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Crimson Interactive Reviews

Updated April 19, 2017
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Pros
  • Now with the five day working week it is quite easy to have work life balance (in 4 reviews)

  • Open-office work culture, multi-cultural, good office location (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Extremely pathetic work-life balance (in 15 reviews)

  • Long working hours, no work-life balance (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (19)

    "Complete lack of Integrity"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    They occasionally pay on time and as agreed.

    Cons

    Punitive and seemingly arbitrary penalty system
    They outrightly lie about payment routing, pretending it is the fault of the bank.
    They exploit the skills of others.
    They will "throw you under the bus" and make you take the penalty for someone else's error.
    They are not above using Bullying tactics and deceit.
    They operate in very bad faith.
    No accountability!

    Advice to Management

    Act with Integrity and don't lie to people.

    Show some respect for the skills of your contractors - remember they are doing a job you cannot, and that your company could NOT function without them.

    Don't penalise the contractor for YOUR miscommunication with the client. You would never get away with such reprehensible business practices in a Western nation, and you know it.


  2. Helpful (26)

    "Don't believe the hype!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Freelance Editor in Remote, OR
    Former Employee - Freelance Editor in Remote, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    A good variety of work (but only because their pricing practices are biased toward clients and unfair to employees). BTW, you'll see some glowing reviews here, even some alleging that all the negative reviews are created by dummy accounts pursuing a vendetta against the company. Uh, no. It's the positive reviews that are created by dummy accounts--created, in fact, by the company itself, to bolster its score on this site. Don't believe them. The only good thing about this company is that if they like you, they'll keep you busy. Trouble is, they don't like anyone for very long--and the people who decide the company no longer likes you aren't qualified to assess the editing of grocery lists, let alone the editing of academic research papers.

    Cons

    They treat employees like dirt. If you're a freelancer who follows job sites for new clients, you'll notice that they place ads on a regular basis. There's a reason for that, and it isn't because they can't get good people--it's because they can't *keep* good people because they mistreat them. They insist that freelancers must be native English speakers, but their "quality control" department is run by a woman who is not, herself, a native speaker of English, nor does her staff consist of native English speakers. The finer points of English grammar, usage, and idiom are completely, utterly lost on these people. You can't even try to explain why their "evaluations" of your work are wrong, because they just don't get it. How the hell can anyone work in such an environment? In addition, they ask freelancers to provide your working hours--and then they ignore them. You'll get "urgent" requests to take on articles, due back in a few hours, in the middle of the night, your time. If you don't reply to their emails immediately, they'll call you. In the middle of the night. These people have zero respect for their freelancers' professionalism or their personal space. AVOID.

    Advice to Management

    Fire your entire QC department and hire native speakers of English. The department should include Americans, Brits, and Canadians, as these are the major nations in which English is the first language for most citizens. Respect your freelancers' qualifications and their work schedules.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "company"

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    Current Employee - Contract Freelancer
    Current Employee - Contract Freelancer
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    friendly managers, steady flow of work. Wide range of assignments. Some of them can be quite interesting.

    Cons

    pay can be better, deadlines can be les tight


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  5. Helpful (22)

    "Low rate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Working remotely and nothing else

    Cons

    This company pays almost "nothing." They send you assignments with very tight deadlines without offering premiums, as otherwise stated in their handbook. No room for negotiation or discussion. When I started the communication was better. I think something happened in the last six months.


  6. Helpful (22)

    "Americans Beware"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Academic Editor
    Former Employee - Academic Editor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Crimson Interactive part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You are able to work remotely. This is a great job if you have a home office.

    Cons

    These people do not pay you for work completed. They harass you constantly to edit papers at odd hours. Furthermore, if there is anything that they do not like about the paper that you edited, then they will not pay you.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Very low employee retention"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Crimson Interactive full-time

    Pros

    If you are passionate about editing, you get to do what you love.

