Work Force Logic Search Engine Evaluation

Updated 5/7/14 – This company is now known as ZeroChaos and I have written an updated review of them here. Some things have changed since this was written, so it’s probably best to refer to the new review. 

Yes, it’s another search engine evaluation post! Work Force Logic is the one company on this site offering this type of work that I haven’t really covered, so I figured I’d go ahead and do a review since I believe they are currently hiring at the moment anyhow. This company is very similar to Lionbridge, Leapforce, and Butler Hill — all three of which I have reviewed in the past. If you’re completely unfamiliar with what a search engine evaluator does, you might want to read this post on search engine evaluating in general first.

How much does Work Force Logic pay?

These search engine evaluation jobs require that all employees sign non-disclosure agreements so I don’t know the exact rate, but I have seen $14-$15 per hour quoted for the search engine quality rater positions. You are paid for your work monthly via direct deposit.

What does the job entail?

Quality raters assess the usefulness of landing pages that result from specific search terms. It sounds fairly easy, but it’s actually harder than you might think.

What are the requirements to apply for the job?

You need to be familiar with current events, popular culture, etc. so you’ll have a good chance of understanding what people specifically were looking for when you see search terms. It’s also important that you’re comfortable navigating the internet looking for information. Contrary to popular belief, you do NOT need to have a college degree to be a quality rater. The site says you need a BA/BS degree or equivalent, and equivalent is the key term here. Many people evaluate for Work Force Logic and the other search engine evaluation companies with less than even a high school education. To apply, you just send them your resume. It’s probably good idea to make sure your resume really reflects how qualified you are to do this type of work. For example, if you’ve ever taken any computer courses or done any similar research-type work, you should make sure all that is listed. A cover letter explaining further why you think you’d be a good fit for the job might also be a good idea to include.

If your resume is considered, you will have to take a test before you’re officially in, but don’t worry — they will provide you with the training and tools you need to make sure you pass. Study everything carefully and you should be fine.

How does it work once you’re hired?

Work Force Logic lets you work when you want, but you need to be able to commit to at least 10 hours per week and no more than 30 hours per week. You’re hired as a temp, so at some point your contract will run out, and this means you could be let go. Work Force Logic does occasionally renew contracts, but then I’ve also read about mass lay-offs. This seems to be something that happens a lot with not just Work Force Logic, but all the other rating companies. But don’t let that freak you out or make you think you shouldn’t bother applying. If you really want to do it, just go for it, but try to have a plan B in place.

Does Work Force Logic hire people outside the U.S.?

Work Force Logic normally has a need for raters to accurately rate search results in languages other than English. However, all the work has to be done in the United States by people who are legally eligible to work here. So unfortunately, if you’re from another country, you can’t work for Work Force Logic unless you can do the work here in the U.S. If you’re interested in applying, here is a link to the page with all the languages they need raters for.

What do other people say about Work Force Logic?

From what I have read, most people enjoy the work and feel that Work Force Logic is a great company — in fact, many people think that they are superior to Leapforce, Lionbridge, and Butler Hill. I’m personally doing search evaluation for Leapforce because they don’t require a weekly minimum of hours to meet. Meeting a weekly minimum would be hard for me to do since my schedule varies so much. Here are some useful links for you to check out to read what other people say about the work:

Thread on WAHM forum

Glassdoor Review

Here are the details if you want to apply. Good luck!

 

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Comments

  1. says

    I am so curious about these positions it makes me crazy. I have almost applied a few times just so I can find out what goes on in there. They keep everything so “hush hush”. And the fact that I own several websites piques my interest even more as to what they are looking at. ;)

    • says

      It is very, very interesting! Especially if you have several websites. I feel like I have a little bit better idea now of why some pages rank higher than others.

      • says

        Do you think your experience will help you with the growth and development of your sites? I wonder if it would be worth checking out just for that fact alone.

        • says

          I honestly think it could. It’s a benefit that I didn’t realize when I initially decided to get involved in that line of work.

  2. jennifer says

    I am currently working for Lionbridge and am getting kind of disenchanted with them. Their site seems to have technical issues quite frequently and when you run into an issue and email them they rarely respond. If I were to apply for the workforce position should I mention that I do or have worked for Lionbridge for experience?

    • says

      That is something I’m not totally sure about … I have seen some people say that you can’t work for one if you’ve ever worked for the other, but I can’t remember which companies. They might have been talking about Leapforce. I will check for you and see what I can find out.

        • says

          I asked on the Work Place Like Home forum, and they said that if you’ve worked for one company like that, you are free to apply at any others. You just can’t work for two of those companies at the same time. But if you stop working for Lionbridge, then yes, you can apply at Work Force Logic. Hope this helps!

          • Jennifer says

            Thanks, If I were apply with workforce, do you think that I should mention I had/have experience with liobridge?

            Thanks

          • says

            Jennifer, If there is an area on your application that you can fill out to list your previous work experience, then you probably should mention Lionbridge. If not, then I don’t think mentioning it would matter.

  3. Losa says

    Would like some opinions on which of the 3 companies is best to work for- Leapforce, Lionsbridge or Workforce Logic? Rate of pay and hours available? I need as many hours as I can get and I know that Lionsbridge has a 20hr /wk max.
    Thanks!

    • says

      Losa, Leapforce is probably the most flexible when it comes to that. They don’t have a minimum or maximum number of hours you can work per week (I don’t believe) — they just ask that you complete a minimum of 200 tasks per week, but you can do these whenever you have time. The pay at Leapforce is a little lower than what you’ll get from LB, WFL, or BH, but flexibility is definitely best here.

