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Amazon Mechanical Turk (MTurk) operates a marketplace for work that requires human intelligence. The MTurk web service enables companies to programmatically access this marketplace and a diverse, on-demand workforce

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Amazon Mechanical Turk (MTurk) operates a marketplace for work that requires human intelligence. The MTurk web service enables companies to programmatically access this marketplace and a diverse, on-demand workforce


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Amazon's Mechanical Turk
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Year Founded
1994
HQ Location
Seattle, WA
Total Revenue (USD mm)
$177,866
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@amazonmturk
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Consumer Goods
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
Describe the project or task the provider helped with:

I was working on a project which involved the sharing of a referral code for website sign-ups. I needed ideally around 25 sign-ups; MTurk helped me achieve this. I paid each successful sign-up a sum of $0.18. The average time it took for a worker to complete the sign-up was only two minutes. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you like best?

The most helpful thing about MTurk is that the platform allows you to screen workers before they're allowed to accept the task. For instance, any worker that wished to accept my task had to meet the following criteria: location in US, annual income less than $30,000, frugal, and at least a 95% acceptance rate from previous tasks. This allows the requester on MTurk to weed out low-quality and/or unqualified workers. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The only thing I disliked about MTurk was the large proportion of workers whose first language is not English. There is a strong presence of non-native English workers on the site. The quality of work for some of these workers is sub-par due to a poor understanding of English and the inability to accurately understand the task's instructions. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the provider:

If you are looking to get the most out of MTurk, you will want to request MWS Developer Keys. These will give you the ability to customize qualifiers, make your own templates, and try your tasks out before publishing them. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the provider? What benefits have you realized?

MTurk has provided a way for us to get almost immediate turnaround for simple tasks. We set the amount we are willing to pay per task (called HITs) which is often extremely cheap compared to hiring an individual/group. With the customizable qualifiers, we can be sure that work performed will be relevant and high-quality. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
Describe the project or task the provider helped with:

I am a social scientist that uses MTURK primarily for data collection. Great place to get quick data. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you like best?

Quick and efficient, simple and userfriendly Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes the worker quality is low. Even with master qualification and limiting to those who had 99% previously approved hits, it does not usually help much in my opinion, In a study, my undergraduate students complete using 30 minutes and these Mturkers (master + highly experienced) only used 10mins+ , providing significantly shorter responses! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the provider? What benefits have you realized?

it helps with data collection process, though Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
Describe the project or task the provider helped with:

We use Mturk to run experiments and they are a great way to get a general idea of how people respind to certain situations. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you like best?

Easy implementation and great access to people who would otherwise not be included in studies. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

A very specific crowd are on Mturk and sometimes it might mean the responses are not generalizeable. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the provider:

Make sure your study designs are well thought through Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the provider? What benefits have you realized?

In comparison with just running the study in university labs we get answers from people in different stages of their life. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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OH
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Organic
Describe the project or task the provider helped with:

Amazon Mechanical Turk has helped me make so much money. As a student, I don't have much time to work and earn money, but through mTurk, I have made over $600 in a year. My university is also able to send out surveys and get a better response that can be more generalized of the population, which is helpful as we are a top notch research university. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you like best?

I don't need to necessarily have any academic qualifications to make money. It's always accessible no matter the time. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

No one knows how to get "masters" so it's harder to get higher paying tasks. You can end up wasting lots of time for low paying tasks. Many of the tasks fill up very fast. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the provider:

Make sure you offer more money to people taking your surveys because this will make people more likely to take them. Also, don't require the "masters" qualification as that limits the group of people who can take your survey. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the provider? What benefits have you realized?

It's easy to make money at a time that works with your own schedule. I don't mind taking surveys so it works well for me. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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OE
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
Describe the project or task the provider helped with:

There are different surveys to take on there and the pay ranges from 10 cents up to a dollar. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you like best?

