Universum

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Universum Reviews

Updated June 6, 2014
Updated June 6, 2014
22 Reviews

2.8
22 Reviews
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  1.  

    If you like structure, don't bother.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)

    Pros

    Fun, young and international crowd makes for an enjoyable environment if that's what you're after. Great location in the heart of Stockholm. If you are proactive and can deal without structure then this is a good place to start.

    Cons

    Like most companies they have wonderful sounding values that are barely evident in the office. Seems that most managers don't really make the time to actually manage and support their employees very well.

    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Misguided management, unfulfilling work, lack of growth opportunities

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Flexibility to work remotely. There are some smart/fun people on the team. You can get exposure to HR professionals at a lot of different industries.

    Cons

    No robust strategy or an understanding of how to grow the business. Disconnect between upper management and the team - a ton of bureaucracy and politics even though the office is mid-sized. Things do not get done efficiently. Most people do not really want to be there so the office culture is not positive. The pay is generally below market value.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not just talk about the company's core values - your values should not be words on a poster, but should actually reflect the office culture. Stop sacrificing long-term relationships for short term sales.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Lots of freedom - very poor management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Freedom to find own solutions which leaves room for creativity. The operational staff on the ground has a very friendly atmosphere, young employees, although different locations lead to challenges in communication.

    Cons

    The company is very poorly managed. There are big differences in what company offers and talks about (employer branding as employer of choice) and what it practices internally. No clear career paths and very little product innovation/new thinking. Company has a serious retention and staffing problem in key roles. HR role largely disconnected from staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Without training, competitive benefits, and stimulating environment, the company will never be able to compete in the future. It is your job to set up an environment where employees can develop and with them the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Fast moving organization

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Lots of freedom is given to the team members, great feedback culture and a management that is working hard for the companies success

    Cons

    A better on boarding as well candidate experience. Also the company needs to be better in sharing knowledge internally

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I believe the management are on the right track and have learned to focus an fewer things to get things off the ground

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Project Manger

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)

    Pros

    Entrepreneurial and growing
    Young employees that gets good connection with more senior staff
    Good spirit
    International both in terms of employees and locations

    Cons

    Could be more open about international career paths
    As you can read among reviews, the line between being intern and full-time is not always communicated good enough, I started as an intern but was viewed as full-time very fast.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk more to employees and more sharing among offices

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great opportunity to be challenged and make a difference every day!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations  in  Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)
    Current Employee - Operations in Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)

    Pros

    Innovative work Environment, Great people, Opportunity to be challenged

    Cons

    Sometimes silo thinking, sometimes too much freedom

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    make sure to keep the innovative Environment and the people

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Young, international, flexible company which lacks of qualified staff and competent managers

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Flexible working conditions, young employees, very international, gives high responsibility to its employees on ambitious projects and exposure to high level clients and contacts

    Cons

    several issues with poor management or middle management, heavy workloads and high-presure on the employees, limited possibilities in terms of training and development, lack of professionalism due to unexperienced staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure the managers and middle managers understand their role and are suited and experienced for the job, and ensure they also get enough follow-ups, support and training. Improve recruitment of skilled and experienced staff. Don't give highest responsibilities and strategic developments to new onboared trainees/students.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Decent company, but very unstructured / unprofessional

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern Task Group  in  Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)
    Current Employee - Intern Task Group in Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)

    Pros

    -Very international
    -Fast moving
    -Low level of hierarchy

    Cons

    -Unprofessional and unstructured as a whole company. Both in how they arrange and implement strategy and how they do the order of jobs.
    -Unclear future prospect

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Concerning the internship program, Stockholm office.

    In the future it could be a good idea to start planning and focusing on an internship program before actually putting a vacancy on the internet. If the order of tasks is as mixed up as an actual job I would not advice anybody ever to take a position at Universum

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Universum

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The people at Universum are great.

    Cons

    The company does not invest in the employees. You don't get anything back from the company, but are expected to work overtime etc.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Summer trainee

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Summer Trainee  in  Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)
    Current Employee - Summer Trainee in Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)

    Pros

    Flexible, a lot of autonomy, young environment, putting efforts in the HR.

    Cons

    Lack of structure and management, profitable but barely, really high turnover of employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clearer split of departments

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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