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Not the worst, but toward the lower end of the middle.

Posted By: MT in MT on 2007-02-06
In Reply to: While I agree that they have some pay issues - J

I was paid late/wrong often. I always tell people if you can afford to be paid late, then it's an okay place to work. If you rely on them being on time and accurate, go elsewhere.

Several of the shift leads are very nice. However, one never answers you because she's busy looking like the production queen. One had more drama than Jerry Springer. The owner answers you when she feels like it or not at all. My training on my account consisted of me doing 3 notes and then I was on my own. I was told I couldn't pend to verify information if it didn't cause more than one blank. I like being left alone to type, but I like to be comfortable with the account as well.

So it isn't the worst company out there but it certainly is not the best.

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If you are working as an independent contractor on equipment that you provide yourself, I would strongly encourage you to perform your WORK ONLY on a separate computer from your personal activities - emailing, websurfing, gaming, Netflix, whatever.

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What's the point of your post anyway?  to tell me I am a liar???? 

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