I like how some of these surveys are so easy and can take like 5 minutes and you earn 50 cents so if you really work hard you can make decent money on the side. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I don’t like how sometimes the HIIT will expire after you took a survey for something higher paying (like $2) and then when they ask you to go back to the page and put in the code it’s gone so you can’t get paid. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the provider? What benefits have you realized?

Sometimes if you don’t get paid you are given an email to contact the person responsible for the survey and you just tell them you participated but weren’t compensated. So that is helpful because they can make you a private HIIT so you can get paid. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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OE
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
Describe the project or task the provider helped with:

To mark elements on thousands of pictures Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you like best?

The price per picture was very low and the results were great Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Having to use all the infraestructura me of Amazon instead of they providing as a part of the service Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the provider:

Instructions are really important and dividing the tasks in smaller simple ones can make people responde faster Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the provider? What benefits have you realized?

Allows the workers to get jobs that are not monotone and left those to people that can do them easily Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Graduate student teaching assistant and researcher
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from the seller
Describe the project or task the provider helped with:

I am part of a research team at a large university that is constantly collecting data for research projects on employed adults. We run into the issue of not being able to use available participants in our location (such as students or the community) for our research, as they are not our target population; however, using Amazon's Mechanical Turk has allowed us to quickly gather data on the populations we study. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you like best?

The best feature has been the ability to set specific criteria for who can participate in the listing (such as having to have complete at least 100 prior HITS, having a 95% approval rating, geographic location, age, work status, etc etc.). You have to pay extra for these screenings (per participant) which can really add up but it is necessary in order to get usable data. Data is also gathered EXTREMELY quickly on MTurk, especially if you pay participants a reasonable amount. We have collected quality information on 500 people over night. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

It is extremely inconvenient to contact MTurk workers who have completed your HIT to participate in a followup, as you have to do so one at a time, which is not realistic if you are trying to reach 500+ people. We have found a way to do so though a statistical software however this process requires code, is a bit complicated, and is error prone. It would be extremely beneficial if there was a way to contract groups of workers directly on the website. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the provider:

Make sure you have the appropriate funds before initiating a project, as many of the useful features on MTurk require additional fees per participant. Also make sure everything you set up is running properly as soon as it goes live, as it is huge waste of time and resources to post a HIT that has a glitch and still have to pay everyone who participated. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
Describe the project or task the provider helped with:

Amazon Mechanical Turk or MTurk is a website where you do simple little tasks and you can earn money by doing so. You then can cash out by either setting up your bank card with amazon pay OR you can simply cash out with amazon giftcard. They usually take around 24 hours for the transfer. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you like best?

Honest the best thing that i like unlike some other websites you can earn cash with it is super easy to get the money on my amazon account. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The rejections. Sometimes you get rejection happy requester and they can reject your hit and then when that happens you did the work and your not paid. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the provider? What benefits have you realized?

Just earning cash its great for my pocket Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Executive Assistant To Chief Executive Officer
Marketing and Advertising
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
Describe the project or task the provider helped with:

Amazon Mechanical Turk (MTurk) has helped applicants solve many data processing, analysis and content moderation challenges. This is possible thanks to the contributions of Workers from all over the world who have been driving the MTurk market. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you like best?

I can Work as much or as little as I want. Amazon Mechanical Turk has a variety of tasks, and good third-party support forums Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I see that there are many predatory and low-income applicants, in slow times of the year, and Amazon provides virtually no support, no benefits I think that Mechanical Turk offers to work at your own convenience, but also at your own risk. The payment offered for the time invested is not enough, but if you have nothing else to do with that time, you may receive a payment for it. The possibility of having your funds deposited into your bank account or as a credit on Amazon is a nice advantage, but perhaps the only one. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the provider:

I can recommend that you try it for yourself, since it has work for everyone. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
Describe the project or task the provider helped with:

Actually its crowd sourcing online distance marketplace, helping people to get benefited the use of human intelligence to perform tasks that computers are currently unable to do. Employers are able to post jobs such as Label the Data for supervise machine learning or selecting best photo, filling product descriptions, selecting specific object in picture, Scoring tweet on some criteria, etc. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you like best?

