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  1. 5.0
    Former Employee

    Field Evaluator

    Dec 6, 2017 -  
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Unique role with lots of travel opportunities. Great for someone with flexibility in their personal life to up and go at any time. They provide plenty of training and team has strong communication.

    Cons

    Travel can wear on you over time and the workload is heavy. Team is extremely hard working and has high expectations.

    8 people found this review helpful
  2. 3.0
    Current Contractor

    Great perks, no future

    Jul 15, 2021 - Copy Editor 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    As a field evaluator, you get to stay at amazing properties, get free spa treatments and eat at amazing restaurants. You're typically too busy to enjoy these properties, but it's still nice nonetheless.

    Cons

    Copy editor rates have gone down every year over the last few years due to budget cuts. Management claims that the edits should take less time due to the new editing format (and therefore the pay ratio is comparable), but this isn't always true. Also, they don't give you enough work for you to make a living wage. I was making twice as much money on unemployment during the pandemic just to be called back to work and given very little editing and evaluation work. New policies are being put in place now that put our anonymity as evaluators at risk, and even if you've been with the company a long time, you don't feel valued in any way.

    3 people found this review helpful
  3. 1.0
    Former Contractor, more than 1 year

    Field Evaluators Overworked, WAY Underpaid = Total Burnout

    Mar 20, 2018 - Field Evaluator in New York, NY
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Great travel perks and resume-builder

    Cons

    Long hours; potential last minute itinerary add-ons, changes, and/or cancellations; way under minimum wage when you factor in the dollars per hour that you work. Prior to me joining, evaluators were given an extra day on their assignments and were discouraged from going full-time due to high turnover and burnout. After I joined, assignment times were shortened and we were encouraged to take on more assignments and to combine our personal vacations with nearby assignments. If we accepted evaluation jobs while on vacation, FTG did not cover our expenses in between assignments or getting to/from the site. The company is cheap and they abuse their evaluators! Absolutely ZERO work/life balance if you want to earn enough money to pay the bills. False reviews for certain brands who pay premiums to maintain their 5* rating (won't shame them publicly).

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    3 people found this review helpful
  4. 2.0
    Former Contractor

    Questionable Over-reliance on Contractors

    Nov 13, 2016 - Anonymous Contractor 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Great people. Everyone was friendly and there were decent attempts to get the whole office to interact with each other.

    Cons

    Over-reliance on free or cheap tools Possible misuse of independent contractors. It made sense for the field inspectors to be IC but some people in the office were "employees" and others were "independent contractors" but they still had to work the same hours in the same office doing the same job as the ones who got benefits. Didn't seem fair, seems to violate IRS rules, but I guess a company this big wouldn't be that stupid. Left for better opportunities anyway.

    3 people found this review helpful
  5. 5.0
    Former Employee

    Innovative company, great employees, and excellent management.

    Feb 12, 2015 - Analytics in Atlanta, GA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Probably one of the best bosses I have had or will ever have. Great place to learn as an intern.

    Cons

    I worked in a temporary office, but that was only because they were moving locations.

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  6. 1.0
    Former Contractor, more than 1 year

    Poor management of contractors, long hours, low pay

    Dec 9, 2015 - Coordinator in Atlanta, GA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Flexibility, ability to work from home or in the office for contractors, easy to take time off, frequent social gatherings, gain extensive knowledge of the travel industry

    Cons

    Freelance contractors are not treated as true contractors, and are expected to be almost constantly on call, limiting other freelance opportunities. Pay is very low for the amount of work and quality of work/attention to detail expected. Contractors are poorly managed with little support from middle and upper management. The level of detail required can make the work very tedious. Poor employee retention for contractors and entry-level staff.

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    4 people found this review helpful
  7. 5.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    Travel path planner

    Jan 7, 2017 -  in Quincy, MA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Small-scale group travel guide. Much more detailed travel plan to understand local culture and better experience of traveling

    Cons

    audiences too small, suit for middle-high level income clients

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  8. 3.0
    Former Contractor, more than 3 years

    Creative Contractor

    Jan 26, 2019 - Anonymous Contractor in Atlanta, GA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Ability to work remotely & friendly co-workers

    Cons

    Low pay and no advancement opportunities. Tries to save money by getting rid of loyal and knowledgable staff.

    2 people found this review helpful
  9. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Flexible

    May 7, 2022 - Mystery Shopper in Singapore
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible schedule and pleasant working environment

    Cons

    Unstable salary and no promotion

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  10. 5.0
    Former Employee

    Lots of upward mobility on internal ops side

    Sep 24, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible work-life balance; great leadership from mid-upper level managers

    Cons

    Pay is not competitive for lower-middle manager

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