SDL Reviews

Updated July 27, 2015
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SDL Executive Chairman & CEO Mark Lancaster
Mark Lancaster
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Pros
  • Work-life balance is quite good (in 6 reviews)

  • Nice people, atmosphere in the research team is very good with a lot of diverse backgrounds (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Serious split between regular workers and upper management - (in 9 reviews)

  • Expected to work incredibly long hours, no rewards (in 8 reviews)

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  1. A global company with remote employment opportunities

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Broomfield, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Broomfield, CO

    I have been working at SDL (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A truly global company with remote employment opportunities

    Cons

    annual planning process is lacking


  2. The future looks bright, but some concerns about the present

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at SDL full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great technology and the long term success of the language services organization is exemplary. Solid benefits package and flexible working environment, line managers are in general approachable and willing to go to bat for employees.

    Cons

    While future strategies for the company seem to be solid and plentiful, strategy for timely success is more up in the air. Sales strategy has changed considerably over the course of the last 3 years and there is uncertainty which of the numerous strategies will make the impact in the industry that the future plans allude to.

    Advice to Management

    Employees are thirsty for consistency, the unofficial SDL motto "the only thing constant is change," is getting old.


  3. Software Engg

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

    I have been working at SDL full-time (More than 3 years)

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Truly global company with opportunities.

    Cons

    Some Business Units get more attention

    Advice to Management

    Do not make too many changes

    SDL Response

    Jun 25, 2015 – CTO

    Just want to thank you for your submission!


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Solid company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SDL full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly, helpful colleagues Company cares about employees Colleagues are professional and knowledgeable about the business Your contributions can be recognized and appreciated

    Cons

    Some groups overworked, not enough staff

    SDL Response

    Jun 28, 2015 – Founder & CEO

    Thank you for feedback, feel free to contact me direct or better chat with you manger/managers manager on the not enough staff to work ratio. If this is ongoing we need to look at structure/process ... More


  6. Helpful (7)

    Tough place to work with little compensation, difficult management and poor communication.....

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Manager
    Former Employee - IT Manager

    I worked at SDL full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great co-workers to work with! co-worker create great social place.

    Cons

    Company lacks employee promotions and recognitions. Management layer is lacking... oblivious to critical business systems/employees work place/welfare. Lack or resources utilizations, over working the employees.... modern day sweatshop! office politics that hurts business,

    Advice to Management

    Listen and act on what everyone that reports to you say's. Look there for some suggestions.


  7. Great culture and vision

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - R&D in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - R&D in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at SDL

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    SDL has a grand vision to help customers deliver superior digital experiences to their customers through highly innovative customer experience management solutions.

    Cons

    SDL has some BIG competition! The company is also highly geographically dispersed, presenting logistical challenges to collaboration. The company's geographic diversity is also a source of strength.

    Advice to Management

    Continue regular communication to align all aspects of the business to the company's vision.

    SDL Response

    Jun 11, 2015 – CTO

    Great to read your review submission, thank you for that. I totally agree we need to continue communication to ensure we will remain aligned.


  8. Strong Vision for Customer Experience Management

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SDL full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Global presence with great opportunities to work with some of the biggest companies out there.

    Cons

    Career progression can be a little slow.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in Professional Services.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Consultant

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SDL full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Exciting, competitive industry. Opportunity to work with clients across various industries. Collaborative spirit, fast-paced and personally fulfilling.

    Cons

    Market position is weak but making a turn for the better, career trajectory can be undefined and opportunities for promotion are rare

    Advice to Management

    Keep fostering open-door policy in terms of employee feedback and advice, follow up on employee feedback surveys to demonstrate actions and improvement

    SDL Response

    Jun 28, 2015 – Founder & CEO

    Thank you for this, this is really good to hear from the staff Mark


  10. Helpful (3)

    Field sales in US. Promising market position, poor execution

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at SDL

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent comp plan and at the time, competitive product.

    Cons

    Very difficult culture, somewhat condescending toward US employees, very high pressure from sales mgt.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your customers and tenured field employees.


  11. Awesome place to work!!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Sales in Boston, MA

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

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I've been with SDL for a year now. It's a fast paced, fun place to work. The culture, passion of the people, and products are some of the best things about the company. I never used to pay much attention to culture, it always seemed sort of soft and wooly to me but I've come to appreciate how important it is. I'd describe SDL's culture as transparent, driven, one where every employees voice is sought out (very different than many other places), long term focused (so unusual in our industry) and customer focused. People here are passionate about helping customers and colleagues alike. There's a can do, hard charging attitude driven from the top, layered on top of a family atmosphere which means it's great fun as opposed to hard work.

    Cons

    The company is growing and there are growing pains, but the focus on continual improvement is noticed and means they'll get there.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to listen to your teams at all levels of the company, retain the informal non-hierarchical communication and keep investing in your people.



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