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Incompetent Senior Management, underpaid, and overworked

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Project Manager - Localization  in  Superior, CO
Current Employee - Project Manager - Localization in Superior, CO

I have been working at SDL

Pros

- Job stability
- Career growth
- Experience in project management
- Localization experience
- Good peers

Cons

- Too much bureacracy for as quick as you are expected to handle situations.
- Promotions come often but often receive a "pay increase" that is the same as you were making before.
- Business Unit Director and above expect you to want to work 60 or more hours a week regularly to get ahead.
- Too much noise and chaos in office to be able to think or have a conversation with a customer on the phone.
- Management vocally only cares about $$
- More work tossed at less and less people
- Turnover
- Incompetent Operations Manager who senior management thinks is brilliant allowed to come and go as he pleases while everyone else works likes slaves.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

- Your customers could be reading this right now!
- Your customers will tire of cycling through SDL contacts that don't stay
- Pay people fair wages considering the increasing profitability of the company. We are tired of hearing about how you can't pay more money to people because other divisions aren't doing as well. We aren't stupid - your financials are public! With as many hours as you expect people to work I would make more hourly at McDonald's
- Deal with your resourcing issues in all offices. Apparently Mark Lancaster needs another gold chain, but maybe instead you should hire enough people to process the increasing work you are getting
- Get an HR department that is loyal to the employees rather than senior management.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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  1.  

    Part of an exciting growing company coming into its own.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA

    I have been working at SDL

    Pros

    Excellent technology which means we are the "big kahuna" in our space. The culture still has the feel of a small company even thought we are a $250 Million organization.

    Cons

    We have the usual growing pains where some systems are rather eccentric. Little by little they are being replaced with professional infrastructure. The salaries seem low to me.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide stock to key employees. Better bonus and incentive plans would make employees feel their efforts are rewarded well.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    SDL is a strong, expanding and very secure company with great vision and a fearless leader

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Wakefield, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wakefield, MA

    I have been working at SDL

    Pros

    People there in non-management roles are some of the best people I have ever met
    great compensation
    great bonus plan
    great place to grow
    Mark Lancaster
    environment
    direction of company
    HR
    Data Quality

    Cons

    UK based company, so politically challenging
    profit margin comped SVP's ruin otherwise great company
    poor upper management in SCT division
    tracking of commissions is non-existant

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Approves of CEO
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