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"A great time with some really nice people, room for improvement."

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Current Contractor - Localisation Tester in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
Current Contractor - Localisation Tester in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
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Positive Outlook

I have been working at Keywords International as a contractor (More than a year)

Pros

You get to work on games that haven't been released yet. You also work on behalf of a variety of companies, so unlike standard QA you don't have to work on one companies trash all the time.
You get to work with the testing/development machines.
The managers are really great and you will go far if you are enthusiastic.
Very relaxed atmosphere and you are awarded some common-sense flexibility.
Free coffee and a games room!
You can be officially credited for certain games you work on.

Cons

NDA's are restrictive, but a necessary evil.
Due to high turnaround and trust issues, internet is restricted.
It's tough work, and you are locked into contracts.
Work does not always present itself for your language, you may spend 4 out of 12 months without a job, or maybe even more.
Some clients are not nice at all, they will ask for the impossible.
Unless you are exceptional and stay on for a long period, don't expect any pay increases.
The work is a lot tougher than people make out.
The excessive overtime can really stress people out on some projects, even make them ill.

Advice to Management

The managers can be very disorganized.
It's also discouraging to work your ass off and find one of the project managers slacking on facebook and laughing. The managers may keep themselves busy with emails a lot but they do slack and distance themselves from the team.
You really need to be a lot more organised and professional - but please stay informal :)

Other Employee Reviews for Keywords International

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Good people, not too good work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Linguistic QA Tester in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Former Contractor - Linguistic QA Tester in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Keywords International as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great atmosphere and people
    Multicultural and accepting community
    Keywords fixed housing for contract workers
    Good atmosphere within teams

    Cons

    Chaotic organizing
    Little or no training depending on when you start working
    A lot of people come and go, you don't work with the same team during an entire project
    Working was sometimes very intense and at other times you had nothing to do (this depends on the customer more than the company)


  2. Helpful (1)

    "A great place to work in"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Game Tester in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Current Contractor - Game Tester in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Recommends

    I have been working at Keywords International as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    People are very kind , appreciative and understanding
    very multicultural atmosphere
    great team work envoirnment

    Cons

    Could be more organised
    Alot of the work is dependent on a good internet connection which is lacking

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