Self directed testing, rarely will people watch over your shoulder. Not too many meetings or time wasted as a tester, left to just do your work
Very little vertical movement, and very few raises. Government contracts fell through about 3 years ago, and about half of the company was laid off, and despite effort to move away from those contracts, we are exactly in the same spot now. So as long as those don't fall through, the company has a very low risk of layoffs
Advice to Management
Very little positive reinforcement ever passed around. You mainly do your work, and that is all that it is. You won't get vetted to take a new role unless you already have that knowledge, so no matter how hard you try, you can't become Dev or PM or UX without a degree.
I applied online. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Transparent Language Inc (Nashua, NH) in September 2012.
Really easy. Asked if I had ever done QA before, if I knew the parts in my PC etc. The most difficult part was the live QA session where they put you on a broken version of their software and have you find all of the bugs you can.
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