Babel Media

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Babel Media Reviews

Updated February 20, 2015
Updated February 20, 2015
27 Reviews
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  1.  

    Enjoyed a variety of jobs and people.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Babel Media

    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.

  2.  

    Learn as much as you can, leave as fast you can

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Localization QA Tester in Brighton, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Localization QA Tester in Brighton, England (UK)

    I worked at Babel Media as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    - Multicultural, young and fun coworkers
    - Wide variety of projects
    - Fun industry & relaxed work environment

    Cons

    - Management does not care about the employees, especially at entry-level (testers). People are viewed as resources and used as such.
    - Management does not take any feedback. Suggestions and/or complaints have no (positive) effect.
    - Profit is the only thing that matters. Clients are often sold solutions/contracts that employees cannot realistically perform/provide.
    - Absolutely no career development opportunity. Promotion occurs once in a blue moon: luck and tenure are valued over skills and merit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice to Management is useless since no one cares about feedback in this company.
    Hopefully things will change with the latest buy-out by Keywords. Let's hope the new management is more professional and realizes that all employees are important and deserve to be treated like people, given opportunities to grow and develop their careers, and listened to when they have feedback from the trenches.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Babel Media Response

    Feb 27, 2015Recruiting

    Hi Thank you very much for your comments.

    As you may have guessed, many things have changed since you were testing with Babel in the UK a few years back. The company has continued to evolve over
    ... More

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Test Lead
    Current Employee - Test Lead

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Localization QA Tester

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Localization Tester in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Contractor - Localization Tester in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I have been working at Babel Media as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly environment, nice projects to work on.

    Cons

    On-call contract doesn't give stability, you don't know if you will be working full-time or just couple days in a month.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to be more clear on project length. Give permanent contracts or pay more your on-call employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Very fun!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - FQA Tester in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - FQA Tester in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I have been working at Babel Media

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Linguistic Quality Tester

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Babel Media

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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. 1 person found this helpful  

    FQA Tester

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - FQA Tester in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Contractor - FQA Tester in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I worked at Babel Media as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    People are really kind, everybody is ready to help you if you need, objective evaluation system that allows you to improve, good training session which really prepares you for the job, you actually see people be promoted for merit, very calm and comfortable place, no bullyng or harassment, free coffee and fruit 2 days/week and, if all this is not enough, c'mon, they are paying you to play games all day long!

    Cons

    Minimum wage, contract On-Call and strict schedule.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Only good for short term employment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Linguistic Tester in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Contractor - Linguistic Tester in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I worked at Babel Media as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    I started working there when I was in university and trying to get my first job related to translation.

    Pros:

    - Most coworkers are fun to work with.
    - Opportunity to work with people from all sorts of linguistic backgrounds.
    - Good way to get a general idea of what the video game industry is like.
    - You get to choose what days you can work.

    Cons

    - Pay is low and only suffices if you're a student.
    - On call basis: some months, you get called every day, other months, you get called once a month.
    - A lot of equipment is damaged.
    - Poorly organized schedules : last minute schedule changes, you sometimes get called or emailed between midnight and 5:30 am to be told you have to come to work the next day at 8 am, seats tend to change, testers have to sometimes guess if they have to come in the next day or not....

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Terrible people services

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Receptionist in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Receptionist in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    I enjoyed my time at Babel.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Babel Media as a contractor

    Pros

    Great place to work, friendly and interesting people from, all around the world, laid back atmosphere. Helpful colleagues.

    Cons

    on-call contracts, work schedule unsure due to customer projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep getting better. Longer schedules would be nice and easier to manage our budgets.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Babel Media Response

    Jul 18, 2014Recruiting

    Thank you very much for having taken the time to leave us feedback, we continue to try to make things easier for our on-call employees.

    Cheers!

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