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18 people found this helpful  

Worst Job Ever - I'd rather clean muck from a horse stall than work for them.

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Search Engine Evaluator in Pleasanton, CA
Current Employee - Search Engine Evaluator in Pleasanton, CA

I have been working at Leapforce

Pros

1) You can work when you want, and wear your pajamas.
2) The people you work with are ALL smart. You can't work there unless you're smart.
3) Some of the work is interesting.
4) You get to find out the secrets behind Google and what it does...
5) A screen shows you each day what you're doing good and where you are doing bad.

Cons

1) You get hired thinking you'll work a full day - but find you sometimes don't live up to their unreasonably high quality standards - have a less than perfect ( 100% of the time 100% right ) then you'll find yourself with one hour or 30 minutes or NO work each day. Don't count on this job as a real income producer.
2) You can be fired on any day for any reason. You may have bad demographics, you might have posted on a message board, had a less than perfect review or slow in your time performing tasks.
3) You have a NDA that won't let you talk about your job outside of their "Private" chat room which is overrun by bullies and know it alls. Good at times - but there are people with no life and lurk on the chat room and observe 24/7 - you are being watched. You can't say anything "con-leapforce" or you can find yourself fired
3) Virtual friends, seem like friends, but can sometimes be your worst enemies.
4) Older people make fun of the new people when they ask simple "newbie" questions.
5) Form letters from the administrators.
6) Network of workers that share information (off the grid) and have an advantage over others. See.. they know all the secrets to get around the gmail and google spiderweb. ( multiple computers is a hint)
7) Worst, you work hard reading all these hundreds of pages of guidelines, all not paid time, you get psyched and start your work only to feel defeated each day and fear every time you sit down. It is the most stressful job I've ever had and I was in the military for 22 years.
8) You are timed for every task - sometimes 60-90 seconds and if you go over... BAD - if you go under - BAD - people have all sorts of elaborate ways to keep their time in the "just right" place
9) This is no job for sissies. I think if you can't find any other work or have to work from home because you are disabled or have a family, you can try this. I guarantee you won't enjoy it.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

It actually doesn't matter, they don't care what you think - you are disposable in the current job market and they know it.

Doesn't Recommend

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  1. 9 people found this helpful  

    Great work from home freedom, but poorly managed

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Search Engine Evaluator in Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Search Engine Evaluator in Pleasanton, CA

    I have been working at Leapforce

    Pros

    The best aspect of working for Leapforce, Inc. is that you can work from home or really anywhere as long as you have a computer and an Internet connection. You can work as little as a few hours a week or well over 40. It's a good job to have when you're in-between things, as the pay is okay and you can full-time job hunt more easily than if you're working a normal nine-to-five job.

    Cons

    You are a contract worker. This means that even if you work over 40 hours a week you will receive no benefits -- ever. The base hourly pay is pretty decent, but when you factor in that Leapforce, Inc., doesn't allow you do withholding, you can look forward to getting hit on your taxes come April.

    Since the work mainly revolves around ranking and categorizing search results, you figure the instruction and documentation would be pretty clear. Not so. I have hundreds of pages of PDF instructions explaining how to do various tasks for the company. It's one thing to be thorough, but quite another to burden you workers with so much documentation.

    Another major problem is the employee metric system. For every kind of task you do (and there's quite a few), Leapforce, Inc., ranks your performance. This system seems to be pretty haphazard. It's mainly based around ranking your speed and quality of work. You'll assume you're doing fine and then it will tell you you're too slow or your quality isn't good enough. This can result in a lot of stress on the worker's end, as it's nearly impossible to have glowing metrics in every task category. For instance, if you take your time to do a task then your quality goes up, but your speed down. If you rush through a task, your speed goes up but your quality down. It can be hard find a happy, Goldilocks kind of medium.

    Some tasks are extremely poorly designed and the instructions are not well written. However, there's no way for employees to revise the documentation. You can submit a suggestion via e-mail to management, but I never got a response to a single suggestion.

    Leapforce, Inc., requires that you keep your own time card. This actually isn't uncommon for freelance-type employees, but it's more a con than a pro, so that's why it's in this section. Leapforce, Inc., requires you to log-in and monitors your time on their end. So, in essence, they already know how many hours you've worked in a pay period and what kind of task you're doing, yet you have to keep a time card on your end describing how long you worked on a particular type of task.

    Another problem with the time card is that it functions as your invoicing system and you're only allowed to submit one invoice a month. Throw in the fact that it generally takes Leapforce, Inc., anywhere from two weeks to a full month to process your invoice and then finally mail you a check (there's no direct deposit) and waiting for your pay can be excruciating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trim down the excessive documentation. There is simply way too much information for employees to sort through. The more information you ask someone to process, the more confusing it's going to be for them at the end of the day. Also, offer more cash bonuses to your employees. Since your workers are contract and there are no real benefits (401k, health care, etc.), this would be a welcome incentive for employees. Respond to suggestions in a timely manner as well. Speed up the processing of invoice payments. There's no reason it should take anywhere from two weeks to a month to mail a check to an employee.

  2.  

    Good for a student or to make some money more without much effort

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Search Engine Rater in Rome (Italy)
    Current Employee - Search Engine Rater in Rome (Italy)

    I have been working at Leapforce as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    decent minute by minute pay, you can work from home sitting at your desk, they pay you with NET30 (usually on about the 25th of the month after the one you worked)

    Cons

    Need to study for a week or more to take the exam to get hired which is not very easy to pass, sometimes the tasks are boring, sometimes there are no task available and you're not able to work.

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    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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