

    Keep the good work up, keep recognising good performances !!


  9. Helpful (1)

    Is true, its the home of young professionals!

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Academic Work part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    They 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.

    Cons

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


  10. Helpful (1)

    Great palace to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant Manager Assistant in Gothenburg (Sweden)
    Former Employee - Consultant Manager Assistant in Gothenburg (Sweden)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Academic Work part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There 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.

    Cons

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


  11. Helpful (2)

    Exciting and dynamic company!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Academic Work full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great 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.

    Cons

    Sometimes 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 Management

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



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