I really like doing work for Customer Impact, but I'm finding that their payments for merchandising/display work and audits seem to be getting too low to even consider. I feel like jobs that paid $15 a few years ago should be in the $20 range now, but instead they are at $9 or so...is it just me? Am I being unreasonable? Would love to hear what others think.
Sometimes it depends on the amount of work you have to do. Check on seeing if something is up $15 having to put something up or change out then $20 should be ok but a lot of different displays should be more. For $5 just drive by and see if the place is open while you are on your way somewhere else and you do not have to go but maybe a mile out of your way.
I got that and thought 9.00 wouldn't be enough to get me out of the house for an audit.....I'll stick to their great restaurant shops....not getting on any freeway for under 20.00, if that.
I agree, Irene! At least I can afford a meal with the restaurant shop. I feel like they are trying to compete with the Marketforce movie standee assignments with this latest round of assignments...let's see who can pay the least to have someone receive a package, cart to location,assemble and set up display. Oh, and if it's not used, don't forget to ship it back. If they go any lower, we'll be paying them to do this one...
I only picked them up because I was able to work them into a route of others shops. I did think it was quite a lower fee amount compared a similar "display repair" I did for them last fall which paid $20 vs $9. I am hoping that the instructions are actually as easy as they describe them to be.
Sounds like maybe a couple companies made low bids and CI had to come down to keep the project.
Yankeepoo2, please report back to let us know how it goes. I have held off taking these for many of the above reasons.
I am with you peeps! I saw those display assignments, too and I was like, "Are you serious!?" Yes, it seems that many companies want more for less. I have been getting "bonuses" with MF at the price some of my favorite projects used to me 5-10 years ago. Its so sad. I don't do nearly as much for them as I used to. Their base prices have gone to a ridiculous low!
I saw this previous thread and wanted to see how other folks are faring. I have enjoyed working with this company and really like most of the people working there. However, lately it does seem like they punish their most loyal merchandisers because:
1. they grossly underestimate the actual amount of time it takes to complete the 54 steps and photos required, one of which is always tracking down a manager or person to give you the okay to work (either at a Customer Service counter with one window open, 5 customers in line and a very slow clerk or by finding the one manager in the building who is almost always very busy, but seems to have the only authority (because the three floor supervisors at the front won't give the okay even though they are all just standing there).
2. Not only is the starting pay ridiculously low for the amount of work and time, but even though they like you to take on huge lists of work, they don't want to add on any route bonus. Or it will be measly - seriously offered $8 this past month when asked for help with a route of 30+ assignments because some of the locations were 20+ miles one-way from the next closest location.
3. Then to add insult to injury, they will pay someone else 3-4x the fee to go ahead and pick up those ones you asked for just a bit more to do - when you were already doing a huge number for them at the too-low-to-be-fair pay. Of course, I was too busy driving hundreds of miles for them to be able to read email or stalk the board and see they were willing to pay so much more for those locations. I guess it was too much to give me a call about it even though they have no issues calling me pretty regularly.
Maybe I should just wait and only pick up the out of the way assignments for the higher fees. Seems like I'd end up driving the same number of miles for the same total pay, but instead of 20 stops in a day, I'd have just 5.
Of course, what seems more logical to me is to reward the person who is working their tail off for you and either 1) pay fairly for all the stops to begin with or 2) go ahead and give them those out of the way stops they were willing to add to their route at that higher pay instead offered to others.