We know recruiters have a bad reputation. We're committed to changing this narrative. At Academy, every candidate matters to us. We ensure transparent, timely, and respectful communication with clear feedback about your candidacy at every step of the hiring process. If you have questions about your candidacy, our business model, or about the role we will be there to answer them for you.
Knowing our field inside out is not just our strength, but also our commitment. Our team consists of industry experts who not only understand the nuances of the UX field, but also speak your language. This expertise enables us to bridge the trust gap often seen in traditional recruitment processes.
We believe that career guidance should not be a privilege, but a standard. That's why we provide all our candidates with feedback at every stage of their journey. Our expert recruiters provide thoughtful feedback and constructive advice to help enhance your skills, boost your confidence, and improve your candidacy.
Traditional recruiting often hinges on a contingency model, which does not incentivize spending quality time with candidates. At Academy, we work in a different model that prioritizes the candidate experience. We invest significant time in understanding each candidate's unique skills, passions, and needs to align them with the most suitable opportunities.
Whether you're seeking freelance or full-time opportunities, we cater to your needs. Be it a fresh full-time role at a company, a chance to be part of our in-house Studio team, or a short/long-term contract assignment, we have a range of options for you.
We believe in fair pay and strive to match industry benchmarks. Contractors compensation will be negotiated based on our client's project budget and we will assist those seeking a full-time role with salary negotiations.
For contractors, partnering with us makes you a temporary (W2) employee of Academy. As an added advantage, our employees are eligible for benefits such as accrued sick leave, state unemployment (if applicable), and workers compensation.
While we strive to provide comprehensive feedback to all candidates, the depth of our feedback is tailored to the stage you reach in our application process. Here's what you can expect:
If you apply without a portfolio or with work that doesn't meet our evaluation criteria, or don't have the requisite work experience we'll direct you to relevant articles to help you improve.
For those with adequate work and experience that falls short in other areas like "i.e visual design ability, storytelling, or organization, lack of specific work experience like B2C, SaaS, 0-1" we'll provide articles along with written feedback to guide your improvement.
Candidates who meet our evaluation criteria and proceed to the interview stage will receive a combination of verbal, written, and article-based feedback for a well-rounded evaluation.
We place talent in both fulltime and freelance roles. In full-time roles, we assist you in negotiating a competitive salary that aligns with your qualifications.
For freelance roles, it's important to us that you're paid fairly, and we strive to match industry averages. We will negotiate your rate depending on what our clients project budget and the market will bear.
Working with us as a freelancer means you'll be a Temporary (W2) Employee of Academy. As a benefit to our temporary employees you will be eligible for the following: accrued sick leave, state unemployment (if applicable), and workers compensation.
We care deeply about the talent we work with and want to ensure that that each and every person will be setup to succeed with our clients. We promise to be honest, thorough and give you clear next steps or feedback on your candidacy.
We review each application, putting special emphasis on our evaluation criteria.
Successful candidates will be invited to a interview with our recruiting team and have an opportunity to share their work and experience with us.
Once approved by our recruiting team candidates will be invited to present a case study to the Academy hiring manager.
If approved for hire, candidates will be presented with opportunties that align with their passions and skillsets.
Candidates will be presented to our clients hiring manager as a candidate to be interviewed. If accepted they will go through the clients interview process.
If selected, we will onboard the candidate to Academy or help you negotiate your full-time compensation and start date with our clients HR team.
Learn about opportunties with Academy and our clients.
Academy offers a rare blend of professional growth opportunities alongside mentorship and personalized career support. The team is incredibly knowledgeable and also takes interest in the personal and professional growth of the freelancers that they work with. In a moment of transition in my career from Innovation Strategy to UX Research, Academy helped me articulate my goals and provided me with the opportunities to see them through while working with incredible clients and designers. I would highly recommend Academy to any freelance or full-timers looking to expand their portfolio of work.
Academy presented me with great opportunities that I would not have found otherwise, with a clientele ranging from specialized design boutiques to Big Tech, and with the flexibility of working with different types of engagements for both short and long-term assignments. I cannot recommend it enough to other creatives looking to make their next big career move.
I have been fortunate enough to work with Academy for over 4 years, and through them have worked with some of the best agencies and clients in my career. Academy is able to maintain a high standard for both talent and clients and is a strong advocate for forward-thinking design and processes. As a freelancer, navigating career progression and client relationships is exceptionally difficult but Academy has always advocated for me as a designer and always puts the talent first. They also go above and beyond by providing mentorship and advice that has propelled my career forward. It is a privilege to work with Academy and look forward to continuing our relationship.
Working with Academy has been a phenomenal experience. I was able to grow a lot as a designer working on cool future-facing projects along with an exciting client. I would definitely recommend Academy to other designers looking to hone in on their craft.
The team at Academy paired me with a dream project - a project I probably would never have been matched with otherwise. Academy's infrastructure is as streamlined as a big company but as intimate as a startup. It's really nice to know that there's a team out there really putting in the work to find a great fit both for the freelance side and the client-side.
When I teamed up with Academy, I just started freelancing after burning out from my job. Two years later, I’m now working with the C suite of some of the most influential companies in the world. Academy stuck with me through the highs and the lows along my journey and provided me with opportunities that are second to none.
With Academy, I’ve experienced a proactive, transparent, and supportive agency that provides top-tier opportunities. As a freelancer, Academy played a huge role in not only providing opportunities that are rewarding and satisfying but also supporting me outside of the office. My relationship with Academy has been great, they’re a perfect agency to grow as a freelance designer. I’m looking forward to more opportunities with them and would recommend them to any designer without reservation.