Operator is a company that has been on my radar for a few months now, so I figured now would be a good time to post an Operator review since they appear to be hiring again.
This company reminds me a lot of Buy With Fetch, who used to hire home-based chat agents to help people make online shopping decisions and purchase items.
Unfortunately, Fetch is no more, so I'm hoping that Operator will be a good opportunity to take it's place. Hopefully they stick around for a while.
Interesting side-note: Operator was founded by the co-founder of Uber (the popular driving service that lets anyone be a taxi).
I did some digging around online, examining different job postings for this company, and found the following details for you.
What do Operators do exactly?
It looks like people who need help making shopping decisions install the Operator app on their mobile devices. When they need to make a shopping decision, they consult with Operator.
As a shopping expert for the company, you'll respond to requests that are routed to you based on your expertise (Operator has experts across a variety of categories). Since I don't work for the company, I don't know the exact details of how this works, but it appears that Operator has several merchant partners they work with. You will need to browse the products of the merchants that Operator is partnered with, and then recommend relevant products to the people needing shopping help.
Once a customer tells you they want to buy something, you make the purchase for them and also have it shipped to them. Operator will have their credit card information on file after they've signed up an account with their company.
How much are Operators paid?
The job description just says that you'll receive “competitive commission with weekly bonuses.” I found a job description online stating that the pay is actually $10 an hour plus commission.
I did check for an Operator review on Glassdoor since that site usually has clear salary information on most known companies, but there is nothing there yet. I guess the company is too new to have a profile.
Who is qualified to work for Operator?
It seems pretty entry-level for the most part. The only real requirement listed on the job description is that you need to be a “creative self-starter with a passion for great products.” Seems simple enough.
I did find from another job posting for Operator where it says they want people with at least a bachelor's degree, but I don't see that on their main job listing. So, if you're interested and you don't have a bachelor's degree, I'd recommend applying anyway to see what happens. It may not be required, possibly just preferred.
What is involved in the Operator application process?
I did some digging around and I discovered that you if you apply and hear back (not everyone does), you'll have to take a test.
What is the schedule when you work for Operator?
From some old job postings I found, it appears to be pretty flexible. However, it's still shift-based work. You need to be available to work for them in either 4 or 8 hours shifts, minimum of 20 hours a week, Pacific time.
When this company was hiring back in February, some people were talking about it at the Work Place Like Home forum. The people who heard back after applying were working with the understanding that the position *may* be only temporary. It lasted just a few weeks with the possibility of an extension.
Not sure if that's the case this time around, but figured I should mention that this could be a situation where the company has seasonal/temporary staffing needs. Either that, or maybe they are just putting people on trial first.
How do you apply to work for Operator?
So you've read the Operator review and decided you want to give this a go? Then just apply here. They ask for your first and last name, resume, a link to your LinkedIn profile (if you don't have one of those, you can set it up for free), your email and password.
If you don't think Operator is right for you, I have a big list with over 100 work at home non phone jobs you can check out instead.
Good luck to you, and keep us posted please!