Correct me please if I am incorrect--Weeks back it was said that this msc's popluar Italian restaurant chain shops are only assigned to tenured shoppers??? First time shoppers stand no chance of being assigned any of these???
I don't believe that you would get a restaurant shop with A Closer Look. Their restaurants are high end. Read their Guidelines, take the test, fill out the narrative section on the profile page. Get experience from other companies first. Have you been rated yet? Don't start with A Closer Look. They are not just an Italian restaurant co.
I just completed my first shop with ACL. It was a high-end lunch and I stayed under the reimbursement amount with two diners and I gave the server just over a 20% tip. I received positive comments and a suggestion for future shops. Now I am starting to receive offers from them that I have never seen posted before.
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There are no fees, so you are basically going out to dinner. You will spend more than the reimbursement at some of their restaurants. I also feel that the reimbursement should be much higher considering how much work and detail they require for their reports. I perform other restaurant assignments that are less hassle.
I don't do many assignments for ACL anymore. They are holding me hostage for their fitness shops. I would love to do them but, unfortunately, the closest shops are at least 15 miles and 45 minutes away without traffic. No way to even route them, but ACL seems to think I should grab them up anyway. After I do a couple of those, then they'll let me shop their restaurants again. Not happening.
I didn't see the Italian shop myself. However, after reading on here that I have to have done shops with them to see the Italian restaurants I really wanted, I took a pizza shop. It was a fast casual pizza shop and although it was reimbursement only, it was $25 worth of food and wasn't any harder to do than any other fast casual restaurant (Five Guys, Panda, Panera, etc.).
After doing that easy shop and getting a nice dinner for myself after a busy day at work, I am now able to see the other shops available including the Italian restaurant.
Shopping across Indiana but mostly around Indianapolis.
To what basis are you guessing he would not pass a high end shop?
> I don't believe that you would get a restaurant
> shop with A Closer Look. Their restaurants are
> high end. Read their Guidelines, take the test,
> fill out the narrative section on the profile
> page. Get experience from other companies first.
> Have you been rated yet? Don't start with A
> Closer Look. They are not just an Italian
> restaurant co.
CanadaMommy, I am not saying that he would not pass the high end shop. Just that is what I did myself to get something that I could go to without needing a guest (I was really wanting the Italian restaurant which would need a guest). It is a easy way to get what I wanted.
Shopping across Indiana but mostly around Indianapolis.
lbw1000 sorry That was to shopper8.
Shopper8 in the beginning of the thread thought it was not good for him.
You are absolutely right in that a guest is almost a necessity for cover and for notes.
> CanadaMommy, I am not saying that he would not
> pass the high end shop. Just that is what I did
> myself to get something that I could go to without
> needing a guest (I was really wanting the Italian
> restaurant which would need a guest). It is a
> easy way to get what I wanted.
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I did a high end lunch shop for ACL back in January and it was not bad at all. I was able to take my mother somewhere really nice for her birthday and get reimbursed for it and the experience gave me confidence to take on more higher end shops. One thing I love about ACL is that if you have any issue/comment/question/concern at all, drop your scheduler an email and you will get a response. In my book they are great to work for. ACL seems to be for me more of an "experience" MSC - I don't do their shops for money per se - though my first shop for them had a $25 bonus attached to it. I do ACL shops more for higher end experiences and having said higher end experience reimbursed. And now that I have done a nicer hotel chain for them, also for the reward points that can add up to a nice little getaway for myself.....I'm happy to do shops and fill out reports to earn a nice little getaway.
> There are no fees, so you are basically going out
> to dinner. You will spend more than the
> reimbursement at some of their restaurants. I
> also feel that the reimbursement should be much
> higher considering how much work and detail they
> require for their reports. I perform other
> restaurant assignments that are less hassle.
> I don't do many assignments for ACL anymore. They
> are holding me hostage for their fitness shops. I
> would love to do them but, unfortunately, the
> closest shops are at least 15 miles and 45 minutes
> away without traffic. No way to even route them,
> but ACL seems to think I should grab them up
> anyway. After I do a couple of those, then
> they'll let me shop their restaurants again. Not
I'm not so bored that I need to do these. For that amount of work, I can get a high reimbursement and a $50 fee, pretty much any day from another company. I think that the lowest fee I will take on a good meal is $25. I have no idea why I would do these for reimbursement only? I got a call to do a shop with a $10 bonus. Fortunately, I was booked doing a one day shop at a casino with a .... $150 bonus on top of the fee. hahahahaha Unbelievable. If they want experienced, quality reports, they are going to need to pay for them.
They seem to think the meal reimbursement is enough. Once in a while is okay. I also took my mom out to a nice lunch, and the lunch report was shorter and reasonable. The other shops I've done were all dinner at a tropical restaurant, and that report was like a novel. ACL is the only MSC (out of 60+) that always bounces my report back for more detail. I worked for many years as a medical editor - you can't get more detailed than that job. I really think it's more of an editor issue and which one is reviewing your report. I know what those reports are worth (per word/line/page), and those tropical restaurant reports far exceed what we ate for dinner. Since I'm being held hostage in exchange for a fitness shop, I can't see the Italian restaurant, pizza or other shops so I'll never know if those reports are more reasonable.
ACL does do some fee paid projects. I just did 10 very short photo audits with reports that were a breeze. The fee was quite good for the work involved and all of the locations were very close to me. Too bad; I hated the product that I had to taste, lol.
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Agree with basically everyone here. They have one restaurant (similar to Hooters) that they pay me a $20 bonus for about every other month. That's the only one I will take, because I don't like reimbursement only, and it is never enough to cover the ordering requirements at the ones I have done.
ACL seems to be wooing new clients right and left lately where I live. Last year they picked up quite a few pizza places. I did one and expected it to be upscale like all the other jobs I have done for them but it was not at all. Just a small pizza joint with only a few choices on the menu. Since I had only seen high end (and the gym location) with them since I started working for them I was kind of surprised but when I look at the drop down menu they have for choosing shops I see almost every category imaginable including movies and senior housing types of jobs. I assume they have these somewhere else in the country or in the past.
It truly depends on where you live for this and every other msc. When I started out with A-C-L all they had in my area were high end places and now the job board here is not at all like that. We only had the "Italian" restaurant I think you are talking about once in my area about 2 years ago. (unless they stopped showing me that one for some reason). I did it that one time and decided to never do it again as the food and service were terrible and a waste of my time and effort. I did not order Macaroni so perhaps that would have tasted better.