The services which can be done through Amazon Mechanical Turk are very cheap, task are done very fast, Resources are arranged easily, Transparency of work, and many more Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The appropriate resource matching should be focused more, there should be good algorithm for matching the task related appropriate resource search or match mechanism to facilitate. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the provider:

Everyone must experience this, it will make your life easier Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the provider? What benefits have you realized?

Labeling the data unlabeled / unsupervised for machine learning or deep learning problems, which is the great benefit and become very simple and get possible which was not possible earlier. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Assistant Manager
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
Describe the project or task the provider helped with:

Mechanical Turk can bemused to gather data, information, make surveys etc. I love this because I can conduct a research without having to go out. this system gives you the ability to purchase hits so that the workers can get paid. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you like best?

I love the ease and the fact that I can multitask in my business while getting all the important tasks done in the business. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

it can sometimes take a few to get response, but other than that it is absolutely great. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the provider:

I recommend this software because it will put you at ease knowing that you will get honest feedback because the workers are being compensated. it is so easy to build and you can work with whatever amount you can to conduct the research. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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OE
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Organic
Describe the project or task the provider helped with:

I took on several mechanical turk projects (selected from a list) that were related to transcription, surveys, and data entry. The reward for the completed project was usually cents on the dollar and ultimately I didn't find it a worthwhile platform. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you like best?

It is easy to navigate the queue and you have complete choice over what to select from the list. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The rewards are way too low. Requesters on the platform are looking for projects to be completed for literal change. Also, the requester can reject your work and ultimately not pay you. I worked for weeks and only made 9.00 dollars. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the provider? What benefits have you realized?

I was attempting to provide a service to requesters via Amazon Mechanical Turk but ultimately the time investment was not worth it. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
Describe the project or task the provider helped with:

I used Amazon Mechanical Turk to get people to fill a survey about my research. For this task, I needed people from the elderly community (Preferably older than 60 years) to fill out a survey. Using this website allowed me to just send out the survey, without worrying about selecting the people or talking to people on the street, saving me a lot of time. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you like best?

The best thing about Amazon Mechanical Turk is that you can actually filter based on the users age and gender, which allows for targeting certain population for your surveys. This great feature allowed me to send the survey only to the elderly community, which is the population of interest in my research. In addition, you can select the amount of money that you want to pay to the people that actually fill the surveys, which is really good since you are not force into paying any set amount. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The only thing that I dislike is that there are not many people using the service. However, I understand that since this service is still in beta, the number of users should only be expected to increase in the foreseeable future. I thing that if there is something that can be improved, is to send notification to the people that have not filled the survey, so they get a second chance of doing it, and the response rate increases. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the provider:

I fully recommend it. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
Describe the project or task the provider helped with:

Amazon Mechanical Turk is very easy to use and doesn't take long to learn to use. You can also reach tons of people if you need some data quick and if you are a worker, you can find tons of microjobs to earn a few extra bucks. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you like best?

I think I like the ease of use and the layout of Amazon Mechanical Turk. I also like that there are so many users and you can get results pretty quick. It is very user friendly for both the workers and the requestors. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The only thing I can say that I dislike is the quality may not always be up to par. Some workers do not actually participate in some of the activities and will just rush through and not answer thoughtfully. From a worker's view, you may not get compensated fairly for the time you spend on certain hits. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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OC
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Organic
Describe the project or task the provider helped with:

I had a project where I was to review a SAT test and take the test itself and give feedback on what needs to be improved. The test took over a hour and was like the real SAT I taken when i was in high school. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you like best?

