Babel Media Reviews

Updated August 12, 2015
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  1. Only another outsourcing company

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    Former Employee - Localization Tester in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Localization Tester in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I worked at Babel Media full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great team atmosphere - colleagues from all over the world, so you meet lots of people and make great contacts.

    Cons

    Working conditions aren't good. It seems as if the company assumes that just because you like video games, you would work for free. Overtime is expected. If you say No to a weekend shift, they start putting pressure on you to say Yes next time. Performance reviews are a joke. They simply have their quota they have to respect, so you might not get a salary increase because of it and they always seem to find reasons to justify it - even if know you have been doing a good job.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees better and the motivation will increase accordingly.


  2. Good Summer Job

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - FQA Tester in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - FQA Tester in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    If you're looking for an easy summer job Babel is a great place to find it. - Stress free - Easy work - Relaxed environment - Convenient for students

    Cons

    If it's not the summer season work at Babel can be very scarce due to the seasonal flux in the gaming industry. - Many employees lack proper social skills or understanding of team dynamics - Can have work one day and none the next - Very few career opportunities, hard work is rarely noticed

    Advice to Management

    Hire/Promote people who are passionate about their work. Very few people at Babel seem to care about anything else then their next paycheck. Passion and interest in doing good quality work will drastically change Babel for the better.

    Babel Media Response

    Jun 8, 2015 – Recruiting

    Hi, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We will take your comments under consideration and continue to build upon all the feedback that we do receive. Best of luck in your ... More


  3. Enjoyed a variety of jobs and people.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Plenty of chances to work on different projects and people, which makes you grow quickly potentially.

    Cons

    Management tend to see employee as a part of overhead rather than people.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Enjoyed my time at Babel, but senior management does not discipline the leads enough.

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    Current Employee - Test Lead
    Current Employee - Test Lead
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Babel Media full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Easy to get in, no experience necessary. Good place to begin if you are interested in QA/games. Light work atmosphere Meet lots of new people Projects change frequently, keeping things -somewhat- fresh (as much as QA can be)

    Cons

    All workers starts as Freelance, meaning non reliable work. If you work hard, and be friendly, you should get constant work. Not a lot of advancement opportunities, unless you get lucky. Takes about 3 years to become a Lead on average.

    Advice to Management

    Let testers do evaluations on their Leads. You have a LOT of leads who are incompetent.


  6. Very fun!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - FQA Tester in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - FQA Tester in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Its a great step into the industry and if you get lead or captain position you can get very much needed experience for future job in an actual production company. The people are usually really great with a few people who have overly passive aggressive natures that refuse to listen due to having large egos. Nothing really different from any other job with over 200 employees, some you like, some you can do without.

    Cons

    The pay could be higher and people who get promotions usually get them because they throw temper tantrums if they hear someone else might get it and are then usually inept at the job.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Linguistic Quality Tester

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    - If you like video game you enjoy your time working.

    Cons

    - You don't know if you will work the day after. You've to wait an email between 7pm and 22.00 the evening before to know it. - Low salary.

    Advice to Management

    You have to revise the organizations of the schedule work. See how long is the project and tell the people how long the will stay (ex. 1 week, 1 months ecc). Eliminate the system of the email and tell the people the exact days with minimum 1 week in advance.


  8. Helpful (3)

    Terrible people services

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Receptionist in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Receptionist in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Babel Media full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Receptionist gets good pay (14$/hour). - Supposed benefits for permanent employees (if HR ever lets you get them)

    Cons

    - HR does not care about the employees. - Unable to take days off. - Being sick ends up getting you fired. - If on call employees bring up company problems they are worried about they are not given work for weeks on end. - Testers get no benefits, terrible pay, and no secure work schedules.

    Advice to Management

    To Keywords management, destroy Babel. Fire their HR VP and hire someone who will care about your employees. Start from the ground up, you can not get anything from them.


  9. A pleasant and relaxing experience in a very positive work environment

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lqa Tester in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Lqa Tester in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Babel Media full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The people who works there are really friendly and there is a very social work environment. The job itself is very relaxing and entertaining in itself. The office culture is very laid back and relaxed. There are plenty of financial benefits to be had in the offices bonus system.

    Cons

    The relaxed work environment can sometimes be a little too relaxed meaning that one tends to adapt to a very mellow attitude. Sometimes the hours can be a little crooked, meaning you tend to lose the natural day rhythm.

    Advice to Management

    A company disposable cell phone for some over-seas testers would be a good thing, as one has difficulty getting in contact with others without spending a fortune on your own phone.


  10. Challenging due to intermittent cash flow - very client dependent business model.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Babel Media full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people and casual atmosphere.

    Cons

    Difficult to keep subcontractors happy when payments are delayed.

    Advice to Management

    Try to develop better cash flow management to ensure company reputation doesn't suffer with subcontractors and partners.

    Babel Media Response

    Jul 18, 2014 – Recruiting

    Thank you for your comments. We were acquired in March 2014 by Keywords Studios, since then our cash flow issues have been resolved. Thank you for your feedback. Cheers!


  11. Helpful (2)

    Avoid at all costs

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Tester in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Tester in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Babel Media full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I don't think there's any

    Cons

    The office is in a ugly area of Montreal, not so nice to walk by. Bad organization, sometimes they mess up visas for the foreign employees. The annual salary raise is ridiculous. Office is often dirty, plenty of loose wires under the desk, a/c does not work properly. During their busy season you are forced to start work (without any reward) at 7 and finish at 3.30 or start at 3.30 and finish at midnight. They often ask you to work extra hours and weekends during the summer, not so convenient if you have a life outside work.

    Advice to Management

    Value more your employees and start to treat them as people, not as objects.



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