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Welocalize Reviews

Updated July 18, 2017
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Pros
  • As a contractor, I could work from home and liaise with collegues based in other parts of the world through the Internet (in 5 reviews)

  • Great people to work with, very multinational (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • you might not have a job the following (no job security) no benefits because they don't let you work for a full 90days in a row (in 10 reviews)

  • The only bad thing is that it is a placement agency, so there is no guarantee that you will have a job security for the near or far away future (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (6)

    "This company will drop you without notice."

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    Former Employee - QA Tester in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - QA Tester in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Welocalize (More than a year)

    Pros

    None that I recall. You do get benefits after 3 months but you only get 3 paid vacation days a year.

    Cons

    Worked for Welocalize for over a year in Sunnyvale onsite at Apple Inc. The HR team there is pretty much useless. They never want you to know any of your rights and if you are working under contract with them they never tell you when or why your contract ends. They literally call you after you leave work and tell you your contract has ended and you may not come back.

    You cannot even come back inside and retrieve your items from your desk. This has happened to several project leads all across the company, great workers just get slapped in the face after. If you have any doubts about the facts stated in this review, ask whoever is interviewing you before or after you get hired and ask what the procedure typically is when your contract comes to an end.The recruiter will give you a very vague answer I kid you not. They may blame this on the client but I feel like you should not stand for that as a well known company that hires extremely talented people. There are several contracting companies in the Bay Area that keep their employees well informed and also give them a decent notice of when their contracts end. This was an ongoing thing, about every month a good amount of people would get hit.

    Advice to Management

    Give your employees the respect they deserve by explaining their rights in HR and being a little more clear about what their contract means. Its very humiliating.


  2. Helpful (9)

    "Localization Tester"

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    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Tester in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Tester in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Welocalize (More than a year)

    Pros

    Possible raise every 6 months, interesting projects to work with and the salary is high for a Localization Tester.

    Cons

    Not secure at all. At the moment that they don't need you they throw you away like a napkin.
    Good to start but keep looking until you find something where you have more stability.
    There is no space for growing because of excellence. Only because of friendship with management.

    Advice to Management

    Stop promoting people because of friendship and start doing it because they can be a good manager.

  3. "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Lead in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Lead in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Welocalize full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Responsibility. Flexibility. Great staff.

    Cons

    Rapid company growth results in lack of internal strategic planning, communication, effective management, and overall project success.

    Advice to Management

    Analyze new markets and effectiveness of existing staff and management performance.

    Support project managers and directors based upon results, not position in the company or relationships to principles.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Lack of skillful linguistic native recruiters/workers"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The work environment is very laid back

    Cons

    The recruiters don't have HR education/experience, they base themselves in evaluating linguistic skills. The people recruiting sometimes are not native (while screening and selecting the native candidates for a specific language), or have a sciences/engineering degree displaying low quality linguistic native level to evaluate or assess the candidates. The work behavior doesn't look serious, professional or providing a stable long term job. The pay is very low having in mind they are looking for skillful and high quality linguists...

    Advice to Management

    Hire NATIVE recruiters/workers who have a proper academic degree in PHILOLOGY, JOURNALISM, LINGUISTICS, TRANSLATION or MEDIA. Provide more serious quality work, pay more, provide conditions for stability.


  5. "Localization Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Localization Engineer in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Localization Engineer in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent team of people, great work environment

    Cons

    Reviews would be nice to see how your performance is

    Advice to Management

    Better communication


  6. Helpful (8)

    "Don't ever leave a job for this"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cupertino, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cupertino, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fixed hours, Overtime compensated. Nice folks to work with.

    Cons

    One mistake and you'll get laid off with no compensation at all. Yes, it pays a little more than other jobs, but there is no other benefits. If you already have a job, don't ever leave your job for this. No job security at all.

    Advice to Management

    Provide some job security to employees.


  7. Helpful (9)

    "their lay-off practice is questionable"

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    Former Employee - Linguist Analyst in Cupertino, CA
    Former Employee - Linguist Analyst in Cupertino, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Welocalize full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    they are precise and timely with their paycheck delivery

    Cons

    after 3 years of working for them, my position was suddenly eliminated by the client and I was suddenly let go, no warning

    Advice to Management

    employees are humans just like you are

  8. Helpful (11)

    "Maps Quality Analyst - I am still in shock ..."

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    Former Employee - Maps Quality Analyst in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Maps Quality Analyst in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Welocalize (Less than a year)

    Pros

    If you don't care about a career in tech and just want to do a job to save up some money, this job might be perfect for you. You get paid in time, do your work, but will never figure out what your work is actually good for.

    Personally, I liked to work with my market-related team and other knowledgeable but unfortunately unappreciated people. The potential is there, but nobody uses it.

    Cons

    If you are actually looking for a career in tech or any related field, this job does not help you to gain any knowledge nor develop a skill-set in QA or Data Analysis.

    - You judge random queries according to made-up guidelines, where you will never figure out, what the actual QA-process is good for. You just can assume if you have some technical knowledge or a field-related study. Calling this job a QA job or putting it in relation with geographical information systems is an absolute joke and embarrassment for any actual QA work or analysts.

    - There is a strong lack of understanding QA and Data Analysis, and more a worshiping culture of made-up guidelines. It should be the opposite how metric analysis should work. Conformity at work is highly wanted, even though, they make it look like that your opinion matters. That is not the case.

    - If your reviewed work turns out to be false, trainers and coworkers with zero-experience in QA or GIS try to school you, how Data Management, Metrics, or GIS works. It causes a high level of frustration. In case you have any field-related knowledge, this position probably eliminates any hopes to stay in GIS or Metrics.

    - The office is poorly run. A few put a lot of energy in keeping things going somehow professionally whereas the original project manager barely shows up to work nor the vendor manager puts any professional effort in creating a professional work environment. Excuses such as "this project is new" should NOT be a thing for the world leading tech company. It is so embarrassingly run.

    - Hand-picked coworkers by I-like-you-politics getting promoted into positions creating an environment based on how much your manager likes you. Do you have 5 puppies, do you like tacos? Yes, then you get a promotion. Favoritism and nepotism create such an awkward work environment that make you shake your head 24/7.

    - The Welocalize HR on site creates a high level of frustration based on their non existing knowledge in employee evaluation or simple HR decision-making whereas the actual Welocalizes HR in their office is highly competent and really supportive. It seems like two different worlds.

    All in all, this position and how the office is run has to change drastically to avoid unprofessionalism. Something clearly went wrong. During my time there, most of the people with endeavors and career plans just left. Probably still shaking their heads about the time they spent, just to put a leading tech company on their resume. This is not a QA job nor a Data Analyst job.

    Advice to Management

    It is not Welocalizes fault, that this office is run so poorly. Wrong people got put in the wrong positions and create an obscene frustration for the entire staff. Interviews and an actual look into their resumes would have been great beforehand. Things can get better, but definitely not this way.


  9. "Localization QA tester"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Localization QA Tester in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Localization QA Tester in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Welocalize part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule and possibility to work from home.

    Cons

    No warranty of working every day.


  10. "Pleasant workplace, passionate people."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Welocalize (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The people are wonderful and passionate about what they do, and the community is great. The projects are exciting and interesting to work on. Management cares about workers and does its best to make people comfortable and happy.

    Cons

    There's a high turnover for obvious reasons, and it sometimes feels like management is not batting as hard for individual employees as they could.

    Advice to Management

    Better health benefits would be great; as it stands, the insurance is quite expensive.


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