      • Debbie says

        I believe Leapforce requires 200 tasks per month. Also, As I recall, if you work for, or have worked for LeapForce, you cannot work for LionBridge. lso, with Leapforce, you must maintain an hourly quota, based on the rating you are doing.

  4. cpams says

    Word of caution. While they say that you are “free” to apply to other companies as long as you are not currently working for another, that does not mean you will ever get hired again by another company. I don’t know why but these companies seem to frown upon hiring folks that worked for a similar company in the past.

    Also, in response to the other post that asked if having web design and webmaster experience might help you look more desirable. It would be in your best interest NOT to mention any of you past or current web design or webmaster experience or even SEO or SEM experience to these companies. It makes you look like you are possibly just looking for inside information on how to get sites ranked better in Google. A few years ago a former Google rater leaked out the Google rater guidelines PDF and ever since then, these companies are very strict as to whom they will hire. I have heard that those involved in website work and SEO/SEM work are not usually favorable candidates.

    Lastly, never look for employment in this line of work if…

    a) You are looking for something stable (these companies are known to get rid of people constantly just because their contract has expired. Either they feel they can find a better rater to replace you or they need to decrease the amount of raters that they have. And after being let go, it is very hard to ever work for the same company and very hard to work for any other rating company again. Yes, they do check applicants with other companies to see if they have a record of your working elsewhere which is perfectly legal since you are not an employee with these companies, but just an independent contractor, which essentially is the same as you being considered as a business they contract to provide a service for them. Therefore, they can share info about you to other companies that they normally are not allowed to share had you been an employee who signed a W-2.)

    Or

    b) You are not prepared to work as an independent contractor. Remember, as an independent contractor, you are essentially looked at as a business that offers your services. This means you have to file quarterly taxes at the state and federal levels. It also means that you can be “let go” at any time with no real reason and you MIGHT NOT be able to collect unemployment if you were let go because you were never an employee, just a contractor.

    Just remember, these rater jobs can be good for people who can tolerate the work but they are not for everybody and they are extremely unstable. This month you might be a rater, next month you might be looking for work again, without warning, even if you were good at your rater work.

  5. Markato says

    I am a rater for Workforce Logic…I was offered $15 an hour. They also take out taxes, so I’m not getting a 1099.

    • The_lost says

      Do you know if they are hiring? I have looked all over their site and can’t seem to locate a way to apply.

      • says

        It looks like the page with the job description is down, so they may not be. But the email address to apply is temporaryjobs@google.com

        You can always just ask them using that address if they are hiring for search engine evaluators right now.

  6. Markato says

    I’ve heard that the job has been down for a while, The_lost, so I don’t think they’re currently hiring.

    Raters are required to work a minimum of 10 hours a week but can work a maximum of 30 hours a week.

      • Val says

        I hope they do open up soon. I would like to apply and find out if it’s a good fit for my lifestyle, although to be completely honest is hard to make this decision when so much is hush hush of what is that you would actually be doing and how the evaluation process works. Thanks for you site, is very helpful.

        • says

          I can’t speak for WorkForce Logic because I’ve only ever done this for another company, but it’s pretty straightforward. You’re just given a search term someone might have typed into a search engine and then a link to a website. You have to make a determination as to whether or not that website is relevant for the term typed in, and if so, how relevant is it. Like for example, if you typed in Atlanta Braves and their official site came up, that would be extremely relevant.

  7. Mohamed abdelaziz says

    I want everyone to help me to extend my in 3 companies were not accepted at this office
    What are the qualifications that qualify to work in this position especially since I am eager to work in this position?

  8. Markato says

    I do find myself growing worried. My first contract with Workforce will be up in a few months. They advertise that workers could be eligible for a second one-year contract. As far as I know, after that point, you can’t work for Workforce again.

    But, from my understanding, I can still apply to the three other major contenders after that?

    This is great work and I love doing it. I don’t want to let go of it.

    • Bill says

      I worked for WFL for two one year contracts and but then it does seem impossible to work for them again. A few years later I was able to get the similar job with Lionbridge, though, and mentioning WFL in my resume apparently didn’t hurt.

  9. Markato says

    Anna, this may be something you’re interested in – I have it on good authority (i.e., I have e-mail documentation from people from Workforce) that they also hire temporary workers for Ebay. Now, I’m not sure what kind of work this is. The e-mail they use for that is ebay@workforcelogic.com.

  10. Cynthia says

    Hello and happy Thursday,

    I am at the starting point of seeking an online job such as the search engine evaluator.

    I can read and write Spanish and so my question is, Is there a website that has sample resumes for search engine evaluators? Also, can you explain the paying taxes quarterly requirements again for this job please. Thanks,

    Cynthia

    • says

      Hi Cynthia,

      I don’t know of a website with sample search engine evaluator resumes … I think you could just use a standard resume and make sure you point out somewhere on the resume that online research is one of your strengths.

      You work for most search engine evaluation companies as an independent contractor, so you will need to keep up with what you make and turn it in with your taxes at year’s end. I’m not sure about paying in quarterly. You should probably ask a tax professional if you should do that. Good luck!

  11. Markato says

    When I worked for Workforce Logic, they took out taxes – I was a contractor…but in terms of taxes, I wasn’t, so paying quarterly is something you won’t have to worry about unless they’ve changed things in the last year or so.