Aje Sucks Customer Reviews and Feedback

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AJE, formerly known as Ajegroup, is a multinational company dedicated to the manufacture, distribution and sale of alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages. The company was started by the Añaños Family in Ayacucho, Peru and now is headquartered in Lima, Peru and in Madrid, Spain It is known for its flagship products Kola Real and Big Cola. Ajegroup is privately owned by Grupo Embotellador ATIC of Madr


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Senior Editor (Current Employee) says

"This job involves piecework editing remotely. The editor is required to have a PhD or be working on the degree in one of 25 top universities. Each paper submitted by the editor is "scored," and the editor is then ranked relative to other editors. Occasionally an editor will receive a fairly well-written paper and will be able to earn $30 to $50 an hour, but often that pay will be diluted by extremely poorly written papers that pay $40 for 6,000 words (that's approximately 24 double-spaced pages) and can take a full day to edit properly.the work is always there for a competent editor, you can opt to be unavailable with no penaltymind-numbing isolated work, exploits desperate highly skilled workers"

Editor (Former Employee) says

"they don't hire independent contractors from CA or MA which is a dead giveaway that they're misclassifying workers, since the laws in those states only more specifically codify what is already the general consensus among the various federal and state departments that handle misclassification issues throughout the country."

Contract Editor (Former Employee) says

"When you set your status as available, they will send you papers to edit and then you upload it once you are finished. Sounds easy, but most papers are written in such garbled English that it takes all day to complete the work (there are strict time limits), making it impossible to earn much more than minimum wage doing this work. Once you've uploaded it, it goes to a managing editor who reviews your work and gives you a score that seems to depend more on their mood that day than on how well you did. You can take a peek at the additional edits made by the managing editors, but I frequently found that their edits were the unnecessary and inconsequential kind, such as rewording your sentences without changing the meaning at all and then penalizing you for bad writing. I put the same amount of effort into all my edits, but my scores ranged from "better than acceptable" to "very poor." They promise payment bonuses if your scores are high enough, but the managing editors makes sure your scores never get that high. Some especially bad papers appear to have been translated by some sort of translation software, such as Google Translate, instead of a human being, making it nearly impossible to decipher any meaning out of them. But once you accept an assignment - and you are not allowed to look at the paper until you agree that you'll work on it - you can't give up on it without being penalized, so I did my best to squeeze at least some sense out of these unintelligible papers and submitted my edits as best as I can, even though poorly written papers take an extra long time to complete.Freedom to adjust your availibility & desired workload whenever you wantAbysmal sub-minimum wage pay, no respect from management"

Contract Editor (Current Employee) says

"Work is underpaid and preferred editor status is unattainable due to subjective evaluations of contractor performance. The guide is useful but not comprehensive.work-life balance, timely reply from managemetcompensation is low, advancement is undetermined"

contract editor (Former Employee) says

"I worked briefly as a free-lance editor before quitting because I'm not willing to do this highly tedious and technical work for less than $20/hr yet often found myself making half that. The pay per assignment is based on the number of words (short, medium, or long) and on an assessment of the difficulty. These assessments are often wildly inaccurate -- for example, anything submitted from China is invariably difficult to edit, but such manuscripts are often assessed as "average". Occasionally, you'll get something that looks as if it was translated by Google. Such papers cannot be edited at all, and to accept them from a paying client is, I think, unethical. Some of the managing editors are quite good, but by no means all. As feedback one can download the final MS as modified and reviewed by the managing editor. Occasionally, gross errors were introduced into my edited manuscripts. Pros: There is work to be had and you get to set your own schedule. Cons: Uneven editorial staff at the management level. Poor assessment of assignment difficulty, resulting in very poor pay for this kind of skilled work. There is (by design) no way to review a paper before accepting it as an assignment.There is work to be had and you get to set your own schedule.Uneven editorial staff at the management level, Poor assessment of assignment difficulty resulting in very poor pay for this kind of skilled work, There is (by design) no way to review a paper before accepting it as an assignment"

Senior Editor (Former Employee) says

"I worked for AJE for about two years both as a junior and senior contract editor.The good: Work is nearly always available; you make your own hours; most of the people that I've had to deal with (i.e., the managing editors) have been quite pleasant; if you're good, you will be promoted to Senior Editor, which theoretically allows you to earn more. Some of the papers are actually interesting and you may learn something new.The bad: The pay is VERY low for the work involved - highly detailed and demanding. They are constantly changing their editing requirements to improve "customer relations" but it seems that little thought is given to how these changes affect their army of already low-paid editors. If I'm being paid $35 to edit a paper that takes 6 hours to edit because it is so poorly written, that's less than minimum wage. So, to make any sort of money, you have to edit very quickly. However, if you don't meet their stringent requirements, your score will drop and you will lose out on the bonus. I realized early on that faster is better and forgo the bonus. It takes a LONG time to learn how to edit quickly, but once you do, you can do better than minimum wage. Although the reviewing guidelines are supposedly standardized, they often appear to be arbitrary and subjective. For instance one managing editor may give you a 9 for one paper and another editor may give you a 5. Did you suddenly stop being a good editor? Probably not, but when humans are involved, there is nothing to be done about it.Bottom line: Their pay scale does not reflect their demands or their requirementsflexibilitylow pay, high demands"

Contracting Editor (Former Employee) says

"Being a contractor means no matter how long it takes for you to do the job, it is still the same compensation. The best part about this job is that you set your own availability. That doesn't mean any work will be available when you are. If you have extra time and are very flexible this is a good position or company to work for.Flexible hours, understanding bossUnpredictable work availability, low compensation"

Editor (Former Employee) says

"The Editors do most of the work but receive low pay, you have to stay at home by your PC all the time to get assignments. They keep changing the system to squeeze more out of you.Easy work at home for unemployed scientists, extra money on the sideNot something you want to do full-time, long-term"

Academic Editor (Current Employee) says

"It doesn't pay that well and the feedback is scatter shot. There are a few decent QCEs but the majority seem overworked and are inconsistent in their evaluations. Only perk is that you can work from home when you want to, if there is work available that is."

Preferred Editor (Current Employee) says

"You are able to choose which papers you wish to edit and when you wish to edit them. The pay is relatively fair, and the hours are great. However, you must be self-motivated."

Contract Editor (Current Employee) says

"They are very clear in their expectations but the work ends up being less than minimum wage."

Independent Contract Editor (Current Employee) says

"The online system is very convenient. It is hard to get jobs, as it is on a first-come-first-served basis. I maybe get two papers a month and sometimes I get none."

Contract Editor (Current Employee) says

"This was an easy way to pick up extra money during graduate school, but it would not be a great full-time job. It's nice that you can do it remotely and you can work only when you'd like.FlexibilityLow compensation"

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