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I have been working at Eriksen Translations
Pros – Very friendly environment, good procedures and processes in place streamlining the activity. The management team is very strong and the duties are well divided within the organization. This allows for a clear understanding of job responsibilities and allows for good comprehensive year-end reviews. The company strives to create good KPIs for each position and train its employees to understand them, follow them up and present them to the management.
Cons – The company is small so it is prone to be affected by market movements and by strong competition. Also, the organic growth of the company might be slower than some people would expect, also due to the size.
Advice to Senior Management – To emphasize more the Six Sigma and business process management.
Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend
2008-08-21 06:19 PDT
I worked at Eriksen Translations full-time for more than a year
Pros – It is a high-quality boutique translation agency with a strong sense of identity. There used go be overtime pay. It is located in attractive offices in Brooklyn Heights. Wide variety of subject areas/projects. Reasonably fair pay by market standards.
Cons – There is immense direct and personal pressure for maximum profit from the Owner/CEO, whose mood swings dictate the mood and morale of the staff on any give day.
There is a large contingent of the staff who are on H1 visas from Argentina who are essentially indentured servants as if they get fired, they lose their right to remain in the states. This creates an added pressure on them. They work at under-market salaries and form their own impenetrable clique. They can make or break account managers they like/don't like by fixing delivery times on projects.
There is a blatant preference given to Scandinavian employees, as the owner is herself Norwegian and has a marked bias for Europeans in general and Scandinavians in particular.
Advancement is slow and no evident meritocracy is in operation.
Advice to Senior Management – Create an relatively independent middleman between the owner and workers for reviews. Provide real support to staff when problems arise, rather than being concerned with assigning blame first and foremost. Basically, seriously consider how to best create a company culture of real and mutual support. Break down the cliques by hiring a greater diversity of races and nationalities.
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend
2013-09-13 09:18 PDT
I worked at Eriksen Translations
Pros – Colleagues are highly competent, friendly and take great pride in their work. They go to extremes to ensure professional results. This is a highly fragmented industry and Eriksen is among the few that provides outstanding benefits, comfortable work environment and reliable IT tools for its employees while striving for quality output for its clients.
Cons – Turnover is over 50% in under a 2 yr period....something is obviously not working right.
Advice to Senior Management – Visit a shrink.
2010-12-21 20:50 PST
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