Contemporary VA - Avoid at all costs | Glassdoor
  1. Helpful (3)

    "Avoid at all costs"

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    Former Employee - DVA 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Contemporary VA part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Some of the clients aren't bad and most are con artists. There have been a few I wanted to tell their customers this person is a fraud stop giving them your hard earned money.

    Cons

    I posted a good review previously but after going deeper into the company I saw so many awful things I can't in good concience leave that as my review of the company. What others have said is true Management have a Mean Girls attitude they have a list that if you get on that list you are treated horribly. There is a lot of bullying that goes on and you are basically working as slave labor. It's expected that you... grow your clients despite them not having work for more hours or them not having the money to increase their hours. They constantly talked about core values and home life balance but the problem there was you had to make sure your clients were happy. If your clients had a zillion things for you to do and you worked after hours and on weekends(you won't get overtime either) and you keep your clients happy it's fine, but if you refuse to work after hours and on weekends and your client complains you get in troulble. The pay is awful as well they raised the rates of the clients but they didn't increase the pay of the "contractors" but since they raised the rates of the clients they expect a $40 an hour quality work but you aren't getting paid half of that. You are also expected to be able to do any task that is sent your way even if it's very involved coding that a web developer would be better at doing. They also spout a 10-4-1 social media marketing plan which when it comes down to it is ridiculous. You don't want to be "sharing" other people's content when you could be posting stuff that leads to your business. It is to the point in this sinking ship of a company that there have been a lot of people who have quit. I watched so many people be bullied to the point they are miserable and realize this job isn't worth it. I can tell you it isn't worth it. You can find something else that pays better or at least pays you for the hours you work. There's also the fact that you are treated as an employee but you are only a private contractor. It's also difficult to make employee status because they would end up shelling so much in overtime. I saw so many coworkers working long hours not to mention you are expected to communicate internally and go to trainings which are "not mandatory" (but if you don't go it is marked on your review and will determine if you get a raise or not) in the company for FREE. I have been watching this titanic of a company sink for such a long time. I've watched them push out contractors who have been there for years and I've seen employees only care about themselves. They'll throw you under the bus in a heartbeat if that means they stay on the good side of management. Also if you refuse to listen to mine or anyone else's warnings and do get a job at this company stay in your own little corner. Don't get to know management, keep your head down and keep internal communication to a minimum. This is a sinking ship though so avoid at all costs.

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    Advice to Management

    Grow up and stop acting like teenage girls. Don't try to be everyone's friend as a manager you need to be professional and being friends with your staff means that you will let your personal feelings interfere.

    Contemporary VA2016-06-09

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great work from home"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Contemporary VA

    Pros

    Many people only write reviews about a company that are negative. CVA might have been a mess to work for a couple years ago but now they are great. They cleaned house and got all new upper management they are fantastic. I have see some mixed reviews on here, the interview process was easy for me. I got assigned to an team and begun work the next day on recurring tasks. I love being able to work from home. My hours... are flexible and I am always done by 5pm.

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    Cons

    Unpaid monthly meeting (this has been brought up in previous post, however they don't tell you thay it is once a month and only an hour long) No insurance - but your an contractor

    Advice to Management

    Y'all are doing great!

    Contemporary VA2018-02-28
  2. "You learn a lot...not all of it is good"

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    Former Employee - Team Leader and Virtual Assistant 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Contemporary VA full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I worked at this company for almost 4 years and while the positives include the amount of skills and training I received, it does not make up for the cons associated with this position.

    Cons

    Even though you are hired as a 1099, you have set work hours, very little flexibility and a GM who tries to micromanage everything being done...including wanting access to your calendar with full details so she can track your day. Overloading VA's with too much work and then being upset when they aren't perfect.

    Advice to Management

    Take a hard look at who you are and change.

    Contemporary VA2017-03-13

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