Review of Real Estate Webmasters by Quality Assurance AnalystPosted: Thursday, 05 September 2019 - Nanaimo
Quality Assurance Analyst I have the absolute pleasure and fortune of working at the Vancouver branch of REW for my 8 month coop, so I can only speak to my experience in that branch (though I'll touch a bit on what I know of Nanaimo). The work culture there is, without a doubt, amazing. The people there are probably some of the most talented, kind, and funny people that I've ever met. I remember (at least on two separate occasions) where I would have finished eating my lunch with them, go back to work with the door to the lunch room shut behind me, and still hear the sound of laughter seeping through, and I just sat back and thought about how that basically embodied so much of what I experienced at REW Vancouver. I hear that it's often the case where developers have a contentious relationship with the QA team, but in REW's case it's the opposite. The developers show their appreciation of QA, and I often couldn't help but repeatedly telling the developers how much I loved working with them and how grateful of their kindness and willingness to help I was. Often times, they'll respond to me immediately to help even when they're in the middle of a ticket or busy with other things. This is true of both the developers in Vancouver and the ones in Nanaimo. I also fully believe that the reason why we have such a warm and welcoming atmosphere is because of the management team. I know that my team lead was (and is) probably the most supportive and encouraging managers I'll ever have the luck to meet. Likewise, the Project Managers, Department Heads, HR... every leader that I've meet during my stay have always done their best to support their team members - not only in our work at REW, but also in our development as people, and as people hoping to advance our careers. They, of course, want the company to keep its momentum (and indeed, even push it forward), but they are wise enough to do it by helping their people go forward. They also hear the feedback from their employees, and are taking steps to implement solutions or actions to suggestions and comments made. I may just be an intern, so my perspective is limited, but from my sense in these 8 months, REW wants to give their people opportunities. They care. You can probably tell by now that I'm completely in love with the company that's taught me so much in these past 8 months. Coming to the end, I've actually really, really been struggling because I want to stay so much with the people that I've grown to appreciate and care about. One of my co-workers mentioned to me yesterday that "the Vancouver office is like a little family". I echo that sentiment fully. I can only say that if, in the future, I was given another opportunity to work here again, I would. - Time tracking. Because REW is a service provided to clients (and is billed towards them), time tracking is very important. Unfortunately, this means that the process of timetracking takes a lot of time (in the course of a month) in and of itself. It can be frustration, especially when you're not used to it at first. - High learning curve in the beginning. This is true for both developers and QA (I'm not sure about the rest of the departments, but considering the complexity of REW's product, I'd assume it'd be true of other departments). - There are probably others, but I know that management is working on quite a few, so I'll just leave it here.