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Good place to be for people who are new to the industry

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Former Employee - Project Manager  in  New York, NY
Former Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY

I worked at Lionbridge

Pros

Experiencing the complete global scope of current localization work for big companies in a hands-on way every day.
Excellent place to finetune problem-solving, communication and client-service skills
Technology-driven
Many mandatory training courses (including project management)
Interesting and international colleagues
Telecommuting

Cons

Finance procedures (budgeting, invoicing, projecting) can take up to 50% percent of your work time. Most of the reasons for this fact are internal: Instable and cumbersome finance applications, bad finance workflow across departments. This has been going on for years; it is not likely to change anytime soon.
Senior management announcements often appear to come from another planet and while that's not unusual in general it is extreme at LB: CEO--energetic, data-driven, oriented towards creating a group-feeling momentum. CTO--awkward and aggressive in pushing shoestring-budget tech solutions/workflows on employees (poor follow-up when things go wrong or don't work). Tinkering with your own PC will take a lot of your time, especially during times when company-wide procedures will require all to participate on deadline (month's end, quarter's end).

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Introduce more incentives: Encourage telecommuting trend, hand out tangible rewards (however small) for people successfully working on complex and demanding accounts.
Bring in a consultancy to determine how to keep key employees/good performers/dependable managers with a long-time view.

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Colleagues

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Lionbridge

    Pros

    Most enjoyed the opportunity to work with a committed and hard working group of peers around the world - generally a very supportive and knowledgeable group. It's the people I missed the most after I left. Benefits were good - healthcare, etc, 401k and vacation (5 weeks after 5 years - though difficult to take 5 weeks every year with workload and expectations).

    Cons

    Few opportunities for career advancement, generally low pay, often overburdened delivery teams - project teams often 'maxed out' and expected to stay until the work was done so long hours with no additional compensation creating stressfu/''burnout' situations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improved communication from senior management down the ranks regarding priorities, new initiatives and objectives, etc - information not always shared consistently across the organization, between production sites and across funtional groups. More appreciation for people who are working on the customer 'front lines'.

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  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fine company, too bad the NYC office closed.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Lionbridge

    Pros

    Good location, near Penn Station, Herald Square, Times Square, the Madison Square Garden, Macy's, Lord & Taylor and lots of other reasonably priced stores.

    Cons

    The pay is low when you live in New York, but since the commute out of town is very easy, all you have to do is buy or rent outside the city.

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    I'm actually quite happy with my overall experience at Lionbridge (from when it was Berlitz Globalnet, through Bowne and then Lionbridge.

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