I'm growing quite irritated so I'd appreciate any input please..
I accepted a written (conditional) job offer with Company X more than 2 weeks ago and there's no contract in sight. Since there was no contract and no info, I followed up with the recruiter with hiring manager in cc - and got a reply that blamed back-end office issues, implied another delay of up to 2 weeks and sounded rather defensive. My start date is to be delayed by at least 3 weeks.
I submitted documents for a background check a month ago (both me and the position is in EU but the company is originally based in the US). The company conducting the check is known to be problematic and the uni where I got my Masters degree apparently changed the name 3 years ago (= the uni name on the diploma doesn't exist anymore, which I only found out today).
For context, I worked for this company previously as a contractor, have glowing internal references and love the team I'd work with. However, the recruitment is leaving a bad taste in my mouth - the entire process is sloppy, delayed and the recruiter has shown questionable practices such as always replying within 1-2 weeks but pressuring me to decide on the offer within a day due to their PTO, or visible confusion about both the package and the position. I'm also baffled by the tone of the last e-mail.
Is there something fishy going on? Is it just a stuck background check? I'm currently employed but not happy in the job - I was much happier in the Company X...