Voicebox Technologies Reviews

Updated August 28, 2015
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  1. Sr. Speech Scientist

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Speech Scientist in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Speech Scientist in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Voicebox Technologies (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly work environment, innovative technology, good benefits

    Cons

    Dated offices, limited space, slow decision making

    Advice to Management

    Find a new place and work to resolve issues faster


  2. Lovely people, incredibly terrible organization

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    Former Employee - Language Expert in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Language Expert in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Voicebox Technologies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flex hours, wonderful coworkers, generally supportive environment

    Cons

    Poor incentives, no inter-department communication


  3. Part time

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    Current Employee - Language Expert in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Language Expert in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Voicebox Technologies (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great environment, interesting projects. I have been learning a lot and hope to be continuing with them.

    Cons

    Not clear where the company's next projects are going to be, not much communication from top down. Lot's of uncertainty.


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  5. Friendly people, casual environment

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Everyone was very friendly. The corporate (if you can call it that) culture had a very family-like quality to it.

    Cons

    Management was very frugal, and there were a couple of times where payroll was late.

    Advice to Management

    I could never tell where the company was going or what the vision was. To retain talent, pay better wages.


  6. Language Expert

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    Former Employee - Language Expert in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Language Expert in Bellevue, WA

    Pros

    Great opportunity for hands-on experience with localization and testing software.

    Cons

    Company operates like a small start-up, is having trouble growing its infrastructure with its employee base, has some periodic money management issues.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Great stuff, everyone works very hard

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Voicebox Technologies full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Everybody is part of the company and works very hard. The company definitely has a culture. The company is growing fast. CEO is great.

    Cons

    It's not very work-life balanced, as the company is always rushing to meet new deadlines.


  8. Helpful (6)

    Don't waist your time!

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    Current Employee - Language Expert in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Language Expert in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Voicebox Technologies part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    It is fun to work on voice recognition technology.

    Cons

    I just think people need to make a living wage with health benefits. Company has to pay more to its good, hardworking, smart associates with computer science/engineering background. Here, nannies get more pay than almost everyone. Don't worry. If you are French or Chinese, you are off the hook.

    Advice to Management

    Change middle management! watch out for people! Some people say they are working on several languages/projects such as; NL, EN, FR, GR, SV. Just watch out, they don't even come to work!!! They have been able to do this. Thanks to friendly HR!!!


  9. Very stimulating and interesting work, in the right place in the right time

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Voicebox Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Cutting edge scenarios that the company is working on in speech recognition, natural language understanding and cloud services provide very exciting and stimulating work environment. Above average engineering team. Great vision. Opportunity to make huge difference. Very diverse and friendly environment. Open door policy with execs. Opportunity to collaborate with top companies in various market segments.

    Cons

    Not enough training opportunities, tough schedules, non liquid equity compensation. Some commitments to customers are very challenging to satisfy within the budget and available timeline.

    Advice to Management

    In response to great growth that the company had, please hire experienced COO or create similar position so that the company is more professionally run. Modernize HR. Pay attention to office space and parking. Do frequent company surveys, communicate results and follow up on areas for improvements.