    Cons

    Extreme work pressure on the editing side. There's a vicious cycle: Due to extreme work pressure and a pay that is not commensurate to the workload, most employees are looking to leave. As a result, the company makes you enter into a mandatory contract which prevent you from leaving for at least a year, sometimes 1.5 years. Only join if you wish to make your workplace your life.

    Advice to Management

    Make HR policies more employee-centric. In the race for a high turnover, you keep losing your most valuable asset--your employees.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Sad excuse for a company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Research Editor in Mumbai (India)
    Former Employee - Associate Research Editor in Mumbai (India)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Crimson Interactive full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    1) In terms of anything related to the work and work culture, no pros at all..but i did find myself a few extremely good friends..and most people there are quite helpful as well (which is probably because they also understand how bad life is at that company)
    2) i have also learnt how NOT to be a bad manager (by observing the managers there) and how NOT to run a team or company (this you will observe by just being there for an hour). there are several other 'do NOTs' i have learnt from this place and im really thankful for that as it will help me be a much better employee in the company i work for in future

    Cons

    1) Extremely pathetic work-life balance. the staff is highly overworked and extremely poorly compensated
    2) The people who are at a slightly good position here act as if they are kings, but actually they are just wannabes whos own lives are so pathetic that the only thing they are good at is pointing out shortcomings in others lives.
    3) HR people are liars! They will lie to you about your role and expectations and will give you false info about growth opportunities and relaxed work culture in the company. trust me, this company is a scam. you WILL be overworked and treated like dirt despite whatever you do

    Advice to Management

    Sincere advice, shut this company down! the idea is crap, the industry is extremely niche, and your efforts to achieve success is the perfect example of bad management and work ethic


  9. Helpful (2)

    "If you want to get Sick soon join this company."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Client Servicing in Goregaon (India)
    Former Employee - Client Servicing in Goregaon (India)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Crimson Interactive full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    If you want your family to be worried about your health. Your wife to complain about your work life and your boss to eat you up then this company is for you.

    Cons

    I can't explain the amount of inhumane treatment this company gives its employees. For all the freshers joining here please note that this company has a sword on your head for a particular time period which you will willingly agree to once you sign something. They will tell you that you have to work for only 8 hours with one hour break in between lol you'll never get that break. Your boss will call you on days whenever they need you to come may it be Sunday or Saturday or make you do late night shifts to early morning shifts. They'll teach you this and that which will only add more burden to your job. Before you know it you'll be sitting 4 hours extra guaranteed. I regret working in this company the management is screwed up with people leaving more and more every month and I can guarantee you. You can say BYE BYE to your sleep. I'm not an angry person venting out my anger I am warning people especially freshers and people with 1 to 2 years experience do not join this company. Also people will be very good to you if you be good to them and so as they say they'll treat you like dogs and if you listen to their orders you surely will be on their good books but only till a certain extent. I worked for client servicing and project management team I cannot say anything for other divisions but i think the torture over there would be comparatively less.

    Advice to Management

    Understand the grievances of the employees and give more focus on employee hours and breaks in between. Also note that less working hours and breaks in between increase the productivity of the employees of the company ohh but forget it the employees are ofc slaves to you people only the person in-charge wants is more income.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Good time with Crimson"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Mumbai (India)
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Mumbai (India)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Crimson Interactive full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Crimson is an amazing company to work with. I was there for just 10 months but they helped me so much in everything i did. My managers especially helped a lot in teaching me new things. i am thankful to each one of you guys. Thanks Aman, Indu and JD. Regards, Awais :)

    Cons

    There are some issues within internal teams but i think that's an issue with every other company.

    Advice to Management

    try working out something to stop attrition. Rest, CRIMSON is amazing.


  11. Helpful (7)

    "DO NOT JOIN THIS COMPANY "HR ARE ASKED TO WRITE POSITIVE COMMENTS""

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Research Editor in Mumbai (India)
    Former Employee - Associate Research Editor in Mumbai (India)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    None i can think of

    Cons

    Crimsoni whole as a package is a con

    Advice to Management

    Shut down the company


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