Working For Appen
Appen is among the well-known service providers of high quality data with a human touch for use with machine learning. The good reputation of the company in this field, since its launch in 1996, resulted from contributions of its hundreds of corporate employees and over 1 million contractors worldwide. With this in mind, you are now probably thinking if it is possible for you to work for Appen. Keep reading to find out if you could qualify as an Appen employee or agent.
For any task you perform, it would help to improve your efficiency if you could grasp the purpose of your job. These Appen work at home jobs requires you to accomplish tasks for the improvement of machines. Employees and contractors at Appen perform tasks like speaking phrases into a mic or evaluating search engine results and social media contents. Artificial Intelligence systems use these details so they will be more humanlike.
On the website of Appen, you cannot readily find the FAQ link or page, unlike in other microtask websites like InboxDollars. You may click on the “jobs” link on the upper right area or the “Careers” link at the bottom of the Appen homepage. Either link will direct you to the page where you can see 4 available job categories. See Figure 1.
1. Raters are part-time, home-based jobs that you can do on a flexible schedule using your computer or mobile device. If you click the “Apply” button of raters category, a new window will open that will take you to the Become an Agent page of connect.appen.com. See Figure 2.
Here, you could see the possible available positions that include search media evaluation, social media evaluation, transcription, translation, lexicon annotation, speech evaluation, survey and data collection and linguistic specialties.
2. Language Jobs are flexible work positions in linguistics, transcription and translation.
Clicking on the “Apply” button of this category will take you to a page with information about Appen’s language jobs. This gives you a chance to first read about what this job involves, what qualifications to meet, and what language jobs there are from Appen. See Figure 3.
Data collection job is all about collection quality speech, handwritten data and text in over 180 languages for the model training of virtual assistants.
Annotation and phonetic is a speech technology position ideal for those with a background in phonetics. If you have a background in semantics, pragmatics and syntax, you may apply for the positions in content analytics/natural language processing.
For those who specialize in language documentation and historical linguistics, the positions to apply for are localization, translation and transcription. Part of the job is to analyze, and to document language features.
Once you have discerned you really want to apply and that you can meet the qualifications, you may finally click on the “Apply” button at this page. Doing so will take you to the Job Listings page. The jobs listed here are jobs that will allow you to work as an Appen employee instead of an Appen agent or contractor. Here, you could do a more customized search such as by selecting your location and job category/position. This is also where you may do a refined search for remote jobs from Appen.
Another job category that will direct you to the agent/contractor page of Appen is Micro Tasks. Micro Tasks are simple tasks that will only take roughly an hour to finish and you can do them from your home. The figure below shows this page.
You will work on a onetime project and will not require you to complete tasks daily. However, you will get another invitation for another survey after 42 days. This survey project aims to improve Facebook search results. Aside from the data privacy disclosure, you will also find below this page a short form where you need to provide a complete name, email address, country of residence, primary language and dialect.
3. Corporate jobs are the job positions offered by Appen to those who can work from their global offices or remotely from their homes. There are job positions in sales, marketing, finance and engineering.When you click the “Apply” button for this category, you will eventually land on the same Job Listings page you will find when you apply for language jobs.
You can read the requirements for working as an independent contractor for Appen here.
Applicants should be at least 18 years old. The equipment you need to prepare once Appen accepts you as an agent include high speed wired internet, a personal computer with Google Chrome web browser version 45 and updated antivirus/anti-spyware software. Unlike in other online jobs like English tutor and home-based transcription, you do not need a special headset or extra accessories to fulfill your role as an Appen agent.
The required skills are excellent analytical and web research skills, comprehension, and written communication. There are assignments that will require a passing score in language assessment exams.
Qualifications and requirements may vary for each job position.
How Much Does It Cost To Join?
Beneath the “Become An Agent” page of the Appen website, you will find the FAQ link. You could read here about the valuable information such as that the cost to become an Appen independent is zero, provided that you already have the equipment (computer, internet work space) to work.
How To Apply/Join
From the many reviews that you will find online about Appen, there is likely one instance where the reviewer claimed that the company is a scam. Sometimes, there are those who claim that Appen supposedly told them they will receive computers or gadgets from the company. This is not how the company operates. You will read from the FAQ page that independent agents should shoulder any expenses for buying the equipment needed to complete the tasks. Appen will also not reimburse agents for their expenses. See Figure 5.
The main idea here is to read important application and employment details from the company website and trusted sources of reviews before you apply or agree to an employment contract or agreement. Appen also has a blog where you can gather some pointers on how to spot a scam website or company.
If you want to work for Appen, you may search for open positions listed on online job portals like LinkedIn. One normally follows the application procedure implemented in the job directory website or the instructions in the job ad.
You may also go directly to the Appen website to browse for jobs and apply from there. In Figure 2, for example, the page already includes the first step of application, which is to enter your country of residence. Then you have a short registration form to complete. You need to enter your personal contact, work, and education details. You could also upload your resume. Take note that Appen independent agents also go through an assessment process.
An independent agent performs available tasks from Appen customers and then agents will invoice Appen once a month for the hours they complete. The company sends payments to agents via direct deposit within 30 days after it receives the valid invoice.There are people who worked for Appen shared their experiences in the reviews you can find here. It is common to read about low pay from Appen. Look at this job ad in Figure 6, for example.
The pay rate for a Medical Image Annotator is $3-5 per hour only. This is definitely a very low salary rate that could result to job dissatisfaction by some Appen contractors.
However, do not forget that there are two types of workers for Appen. One is the independent contractor or agent and another is a company employee that could work in Appen offices or from their homes.
Look at Figure 7. It is an excerpt of an Appen review you can find online.
It explains the difference between an Appen employee and an Appen contractor. As a contractor, you are also a freelancer who sells your services. You cannot expect that your salary rate and benefits will equal that of a full-time employee. This selection also provides a good reminder that smart work at home contractors earn more money, not from many sources.Independent contractors for Appen work on microtasks. Thus, they could also consider joining other microjob platforms like Swagbucks and Clickworker. You could also apply for other part time jobs to supplement your income.
Independent contractors for Appen have flexible work hours. This further gives you the opportunity to look for other means of income online, as mentioned in the previous section of this post. You may join other microtask websites or you may apply for other part-time online jobs such as data entry or chat support.
The advantages can include flexible work hours, no transportation costs, and guaranteed hourly pay.
I think working for Appen is such a worthwhile experience. If you qualify as Appen employee, you will have great work experience just as you can read from many reviews online since this is a company, which acknowledges that its success comes from the hard work of its employees and agents. Even if you work for Appen only as an independent contractor, you would still have a productive time on each task you complete. The pay for independent agents is low, but your flexible work schedule will give you an opportunity to apply for another job.