  10. It's a tough work environment, and things move slowly, but their is continuous challenges, growth and progress.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Voicebox Technologies full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    A key thing to note about working here, is that its much more suited for self-motivated people. I don't mean do everything by yourself (it's definitely a team environment), but more in regards to communication and driving your career and work/life balance. Most problems people have can be addressed by communicating with your manager. I have seen this company bend over backwards for employees when they needed help. But don't expect things to just resolve themselves or someone pinging you constantly. It's still a small company working through growing pains and often working with minimal resources. A lot of it is what YOU make it, and this is a good environment for those people. - Some of the best tech people I have ever worked with. - Wide range of platforms and technologies keep it exciting/refreshing over time. - Assuming tech related positions, plenty of room for career growth, either up or sideways. - Company has been growing regularly for several years. - Work/Life can be challenging, but management is more than willing to help if you communicate with them. - Lots of opportunity to wear different hats, particularly if you are self motivated. - Hours are pretty flexible. Don't need approval for random days off, taking off early, etc. for life events that pop up like Dr visits, waiting for cable guy, etc. - Good health benefits, # of company holidays, good PTO plan, etc. - Very collaborative environment. - Family friendly environment. OK to bring kids to work for visits. Several company events through the year such as Christmas party, yearly off-site company picnic, Halloween costume contest and bring kids in for trick or treat, etc. Plus various group/team events. - It's a small company so not a huge pool of people for clubs/etc., but if you find groups, company supports it. There are several currently from photography to soccer, etc. For example, the soccer group plays off-site once a week, during work hours. - Technology is great and exciting, and extremely challenging to work on, I love it. - LOTS of potential future feature/technology in this space, doors are wide open, even with 10 years under their belt, its just the beginning for this technology. - Continual new customers and product areas, keeps work fresh. - Many strong patents. Was recently rated very high by IEEE on patent value, most other companies in same range were large corporations buying hundreds or thousands of patents, with Voicebox sitting that high with only 13 or so patents (due to their importance/value). - Executives have shown great resilience to finding revenue, customers, expanded engagements with existing customers, etc. to keep the company moving forward and growing.

    Cons

    People need to understand that this is a small company. It is in transition to becoming a larger company, and there are many hiccups and challenges to overcome. There is a chicken before the egg factor to consider (need customers for revenue, need more people to support those customers, but need money [in advance] to hire those resources, etc.). Not to mention that some areas/talents are very hard to find, some positions sitting open for months because no applicable candidates. However, in many ways, these are good problems to have. These are not bad problems. There are no issues like bounced paychecks, lay offs, high revolving door issues, etc. This is a tough market, there are lots of companies hiring, lots of other opportunities out there, yet people are not leaving Voicebox left and right. There is a reason for that. With that said, here is list of cons as I see them... - Parking is very bad. Several improvements have been made lately, but with continued hiring, doesn't help much. However, management continues to work on additional solutions. - Building space is tight. Expansion to other adjacent buildings helps, but not a very long term solution. The new open space design was not planned like a proper open space environment that was planned to be so from the beginning. - No formal performance evaluation or compensation adjustment evaluation. However, you can request them whenever you want. - Few documentation and general process/practice standards. Each team and project group has their own ways of doing things. Documentation is a mess. Note, a team was just put together to standardize documentation and use Document Management solution. - Lack of regular high level company direction, status on vitals, etc.

    Advice to Management

    . - Follow-through with commitments, even if its just an update/status of a delay or change in commitment. - Need to communicate regularly (min quarterly) company status. Not just projects, but financials, patents, projections, market evaluations, etc. - Really need a formal employee review process, tied to compensation adjustments. Clear position definitions and evaluation mechanisms. - Building/parking and open space issues are a much larger problem than you realize and should be addressed more aggressively if possible. - Really need to invest in... > R&D and future technologies to ensure we stay relevant and ahead of the game. > Underlying cross-company processes/standards, tools/infrastructure, code architecture re-factoring, etc. to truly streamline development efforts, code reuse, raise quality bars, shorten deliverable schedules, etc.


  11. Application Development Manager

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Applications Development Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Applications Development Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Voicebox Technologies full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Exciting company and technology, leading the industry in natural and conversational voice technologies. Great company culture and great place to work. A place where your contribution not only makes a difference to the customers and quality of the products we ship, but also make a difference in the industry in how people interact with their technology. Very open and honest company culture where plenty of opportunity exists to make an impact.

    Cons

    Similar to any technology company and any small to mid-sized company, there is always a lot of things to do, and work priorities can get focused on the customer. Though company is making very good progress in improving internal processes and putting increased focus on improving company technologies, while balancing customer facing work. Though, I've worked for a number of companies, and this is by far the best overall environment I've worked in.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the company culture, keep up with the improvements and focus in improving the companies technologies.



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