Geneva Worldwide Reviews

Updated September 2, 2015
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  1. Spanish interpreter

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Flex schedule, which allows you to keep your day job.

    Cons

    Limited amount of jobs after 3:00pm


  2. Freelance Work

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Interpreter
    Former Employee - Interpreter
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Geneva Worldwide (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Gain experience with interpreting, get paid even if you end early or request gets canceled.

    Cons

    No bonus, not enough interactions between manager and interpreter

    Advice to Management

    Better communication with staff


  3. My experience was wonderful.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Spanish Interpreter in New York, NY
    Former Contractor - Spanish Interpreter in New York, NY
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Geneva Worldwide as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very flexible hours and I worked as an independent contractor . I made my own schedule practicaly. It was very convenient.

    Cons

    Sometimes I would have a very short notice in order to get to my destination where I needed to be to interpret.

    Advice to Management

    Sometimes interpreters need extra travel time to get to their destination. It would be great if they had a notice in advance to be able to make it on time. Especially a new address.


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  5. interpreter

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    • Senior Management
    Current Freelancer - Interpreter/Translator in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Freelancer - Interpreter/Translator in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Geneva Worldwide (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Geneva Worldwide is a good company to work with. The coordinators are very nice and punctual. The company is paying every two weeks which is very convenient for me.

    Cons

    One of the things that I do not like about Geneva is that sometimes there are not enough cases during the week or month. It would be better if the interpreters will have their permanent cases every week.

    Advice to Management

    I will advice the Management to make more trainings, more meetings with the interpreters. I think it will help both sides to improve the quality of the work.


  6. Good company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Clear assignment and expedited mission

    Cons

    Communication with the assignment charge person


  7. I am shocked they are making any kind of revenue

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There is no dress code (you can come to work in sweats), there is not professional etiquette (you can use profanity in everyday conversations), there is no accountability (it doesn't matter how much you mess up, you generally will not even get an e-mail).

    Cons

    There is no professional responsibility - people wear short skirts and see through tops. There is no accountability. Many times coordinators will forget to schedule an interpreter and it gets written off as a human error. For example a coordinator can forget to do their job for the same client three assignments in a row, and the coordinator will never get called out for their mistakes. We lost contracts for people not doing their job - and management maintains a cavalier attitude towards work ethic. The pay is much lower than market rates, so they are getting what they pay for, they know it, and they do not care. Their HR department is disorganized and unprofessional. They regularly use profanity when talking to one another and condone information being held between departments if one department doesn't like someone in a different department.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to management is to hold people accountable for their mistakes. The "It's not a problem until it's a problem" mantra is only relevant when you're not dealing with customer service - one complaint is a problem! Also, it is immature to fire someone for putting in a two week notice. There are things on their desk that need to be settled, which is why notice was offered.


  8. Translated conversations between a Doctor and patient

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Language Interpreter in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Language Interpreter in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Geneva Worldwide part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    It was really nice working with this company

    Cons

    translating the exact meaning of the words was a challenging job.

    Advice to Management

    NA


  9. Anonymous

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Geneva Worldwide full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Small company, lax culture, family-feel

    Cons

    Pay, work can get boring sometimes


  10. Non-Translator/Interpreter's day-to-day experience

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    Former Employee - Admin Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Admin Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Close relationships with one's supervisor. - Constantly learning new things about world culture - Family owned company; the CEO is very full of energy and occasionally talks with employees casually & individually - Proximity to Penn Station and midtown Manhattan

    Cons

    - Unless you are specialized or higher management, your daily/weekly tasks may feel highly monotonous at times. - Although the regular staff is around 30 people, there was little fraternization in the break room/kitchen

    Advice to Management

    Organize a better front office so that it's more open and sociable. It's too easy to feel isolated, despite the office's relatively small size.


  11. Good group of people doing something worthwhile.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    People are really skilled at what they do. This is not something you find in all competitors, who bluff clients a lot. Clients are often naive and don't know what they are getting.

    Cons

    Not meeting the challenges of the internet. Could have a better work-life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Listen more, pay better.



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