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Stable company that values its employees

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC

I have been working at American Journal Experts full-time

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Recommends
Positive Outlook

Pros

- Remote work environment but you can go in to the office if you want.
- Everyone is so nice and helpful!
- A job where you truly feel like you're making a measurable difference.
- Management is transparent and really puts themselves out there, allowing for people to hold them accountable for decisions.
- Free food, fridge full of beer and sodas =)
- Wear a t-shirt and jeans. No one is going to judge you. If you dress nice, several people will compliment you.
- Everyone around you is really really smart.

Cons

- If you are not a self starter, you'll probably not get anything done. True of any remote work environment I suppose.
- Office wireless is horrible, but they are apparently fixing this one soon.
- Benefits are not as good as if you worked for a corporation.
- No 401K matching yet.
- For a company that has so many young people working for them, there is no gym membership benefit. Pretty much every other Durham company does this. Keep the employees healthy!

Advice to Management

Keep up the good work, communicate decisions down the ladder earlier, pay someone to clean the fridge so we don't have two week old Indian food in there.

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    Little pay. Little appreciation of employees.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Contract Editor
    Former Contractor - Contract Editor

    I worked at American Journal Experts as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    - Convenience of working at home

    - Flexible hours & workload. Your desired weekly workload can be adjusted anytime you log into the company's website.

    - The quality of my own master's thesis, which I'm almost finished with, probably benefited from editing so many scientific manuscripts. I learned to improve my own paper-writing skills by doing this job.

    - My resume looks slightly better now that I've added "Editor" to my work experience section. This should be helpful, especially for life-long students, such as myself, with minimal past employment. This job is for desperate grad students only - desperate for an additional something to slap onto their resumes in the hope that it might impress future employers. That describes my reasoning when I took this job, so for that reason, truthfully, I actually didn't mind being underpaid. (If you're looking for money, though, look elsewhere).

    Cons

    - Considering all the hours I've poured into these editing assignments, I've calculated that I consistently got paid less than minimum wage (It's not surprising to see that this is a common complaint among the other reviewers). My friend makes more money working at Wal-Mart. Considering that this is a masters-to-PhD-level job, that's pretty bad. And to top it off, this job offers no benefits either (unsurprisingly).

    - You get paid based on the word count of the original unedited paper, not on the difficulty of the paper. The time spent on each assignment ranges quite a bit, because although a few papers may be decent to begin with, many of them are written in nearly unintelligible English, likely translated by some sort of translation software (e.g., Google Translate), not by a human being. The dollars you receive per hour of work drops severely for papers like that.

    - I've already said that I didn't actually mind getting underpaid and was fully aware that I was being exploited... so why is my rating of AJE so negative, you ask? Let me tell you... It's because even though I honestly put in the same amount of effort into each assignment, somehow I ended up with wildly different scores on my assignments, ranging from "better than acceptable" to "very poor." Your quality score is important because it determines whether you get bonus money - and whether you get to be employed at all.

    Maybe you can see where this is headed... but here goes... Unfortunately, I've recently become the victim of some overzealous managing editor(s) who unfairly gave me low scores on my recent assignments, and as a consequence, I've been fired (or as they put it, "inactivated"). Yes, just two bad scores in a row and they kicked me out! It doesn't even matter to them that for the assignment immediately preceding those two bad ones, I received a good score and a "Good job!" message from the managing editor. My scores really depended more on each particular managing editor's attitude than on the quality of my work.

    What do I mean when I say some of the managing editors are "overzealous?" Well, I actually took the time to review the managing editors' adjustments on my poorly scoring papers and found most of their "corrections" to be the unnecessary kind (i.e., rewriting sentences without changing the meaning or improving the clarity at all).

    I worked for them for six months. It's a shame that they ignored all my decent scores up until now and got rid of me just because of a couple of recent bad scores that I didn't really deserve. Frankly, I'm still a bit baffled about why they'd treat me this way.

    Advice to Management

    I don't think anyone expects to stick around with this job for long. The pay is too dismal. As soon as any of us finds a real job, we're outta there. Having said that, why would you get rid of someone like me, who not only does decent work, but actually doesn't mind sticking around a while longer? Even among the desperate grad student crowd, I bet that's pretty rare. Learn to treat your employees better, that's my advice.


  2. Excellent holdover but also great income supplement

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Editor in Durham, NC
    Current Contractor - Editor in Durham, NC

    I have been working at American Journal Experts as a contractor

    Positive Outlook
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    •Endless flexibility in terms of timing and location
    •Managers really try to work with you and improve contractors' experience
    •You choose your level of involvement and workload

    Cons

    •Editing work can sometimes be mindless
    •It's really necessary to work efficiently for the pay to be worth it
    •Evaluation standards often differ between managers, which can be frustrating and lead to a feeling of instability

    Advice to Management

    Be more communicative about promotion possibilities.


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