1. Can you tell me about your current position?
My current position is a software developer. My company is working on a web software application for managing personnel and contract information. I work as part of a small scrum team that builds new software releases every month. My job is particularly based around Java development, but I do use other technologies and languages as well.
2. What do you enjoy most about it?
I like the team work element. In my previous jobs, I didn't really have this kind of team spirit aspect, but in my current company, we're all working on the same project for the same release every month, solving the same problems together, having daily meetings as a team, etc., this all helps to build really strong relationships with the members I'm working with. I really enjoy this element of interacting with other people.
3. Why did you decide to join Skillhouse as a working staff?
Well, I received a recommendation from my previous share-house mate. He had worked with Skillhouse before, so I trusted his recommendation. He put me in touch with Skillhouse, and then they found me a job.
4. Did you have any reservations about joining as a temporary staff versus a permanent employee? If so, what are they?
No, I didn't have any negative connotations. To be honest, I didn't know very much about the Haken system, so I was dependent on Skillhouse to explain that to me. What was important at the time, was that I wanted to find a job. I needed to find a job before my visa expired, and Skillhouse was able to help me with that. That was the primary reason why I ended up choosing to work as a Haken staff.
5. Do you think there are benefits of working as a temporary staff versus a permanent employee? If so, what are they?
I think there are benefits, and it's probably going to depend on the company you're placed at. At my current company, the permanent employees have comparatively more responsibilities, although they do receive some extra benefits as well.
6. How is the working life different? How does the pay compare?
Only a little bit. One area where it differs in my company is that they occasionally have meeting for their all their employees, but they might not include the Haken staff. Also, there are certain benefits permanent employees get that Haken staff don't. For example, they have more flexible working hours. As a Haken staff, I'm contracted between 9:00 to 18:00, but the permanent employees have more flexibility and can request to work different hours. Also, I think the pay is mostly the same, but there are bonuses the permanent employees can receive, which Haken staff don't.
7. Are there any downfalls of working as a temporary staff?
I think the main disadvantage is that you have less stability with your contract. In my case, I started with a 3 month contract and it was recently renewed again for another 3 months. However, there's always the possibility that the contract may not be renewed. You don't know what necessarily will happen when the 3 months is over, so you can't really forecast what you will be doing in the next year.
8. How are your relationships with the other employees at the company you are placed at?
I think they're pretty good. Everyone is friendly. In my opinion, you have to be responsible for building your own relationships wherever you're working. I don't think this is something that differs whether you're a permanent employee or a Haken staff. I think if you make an effort to go and talk to people, you can build good relationships.
9. How has your experience been so far with the Skillhouse personnel team? Do you have any feedback for us?
I think it's been very positive. I'm always emailing them! They're always very friendly and they reply quickly. They answer my questions and respond to any concerns or inquiries I have, so it's been very positive and I have no complaints.
10. What advice would you give to anyone considering “Haken” work with Skillhouse?
I think when you're considering Haken work, you should first think carefully about what kind of job you're looking for, so that when you talk to an agency like Skillhouse, they can help you find a job you want. It's important to be able to communicate clearly to the agency, so having a good understanding about your expectations prior to starting your relationship with them is crucial.