First Rate Response Review: Not Exactly How It Seems

first rate response review

There are probably a number of you out there like me that came across a work at home opportunity that appeared to be exactly what you are looking for.

You read the job description along with the pay and you were like, hmm, I probably can do this and it might be another way to make some extra cash along with eventually becoming a full-time income.

In this First Rate Response Review, I’m going to go over how a job description can be not exactly what it appears to be.


Product: First Rate Response
Overall Ranking: 6/10
Year: 2016

The Rundown

What is First Rate Response?

  • It is a market research company.

How does it work?

  • First Rate Response supplies you with survey sites that you can sign up to and possibly get compensated for by completing surveys or Focus Groups.

How much does it cost?

  • Free

Requirements to join?

  • 18 years or older
  • USA

My Take

When I see data entry job listings, it is quite frustrating to see what appears to a be a data entry job when it really isn’t quite what it seems.

When someone writes the want ad, some people may read it and interpret it differently.

You being the person applying for the “job”, it is really up to you to get the full details before you decide if you should continue to apply or move on.

I personally have looked for a lot of jobs online.

From my experience as a person who reads a lot of these want ads, when you see especially a data entry job listing in the want ads, it is really up to you to examine what the requirements are.

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What Got Me To First Rate Response

There was an ad that said data entry customer service job and it caught my eye when I read the want ad.

I didn’t get far reading the ad when I started to become a skeptic.

When I read ads especially when it says data entry job as their job listing, my first initial thought is that is this going to be a job or something else.

I know this because I’ve been down the work at home job opportunity for many years even before I started this website.

If I didn’t have this website, I personally would have known exactly what was going on and wouldn’t even bother looking deeper.

But being that I do have to give you guys the details, I went a step further and of course, my instincts were correct.

Now, I’m not bragging here or anything, I just kind of know what is out there and I’ve even stated this in my 5 tips to spot a work at home scam article, once you start looking through a number of jobs from home opportunities online, you will be able to figure things out quite rapidly.

Anyhow, I’m rambling and I know you want the details so I want to start with their want ad.

First Rate Response’s Want Ad

first rate response listing

When I read the first part of the want ad that said, work at home panelist program, I knew right there it was regarding surveys.

Like I said earlier, right then and there I would have left and moved on.

Some of you may have taken the word “panelist program” for granted and kept reading.

If you did, here are some other terms that will guide you to know that what seems like a data entry job may not be really as it seems.

  • Sharing opinions
  • Surveys
  • Shape the marketplace
  • Influence new products
  • See products before the general public
  • Participate in testing

All the other words in between are just wording to appear like it is a job.

If you kept on reading, the skills and all that gushy stuff is a way for you to think that you are going to be applying for a job.

They even placed the amount of pay that a lot of us tend to look for right away because no one wants to apply for a job that they feel may not be worth their time.

firstrateresponse wage

As you can see in the image above, the pay is $2 – $70 to complete surveys along with the wording “Entry hourly pay that is $18 – $24 an hour”.

When you read the job description and the pay wage, people tend to feel that they may have found an opportunity that may be another source of income or a full-time income completely from home.

So what people are going to do is “apply” and from there they will find out what is really happening.

What Happens When You “Apply”

You get to a page where they ask for your,

  • First and last name
  • Email
  • City
  • State
  • Resume

Once you do all that, you will get to the next page with details about their service.

Mainly what First Rate Response service does is supply you with partners that are survey sites.

It even states that once you finish the sign-up process, they are pretty much looking for people to complete surveys and focus groups.

With you being the applicant, you would have to register with each of their program partners.

It even states that once you register, their program partners will contact you directly. Then if you keep reading they let you know again how much money you can make.

They say you can make from a few dollars up to seventy dollars completing surveys depending on the length of the survey.

They also state that you can get compensated up to $125 for an online Focus Group.

Finally, it said for work completed by the hour, wages range from $18 to $24 per hour.

The hourly wage really confused me because they didn’t go into details about this. I was expecting to read they offer another way for people to make money besides completing surveys.

Once I read “work completed by the hour, wages range from $18 to $24 per hour, I’m assuming that by you completing more surveys your wage can range from $18 to $24 per hour.

frr require

Then I read the requirements and I was like what! because it said that you will need high-speed Internet which everyone usually has and then it said windows vista or newer.

