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Scribe Media Reviews

Updated September 17, 2018
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  1. Helpful (6)

    "Incredible Freelance Opportunity"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Freelancer - Editor in Austin, TX
    Current Freelancer - Editor in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Scribe Media (More than a year)

    Pros

    I have worked for BIAB for just over a year as an editor on a freelance basis, and it's been a wonderful experience. The work is steady, the pay is excellent, but most importantly, the culture is exciting. There is a nice mix of experienced veterans of the publishing world and talented young professionals, and it makes for a fun, collaborative experience. There are monthly conference calls, weekly e-mail updates, and constant contact through Slack. I work as a full-time freelancer, but BIAB is my main focus, and I look forward to being a part of the company's continued growth! Note: Though the company is based in Austin, Texas, freelancers work remotely.

    Cons

    I have yet to experience any downsides to working at BIAB. I will say this -- because the company is still young, many of the processes and procedures are constantly evolving and changing. You must stay active and have a keen attention to detail. To me, that's NOT a downside, but it's worth noting for those of you that will read this.

    Advice to Management

    BIAB's stated mission has been to create the best gig in the gig economy, and I believe they've accomplished. I'm excited to see what comes next!


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Meaningful Projects but Inauthentic and Mismanaged"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer
    Current Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Rewarding projects, fascinating authors. Pay is mostly above average. Remote. The majority of people you'll work with are awesome.

    Cons

    They exploit freelancers like crazy. They convincingly make it seem like a dream gig, and on the surface it's inspiring and supportive. It might even feel that way for a while. But it's clear now that they pull a lot of bait and switches involving unexpected costs and risks at our expense. Not sure yet if this a deliberate strategy. Once you see what they're really doing, you can't unsee it. Other shady actions have made it through the grapevine, so trust in management is low for those of us in the know. There's a cult mentality where they wax poetic about their values but don't practice them. The rhapsodic praise in other reviews is because employees don't have these burdens. They're rushing to scale but the bottom might fall out thanks to an unsustainable business model.

    Advice to Management

    Stop complimenting yourselves all the time. It's off-putting as a freelancer on the front lines who can see we are not all "eating the same dirt." You're more interested in looking good than in doing good. There are many amazing people in the tribe, but poor judgment from management turns your culture into a sham. Things are worse than you think they are, but they can be fixed. It will suck for a while. Fix them anyway.

    Scribe Media Response

    Nov 6, 2018 – Head of People

    First off, thank you for the review. We deeply value when people speak up and tell the truth, especially if they believe we are not following through in practicing our principles and values.

    We're... More

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Best gig in the gig business"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Freelancer - A-List Editor in Mammoth Lakes, CA
    Current Freelancer - A-List Editor in Mammoth Lakes, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Scribe Media (More than a year)

    Pros

    BIAB makes freelancing a breeze. The company treats its freelancers just as well as it treats its clients—which is unheard of in my freelance-world experience. The company offers a unique opportunity to engage with interesting, talented, and brilliant people, which makes the job so much more enjoyable. As an editor, I have a steady stream of work, which means a steady stream of income. BIAB pays on time, all the time, and highly respects its freelancers of their time, input, and suggestions. Full-time tribe members are positive, open, engaging, and hilarious. This company lets personality shine, which is so refreshing. Access to all full-time employees, including the CEO and the founders, is encouraged (and they will respond to you, despite having over 125 regular freelancers). Ideas are ALWAYS welcomed and BIAB never claims to know the right solutions to all the problems (hence it being open to freelancers weighing in with their opinions and suggestions). BIAB also shares quarterly reports with its freelancers, something it definitely doesn't have to do. By doing so, it makes the freelancers feel a part of the full-time tribe. BIAB also loves to send gifts to those who go the extra mile to help a client or the company in general and it often sends gifts to freelancers all over the world. The pay is good, the work is fun, and the people are the best.

    Cons

    As a start-up, the company changes quickly. This isn't so much a con as a fact of life. It can be challenging to keep up with all the changes, but BIAB does an excellent job at communicating all changes within its communication streams.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing! Keep on involving your freelancers, as you've created a pool of dedicated people who are loyal to the company and can offer great feedback (but they already know that).


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