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2 ‘Appen’ Reviews
1. It lies in its advertisements. There are no jobs for USD 12-13 an hour.
2. And there are no job with Appen. You are not their employee, you are an ''independent contractor'' a.k.a. bogus self-employed.
3. My own experience with Appen scammers. I tried to apply as a translator. First of ll, a translator would receive more serious questions than ''have you done any translations''. He would be asked about his education, requested to submit a copy of his education papers (in my country translation is an MA course) , asked questions about language combinations, computer assisted translation tools (including, but not limited to, SDL Trados), fields of expertise and years of experience.
He would be requested to submit a CV and, if that CV was interesting for the potential employer, asked to do a test and, if successful, offered a job (a freelancer's contract or a staff position). In the most serious places he would need to provide references, that is only for top class jobs, in most cases you just prove your education and experience. Many years ago an agency in my country asked ''did you know that there are just two real translation courses in the whole country'' and started talking to me only when I explained that I have had one of these courses. And, by the way, translation (writing) is paid per page or per word or you get a fixed salary if you are staff.
On the contrary, interpreting (speaking) is paid per hour. That is the legit procedure. Appen just asks ''have you ever done a translation'' and accepts yes for an answer. The same way they could ask you if you are an astronaut. After some bureaucratic procedures they offered a project. ok now I will start working - but guess what? There is no project, instead they announce that now they will ''evaluate'' something for 60 days. They have not received my CV or a copy of my MA paper and I have not taken a test - there is nothing to evaluate! I told them to get lost, blocked their email and look forward never hearing from them again.
4. Appen uses propaganda (“positive reviews”) where the reviewers argue with those who post critical comments, and delete critical comments that he could not answer, such as this one. In legal terms – they censor comments. By the way, censorship is illegal.
They promise an hourly rate and suddenly drop it at the time of payment and they don’t even care to respond. This is an illegal practice. These people are scammers. STAY AWAY if you don’t want to be ripped off.