Field Data Collector (Current Employee) – Asheville, NC – 23 May 2017
The job itself is great. You get to make your own hours just as long as you complete assignments before the deadline. You work alone, no co-workers to interact with...usually. You get to work different locations and get compensation for mileage and drive time. You're paid per piece, so the faster you go, the more money you make. Management kills the whole deal. They don't listen when you have a problem. You get scripted responses and no resolution. Being called at the last minute to complete someone else's assignment. Expected to make deadlines even when sick. No communication. Last minute information. It can be tough on your back. The repetitive reaching to top shelves and bending to bottom shelves on particular jobs can become a problem.
Auditor (Current Employee) – Houston, TX – 24 April 2017
Although the management is poor, you can make a lot of money. Its a wear and tear on the body but its worth it. You get to work alone in various stores and make your own schedule as long as you meet the required deadline.
Workong alone. Making good money.
Deadlines, hard on your back, and confusing management
Data Collector (Former Employee) – Fort Myers, FL – 1 April 2017
This is a very trending job and the time spent is a learning experience. I respect my peers and all the jobs they do on a daily basis. Especially my co-workers who have been very influential to me and I do appreciate all the time given...
Retail Data Collector (Current Employee) – Glen Allen, VA – 9 March 2017
A great company that is beyond flexible to help you have a wonderful life at home with a good paycheck! Opportunity for part-time, full-time, and Lead Data Collector after short time for those with good CRI, like me. Opportunity to travel as desired. Great flexibility and people to work with!
Pricing Analyst (Current Employee) – Glen Allen, VA – 27 February 2017
Do not let the people in high places overwork you and do not be afraid to let them know. Some people do care about their employees, but the employees are definitely overworked and advancement is lacking.
Data Collection Specialist (Current Employee) – Danville, VA – 23 January 2017
I have been with the company for over a year. I like the travel and my area manager is great. If I want more hours I can let my manager know and I got it. If I need time off same thing. I work on average 3 or maybe four days a week and can make enough to only need this one job for my bills and family. Plus I set my schedule. Just have to meet deadlines.
District Manager (Former Employee) – Camillus, NY – 7 December 2016
DM job was very demanding. expected to be available 12 hours/day, 7 days/week. Always have your phone with you regardless as to when /where you are going. Conflicting direction as to be in front of your computer monitoring jobs/ be in the field covering/auditing. Field turn-over was unmanageable. Never completely staffed, took 4 weeks to hire, meanwhile someone else has quit.
Data Collector (Former Employee) – United States – 26 June 2016
The "training" received is non-existent - You are given a hand-held and told "You use Z, R, or V buttons to input pricing" and are not sure what is for what. The first 90 days you are paid per hour and that's good. Then you go to "per piece" pay and that sucks. Mileage is reimbursed after the usual "normal" commute. The schedule changes often and at the last minute you are given jobs that are due that day, leaving you scrambling to complete them or else they are reported as late, If you can't reach your manager and have an issue heaven help you go to the next in line for assistance. You are working on your own schedule to complete the jobs within the time frame which works great for those needing to work around family schedules or full-time jobs. That is unless you are surprised with last minute jobs that have hours to be completed. Then you are expected to drop everything in your life and complete them.
This job is great for someone needing a part-time position or a hold-over until something permanent comes along or someone who is retired and just looking for something to do. I would not recommend it for anything else. One of the perks is getting to meet new people in the places you are working in.
There are no benefits and some long hours some days to complete jobs but its overall not a bad part-time job while working on hourly rate but not on piece pricing.
Data Collector (Current Employee) – Virginia – 28 April 2016
This is a company that after the probation period gets by with paying pennies per piece to their employees. Employees work 10-18 hour days at times to get the work completed for 0.0157 (minimum) a piece. So for an 11 hour day that 6000 pieces may be gathered, the pay is between $60 and $70. The rate is atrocious. Most other companies of data collecting pay more than this per piece rate. Some rates are higher but not over .12 a piece and not many of these jobs available.
Scheduling is good. Although more people leave the job and not replaced, more jobs available to do. Again on piece rate, difficult to get happy with the pay.
Working part time (over 40 hours a week) no benefits available. Overtime pay is based on your piece rate of hourly pay, e.g. 4.80 per hour in overtime pay. It is not paid at the minimum wage rate nor at the time and half for overtime.
As much work as you want; deadlines are set; work as your own pace
Data Collector (Former Employee) – Asheville, NC – 16 February 2016
The first contact with this company after interviews and acceptance are Emails that require you to spend hours reading manuals, training yourself, electronically signing forms. All of this time is not reimbursed. They send company EMAILs constantly with changes to policy or manual, things to make note of...
I quit before I actually started. At my first training, I was told my job was to inventory everything in the target store, every week W-Sat. The manager was doing it that week(well experienced) and it took her 20 hours. Then I found out I wasn't an employee of that store, but the client was a competitor.
The store I was supposed to work at was closer to my home, but the manager there told them to leave the store and not return. So, all I can imagine is that if I was a manager of a store where someone spent 20+ hours a week scanning items, I would kick them out. Then they'd assign me to different store, would I lose my income that week? They can't answer these questions because they're hypothetical.
$10/hour is what they pay during training and after that period it is piece rate -- the explanation of this rate in the manual is pretty inscrutable and the rate varies by product type.
I'm not a good liar. If I'm going to spend 20 hours in a single store every week, people are going to recognize me and get to know me. I can't just say 'I work for Retail Data and this is my assignment.' It's creepy. I could not see working that many hours in a store as an outsider. Can you imagine a lunch break with store employees, your peers, where you lie about what you are doing?
data collector (Former Employee) – South Carolina – 17 January 2016
The first two months of training is worth it if you have nothing else to do. Eventually the assignment s become more time inflexible, time consuming as pay goes to a per piece rate and then it's just not worth the trouble. You're basically price harvesting in grocery stores, CVS, Walgreens, Walmart and getting paid less than the lowest paid store employees to be there for hours at a time. If you're easily bored or numbers give you a headache, just work retail and get some benefits and opportunity for advancement.
Work alone, various locations
Low pay, constant communication from supervisors via phone and email, low tech equipment, low mileage comp., rude corporate communication
Data Collector (Current Employee) – Portland, OR – 17 August 2015
Your on your feet working in stores all over Portland metro area. You go from busy to not busy and then you get so much work that you end up working 13 hour days to not have a late. It is a good part time job for someone going to school. Which I did last couple years.
Make your own hours and long as you reach deadline
Data Collection Specialist (Former Employee) – Salt Lake City, UT – 27 July 2015
Supervisor was very understanding of issues with the handheld instrument and the continuous problems that they were having. She was very thankful that I hung in there until the problems were worked out.
Field Service Representative (Current Employee) – Portland, OR – 4 April 2015
Retail Data was a life saver. They gave me an opportunity in a job market flooded with potential employees. I was excited when I got the job and still enjoy working for them a year later.
The work can be a little monotonous, but the flexibility of hours is beyond comparison. I get to travel all over the Portland/Vancouver metro area and work at different locations. While retail stores may all look the same inside, at least the route to work is not always the same.
Management has been great overall, they listen when you have concerns, and seem genuinely interested in the well-being of their employees. I even was granted time off within a few months of working.
This part-time job will be an experience I won't soon forget. I hope to keep working for Retail Data for some time. At least until I find a Full-Time replacement.