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This is a great place to start. However, it's not a stable job and the pay is low. It is difficult to earn enough to pay bills working at Ad Astra. The company will use interpreters that are paid very little for assignments and only give you 5-6 hours per week while driving another 10 hours total just to get these hours. Gas mileage is not paid and you are a 1099 employee. They should offer W-2 positions and guarantee at least 20 hours per week. Also, there is no growth potential in this company. The project managers are the only helpful staff at this organization.
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Few hours and low pay
This company tried to hastily hired me over a phone call (with no evaluation or proper interview). They were trying to get me to sign up right away. I asked the rate and they gave me a range, and the highest value they gave me was like 30 cents a min I believe?! Which is basically about a THIRD of what I normally make (I speak a language that it’s difficult to find interprets for). So know that whatever rate they offer you, you can at least double it elsewhere.
I would not say I didn't learn anything, because I would be lying. I learned a lot about languages and cultures. The owner of the company has TERRIBLE management skills and if she happens to be in a bad mood, RUN! you might be jobless the next day for no reason. She does not understand that a hierarchy is based on skill set and experience, and about how you actually contribute to the company, but rather on how many times a week you go out drinking with her. She also pays everyone in the office the same salary... Also, very unethically she uses anyone who speaks the language required, for her assignments in hospitals. So if the doctor cuts the wrong leg, it is Ad Astra's fault and not the interpreter's.
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I usually get calls for last minute assignments and if it fits my schedule, i usually accept, otherwise, it will be given to someone else. I drive my own car to different locations in MoCo where they need interpretation services. I find it exciting to meet different people and help them in different situations such as in the legal system, school and medical appointments and mental health facilities. My experience engaging with the patient community throughout various locations has been very rewarding so far.
If you take a job here, you will not be able to work at any hospital or center that Ad Astra is working with since they have a Non-Compete clause. This means that you need to resign and after a year you would be able to apply to any job at any hospital there. They pay really low $17 an hour
You work your own hours
no benefits since you are your own employee - self employed
have encountered an issue with one of the coordinators because she only assigns her “favorite” interpreters. Everyone needs a fair chance and even though i’ve been requested by client they just assign whoever they want.
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Ad astra is a very greedy company, they are more into money. They don't care about professionalism and moral. Their invoice processing time is horrible. As a freelancer, you have to wait 45 days after you worked on an assignment.
It is a very good job for people that does not need health insurance. Since we are subcontractors the company does not offer any benefit. You work on your own. Company can adjust your salary requirement depending on the place to travel to work. But you are in charge of all your expenses.
Very good job
Subcontractor. Not too much work here in Georgia
friendly staff to work with; orientation/training provided; I just wished that they could offer the interpreters more hours to work and that they prov
friendly staff to work with; orientation/training provided; I just wished that they could offer the interpreters more hours to work and that they provide minimal hours of pay.
I worked with AsAstra as an independent contractor for more than 4 years before calling it quits. At the beginning it was all good. I was assigned plenty of work and I could negotiate my hourly rate with them. I primarily got assignments with the Department of Juvenile Services (DJS) because they are long assignments (12 hours a day). But about a year ago, everything started to change. They sent an email saying that all interpreters’ rates were $20/hr for DJS. So, after working for 4 years with them, they dropped my rates, just like that. And then recently, another email came out indicating that interpreters charging less than $20 would get preference. The problem with that is that now you have interpreters who are NOT qualified, making $13 or $14/hr. I met about 4 or 5 interpreters who don’t even speak the language. I am being very serious. These are language interpreters, English/Spanish, who don’t speak, read or write Spanish. And the client of course, who is a youth at a detention center and does not speak any English will rarely complain. But AdAstra does NOT care about the interpreter or the service. ALL they care is getting the cheapest interpreter so that they can get the most amount of money. AdAstra was just awarded the Statewide Foreign Language Interpretation/Translation Services for the second time, so I am guessing that is the reason for the change. They got the contract so they don’t care anymore. If you are an interpreter, stay away from this company. And if you are a client, stay away from this company. I really don’t understand how the State (Maryland in - more...
You are an independent contractor
Too many to list. AdAstra does not care about the Interpreters or their client.
Put in so much effort to help people and get paid as a medical interpreter in hospital and clinic settings such as at a surgery center or a cancer fighting clinic, so you know how important as a matter of life-and-death concern for patients, and a language interpreter although cannot dispense medical service or advice but can increase the effectiveness of treating through understanding of patients' needs through communications and also rise above some cultural barriers that the patients once might have harbored, etc. The drawbacks are the interpreter(s) do not get paid for all the efforts needed to accomplish the assignments, including bad weather and bad traffic and I got my car towed away once in Baltimore City, and I had to pay $270 to get it back when I came to an assignment at Johns Hopkins Hospital (in Baltimore, MD) in 2012.
Freelance, accept or reject calls as an independent contractor.
So much efforts put in for little gain, but highly pleased for praises from clients.
This company does not treat their employee fair. They do not value your good work. They give assignment to people who ask the cheapest rate. Those not well trained interpreter causing complaints from clients. The management work is not efficient. You need wait 45 day after service to get paid, or even longer because they process payment late. The record department misplace your documents from time to time.
Freelance job, work on your own schedule
not a good pay rate, not enough assignment