Why work 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 9 offices worldwide: The HQ in Rotterdam (NL). London (UK), Gothenburg (SE), 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
  • We set industry standards when it comes to advanced modelling and conjoint analysis and are partners with Sawtooth Software, the biggest and most established developer of conjoint analysis software.
  • SKIMmers come from all over the world, we represent more than 30 nationalities
  • We have strong relations with ESOMAR; the global voice of the data, research and insights community
  • Our Headquarters in the Netherlands won an award for the healthiest company, based on our focus on work-life balance and health.
  • SKIM is an ambassador of Oxfam Novib; a global institute that encourages entrepreneurship to fight poverty

We want to be the experts in analyzing and predicting customer decision behavior in order to help leading companies perform better. SKIM people create and sustain a refreshingly human environment in which we take ownership, are inventive and collaborate in a global network.

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.