Appen Reviews

Updated 21 Sep 2020

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3.7
75%
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81%
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Appen CEO Mark Brayan
Mark Brayan
323 Ratings
  1. Helpful (14)

    "Appen is a SCAM - Run away while you still can!"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Web Developer in Maitland, New South Wales
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Appen full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    a) Appen's website looks "professional". Appen's email communications appear "template-based". b) Lots and lots of assessments - but you will never get paid (that is a guarantee)

    Cons

    a) Lots and lots of assessments - but you will never get paid (that is a guarantee) b) They will never pay you. They will never train you. They are offering "ghost opportunities" when their company is a shell-company that has no funding. Fake job advertisements. No training opportunities. Hear the alarm bells going.

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    Appen Response

    Thanks for sharing your feedback. We’re very sorry to hear your frustrations. We pay our team of independent consultants fair market rates for all work that is completed. In order to deliver the best service to our customers, we do require that the work meets certain standards. If you’d like to chat about your concerns, please contact at us at hr@appen.com.

  2. Helpful (4)

    "Transcriber"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Transcriber in Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Appen part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexible times and remote work possible

    Cons

    Projects with limited scope, very low salary

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  3. "Good side job but don't have high expectations"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Independent Consultant in Chatswood

    I worked at Appen for less than a year

    Pros

    • Work at home at whatever hours you want • Good side job to make some pocket money

    Cons

    • Can fire you for no reason • Projects can be tedious and repetitive

  4. Helpful (1)

    "Fascinating work; engaging people; fun and lively office"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Specialist in Sydney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Appen full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - Really interesting work where I have exposure to a vast number of cultures and languages and the chance to apply my linguistic and management expertise. - My colleagues are all like-minded people and there is a genuine sense of team spirit when working together on projects. The office is free of any negative competitive undercurrents. - Appen is of course very flexible and always encourages its employees to have a good work/life balance.

    Cons

    - I am being paid a little less than I would expect given the hours and intensity. This is partially compensated for by the great working environment and a commitment by Appen to its time in lieu policy for any hours overworked.

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    Appen Response

    Sr. Vice President, Human Resources and Crowdsourcing

    Thank you for your review and feedback! We are happy to hear that you enjoy the interesting work, great environment and culture, colleagues, projects, and work-life balance!

  5. Helpful (1)

    "Join Appen if you get the opportunity!"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Appen

    Pros

    The company continues to grow, making it a very exciting time to join! The leadership is strong. The people are very smart and passionate about what they do.

    Cons

    Creating a consistent vision and culture across the company seems to be a work in progress.

    Appen Response

    Sr. Vice President, Human Resources and Crowdsourcing

    Thank you for your review and feedback!

  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Appen

    Pros

    One of the best company culture you will experience

    Cons

    Projects tend to be short and repetitive

  7. Helpful (4)

    "A mediocre work environment."

    2.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Appen full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Most of the other staff are pleasant and fun. The work can be interesting.

    Cons

    Poor work-life balance. Poor benefits. CEO is generally clueless.

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  8. Helpful (2)

    "Efficient and good freelance assignments"

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Transcriber in Sydney
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Appen part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The freelance assignments allow for a great geographical freedom, and the communication is efficient with the project management team. This is a good experience to do part-time.

    Cons

    The batches that you receive are tideous and sometimes very unclear and it can easily become a situation where you are just in endless data management and clicking on words.

  9. "Fair Company"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Search Engine Evaluator in Douala
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Appen part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Flexible hours, fair pay. They create support group chats where you can ask questions regarding the job you are doing for clarifications. They pay on time.

    Cons

    Work not always available at your schedule. Support takes long to reply to your concerns given the number of people they have go manage .

  10. "Ok"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    Former Employee - Google Ad Rater in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends

    I worked at Appen part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Easy, work from home, flexible hours

    Cons

    Not reliable, ends with no notice

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