From what I gathered regarding windows vista, it isn’t supported anymore and if you have a Vista computer I would highly recommend you upgrade it.

After all the data I read, then finally they want you to register with their partners.

Who Are Their Partners?

  • Nielsen
  • e-Poll
  • Survey Junkie
  • Vindale Research
  • Panda Research
  • Survey Voices
  • Opinion Bureau

firstrateresponse vindaleresearch

I noticed that they over inflate the pay rate for surveys. To give you an example, with Vindale Research, they say you can make up to $75 per survey completed.

Now, I don’t about you but I’m a member of Vindale Research and I’ve yet to complete a survey that paid me $75.

How Do I know They Over Inflate The Pay Rate

I’ve done my share of surveys and they do not pay what this First Rate Response claim they pay.

This is why people say that surveys are scams because of the over inflated pay rate that a number of ads out there in the online world claim.

These Ads like claim that you can make a decent or a full-time income by participating in surveys, Ads sites like,

Paid Surveys At Home

Take Surveys For Cash

Get Cash For Surveys

Click 4 Surveys

I’m going to give you guys the real deal. Surveys pay anywhere from $0.25 to I’ve seen some for around $5.00.

The higher the pay for the survey the more difficult it is to qualify.

You see, surveys tend to ask a lot of questions and as you are answering these questions you are going to spend around 10 to 15 minutes qualifying for the survey.

You will experience quite often that you do not qualify for the survey and there are times where something happens during the survey where for some reason or another you can not continue with the survey after spending 20 minutes of your time trying to complete a survey for nothing.

Believe it or not, that happens.

When a survey pays less than a dollar, for me it’s all good. You tend to spend about 15 minutes completing the survey and then they add it to your points in your dashboard.

That is the reality of surveys.

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Are Surveys Scams

No, they are not. Some people may call them scams because of the time ratio vs the pay ratio.

Now I don’t want to call surveys scams because I feel they are not. I fell they are a way for people to make extra cash by completing surveys despite some of the non-qualifying tactics that can happen.

I do want to express though that there are market research companies that really do get genuine data from people who do spend their time completing surveys along with data that will help improve what we want as consumers.

There is a need and from my experience when you continually participate completing surveys, you will find the ones that do pay and the ones that don’t.

What I Like And Don’t Like About First Rate Response’s

What I like

  • It’s free
  • Well articulated and professionally written ad and website
  • The terms were not bad in my book
  • The Survey partners seems okay, I’m familiar with most of them
  • If you join the survey sites they are the norm for survey sites

What I Don’t Like

  • Pay over inflated
  • Ad seemed a little deceptive
  • Resume not needed
  • Ad made it seem like it’s a job

What Happens After I Sign Up For Those Partner Sites

I couldn’t tell you because I’m already a member of Survey sites. From my experience though more or less when you sign up for these survey sites, they will contact you via email and they will let you know what surveys are available.

Again, I want you to know as a person who has done surveys, is that they are time-consuming and the pay is very low.

As for Focus Groups, they do pay a lot more, however, the ones that contacted me were about an hour away from home.

I felt it wasn’t feasible for me to drive that far to get compensated $80 because I have a child with special needs and that was just too far for me.

Now I know Focus Groups pay a lot more than participating with online survey.

Your Demographics Are Important

Most Focus Groups tend to be outside the home.

If you live in a rural area, more than likely you won’t get contacted. If you live in a metropolitan area, your chances to participate with Focus Groups increases.

You may come across telephone surveys that pay a little more.

Being that we live in an era where we have webcams and phone scams focus groups are growing where you don’t have to leave the house as much.

However, there is nothing like being there live where a company can get genuine feedback for their products or services. So if you don’t mind leaving the house you will get compensated for your time which is cool.

Note that not all Focus Groups pay cash and you may get compensated by Gift Cards. My suggestion is that you ask how are you getting compensated before you even agree to go.

Another point I want to add regarding Focus Groups is that they may not call you as often as you think.

Even though you can make over $100 for an hour or more of your time, you might wait a whole year to get called again if they ever call you again.

