Crimson Interactive Reviews

Updated 4 Jul 2020

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3.1
53%
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62%
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Crimson Interactive  CEO Sharad Mittal
Sharad Mittal
73 Ratings
Pros
  • "Work Culture, Flexible timings and Travel(in 10 reviews)

  • "If you have good language skillset and you are inclined toward Science, you should consider taking up academic editing as a profession(in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • "No work-life balance throughout the industry(in 26 reviews)

  • "Further, researchers decide themselves whether a manuscript is copy-editing or substantive(in 21 reviews)

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  1. "Best learning experience"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Mumbai

    I worked at Crimson Interactive full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Supportive environment Latest technology Best learning opportunities

    Cons

    Work Timmings but can be improved

  2. "Not a Professional Workplace & Damn HR team"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Mumbai
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Crimson Interactive full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Easy to get-in Prime location office area Easy Connectivity

    Cons

    1. While recruiting they promise you a lot verbally but it's on papers 2. The HR team will fully misguide you on the recruitment process 3. Pre confirmation of the employee, they will credit the salary first week of the month, and also they are not going provide you Medical and term insurance unless they confirm the employee. 4. The HR team is not aware of the company policies fully and they misguide you for their mistakes 5. 9 hrs work time per day excluding the lunchtime and break time 6. Notice period Pre and Post confirmation 3 months, 7. There are no proper holidays, you have to work Indian festive holidays as well. 8. if you late by 5 mints to work, they will cut half-day salary 9. Marketing managers are not fully versed with the skillset and they create an uncomfortable situation to the new joiners

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    "Big-time scamsters"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Freelance Editor in Noida
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Crimson Interactive part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You learn to say No and take a stand for better wages.

    Cons

    Lots and lots. 1) While being an editor from India, I vouch for the quality of work by well-trained Indian editors, the problem is that they have all lies published on their website. They employ Indian editors. Period. They get clients saying that they work only with native editors, but actually all the work is delivered by Indian editors. 2) Pathetic payout. 3.) They decide whether an assignment needs to be copyedited or needs structural and content-based intervention too. So, because of numbnuts who cannot assess the levels of editing, freelance editors end up taking peanuts for a job that requires much more than L1 edits. You have no autonomy whatsoever. 4. Many times, projects are allotted at the 11th hour. When you do not take it up, work is not assigned for upcoming weeks too. 5. Their in-house editors and project managers do not know English, period. 6. Too much documentation.

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    "Do not joine. Period"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Copy Editor in Mumbai
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Crimson Interactive full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The crowd has young people.

    Cons

    The company has a typical BPO culture. They track the time you spend going to the loo, pantry, lunch, etc. You have to clock in 9 hours or your salary gets cut. You feel like a primary school kid than a responsible adult. Facilities are bad. Loo is dirty. There is one ladies' washroom for the entire floor. Tiny startups have better facilities. Compensation is very poor. Leaves are a lottery. You may or may not get leave for Diwali. You may or may not get leave for Christmas or Holi. They mean business and nothing else. Excessive focus on documentation. They ask you to fill a hundred forms and you have to clear tests on their policies. And you thought you were there for the editing?

  5. "Awesome"

    5.0
     

    I have been working at Crimson Interactive

    Pros

    Salary on time, Good managers

    Cons

    Work pressure, over time, etc

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    "avoid at all costs"

    1.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    Former Employee - Freelance Scientific English Editor 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Crimson Interactive part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    a regular supply of editing work

