Lionbridge Review: Why I Am Glad I Failed as an Internet Assessor

Lionbridge Profile

Lionbridge Technologies was founded in 1996, and defines itself as a leading provider of globalisation solutions. The headquarters are in Waltham, MA, United States.

Services offered include:

  • Global testing

  • onDemand translation

  • Content development

  • Software localisation

  • Interpreter services

In its 2014 Annual Report Lionbridge stated that it has a database of more than 100,000 independent workers in 100+ countries providing crowdsourcing services including translation, online marketing, global content management, and testing solutions.

Lionbridge reported a total revenue of $490.6 million in 2014. Main clients that year were Microsoft (21% of revenue) and Google (12%). Lionbridge generated approximately $20.5 million in cash flow from operations during 2014.

Lionbridge is a publicly listed company trading on the Nasdaq Global Market under the symbol “LIOX”.

Marketing Challenges

In its promotional video Lionbridge explains how they can help clients overcome their marketing challenges. Screenshot from promo video
In its promotional video Lionbridge explains how they can help clients overcome their marketing challenges. Screenshot from promo video | Source

Online Jobs and the Internet Assessor Role

Lionbridge will make different types of online jobs available for crowdsourcing. You need to check the website for available vacancies in your region (jobs are location-dependent).

Lionbridge will make vacancies available from time to time depending on client demand. One of the most popular roles advertised is that of Internet Assessor.

The reason why I joined Lionbridge was to get some more freelance writing work. As there were no other opportunities available but an Internet Assessor vacancy, I applied for it.

Social Media Channels

Screenshot from Lionbridge promo video
Screenshot from Lionbridge promo video

The Application Process

Considering this company has been operating for 20 years I had expected a sleeker recruitment process and user interface. The workers database is hosted on a SAP platform: it looks dated and could do with a bit of sprucing up. Aesthetic considerations aside, creating a profile is like uploading your CV on a traditional job search engine site: you need to list your qualifications, past experience, skills and upload your updated CV.

Lead time to review applications is two weeks.

A few days after submitting your application you receive an email with your confirmed hourly rate (company confidential) and documents you need to digitally sign to agree to start contract work.

You need to sign a non disclosure agreement – the company will take action against you if you leak information.

You then need to wait another 8-10 days to receive the information about the exam you need to pass to become an assessor.


Screenshot from email reply
Screenshot from email reply

The Exam and Why I Failed

All information about the exam is company confidential. There are three exams you need to pass, one of which is a multiple choice questionnaire based on the exam guidelines you are given beforehand (at the time of writing, the guidelines were 157 pages long and the recommendation is for you to set aside a few hours to study them in detail).

I started reading the guidelines and had to stop half way through. I was having doubts on whether this type of role suited me – detail work is not my forte. Against better wisdom, I attempted the multiple choice questionnaire (open book) testing you on your knowledge of the guidelines. I obviously failed, but I wanted to fail as I realised that being an assessor would bore me to tears.

However, I am sure other people would find the role quite fascinating as it gives you an excellent insight on how good websites are supposed to provide information and meet users' needs.

The Black Market for Exam Papers

While researching information for this article I found out that there is a black market for exam papers results. While I did not look into this further, I saw websites gathering email addresses with the view to email documents to candidates at a price to help them pass the selection process.

Pros and Cons


  • flexible work
  • working between 10 and 20 hours a week


  • first payment after 60 days
  • low to medium hourly rate of pay
  • some jobs can be tedious so you need a lot of discipline and self-motivation
  • workers in internet forums said that response by email from the support team and team leaders is slow

The Verdict

I will make a more informed assessment once I try applying for other roles (if I feel inclined to, as the application process is too time consuming in my view). Having looked at ratings of the company in the public domain, it seems that there is a 50/50 split between happy and disgruntled workers.

2016 UPDATE: no other roles became available - no writing jobs, no translation jobs, just mechanical jobs paying pennies/cents.

I'm happy to hear about your experiences so feel free to add your comment.

Please also check my other articles on working from home: Clickworker review and Unbabel review.

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Comments 9 comments

Gia 5 months ago

That test is a huge waste of time. The technical support take a whole day to respond to an email. I don't advise anyone to waste their time.

