Mission: Appen's mission is bring together the best of human intelligence and technology to accelerate global technology solutions, bridging gaps between people and communities with our network of language and culture specialists in over 150 languages, deep linguistic ...
Appen is a global leader in speech and search technology services. With expertise in more than 150 languages, Appen partners with leading technology and ecommerce companies as they develop new offerings and expand them to global markets. Our solutions help companies create engaging products with accurate speech interfaces and relevant content ranging from web sites, to maps, images, and merchandise.
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Appen Corporate Social Responsibility
Appen believes in giving back to our global community. Over the years, Appen’s Corporate Social Responsibility Committee has organized fundraisers to various causes including:
Appen Helping Haiti
In 2010, in response to the Haitian earthquake, Appen partnered with Microsoft on an emergency effort to develop and tune a machine translation system that translated English into Haitian Creole. This effort quickly enabled aid workers and foreign companies to bridge the language gap and be much more efficient in bringing emergency disaster relief to Haiti.
Appen employees, consultants, and their friends spent hours providing human translations, sourcing and evaluating sources for parallel corpora (text that is translated from English into Haitian Creole or vice versa, which is used for training the machine translation system) all free of charge. Appen was honored to donate its time and services to this effort. You can read more about it on the Microsoft Research blog.
Appen was founded in Sydney in 1996 by linguist Dr. Julie Vonwiller and she was later joined by her engineer husband, Chris Vonwiller. Motivated by their passion for language and technology, the Vonwillers saw an opportunity to develop linguistic technologies to support product innovation in new markets around the world.
In 2011, Appen merged with the Butler Hill Group, which was based in Ridgefield, Connecticut and Seattle, Washington and founded by Lisa Braden-Harder in 1993. Lisa was a member of the pioneering team in grammar checking technology at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center before starting a linguistic consulting practice. After the merger, the combined business became Appen Butler Hill and expanded its business scope to include language resources, search and text.
As the social web became an increasingly bigger part of people’s lives, Appen looked to grow its combined services and capacity in global crowd- sourcing and social media technology to empower people to connect and share across the internet. In 2012, Appen acquired Wikman Remer, a firm based in San Rafael, California, which developed tools and platforms for employee engagement, online moderation and curation.
Appen Butler Hill was rebranded as Appen in 2013, and it went public on the ASX in January, 2015.
To empower every culture with language and search technology.
To bring together the best of human intelligence and technology to accelerate global technology solutions, bridging gaps between people and communities with our network of language and culture specialists in over 150 languages, deep linguistic expertise and strong project management.
With employees worldwide, we understand that our responsibility as a global citizen begins with our own people and extends to communities around the world. Our sustained investment in responsible business practices takes many forms—from ethical governance to our company value of integrity, our commitment to global diversity and our programs for giving back to our communities. We continuously strive to make a positive impact by extending technology globally to connect and empower communities.
Full Time Employee
Country: United States
Years with Appen: 8 years
Languages Spoken: English and Spanish
My career at Appen is one of the happiest accidents of my life! While looking for jobs after completing my library and information science degree, I happened upon an ad for a web search evaluator contract position with Appen. The work looked interesting, the pay was good for part-time work, and the flexibility of working from home appealed to me. I enjoyed the work even more than I thought I would, and within a couple of months I was invited to do additional work as an auditor. A year later, when I was looking for full-time work, Appen hired me on as an associate manager. Over the years I’ve been promoted to manager, senior manager, and then director, which is my current role. I still find the work interesting, whether the focus is web search, eCommerce, or social media; the company treats me well with competitive salary and benefits; and I still love the flexibility working from home gives me, allowing me to watch my kids after school and be involved in the PTA at their schools. I’ve had opportunities to return to library work, which was my original plan, but have chosen instead to stick with this great career I accidentally found at Appen.
I have been working at Appen full-time (More than 3 years)
Remote work and flexibility
Interesting projects and clients
Challenging dynamic environment
Intelligent and thoughtful leadership
I love working for Appen!
I noticed several reviews saying this isn't a real opportunity - it absolutely is a real work from home contract opportunity and is definitely not a scam. . . but it is contract work. If you have never done contract work, it's a good idea to investigate how that works before applying or writing a review expecting employee benefits and practices and talking negatively about it instead of realizing that it is par for the course of what to expect when it comes to contracted work.
Advice to Management
Keep up the good work!
I applied online. I interviewed at Appen.
I never had an interview. All of the communication has been via email. Application process states there would be a Skype call but I never had that. I applied online and got an invitation to do some additional testing.