Is First Rate Response Worth Joining

I don’t want to hate on First Rate Response, I’m just letting you know my findings and more importantly the pay rate may not be as rewarding as it seems.

If you want to start joining surveys through First Rate Response that is entirely up to you. You really don’t need to add your resume and like I said earlier their terms were pretty standard, unlike Opinion City.

I just want you to know what surveys are like and Focus Groups do pay a great deal more than surveys, however, you may not get called for one as often as it appears.

All In All

Want ads can be deceptive. Being that you are the one applying for a “job” know what you are getting into.

Some people may spend a lot of their time completing surveys and as time passes on they realize they are not getting compensated for what the ad stated.

There are people who do want to make extra money by completing surveys. Surveys can be your first money made from home, but if you’re going to do it learn the ropes to find out why some of these survey sites are not legit.

There are some people who would rather not complete surveys because it is time-consuming or it is a task that they would rather not do.

If you are looking for jobs or extra income, feel free to read the info here about opportunities and see if any of these fit your needs.

If you have any questions are comments regarding First Rate Response, feel free to let me know below, thanks!

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27 thoughts on “First Rate Response Review: Not Exactly How It Seems”

  1. Thank you for this blog. I was about to sign up to first rate when this showed up in the results. I hope I can find something that can really help me out. I do not drive so an online work will be great.

  2. Thank you for posting this. I got this website’s ad through Linkedin and you’d think the site would be a bit more diligent in allowing cons on their sites. I’ve run a bit too many of them on their site for so-called work at home positions.

    • You’re very welcome Elyse. Yeah, there are so many of these so-called work at home positions that isn’t even really a job. One site I came across appeared to have taken other people’s content and just placed on their website. Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment especially in regards to LinkedIn, the more people read this comment, people will have their guard up, Evelyn.

    • Hey Lara, yes there are very few that I found. You can check out here and see if any of these fit your needs. The ones I did is, yardi. Sigtrack is more in that data entry field. Contract World and Apple are more in the customer service field. I don’t know exactly what you are looking for, but that list I shared is what I found that seems to be legit, best of luck to you with many Blessings, Evelyn.

  3. Thank you for sharing your experience – not enough transparency out there with these alleged employers marketing their “positions” online. You just saved me a lot of time!

    • Hey Porsche, I couldn’t help myself, I started laughing when I read your comment. Especially about “positions” online. You may want to check out the list I have here and see if any of these will help you out. Blessings to you, Evelyn.

  4. Thank you, for writing this very informative article. It gave me the info that I need to know it was ok to pass on this job offer.

    Please keep up the great work,

  5. Thank you, I was literally about to “Apply” for that “Job”. I thought it sounded too good to be true, but I also would like to get a job where I can work from my laptop. The article was really informative good job.

  6. Evelyn,

    Thanks for the information. I’m looking for something to earn money from home as I’m unable to work my normal job that requires me to be on my feet a lot. At this time I’m not able to do that. I also googled First Response and there you were. I’m so glad I did some checking first. I’m of mind that if something looks to good to be true it probably is. Again, thanks for all the information.

  7. Your site is awesome! the detail the break down was amazing. I’m so glad i came across your review. Do you know of any legit work from home data entry jobs? I know they exist they are just so hard to find without having to pay them to work for them.

    • Hey Tracie, data entry jobs are probably one of the hardest jobs to find online, I wrote this article here about data entry jobs. I personally haven’t found anything really good. You may want to consider Mturk, but other than that, I’m still looking. If I find a good one I will be sure to post it on my site. I wish you the best, Evelyn.

  8. Okay so this is obviously a dud pretty much. I really want to break the normal work schedule it makes me miserable and I am spending so much time working the money doesn’t feel worth it. Do you happen to know of any “work from home” jobs that are legit and aren’t miss leading? I have many talents and I am very efficient at typing/using computers and computer programs. With that said I feel like I should definitely be able to find a job I can do from home! Some help getting started would be great or even just a recommendation to a legit website/job. Thanks bunches in advanced.

    • Hey Rich, you noticed it was surveys as well, yep when I dug a little deeper it turns out it was surveys. Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment, best wishes to you, Evelyn.

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