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Textbroker International Reviews

Updated March 6, 2017
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Textbroker International CEO Phillip Thune
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Pros
  • Flexibility in schedule and the ability to work from home when necessary (in 6 reviews)

  • They always pay on time, and you can work your way up to 5 cents per word if you're a good writer and pass the notorious proofreading test (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Any writing assignments under 4 stars are not only far and few between but also limited in size (in 5 reviews)

  • Level 4 writers, who do most of the work, are only paid 1 (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Satisfied"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Editor in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Editor in Las Vegas, NV
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Textbroker International full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - good people
    - clean workplace
    - willing to work with your schedule
    - good amount of restaurants in the area

    Cons

    - work/pay ratio was off
    - no chance for advancement
    - only good if your a college student. Not someone who wants to make a living becoming an editor.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees better


  2. "Freelancing Textbroker"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Freelance Writer in East Orange, NJ
    Current Employee - Freelance Writer in East Orange, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Textbroker International part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    You choose articles you're most comfortable writing about within specific deadlines. If the client doesn't like the article you do have the chance to revise. Plenty of work available from authors pool. In time, you can be invited on a clients exclusive team and receive direct orders as well.

    Cons

    Writers who want to make more money consistently may not like this site. Pay is based on your star rating.

    Advice to Management

    None


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Don't Waste Your Time"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Content Writer in Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Content Writer in Las Vegas, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You can work from home
    You can choose which articles to write
    Easy to start (but hard to get payed)

    Cons

    The website is clunky and outdated
    The pay is absolutely terrible, even for 4 and 5 star rated authors
    Editing and article guidelines are ... questionable
    There are mistakes in their placement examinations that they refuse to correct... hey, I guess we shouldn't expect Germans to know English.
    Most of the articles take too long to write for what they are worth... you would make more working at McDonalds and it would be easier too.
    The management doesn't care about you in any way, shape or form.
    They make it difficult to get payed. I had to constantly pester them with emails in order to "re-verify" my account and jump through hoops to get paid. Oh and they only pay through paypal.
    There are not a lot of orders available... the site is kind of dead. I sure as hell wouldn't hire Textbroker to create content for my company.

    Advice to Management

    Give all your money to charity and get a real job. You can't manage. You are the problem with the world today. Don't reproduce.


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  5. "great"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Freelancer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Freelancer in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I had some journals I did for fun a couple of years ago, so when I found out about Text Broker I decided to modify one of my entries and submit to the company and I was accepted as an author.

    Cons

    None yet. Everything is fine.


  6. "Good place to get some remote work."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Contractor in Clackamas, OR
    Current Employee - Contractor in Clackamas, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Textbroker International (Less than a year)

    Pros

    They are reliable and pay on time.

    Cons

    Not a lot of weekend work. You won't always write what you like writing about.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "High level positions don't exist in the US office"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Las Vegas, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Textbroker International full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are incredible benefits. The PTO is the main reason I worked there. Everyone gets a paid month off, a very laid back atmosphere, occasional work from home days, and pizza during the monthly office meetings.

    Cons

    It's a real dead end. Everyone who made it to a decent position and pay would still end up quitting. The turnover was really bad with no loyalty to employees who had been there for years and none for the company bc no one would want anything to do with it afterwards.

    Almost all of the US positions are really low level both in pay and influence. Most of the management is in the German HQ. I was fortunate enough to have a relatively high ranking position and pay but it didn't matter bc I was basically ignored constantly. At first I thought it was weird but as people that had been there before me and had high positions were all quitting, they mentioned that very little of anyone has any say at all and most hated it.

    It's essentially a content mill where everyone just has to churn through so many articles. The company culture is dreary, dull, and filled with interminable boring and pointless meetings. There's no recognition if you do anything, but there's also no punishment if you don't. Nothing either way is really encouraged there with most employees just trying to make it through the day while waiting for another job offer.

    It really could be a great place but that's only in theory. Even with the pay (if you're on manager level) and benefits it is still surprising how a bad culture and lack of innovation, excitement, success, etc. totally drains you. They churn through clients, authors, and employees with no real concern, loyalty, future or desire to improve.

    Advice to Management

    Embrace a culture of innovation and progress. Not one of fear and doubt. Good people with bright futures pass through there and then have to move on bc there is nothing there. Change that and really add value to your industry instead of just going through the motions.


  8. Helpful (4)

    "Perfect for entry-level. Poor for career advancement."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Editor in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Senior Editor in Las Vegas, NV
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Starts out as part-time with room to grow into full-time. It's an amazing part-time entry-level job with regard to pay and the type of work that's available. For writers and editors, this is a great way to build experience in the field before moving on to higher paying jobs. Monthly meetings give every employee a chance to feel included in big picture. Employee of the month incentives happen during these meetings as well as a random prize drawing, making for a fun company culture. Often extremely flexible with scheduling and time off. GREAT vacation benefits. Direct deposit is extremely convenient, and the logistic operations of the company are nearly flawless. Amazing office space.

    Cons

    International company that often acts like a startup in terms of looking at short-term solutions for long-term problems rather than addressing core issue. The "S.S.D.D." rule applies; negative issues that are brought up rarely get solved. Poor pay for middle management, and upper management rarely knows what duties and responsibilities lower-level roles even involve. Promotions with low or no raises. Advancement is rare; rather than promoting in-house, they hire outside of the company or combine roles. The former makes long-time employees feel neglected; the latter spreads upper-level employees too thin. Too many catty office politics at times. High turnover for the most talented editors and quality assurance staff.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more into employees. Whether it's through base pay, promotions, or project involvement, there needs to be more stock placed in the expertise of current employees. That's what they're there for.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "An Okay Place to Write For"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Ghostwriter in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Ghostwriter in Las Vegas, NV
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Textbroker International (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fair submission evaluation, opportunities for good writers and timely pay.

    Cons

    Sometimes not enough work, topics can be difficult and need longer turnaround time.

    Advice to Management

    None


  10. "The Real Deal"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Las Vegas, NV
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    For freelance authors: Regular work available, staff that tries their best to keep authors updated and busy, regular payments
    For staff: Flexible work hours, open management

    Cons

    For freelance authors: Low pay per word for OpenOrders
    For staff: Limited opportunity to move up in the organization

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your people. Give them the opportunity to grow within the company, or they will go elsewhere.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Textbroker is a reliable way to gain entry into writing online content."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Author in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Author in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Textbroker International part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Textbroker always pays on time and weekly, every Friday. Staff is usually quick to respond to emails, and the company's website forum provides invaluable advice and a sense of community among writers.

    If there is a dispute with a client, Textbroker is good about making a fair decision.

    Cons

    Their website is quirky, and when there are ongoing technical issues, the company is not good about keeping writers in the loop.

    Advice to Management

    Please keep writers promptly notified and informed about technical issues, so they can plan accordingly as these issues sometimes impact the auto accept feature.


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