The Real Truth about Working from home for Lionbridge
Many of you are aware that Lionbridge hires people to work from home without having to talk to customers over the telephone. You may have even applied to this company in the past. But have you ever wondered what it is really like to work from home for Lionbridge? What exactly do their work at home positions entail? How much time will you have to invest? Would this be the idea job for you?
In order to get a full scope and insider’s view of Lionbridge, you will need to hear from someone who has actually worked from home for this company. This post was written by one of my subscribers who gave a very detailed and honest review about Lionbridge so that you can know the real truth about their application process, hours, job responsibilities and other important details to be fully informed before you apply to this company online.
Who is Lionbridge?
Lionbridge is a crowdsource company based in Boston, Massachusetts. They hire people from all over the world as long as you meet their criteria and pass the qualification tests.
What kind of positions does Lionbridge offer?
There are all sorts of job opportunities at Lionbridge. You can be a web content judge (assessor), a language translator for websites or a social media assessor. The opportunities are endless.
How much does Lionbridge really pay?
Lionbridge pays far more decent compared to other work at home jobs. If you work from home as a web content judge you will earn $12 per hour. Unfortunately Lionbridge limits the amount of hours you can work per week to 20. While you can scratch a living off of working for Lionbridge, it would be good if you are able to work a 40 hour week. International workers are paid quite less than their US counterparts (around $5-$6/hr) for the same work but they are not required to file taxes like US workers who are required by law to fill out a tax application on their earnings.
How to get 40 hours a week working for Lionbridge?
Although you can work on x amount of hours per week, you can do multiple jobs for Lionbridge in addition to judging web content. You can apply for another job such as a social media assessor and add an extra 20 hours of work which will total 40 hours a week.
The application process for Lionbridge?
The application process for Lionbridge is the same as any other job. They want as much information about you as possible including education and job history. The job I applied for required a college degree so they wanted a photograph (not a scan) of my degree. But there are jobs that do not require a degree. It will take you about an hour to fill out an application on their site. Remember there are all different types of jobs that you can at Lionbridge so be sure to choose the right one and adjust your resume accordingly. Your resume can follow the format of a simple CV resume.
How long does it take to hear back from Lionbridge after you have applied?
The only thing I did not like about getting a job at Lionbridge was that they will take a lot of time to get back to you. So you must be patient. In my case, after sending a few emails asking about my status it still took almost 70 days for me to get a reply back from them after submitting my application and resume. I was sending emails every 10 days. Once they do get back in touch with you things happen very fast so be prepared.
Is there a conflict of interest working for similar companies like Leapforce or Appen?
Lionbridge wants to make sure that you do not work for any jobs that conflict with their endeavor like Leapforce or Virtualbee.
What it’s really like to work from home for Lionbridge
Once Lionbridge has contacted you via email, they will send you passwords and usernames to set up a Lionbridge account. They will also send you reading material to prepare you for your upcoming entrance examination. This happened in a span of five business days for me. For my job as a web content judge (assessor), the material I had to go through and study was a pdf file of 120 pages. While this may seem like a lot, much of the material was common sense but it would be wise to go through everything because they give a lot of examples that will be on the exam you will take.
There are also learning modules where you can practice what you have studied before taking the exam. I myself spent a total of 8-9 hours studying for the Lionbridge exam. The exam I took was rather subjective and many people have had similar complaints. In other words, there can be more than one way to look at a question and obtain an answer. Nothing is black and white like for example, “What is 2 + 2?”
The job I applied for as a web content assessor was to judge websites in importance when people used keywords in a search engine. For example, if someone typed in “nearby Starbucks” in Google, my job was to assess which web pages are the most helpful to them when they type in those keywords based on geographic location and even which Starbucks location offers what! Now if you go and type in “nearby Starbucks” in Google you will get a huge amount of results and a great many of them are valid websites to help you find a nearby Starbucks. But as a web content judge, I had to pick the one website that was the best and most helpful to the search engine users and rest assured you will be given the same type of questions in the exam. This is why a lot of people complain about the exam having a lot of answers in the gray area.
My advice would be to memorize their guidelines in the study log and learning modules and just adhere to them as much as you are able.
The exam is no picnic for sure and a great many applicants fail. You do have the opportunity to take the exam again however. But the exam itself is almost 5 hours long and again you do not get paid for this time investment. Once you pass the exam you will be responsible for making sure you do not work more than 20 hours and keeping a log of all your work. All of your work will be recorded with a special tool Lionbridge has designed to make sure workers are not messing around.
Lionbridge pays you once a month direct deposit to a bank account in your name and respective country. The deposit to my bank account after a month of work was always prompt and I never had any complaints.
In all honesty, I don’t think that I could do more than 20 hours as a web content assessor as the job is quite tedious and requires a lot of concentration. However there are plenty of other jobs that you can do that are much easier (although the pay may not be as high). In my case the web content assessor job did not sound appealing to me, it was one of the jobs in high demand at the time and I was most likely to hear back from them.
The biggest two negatives about Lionbrdige are their response time after you submit an application and probably the exam itself. They make you wait an obscene amount of time and then expect you to be prepared for the exam in a span of 4-5 days to start working.
The test should have more questions that are black and white not just on whether or not you read the reading materials and did the learning modules. Some of the questions were perplexing even though they were multiple choice. There would be 2 sometimes 3 answers that would be a good fit for that question.
Lionbridge Test and Application Tips
- Read the material and employ their strict guidelines to each question and you will pass.
- Even if another answer makes more sense logically do not use that as a means to answer questions.
- Employ the guidelines given to you in the study material and learning modules.
- Be patient through the application process.
- Email and then do the tasks they give to you in the submitted time frame.
- You can take the test several times so don’t be discouraged if you don’t pass the first time.
Why I recommend Lionbridge?
The job is pretty straightforward, once you have gotten through the application and exam. Whether you are in the US or Philippines, the salary is respectable and you can always apply for another job to do another 20 hours of social media assessing (for example) and get paid for a full 40 hour work week. They will require you to have certain basic programs on your computer like Adobe, the latest Internet Explorer, Microsoft Office and some other programs that can easily be downloaded online or through their links so there is no investment on your end except time.
In my opinion, the grueling application process and time expenditure studying is worth it in the long run because there is always at least 20 hours of work to be done every week and it is quality salary based on what country you live in. Also there are opportunities to rise. While I was working as a web content assessor, I was sent emails about other job opportunities with Lionbridge for higher pay. I did not take advantage of the opportunity at the time (required more exams and studying) but Lionbridge is a company that gives you the opportunity to rise if you work diligently.
Have you or do you currently work for Lionbridge and would like to share you opinions below? If you are interested in applying to Lionbridge, you can do so here by going to their official website. Please also note that Lionbridge is one of the few companies that is always hiring people to work from home.