Babel Media Reviews

Updated October 17, 2014
Updated October 17, 2014
21 Reviews
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    FQA Tester

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

    I worked at Babel Media as a contractor (less than an 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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Terrible people services

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    Former Employee - Receptionist in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Receptionist in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I worked at Babel Media full-time (less than an 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
  3.  

    Only good for short term employment

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

    I worked at Babel Media as a contractor (more than an 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
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    I enjoyed my time at Babel.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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!

  6.  

    A pleasant and relaxing experience in a very positive work environment

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

    I worked at Babel Media full-time (less than an 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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Interesting and stimulating

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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 as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    testing games of all genres and platforms gives great first insight into the production of video games. Colleagues are very nice, atmosphere is relaxed and productive

    Cons

    Complete chaos in scheduling, late notice of available work, pay is so-so, lunch is hard to get compared to downtown location, public transport is a little painful

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Build a core of employees with as little in and out as possible

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    AVOID AT ALL COSTS!!

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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 as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    No Pros, just young working environment...But I don't think there's any.

    Cons

    No communication, Bad immigration procedures, bad HR management, too many lies.
    They signed a contract with a friend of mine in June and they were unable to get him in Montreal...He waited their answers for 3 months.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no one, they can't do nothing to improve their work or their mind.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Babel Media Response

    Jul 14, 2014Recruiting

    Thank you very much for having taken the time to leave your impressions here. Let me try to answer some of your comments.

    In regards to immigration procedures, we must follow all Québec and
    ... More

  9.  

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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Babel Media full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great people and casual atmosphere.

    Cons

    Difficult to keep subcontractors happy when payments are delayed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Babel Media Response

    Jul 18, 2014Recruiting

    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!

  10.  

    Fun place to Work and learn

    Former Employee - Video Game Tester in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Former Employee - Video Game Tester in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

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

    Pros

    1.Good Learning curve
    2.Fun Place to work

    Cons

    1 salary offered is low

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Don't waste your time with this company

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

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

    Pros

    Comparatively easy to join a team

    Cons

    Work at on-call contract basis

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't hire more people than you need. Your employees can't just wait until you find a job. Think about short-term project based contracts.

    Doesn't Recommend

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