Ad Astra, Inc. Employee Reviews

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The reality about AdAstra
Independent Contractor (Former Employee) –  Silver Spring, MDJune 2, 2019
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... this case) does not monitor this company. Working with youths at the Department of Juvenile Services is sensitive and very serious business and should not be taken lightly. It is beyond me why AdAstra would send unqualify interpreters here, and why the State does not have a process in place to monitor this contract.  less
Pros
You are an independent contractor
Cons
Too many to list. AdAstra does not care about the Interpreters or their client.
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Helping people with your language skills as a Medical Interpretor.
Medical Interpreter (Former Employee) –  Baltimore, MDMarch 27, 2019
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.
Pros
Freelance, accept or reject calls as an independent contractor.
Cons
So much efforts put in for little gain, but highly pleased for praises from clients.
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Not a good company to work with
Interpreter (Current Employee) –  MarylandFebruary 20, 2019
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.
Pros
Freelance job, work on your own schedule
Cons
not a good pay rate, not enough assignment
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Good
Contractor (Current Employee) –  Silver Spring, MDFebruary 17, 2019
Good / flexible hours / great office staff / some training and CLE provided but have to pay out of pocket / drama free / team oriented/ nice parties to motivate
Pros
flexible
Cons
low hourly rate per my experience
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Great
Interpreter/Translator (Current Employee) –  Silver Spring, MDFebruary 15, 2019
I work there remotely and there's no issue. Not enough assignment for my language. But it is what it is. They have a great system which makes your job easier.
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count 40 days for you paycheck
Medical Interpreter in the STAR program (Former Employee) –  Silver Spring, MDJanuary 29, 2019
This Company pays you every 40 days. Yes thats right every 40 days. Its hard to live without getting paid. Good income for those who are looking to have extra money in their pockets
Pros
flexible hours
Cons
No benefits
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excellent start to medical linguist field
Freelance Arabic medical interpreter (Current Employee) –  Baltimore, MDDecember 17, 2018
to be freelance as interpreter this company is very good start to the interpreting field specially at the hospital and medical field and you can accept any assignment but you must be quick
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A non friendly environment to work
Bilingual Interpreter (Former Employee) –  Silver Spring, MDOctober 2, 2018
A bad company to work for.
They are not professional in any way.
Communication with interpreters is poor.
Cheap company.
Bad reputation.
Too many client's complains
Pros
None
Cons
Too many
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Freelance
Interpreter (Current Employee) –  Silver Spring, MDSeptember 26, 2018
It’s ok for spare time work, shouldn’t be something you want long-term, one complaint shuts you out of great chances for big jobs. Application process just to register in the system takes forever, must wait 45 days for your first pay
Pros
Set your own pay
Cons
Long wait for pay
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Nice place to freelance
Professional Interpreter (Current Employee) –  Silver Spring, MDSeptember 22, 2018
This is a nice place to freelance if you like languages and speak another language. You can make decent money if you are a student or a single. Hard to support your family if this is your only job.
Overall, this is a nice place to work.
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A great company!
Interpreter (Current Employee) –  Silver Spring, MDSeptember 7, 2018
The staff is competent and very helpful. You choose your own schedule and you have the flexibility to select the jobs depending on your availability or the location.
Pros
Flexible schedule
Cons
Sometimes, you have to drive far.
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Multi-cultural diversity
Interpreter/Translator (Former Employee) –  Bethesda, MDAugust 28, 2018
Interacting with people from various cultures and backgrounds. Learning about new cultures, and customs. Improving language skills in various assignments,
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Fun and interesting place to work / diversity / flexibility
Interpreter (Former Employee) –  Washington, DCAugust 9, 2018
It was just a translating job with different schedule every day. I felt nice to be able to help people from my country (Brazil) at hospitals, clinics, etc in their difficult health situations. Wish it could be a full time with all the benefits and stable until retirement.
Pros
Free time for other activities while on call
Cons
not a full time job / not good pay
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flexible schedule
Comunity Interpreter (Current Employee) –  Silver Spring, MDJune 27, 2018
Ad Astra offers flexibility to choose once schedule, but compensation is the lowest of all interpreting companies and many of the interpreters working for this company are not qualified; therefore they work for less pay.
Pros
schedule
Cons
pay
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Fun and diverse colleges.
Freelance Interpreter/Translator (Former Employee) –  Silver Spring, MDMay 15, 2018
Great experience working for them. Would recommend to anyone. Made good friends.
Able to manage my one schedule. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Fun place to work
Recovery Specialist (Current Employee) –  Wichita, KSApril 4, 2018
Good job good benefits, the job is very fun and fast passed. If you can't keep up you will be left behind! If you aren't dedicated this isn't the place for you
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bad boss
Project Manager (Former Employee) –  Silver Spring, MDMarch 5, 2018
was lying about who was a contracted employee and thus messed up peoples taxes. alot of irresponsible people hired so the good workers had to pick up the slack
Pros
fun work environment
Cons
bad boss
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ad astra
Interpreter (Former Employee) –  Baltimore, MDFebruary 28, 2018
it was a free-lance job, lots of work, but never got a raise in 3 years. Good place to work, but it was hard to get the same jobs. I had to leave because I moved to the county and was too much driving.
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Great Company
Mandarin & Shanghainese Interpreter (Current Employee) –  Ellicott City, Columbia, White Marsh, Rockville,January 26, 2018
Great experience with this company. The project managers are really nice. Very flexible working schedules. You get to choose your working time and assignments.
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Spanish Interpreter (Current Employee) –  Silver Spring, MDJanuary 25, 2018
This job is a freelance, contract position. This job is perfect for college students or anybody who is already fully employed elsewhere and wishes to make some additional monthly income. The work hours are flexible.
Pros
flexible work hours
Cons
No benefits
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