What I like best about Amazon Mechanical Turk is the ability to have the freedom to choose what I want to do and for however long I want to do it for. There are a large variety of work that surveys ask from other people. This is great for people who wants to make a side income or use their spare time. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

A lot of the work is long and low paying. Some work can be rejected for almost no reason and there is occasionally no work from high paying surveys Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the provider:

I definitely recommend anyone to use Amazon Mechanical Turk. It is a great source for side income and there is something for everybody. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
Describe the project or task the provider helped with:

I work for them every day on small tasks. Since I am bilingual, I have access to more tasks, but some clients in my language will not grant me access unless I live in the country of the language. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you like best?

Some short tasks are easy and quick to work on. I also like the fact that there are payment options, either in Amazon gift cards or directly to the bank account. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

No access to their masters tasks while I have been working for them for four years. And some clients have tasks that are not described well. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the provider:

The more you work for them, the more money you make. There is work all year long, every day. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
Describe the project or task the provider helped with:

I mainly used Mechanical Turk while I was attending college. I majored in marketing so a big part of specific courses was getting people to fill out surveys and Mechanical Turk was always a good option. It's pretty astonishing how far a small incentive will get you. And if you're in the line of trying to make a few extra bucks, doing the surveys yourself isn't a bad option either. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you like best?

It's a simple tool to set up. No robust mechanisms that make setting up survey's difficult and it's easy to pay individuals their incentives who participate in your survey. If you are the one who takes surveys the money is deposited directly into your account which is nice. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The qualifications for taking specific surveys are sometimes beyond achievable for people who don't do this for a full-time job, which is understandable but can be annoying if trying to make money and the only good Turks are gated beyond your achievements. Other than that I don't really have a problem with the service. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Volunteer
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
Describe the project or task the provider helped with:

I am a multitask-er so i find myself doing and trying out new projects every week. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you like best?

I love completing Surveys for research projects. How i can cash out to my bank account within 2 days. Also how they have other software to keep tabs on assignments based off my profile. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

i can truly say there is nothing i really dislike about this company. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the provider:

I recommend you try it out for yourself, it has work for everyone. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
Describe the project or task the provider helped with:

I had people complete a survey on emotions and relationships Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you like best?

The surveys are easy to administer and I can collect data pretty quickly. I can also get relatively diverse samples in terms of race, income, age, and gender; this is different from work I might typically do with college students. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

People always complain about not being paid enough, even though they're the ones volunteering to participate Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the provider:

Offer a higher price to MTurk workers for ethical reasons and to make people more motivated to do a good job on the task Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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OG
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
Describe the project or task the provider helped with:

So, I usually pick up HITs that are surveys or tasks that pay instant. Some of the surveys I have completed are regarding a food delivery app, daily sleep patterns and such. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you like best?

The money, thats what got me turking. I make up time everyday to turk and try to meetup my quota. The money I earn from these tasks help with my monthly expenses. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The pay rate can be increased. Also, I have had instances where I have been duped after putting my time into it. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the provider:

I highly recommend this product. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
Describe the project or task the provider helped with:

I was doing a research project and collecting data on employee selection practices. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you like best?

The variety of response options was nice. And I liked how easy it was to view results. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Creating a very large survey was sometimes difficult and time consuming. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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OC
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
Describe the project or task the provider helped with:

Train machine learning model for applying labels to clothing entries. These clothing entries are items scraped from online retailers websites. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you like best?

I love how easy it is to integrate mechanical turk into a backend and programmatically generate entries. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I don't remember having any issue with using mechanical turk. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
Describe the project or task the provider helped with:

Research project with large sample size required. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you like best?

Inexpensive and easy enough to navigate. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Not enough consistency with users completing survey. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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HD
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: G2 Gives Campaign
Describe the project or task the provider helped with:

I sourced a survey to acquire participants and the tech worked great. I had 300 completed within a day! Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you like best?

It was easy to create the survey and fast to find the participants. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I didn't know how much to pay each person so I guessed. I might have paid too much? Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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