Wycliffe Bible Translators

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Wycliffe Bible Translators Reviews

Updated October 31, 2014
Updated October 31, 2014
6 Reviews
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6 Reviews
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  1.  

    Absolutely amazing place to work!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL

    I worked at Wycliffe Bible Translators full-time

    Pros

    The office is full of truly great people. The people there truly care about each other.

    Cons

    There really are not many cons, but it was a frustratingly slow process to get new things implemented at times.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Straying from the mission

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Wycliffe Bible Translators

    Pros

    Taking God's Word to people of many languages is an awesome, yet deeply humbling responsibility.

    Cons

    So much time, so much energy at headquarters not focused on a personal relationship with the Lord or fulfilling the Great Commission.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Those of you who don't already, please spend regular personal time with our Lord.

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    Great people, awful paid-employee vs. support staff dichotomy,

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Orlando, FL

    I worked at Wycliffe Bible Translators full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - Coworkers are enjoyable, friendly, and will never say a bad thing about anyone.
    - Company (generally) respects families and is willing to work with you for appointments, etc.
    - The IT team is excellent for an NPO.
    - Benefits are ok - sick time accumulates fast.

    Cons

    - Definitely an "inner circle" type company with a cast system.
    - Your worth as an employee is dependent on how well you drink the kool-aid.
    - If your theology is anything but emergent, you'll have a hard time at HQ.
    - The current business/company structure is unsustainable.
    - Medical costs are high due to a high average age.
    - Directors are assigned without proper experience, and have no accountability. Support staff suffers because of that. The organization would crumble without their support staff, and yet they are treated as less-valuable.
    - Conflict-management or personality differences on teams are handled by axing the lowest person in the caste system.
    - It's very much about who you know, who you spend time with outside of work hours, and how much you are willing to brown nose.
    - The people in HR that handle reviews, write-ups, and ultimately firing people are incompetent, don't listen, and don't read documentation presented to defend cases.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Find new HR staff that actually want to listen to paid employees.
    - Learn to value administrative staff more, and have a more effective way of handling conflict.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    The mission is more important to them than the people carrying it out

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    Former Employee - Language Surveyor in High Wycombe, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Language Surveyor in High Wycombe, England (UK)

    I worked at Wycliffe Bible Translators full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very diverse job opportunities in a huge variety of international locations
    Widely respected on the field
    Excellent academic development opportunities
    Wonderful local staff in each location

    Cons

    Despite being inspired by the God who defines love, HR worldwide show ineptitude and insensitivity which can be extremely damaging psychologically. Those interviewing you, training you, overseeing your assignment, etc have total control over where you go, when you go and even whether you go to the field. This power is often wielded without logic or care with entire families being shifted around the globe at the command of the so-called Member Care department. I've seen relationships within families and between colleagues and friends or under severe strain because of this.

    Despite being so culturally diverse, the vast majority of Americans who comprise the organisation have little to no cultural awareness or sensitivity. The negative impact this has on the local communities and members in minority cultures is almost completely invisible to these individuals. There is incredible inertia within the organisation to change this if it is eventually identified as a problem i.e. no recognition of the need for ongoing cultural mediation. Once you've done the orientation, they think all will be fine.

    Confusing and discriminating hierarchy with employees v members and many different regional organisational structures. Administratively Neanderthal. Almost impossible to innovate due to hierarchical control.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They'll know you are Christians by your love for one another, not your literacy projects. Confess your sins to one another and learn what it is to prioritise the care of the community over strategy and protocol. You are causing a great deal of pain to members which takes years to heal. Devolve more power to local stakeholders even if they don't do as good a job as you might. It's the Lord who builds, not you.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  6.  

    Good opportunity to make a difference.

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    Current Employee - Linguist in Jakarta (Indonesia)
    Current Employee - Linguist in Jakarta (Indonesia)

    I have been working at Wycliffe Bible Translators full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great missions org doing language development (literacy, orthography), Bible Translation, community development, and other good things. A good place for technical and linguistic Christians to use their skills in ministry. A supportive (though somewhat loose) umbrella org provides the needed infrastructure (mostly).

    Cons

    Some things do fall through the cracks in such a large organization. Experiences vary widely from location to location, and field workers may be expected to do a wider variety of tasks than is realistic. You have to be self-motivated and also able to motivate financial and prayer supporters. There are some "loose cannons" that don't get fired/reprimanded.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    A must place for all the social workers out there....

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    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in Nāsik (India)
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in Nāsik (India)

    I worked at Wycliffe Bible Translators as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    So much to learn, Friendly environment, nice management

    Cons

    should be ready to sacrifice

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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