Appen Project Manager Reviews

Updated 17 Jun 2020

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3.2
37%
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70%
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Appen CEO Mark Brayan
Mark Brayan
12 Ratings
  1. "Love the flexibility and the people"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Appen full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Amazing opportunity to work with people all over the world, and meet people from diverse backgrounds and cultures. I feel like I have a friend in any country I go to. The times you work can also be flexible depending on your role.

    Cons

    With flexibility comes blurred working hours – long hours are treated as normal, and taking calls early/late or working on weekends to meet a deadline are common. The company is also growing rapidly but some processes are still highly manual, like in a smaller company. The project work can get repetitive.

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    Appen Response

    September 18, 2018

    Thank you for this stellar review! One of my favorite parts of this job is also being able to work with people from all over the world. This is part of what makes our company special and I hope that it will continue to grow and expand.

  2. Helpful (1)

    "Low Salaries, different approaches to casuals and permanent"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Project Manager in Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Appen for more than a year

    Pros

    flexibility with hours and wfh,

    Cons

    low salary, no bonuses, no structured training, no supportive culture

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  3. "Nearly a good job"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Appen full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great team members, often interesting projects, exciting and expanding field of work. So much potential. I'd really like to LOVE this job.

    Cons

    Low pay compared to other jobs in the same industry- HR don't take this concern seriously. You can easily do a google search and find similar jobs that pay much more. Unfortunately Appen is in the habit of expecting that people accept jobs here because they are fascinated by the work and don't care about the pay. As we corporatize further, this is less realistic and the company is letting it's employees down by not considering how they can make jobs here attractive. Systems issues are often blamed on employees- the new crowd management system is riddled with bugs and errors, and yet when invoicing goes wrong, or a project system shorts out, or the email function breaks, it's the PMs and team members who are blamed, both by internal teams and the crowd. I've received threats and abuse over things that I couldn't control. Sometimes Appen Connect just breaks. We all feel strongly that we want to do the best by our crowd, but it's hard with tools that are not yet fit for purpose. Internal corporate teams (Recruitment, HR and Finance) are often very difficult to work with. Everything turns in to blame games, walking on egg shells, person to person problems, and as soon as you ask internal corporate teams to do their jobs, you're suddenly the bad guy. It's very tiring for project teams to be stuck in the middle of this. Burnout is common, people are afraid of expressing concern, we lose team members to other companies that we've spent so much time training, people work long hours thinking that bad work/life balance is normal.

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    Appen Response

    November 18, 2019

    Thank you for taking the time to write this review. I'm sorry you did not have an ideal experience at Appen but I do want to let you know that I've personally passed this along to our senior management team.

  4. Helpful (11)

    "Reviews may vary because people are treated differently"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Appen full-time

    Pros

    Interesting work, opportunity to meet and work with a diverse group of people.

    Cons

    Due to the nature of the work at the Appen, which thrives on the skills and expertise of native speakers of languages from all over the world, the company has quite a diverse workforce. But that doesn't necessarily mean everyone is treated equally. And behaviours are not always clearly observable or noticeable - I had been subject to subtle bullying by management during my employment. There is favourtism amongst managers. The pay isn't fair for the amount of effort and time needed to get work done within the unrealistic deadlines that are always set in order to stay in the competition. Also, there's barely room for progression or growth, unless you're a favourite.

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    Appen Response

    October 15, 2017CEO

    Many thanks for your valuable feedback. We strive for an inclusive and fair workplace at Appen, and are committed to addressing employee concerns so we can continue to improve. I’d welcome a confidential discussion to learn more and help me respond to the issues in our workplace. Please contact me via hr@appen.com. Thanks and regards, Mark Brayan, CEO

  5. "Good company with room for improvement"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Appen full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good leadership, good health insurance, great co-workers, flexible, the benefits offered are good

    Cons

    lower pay, growing company with growing pains, benefits offered are just the basics

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  6. "Former Associate Project Manager"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Davao
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Appen full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Light workload, fast growth, directors/ seniors are considerate

    Cons

    Little to no growth opportunities, work is very routinary, no exposure and light job accountability, minimal bonus, inefficient tools

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  7. Helpful (2)

    "Invest on People Too"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Project Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Appen full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    No stress as long as one knows how to balance and manage time and tasks and deliverables

    Cons

    Poor people management from upper management team No career advancements opportunities Unsecured building facility (old, dilapidated building)

  8. "what is great in appen"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Associate Project Manager in Manila, Manila

    I have been working at Appen full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    everything is great in Appen

    Cons

    limited benefits offered to employees

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  9. Helpful (121)

    "Associate Project Manager at Kirkland WA"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Project Manager in Kirkland, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Appen full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    At Appen I have learned so much about technology business and data administration that is put to use in the improvement of tools that millions of people use every day. Now, every time I think of a person going over a search online it makes me proud to feel like I possibly made that search more accurate and reliable in a way. Appen offers a great working environment with great office space, phenomenal people, and flexibility. At Appen, my expertise is much appreciated and always welcome, we build our teams to be diverse and provide different points of view for each and every decision.

    Cons

    If you are going into Appen thinking that working from home is basically having a pc on and watching Netflix then this is NOT for you. Appen provides challenging work and it will keep you engaged. (This is not really a con but more of an FYI for future applicant's consideration)

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    Appen Response

    May 9, 2018

    Thanks for this excellent review and for your continued work here at Appen!

  10. "Review of Appen"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Cavite, Cavite City
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Appen full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexible working hours. Working remotely is an option. Salary package and incentives matches skills and experience.

    Cons

    Company is growing too fast, and management is on the transition of being a big company, so there's still miscommunication on some departments.

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