Contemporary VA - Great company in many ways, but.... | Glassdoor
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    "Great company in many ways, but...."

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    Former Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Contemporary VA

    Pros

    This is a fantastic place for someone who is just starting out working from home, as they don't necessarily require experience and they put you through a LOT of training. They'll teach you everything you need to know about virtual assisting and digital marketing, etc. You will forget that you are working from home because everyone is constantly communicating all day long through Skype and the internal system. This... can be a good and bad thing, actually. You can seriously learn so much from CVA but there are strings attached...

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    Cons

    In the beginning, you are required to log in every day to their internal system with all of the other newbies, basically all day, and wait for an experienced VA to announce that they have a task available for you to do. Basically, whoever replies first gets the task. There may not be another task available at all after that but you are expected to be there and wait for one, as to not appear uninterested and also... prove that you want to learn. You'll also be expected to attend weekly training/"meetings" of which you will not be paid, but if you do not attend they will use it against you on the review you must score well on to be "promoted" from a newbie to an actual Virtual Assistant and have clients of your own. If you are willing to do that, then you will have no problem. Personally, it was worth it to me to "invest" my time in order to be able to work from home and learn everything I needed to learn. Another thing... after you get promoted to VA after spending maybe a month begging for one 30 minute task a day and you FINALLY have a client - you will be pressured to delegate at least 20% of your new hours that you fought hard to get, to the new people who were hired after you. They sometimes create "contests" to see who can delegate the most work out. I see that as a way for them to pay less because the new people make way less per hour then the VA's who have been promoted, but they want you to think you're this leader/good influence for doing it. Yeah right. You'll basically be scolded if you don't, or considered not a "team player" which will also be used against you when you are up for the next review. There is also the "office politics" that everyone else has already mentioned - but it's true. There are "bullies" and they play favorites big time - management being the worst offenders. If you're lucky, you can be a favorite and you'll be just fine. You can't survive there if you think you can just do a great job and make your clients happy. You'll also need to be aware that when you leave CVA they will "check up" on you to make sure you are not working as a VA anywhere else or have a website of your own (for 2 years upon the day you leave) and if they do, they will send you cease & desist letters threatening to sue you.

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    Advice to Management

    Grow up & stop acting like you're in high school. You've lost a lot of great VA's because of it. You're ruining a really good thing.

    Contemporary VA2016-07-23

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    "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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