Working at SKIM

Call us chic geeks, we love what we do and it’s infectious. Committed to our analytical roots, we are constantly evolving, inventing, and innovating to help you perform better.
 

Some facts about SKIM

  • We were founded in 1979 in the Netherlands by our current Chairman, Dirk Huisman
  • SKIM has 8 offices worldwide: London (UK), Rotterdam (NL), Hoboken (USA), San Francisco (USA), Atlanta (USA), San José (Costa Rica), São Paulo (BR), and Singapore
  • We serve clients in the following industries: Consumer health, healthcare/pharmaceuticals, FMCG, telecoms, technology, and banking
  • Globally there are over 140 people working for the organization
  • Our corporate office, and the biggest in size, is in Rotterdam, the Netherlands
  • We set industry standards when it comes to conjoint analysis and are partners with Sawtooth Software, the biggest and most established developer of conjoint analysis software

SKIM is a true global network organization consisting of intrinsically motivated, whole-brained and fanalytical professionals. SKIM people take ownership, are inventive and collaborate in our refreshingly human environment which offers flexibility, autonomy, fun, intellectual challenge and room for an individualized growth path.
 

What makes SKIM a great company to work for?

 
We work in very tight-knit teams and socializing is as important to us as enjoying work.

We have quarterly team building events, monthly drinks in the office, and an annual team building event with colleagues from other offices. Besides, we see ourselves as a group of friends, not just colleagues, and schedule weekend trips together.

For example, after two city trips to Budapest and Prague, the UK team is looking to schedule a camping trip in the UK and hopefully another city-trip in a different country!
 

SKIM offers great training opportunities as we want to develop our staff in the best way possible

 
All new hires on analyst and managing level will attend SKIMone, a training week in our corporate office in the Netherlands. New hires consecutively experience working in other industries and get to know our conjoint experts who build complex models for companies like BCG and McKinsey.

This allows you to quickly establish an internal network of experts so you know where to go in case you need help on any work. Our SKIMcampus provides you to share and gain knowledge with SKIM globally.
 

SKIM is one of the more methodologically advanced market research agencies out there

 
We are constantly looking to innovate. Our methodologists are known in the industry for some of the most advanced conjoint models out there and companies like BCG and McKinsey turn to us when a conjoint study gets too complex.

Our team of highly skilled software developers are constantly developing new software tools to make our day-to-day task easier and quicker to perform.
 

SKIM takes work-life balance very seriously, the company is founded based on this

 
SKIM’s founder, Dirk Huisman, started the company 38 years ago based on the notion that he wanted to do challenging and interesting work, but also have time to enjoy his hobbies and private life.

These core values are in our DNA and a good work-life balance is vital for us. We all know that projects have deadlines and that sometimes overtime is needed to deliver good results. At SKIM we offer the possibility to compensate a busy period with taking time off when it is less busy!
 

Hands-on experience with all aspects of a project makes you an all-rounded professional

 
At SKIM we don’t pass on tasks between divisions. For example, we don’t have a ‘programming division’ or a ‘charting department’.

We work in project teams where we do all the work ourselves, from programming a survey to building slides and extracting insights. This allows the project senior to maintain a strong ownership of their study and offer flexibility when responding to client requests.
 

SKIM puts focus on the health of employees and we often participate in sporting events

 
In 2015, a group of 15 SKIM employees ran the RopaRun, which is a relay race of 560 km from Paris to Rotterdam, which needs to be completed in 24 hours (which we managed to do!).

Besides our running activities every now and then, we provide yoga or hold small sports tournaments. We gladly encourage you to participate in any sporting events SKIM is involved with, whether it’s organized by SKIM or your own initiative.
 

SKIM offers you autonomy and flexibility in your work

 
People at SKIM take ownership of the work they are responsible for. Therefore, we offer the flexibility and autonomy to set your own working hours (within reason) to best fit your personal schedule, taking into account your fellow team members and clients. As we’re all doing this together and for each other!
 

SKIM offers a competitive base-salary and benefits package

 
Besides the flexibility we offer and our focus on providing you with a healthy work-life balance, we offer a competitive base salary. And, if SKIM does well, that means you do well!  When possible, we offer annual profit sharing to all our employees, something which is not commonly offered by other companies for new and junior employees.