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paolaenergya 5 months ago from London Author

I totally agree with you - they make it sound like it's such a huge privilege even to take the test, as if you were training to become an astronaut. You need to have a very specific type of personality to perform these tests: you shouldn't apply your own judgement or common sense because you need to memorise all the rules and apply them mechanically. I am sure a computer should be doing those tasks (which I am sure they already do 80% of the time). What I also don't understand is the pay structure: it's not worth spending time on doing these tasks for a freelancer, and not even as a student as you must allocate several hours without a break to click through pages. That time is better spent elsewhere. I only wanted to take on more writing work but it turns out available projects are mundane search results checking.

Cristian 3 months ago

Hi paolaenegya, I find your review a non valid opinion since you did not even pass the exam. I work for Lionbridge as an evaluator and it´s fine for me, allows me to pay several bills and gives me time to spend with my two little kids. I admit the exam was tough, understanding they need you to follow specific rules and guidelines, no discussion about that. They do not want you to give your personal opinion. It´s not a mechanical work since you need to rate some search results and evaluate them according to the guidelines, using different criteria. The work is very flexible, you do not need to "allocate several hours", in fact you have a limit of work, 20 hours max per week and 10 min, sometimes you are allowed to do 30 hours. For all the people that are looking for a home based job, extra cash, this "mundane search results checking" job seems to be fine. And some words for Gia: may be for you that test was a waste of time. depends on your needs. A test is a test, something usually boring, no one likes tests, but if its a vehicle to something ahead, in this case for having extra money, so lets welcome the test.

Lisa 3 months ago

I absolutely love my job at Lionbridge as an internet assessor!

Melissa 2 months ago

This article/review is pointless. You have not worked for them, so you don't even know what the real job looks like. It is not a mechanical job, we must develop a criteria based on the guidelines and apply it in different scenarios. Is very challenging because most of the times we use our best judgment. The tasks are very unpredictable and surprising. And it is totally false to say that we can't apply our criteria and opinion, they do ask our comments and suggestions. The complains about the exam are just nonsensical is like "Hmmm...they are requiring me to have skills, it's so unfair." "Read the guides, how boring" Of course you have to study is not a "privilege" to be chosen: It is an earning for working hard. It sounds that you gave up before making the effort. How can you even say is not worth the time invested? you barely studied one guide and failed the exam. So maybe it is not an adequate job for your personal needs, but that is hardly their fault. I can only say it is a wonderful job, I has supported me during my college years. At first I messed up every month but I improved with their training. I made pretty good money to start my business. Yes, the tasks can be tedious and you have to WORK, but it's great because of the flexible hours and reliable payment. So Thanks Lionbridge for this 6 years!

Ben 8 weeks ago

I've been an internet assessor for like two years now. The work isn't exciting, but it's steady and pays well for the effort required. The tests require studying but if you went to college or even a competitive they're really not crazy-hard.

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paolaenergya 8 weeks ago from London Author

Thanks to all of you who commented. I am genuinely happy for you making a good living from this website and wish you all the best.

Shanna 5 weeks ago

I worked for Lionbridge for about 8 months (July 2015 - March 2016). The hiring process was extremely simple and quick. The training was self paced - it took me a few hours over a 2 day period. I don't recall there being 157 pages or an actual exam - the protocol may have changed between the time I started and you applied. I'm a teacher full time so the work was great during the summer when I was home. Once the school year started I was obviously working evenings during the week and weekends to complete my 20 hours. The pay was great for taking care of all of the extras that come along in life - especially with 2 children. Everything was going great until November when the work began to dry up - task shortages became all too common. There may have been more tasks available during the weekdays but of course with me teaching full time I wasn't able to log on until the evenings. Eventually I received an email from Lionbridge in early March stating that US markets for internet assessors were ending although someone whom I had referred to Lionbridge was hired at almost the same time as I was being fired. Just as quickly I was hired I was released. I had only received feedback regarding my performance in the very beginning once I had finished training so I don't know if I wasn't meeting their expectations or whatever. It served its purpose while it lasted - I guess I wasn't really too upset considering it was only a part time job to supplement my real income. I don't know that I could have enough faith in the way Lionbridge operates to ever depend on it as my primary source of employment.

Amelia 5 hours ago

An opinion cannot be "non-valid". Its an OPINION.

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