Fast Translation 12, Italy (beware)
Email 20/01/15 Hello, My name is Chieko Laux. I’m an English-Japanese translator.
I would like you to add this company to your blacklist. Cappi Bartolomeo of Fast Translation 12 (Italy) contacted me directly asking for Japanese proofreading I performed the work for her, but after delivery she claimed the job had been cancelled ? if it actually was, it was because of her mismanagement ? and refused to pay me.
The amount is small (US$44.62), and at first she promised to pay me after I mentioned that I would report this to translation job websites. However even after the due date, she does not pay and does not respond to e-mails, which is unprofessional and unacceptable.
I can provide further details and e-mails, if necessary.
Thank you, and thanks very much for making this valuable resource available to the translator community."
28/01/15:" Hello, I sent you the following e-mail on the 20th. and after you posted this information, she finally paid the exact amount. Thank you so much. I just would like to inform you and thank you.
FEA Translation and Language Solutions (Incredibly low rates)
"Dear, Thank you for your email and for sending us your CV . We are happy to inform you, FEA Translation and Language Solutions confirm acceptance on said subject concerning the cooperation with you, we agree to pay 0,010 USD per source word. Please find attached our database form for translators which we would appreciate you completing, signing and returning to us. Please accept our congratulations on the adoption of our family and our thanks for your enthusiastic attitude. (...)We recognise that our greatest asset is our translators; It is our people who deliver brilliant work. Who give the company its personality, who shape its culture, and who innovate. That´s why we believe in treating our people with respect, looking after their welfare and allowing them the freedom to be themselves, to flourish, and maximise their potential moreover to produce the best results for the Company & clients. It is our policy to assist our people to enable them to achieve their aims and aspirations.(...)"
Indeed, they really know how to show their gratitude for all this profit they are making in your back. By promising to treat you with respect. What a deal!
Flow languages (non-paying crooks)
"I'd like to notify other translators about non-paying agency - Flow Languages http://flowlanguages.com/.
I did 7 small projects for Flow Languages in October and November 2014. They should have paid the first sum at the beginning of November, than postponed payment (after my several letters) to the beginning of December, but didn't pay and didn't answer my letters.
So, please, be careful with this dishonest agency. By the way, it has a very low LWA at Proz.com http://www.proz.com/blueboard/39973, too, it's a pity, that I didn't look for this information before.
Elena Sukhova firstname.lastname@example.org
P.S. Katina Nikolova, the line manager, responsible for my payment, is in the copy."
"Hi, I completed three translation projects for Flow Languages last October and November and still have not been paid (total amount over £635). I have not had any written response to my emails since November. Whenever I call they either tell me payment will be next month, the person I need to speak to is not in or they will forward my query … Though i never hear back … Am appalled!
Have you had any other complaints regards this company?"
With kind regards,
Mariska van den Broek BA MSc DipTransIoLET MCIL
"I have just seen your web page about the agencies to avoid.
I too have four outstanding invoices, I did four jobs between September and November 2014, and I still haven't been paid (equivalent of €550).
Everyone should avoid Flow Languages now."
Frühbeck Translations, Esperanza Frühbeck
CROOK, RUN!! owes thousands
FOX Translate (Low rates)
"If so, I would like to have a discussion with that individual, privately, about rates. I would be happy to provide information about my own target, "acceptable", and "desperation" rates in return."