Elemental Data Collection Employee Reviews about "minimum wage"

Updated Dec 9, 2020

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24 Ratings
Pros
  • "Flexible hours, good with school schedule(in 11 reviews)

  • "flexible schedule - pick the days you can work a week ahead(in 5 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Oh and your doing all this for minimum wage, to my knowledge they do not offer raises or any chance to improve your wages beyond working more hours(in 7 reviews)

  • "You will literally jump around from 5 hours one week to 44 hours the next week and then back to 5 the week after(in 5 reviews)

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    1. 3.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      It's alright.

      Dec 9, 2020 - Market Research Interviewer in Ottawa, ON
      Recommend
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      Pros

      -Flexible hours -Easy work -Work from home

      Cons

      -Minimum wage -Unhelpful supervisors -Extremely dull and repetitive

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    2. 1.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Do not take the job if you can help it.

      Oct 3, 2018 - Agent 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Easy to get hired, customizable hours and great downtown location.

      Cons

      Literally everything else. Horrible work, you're basically calling random people and begging them to do surveys. Expect to get hung up a lot. Often there's a quota for the number of surveys you're expected to fill per hour, good luck doing it because there are so few people willing to sit down and spend 15 minutes on the phone with you that you pretty much have to get lucky in order to do it. They will give out warnings for not meeting these quotas. Oh and your doing all this for minimum wage, to my knowledge they do not offer raises or any chance to improve your wages beyond working more hours. Call center layout is just plain awful. Work spaces are tiny so that they can fit as many computers/people in the room as possible. Because of this the room is very stuffy and I regularly get migraines while working because the environment is seriously unhealthy. I've worked in a few call centers and I've never seen one so densely packed before. Work is very repetitive. You are given a script and you must read it verbatim, making even small changes to the wording can result in someone talking to about the importance of reading word for word. You're basically a robot regurgitating the words you see on screen. Only take this job if you're desperate and have a hard time finding anything else.

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    3. 1.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Only Take if Desperate

      May 28, 2018 - Interviewer in Ottawa, ON
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      Pros

      Located downtown. Good for developing communication skills up to a point. Very easy to get the job.

      Cons

      If you like being treated as expendable in an overly-strict workplace and don't value your mental health, this is the job for you! The job is extremely frustrating as you have unrealistic quotas and most people hang up on you immediately. Most of the people you do get you can't complete the interview because the quota is already reached for their demographic. Management demands you use aggressive tactics that often just make the person yell at you. If you don't meet the quotas they will slash your hours or make you stay late. The job only pays minimum wage. I have worked many jobs but have never encountered a workplace environment this oppressive. If you look at your phone for a second you are fired. They have a demeaning demerit point system where they will get you for the tiniest infractions such as briefly talking with a coworker. If you take more than a minute in the washroom they will threaten to dock your pay. If you are even 30 seconds late from your break they will take that 15 minutes off your paycheck. They hold $225 of your first paycheck hostage so you don't quit without 2 weeks notice. However, 2 weeks notice is hard for people who have bills to pay and have had their hours slashed to almost nothing (not my situation, but I know it happens). I talked to a person who works in labour law and they said this policy is a willful misinterpretation of the "written consent" clause in the pay deduction section of the labour code and should be reported to the labour board if it happens to you. The best way to get your money back is to report it to the labour board and then tell the company that you have filed a complaint and would like to be paid all of your wages.

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    4. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Garbage job, don't even bother

      Jul 20, 2017 - Interviewer 
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      Pros

      Easily accessible by bus, nice coworkers, in downtown Ottawa

      Cons

      People over the phone are unnecessarily rude, management also rude, absolute minimum wage, the most boring job you could ask for. Awful hours, unable to vent after dealing with a terrible person over the phone (got kicked out for venting just an hour into one of my last shifts. Never worked a 5 hour shift after the incident and I'm kinda happy about that. If the supervisor in question reads this at all, I still hate you and probably forever will.) It's one of the worst jobs you could ever ask for and they pay you for peanuts. I hope this scummy company goes under, like it deserved to ever since I put my foot into that 4th floor. Good god damn riddance, HELLemental.

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    5. 1.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Terrible Workplace

      Dec 15, 2015 - Market Research Interviewer in Ottawa, ON
      Recommend
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      Pros

      They let you pick your own availability on a week by week basis. Some of my coworkers seemed like good people. It's pretty close to a Tim Horton's.That's pretty much the end of the good.

      Cons

      Pay is minimum wage. Hours are sporadic. You will literally jump around from 5 hours one week to 44 hours the next week and then back to 5 the week after. Even though surveys are probably better than sales calls you still suffer the same abuse from the people you call. The people you call will scream at you, swear at you, and generally treat you like garbage. Shifts are grueling and go by at a snails pace. You only get one 15break + unpaid 30 mins even if you are there for 10-11 hours.They *will* try to short you on hours so make sure you keep track of every minute you log there. The supervisors treat you like children. For example they have "hall passes" that you have to carry around on your 15min break to prove you are allowed away from your desk. Surveys are awkwardly written, incredibly biased and invasive. Scheduling is so insanely slow. They don't release the schedule until the NIGHT BEFORE it comes into effect but they will expect you to fill out your availability every single week on time. Supervisors all fit the " aggressive greasy car salesman" stereotype. They breathe down your neck all day long. They listen to all your calls and pressure you to put respondents on the spot and even outright lie to them. For example I had one supervisor basically tell us to pretend we were a government agency when calling for a particular survey. They have quotas and rates that you are expected to reach even when you have little to no control over whether or not someone decides to participate in the survey. Most people hang up before you even say anything. You'll share a tiny, dirty bathroom with around 50 other people. It never has paper towel and constantly reeks of farts and BO. Staff room is overcrowded and often has overflowing garbage cans. I was told that 80% of new hires quit within the first two weeks and I can totally see why. By the way if you quit without notice you will have $100 docked from your pay. Be warned that this workplace is terrible. Don't believe that one positive commenter above.

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      4 people found this review helpful
    6. 2.0
      Current Employee

      Interviewer

      Jun 24, 2015 - Interviewer in Ottawa, ON
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Flexible work schedule decent student job

      Cons

      its boring mind numbing work its a minimum wage job with no incentives for doing well no career opportunities obviously

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