    Cons

    -the pay is so low it is not worth working for them -freelancers are very undervalued in the company -the communication with them (especially the 2nd editors in India) can be difficult and unfriendly Longer explanation: Extremely low rate of pay I have worked as a freelance scientific editor alongside my scientific work since 2014. I did some work for Enago during four months before quitting 2019-2020. During that time I did 14 assignments (37,751 words in total overall). For this, I received € 532.78 (in total) after paypal fees were deducted for the transfer. That is, €14 per 1000 words. The level of editing required was extremely high due to the often poor quality of English. Often this included rewriting the work rather than making changes. You can only submit your invoice at the start of the month following the one you did the work in. They will only pay you one month after this (i.e. if you did work in January, you can submit an invoice on February 1st, and will get paid on March 10th). Hidden Extras There was quite a bit of back and forth to get set up with them - apart from my CV, I twice had to give detailed information on my experience, qualifications and publications etc for a profile on their website which never appeared. In addition, there are a lot of documents to read and things to sign. Obviously you are not remunerated for any of this. Each time you submit an assignment you have to fill a report on the document which takes time. I was basically spammed with requests for editing work from them (sent via email). Often they send these offers to multiple editors at once. You are supposed to look at the text (if necessary) and accept or reject the offer - via the platform. So, 4 minutes later once you have logged into their system to look at the work before accepting it, it is already gone. I wasted a lot of time between these emails, and logging in and looking at work that was no longer available. Usually you will have 2 or three days to do the work, sometimes it is as little as a few hours (so you should think carefully whether you can get the work done in time or not). If you are late, your pay is docked or withheld entirely whether you edited the whole document or not. Incorrect Corrections Every job you do will get edited a second time by a second editor who unlike you is not expert in the subject matter of the text. They say that they will give you regular feedback on your work. Of my 14 assignments, this happened twice. Both times they returned my documents with 'errors' I had missed. In fact, the 2nd editor based in India, had on both occasions introduced new errors into the text. As this feedback was sent weeks after the assignment, it was too late for the author, who would have already submitted the incorrect work. For the second time this happened, they said it would be good if I could reply. So I went through the text again, and commented on all the changes they made, arguing/explaining why they were wrong. I never got a reply. You are not paid for any of this of course. Unfriendly emails & correspondence Multiple people may contact you (the ones who recruited you, the account people, and the '2nd' editors based in India). There does not seem to be any coordination between these. The emails from the Enago-Editors can be quite unfriendly. They will email you at any time (completely ignoring the 'availability' section you have to fill on your profile (which days and times you are available). Therefore, I was emailed at e.g. 1am to do urgent assignments due in 5 or 6 hours. You have to give your phone number too. They said it was just for cases where there was a query regarding work you submitted as it is faster by phone especially when their deadlines are so tight. I was phoned multiple times but never for this reason. Over half of the calls were during the early hours of the morning (before the times I said I was available), e.g. at 3:30am to ask if I could do an urgent assignment. They also quite regularly send semi-threatening emails to do with breaches to quality (judged by them) or deadlines and the penalties involved. Although I was already unhappy with this company, the following was the final straw for me: I was asked to do editing on two files (main text plus cover letter). I did this. They said that editing the cover letter was not good enough, but that I needed to write a new one following the Enago template. (then why was I sent a file 'for editing'?). I did this, incorporating parts of the originally written cover letter (which follows the guidelines for this given in the Enago handbook). I should say that the original cover letter was already very good, and certainly far better than the Enago template. Enago replied again saying I couldn't use what the authors wrote but had to come up with 'new' things for their cover letter. That is deeply insulting for the authors, as why should I as an editor understand the importance of their work better than them after just reading their document when they had been working on the research for years. Nevertheless, I did make up a completely novel text as to why the work offered something substantial in the field and should be published in that journal. Luckily, as I had submitted the assignment a day before the deadline, I had time to do all the work before the deadline specified. The following week I got an email to say that because I did not work on the cover letter, they would not pay me for this. After several unfriendly emails back and forth - it turned out that the problem was they felt my cover letter did not contain enough new material, which was unacceptable. I replied asking them to compare the original cover letter submitted by the authors, and the final one I submitted and to highlight any phrases or content in common (there was none). I NEVER heard from them again and the fees for the cover letter were included back into the amount I would be paid. I got 8 dollars for the cover letter, and spent a lot of time editing it at first and then rewriting twice, plus all the very unclear emails back and forth... where I was accused variously, of not doing work at all, or of doing it very badly. Overall, at Enago, you are badly treated and massively undervalued. They should not be surprised then by poor reviews and a very high turnover of freelancers.

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    "Good company to work for"

    5.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assitance Manager 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is no end to the number of pros I can list when I talk about Crimson. Good bunch of people with cheering atmosphere. Just the right amount of pressure to get things moving. Have learnt plenty. Flexible working hours. Management is approachable. No office politics!!

    Cons

    I don't see any cons till now in the company.

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    "Great place for personal growing"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Academic Advisor in Buenos Aires
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Professional respect, critical attitude, feedback on work, participation, payment on time.

    Cons

    The work is discontinuous, but this is not a factor of the company but of the flow of queries.

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  9. Helpful (1)

    "Average place to work"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Editor in Mumbai
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Crimson Interactive full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Few pros: good clean environment to work in; average facilities

    Cons

    Work hours; less pay; bad strategies

  10. "Great."

    3.0
    Current Employee - Freelancer 

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

    Pros

    Great work. Good growth opportunities.

    Cons

    No work-life balance throughout the industry.

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