LiveWorld Reviews

Updated March 8, 2014
Updated March 8, 2014
11 Reviews

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    On-line moderation

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Social Media Moderator  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Social Media Moderator in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at LiveWorld as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Work is flexible to a certain degree. You can become as involved or as disconnected from the rest of the moderators as you choose. Of course working from home is always a plus.

    Cons

    The pay isn't that great and there is no chance of moving up from moderation. There also is no such thing as a raise for good performance. It's basically shift work so you are tide to a set time. A weekends are a must and sometimes you work odd hours.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Worse than A Certain Massive Retailer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Social Media Moderator  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Social Media Moderator in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at LiveWorld part-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The ability to work from home and request days off without getting a ding is the only reason I remained with them for so long.

    Cons

    No benefits, literally nothing: no healthcare, no vacation days or sick days, no raises (over tens years and the only raise I received was when my state increased minimum wage... So I got a raise to match the new minimum wage - if you look at the salaries here on Glassdoor, you'll see the crazy disparity between hourly and salary employees), no 401k, no training opportunities, nothing. Not permitted to work full-time or get overtime (except around Black Friday).

    No room for advancement based on time with the company, skills, or ability to learn. Only advancement is via a "who you know" process, again, quite literally. They recently offered moderators a chance for an advanced role, and the email that went out to every moderator said the managers would look at applications and vote on their favorites based on what they personally knew about each mod - no interview process.

    No regular review process where you can learn what you're doing right, only the out-of-the-blue emails that tell you when you've made a mistake. Fear culture at its best.

    Micro-management and forcing moderators to stick to a copy-and-paste script. They say you can deviate from the script, but it's when you do that they find the most errors, so out of fear, most mods stick to the canned responses.

    No loyalty or rewards to long time hourly employees.

    Huge competition for hours. As soon as a schedule is released, if you are not immediately in the scheduling system grabbing unclaimed shifts, you have no chance to get them. This is because they hire far more mods than required. For example, a recent client wanted their social media accounts moderated for 15 hours a week. One moderator could easily do that, offering the company a great and consistent experience. Instead, Liveworld hired 15 mods for the position. The contract soon ended because of the poor quality of engagement from many of the mods.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Place as much value in your mods - the face of your clients and your company - as you do in your salaried employees and you will have a much better "product."

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Dead End

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at LiveWorld full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Remote working, flexibility, great, friendly moderation staff.

    Cons

    No appreciable upward movement. Over 8 years in and pay was essentially the same. You're expected to be flexible and quick thinking but that's not reflected in the rate of pay. No benefits, no real communication between management and moderation staff. Who you know can be more important for what little room for advancement than how you do your job. Merit means nothing. Looking for a minimum wage job but don't want to flip burgers? This is it. Division between corporate management and moderation staff is deeply rooted and nearly impossible to work through. No sense of Loyalty. No attempt to retain those who could truly benefit the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to communicate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Years later, still no salary increase

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at LiveWorld

    Pros

    Ability to work at home, demonstrate accountability and responsibility, stay current with the world of Web 2.0 and make my own hours to some degree.

    Cons

    No promotions, no salary increases, no respect, no trust, no faith in employees, no common courtesy. Consistent peon treatment with no recourse, no accountability and no satisfaction. This is a true blue internet sweat shop and while there are things they do on the surface to make themselves feel better, nothing ever really changes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 6 people found this helpful  

    Was okay

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at LiveWorld part-time

    Pros

    The job was a Remote job.
    The schedule was a flexible schedule.
    The work was easy work.
    The job was fun to do.

    Cons

    A big con is the Pay and benefits.
    There didn't seem to be many growth opportunities.
    There wasn't much support from management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at LiveWorld as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    The majority of the staff is very helpful and kind.
    Work on your own schedule.
    Yearly training for new and seasoned workers.

    Cons

    Pay never changes.
    No raise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Way to Start A Career in Moderation

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Moderator  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Moderator in San Jose, CA

    I worked at LiveWorld part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - They hire people with little to no past moderation experience which is a very great way to get your foot in the door of this industry

    - You get to work from home

    - There are many diverse clients on all sorts of social platforms which makes work interesting

    Cons

    - Extremely low pay compared to their competitors

    - Part time work and hours can vary from week to week

    - Some of the managers and chat leads are difficult to work with due to personality clashes and styles but this can be said about many jobs so it is not unique to LiveWorld

    - Communication is hard to come by. Weekly or even monthly team meetings would be useful to get everyone on the same page. Many times, policies and rules vary from lead to lead and manager to manger due to miscommunication. Hosting meetings consistently for the mods would help alleviate this

    - There is no incentive to stay with the company long-term. There is no pay raises and promotions are rare. From my understanding someone working there 8 years gets the same rate of pay as someone who just started yesterday. That is disheartening and fosters some of the negativity that can be seen among some of the mods.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Getting the mods, chat leads, and managers on the same page regarding policies and procedures should be priority. Host consistent weekly or monthly meetings with the mods to ensure they are all on the same page. Give incentives such as performance-based raises or even longevity raises to those who have been there for more than a couple of years.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Strong Company with extremely gifted and talented group of Directors, Managers, Techs and staff.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Moderator  in  San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Moderator in San Antonio, TX

    I have been working at LiveWorld part-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Schedule flexibility- New Faces/Fresh Concepts- Respect - Responsible co-workers and Managers - Innovative and creative ideas - Positive, open minded mind- sets.

    Cons

    Lack of company events, ie. gatherings, chats and general social mingling. Some communication interpretation issues - at times. New ideas versus outdated concepts and strategies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Seeking your advice and accolades. Thank you for being cheerful and upbeat!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Focus in Social Media

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Social Media Moderator  in  California, MD
    Current Employee - Social Media Moderator in California, MD

    I have been working at LiveWorld part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    1) Self-expression and sharing themselves,

    2) Friends

    3) Attention

    Cons

    less hours of duty .. need more hours to work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    LiveWorld is a great place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I worked at LiveWorld

    Pros

    LiveWorld is a place of mutual respect. The management team respects the employees. The employees respect each other and the management team. Everyone respects the clients. The teams share information across all of the functional areas effortlessly. Overall, it is a very positive work environment with a team of hard working individuals that do whatever it takes to get a the job done and done right while keeping a healthy work/life balance.

    Cons

    The ONLY con was that most of the staff worked remote so we didn't get to see each other as much as we would have liked. In some cases, people never met each other face to face.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work. You guys are a diamond in the ruff.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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