iSoftStone is another company that hires home-based workers for search evaluation (similar to companies like Leapforce, Lionbridge, etc.). They do not always have openings and I cannot confirm they are hiring for it now. They also occasionally have other types of crowdsourcing work like transcription, but this review is primarily focusing on the search engine evaluation position.
iSoftStone has been recruiting people in the US for their search evaluator positions, so this is not something that's open worldwide.
About the Company
The company is a major IT services provider based in China, but they do have some offices in the United States as well and their clients are located around the globe. The company was founded in 2001.
About the Work
If you're doing the search evaluation, you're going to be ranking keywords and website queries and determining if the results are relevant — just like you might do with other companies like Lionbridge or Leapforce. I have a more detailed post on search engine evaluation and what it involves here if you want to read it.
iSoftStone Search Evaluation Pay Info
Search evaluators earn $13 hourly. This is paid out via either Paypal or direct deposit once a month.
You work as an independent contractor for the company. This is not an employee position.
Schedule and Hours
This is one of those jobs where you can log in and work whenever you want to work, but they do require at least 10 hours per week. You are limited at 25 hours per week total. The work is project-based — I read on one forum that the search evaluation work for iSoftStone can last six months with possibilities for extensions.
You need to be a US resident who is at least 18 years of age or older. No college degree is required for this one — you can get in and start working provided you are able to get through the training and pass their tests.
As far as tech requirements go, you just need high speed internet and a Windows PC running IE version 9 or higher.
After you have sent iSoftStone your resume, you may get an email back from them with some information on the first steps which include signing an NDA (non-disclosure agreement). Once you've sent that back, you should hear from them again with some testing materials for training. You'll need to study up and then take a test. I've read that the entire training process takes anywhere from 1-3 days once you begin it. If you pass your final test, you should receive a contract from iSoftStone to start work. Note that training is not paid.
When this job first started making the rounds sometime last year, there were some people who were skeptical of it. But it has proved to be legit and many people have worked for the company and been paid since then. iSoftStone has used Elance in the past to find workers for their various projects, so they have feedback over there that you can look at it if you're curious about them.
The main complaint I am seeing with this company is slow response times. Apparently it can take a long time (sometimes weeks) when you try to communicate with them via email.
How to Apply
iSoftStone doesn't appear to post their jobs on the company website. You'll have to check Indeed, Craigslist, or other popular job boards to see when they're hiring. I keep tabs on who is hiring for work from home and update my job leads board 4-5 times per week, so you can always check there, too. I usually post the lead if I find it.
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