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Well run company from a financial standpoint that could do a much better job in taking care of its employees

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Superior, CO
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Superior, CO

I have been working at SDL

Pros

talented and hardworking teams deliver in a dynamic and international setting

Cons

poor work life balance
vacation an dleave policy could be more generous
management is not keen to promote or reward employees despite great and continued profits

Advice to ManagementAdvice

to retain your talent you have to recognize their efforts or they will continue to leave

Doesn't Recommend
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    Project management team was consistently overworked, and underappreciated.

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    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Superior, CO
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Superior, CO

    I worked at SDL

    Pros

    - Fast paced work environment, employees are able to pick up tasks quickly, gain more responsibility, and become valuable members of the team
    - Exposure to working on high profile accounts
    - SDL is a very well established company in the globalization industry
    - Able to make great connections with people at other companies through various translation projects.
    - Fun to work for a company with offices all over the world, and be able to communicate with hundreds of people in other countries on a daily basis.

    Cons

    - Very long hours. When you interview, they make it seem like a few extra hours of overtime each week - when it's usually at least two/three hours a day.
    - If employees aren't working more than 45-50 hours a week, it's viewed as a reason not to promote you.
    - The upper management does little to recognize success and hard work throughout the project management team. They offer employee of the month (which was forgotten several times while I worked there), and monthly lunches for meeting their 'numbers' - but most the time employees didn't have the opportunity to enjoy it, and would have to grab food and head back to to their desks and keep working.
    - Project Coordinators were paid hourly, which was great because of how much overtime most people were working. However, when people were promoted to Assistant Project Manager, employees were usually making less money, because they were on salary.
    - Upper management reacted very unprofessionally when some people resigned, or were asked to leave the company.
    - There is a lot of gossip around the office. It makes a lot of the employees feel insecure, and uncomfortable in the work environment.
    - Very high turnover rate. After several people left in 2011, they promoted the majority of the project management team in order to prevent more people leaving.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more appreciative of the hard work your employees put in for the company. Employees are constantly reminded of hows successful the company is, it would be nice for them to be rewarded for their loyalty and dedication.

    Doesn't Recommend
  2. Very smart people, bring your A game or go home

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    Current Employee - Sales in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Sales in New York, NY

    I have been working at SDL

    Pros

    Travel, working with smart people, world class customers, and great leadership.

    Cons

    Long hours, travel, A Game all day every day

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work, and continue talking with both your customers and employees.

    Recommends
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