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Translation Reviews

Updated September 5, 2014
Updated September 5, 2014
8 Reviews
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8 Reviews
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  1.  

    Young, Fun, Hip

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

    I have been working at Translation as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Free thinking environment, encourages you to be young and hip. You can wear whatever to work and listen to music out loud.

    Cons

    Heavy turnaround, lacks stability and organization.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Too many Creative Directors, not enough creation.

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    Former Employee - Creative in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Creative in New York, NY

    I worked at Translation full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The people. The people at Translation, at least the ones you'd work with directly, grew to become friends. Everyone was in tune with the culture, and when able to, translated that (no pun intended) into their positions there.

    Cons

    No one knew what was going on. The higher ups have zero clue what's going on on the ground floor. They'd preach to you about being easy to talk to, and to approach them with ideas, but they'd look at you as if you were pond scum if you really did talk to them. You can tell they respected and paid attention to specific accounts (and people) more than others. You know it's sad when the CEO is more likely to talk to you and check on you than the creative directors did. Sucks to put so much into the company that doesn't acknowledge your existence.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat every account the same, and practice what you preach on a daily basis, not just during a 10:45 meeting.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great visionary founder, terrible/dysfunctional company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Translation

    Pros

    Innovative ideas, Steve Stoute is an amazing visionary though you'll have little to no meaningful interaction with him

    Cons

    Terrible working conditions, horrible benefits, unrealistic expectations put on employees, constant burnout and turnover of employees, more respect for outside "temporary" talent than hard working loyal employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you expect employees to dedicate their lives to the tune of 80 plus hours a week, you must provide a modern workplace environment that makes it easier to do so (think GOOGLE). Also, you can't hold yourself up as a prime agency and provide sub par benefits.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    The worst place I've ever worked!

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    Former Employee - Creative in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Creative in New York, NY

    I worked at Translation full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Some of the people are great and everyone is in tune to culture which is cool. There are a few very smart people here, but not many.

    Cons

    Upper management is so far removed from the junior and mid-level staff and they have no idea what is going on. No one is assigned to accounts like most reputable agencies and everyone works on everything if there's a big meeting. This place is extremely understaffed and they expect you to work VERY LONG HOURS consistently until you burn out and finally quit. They hire under qualified "connected" people who have zero skills for their job. Don't expect a mentor here because you won't find any, just a bunch egos with nothing behind the curtain. The medical insurance they provide is horrible and no one takes it. If you work here be prepared to work many weekends and long hours, forget you have friends. Turnover is tremendously high here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to know what is going on a day-to-day basis and see all projects come into fruition instead of stepping in during the last minute. Spend some money hiring really great talent instead of awful, under qualified dead weight people. Get better benefits and prioritize work life balance, maybe people might stay.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Translation Chicago was a great place to work, they just never invested in it.

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    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Translation full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    They really allowed me to lead projects, and are open to all ideas that are going to push a brand forward. When I started the creative talent was outstanding. The pay could have been better but they reward for hard work.

    Cons

    It was a shame that they did not invest in growing the Chicago office because there was a lot of talented people and we worked with top tiered brands. I think new york felt it more but it seemed like there was a heavy turn over and churn and burn environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your talent! There are so many wonderful employees that have worked at Translation but too often than not they were overlooked or undervalued.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great client list. Bad management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Translation full-time

    Pros

    There's always inspiring projects happening at Translation.
    A lot of great opportunities. Think, going to Jay Z/Rihanna/Kayne concerts or Nets games.
    Always some "cool, awesome" project happening. Think Budweiser Made in America Music Festival and Bud Light Music First

    Cons

    All the creative decisions are dictated by Steve. He merely uses the CCO as his puppet. No one wants to be disrespected like that.

    Be prepare to spend weekends, nights and vacations at this place. Forget you have friends.

    Also, people sit on top of each other at Translation. Desks are literally created inside of closets and hallways. Conference rooms are nonexistent.

    No privacy in this place. No place to think and work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    Translation review.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Translation

    Pros

    Exciting, ambitious, shoot-for-the-stars kind of consultancy, that, at its best, produces great ideas and fearless thinking.
    "Never been done before" is an opportunity, not a reason not to do it.
    CEO Steve Stoute is a natural marketer with raw, savvy brilliance.
    Fantastic group of employees: passionate, culturally savvy, smart, creative, interesting.

    Cons

    Weak upper management.
    Employees tend to be overworked and under-managed.
    "Never been done before" ideas often tax resources and come with a steep learning curve. (There's a reason other agencies shy away from this stuff)
    Lack of a strong team ethic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire strong senior management that can forward Stoute's vision AND create healthy, empowered teams.
    Actively manage and support .employee growth.
    Built a culture of trust and respect

  9.  

    good job

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Translation part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    friendly, professional and helpful. and they pay well for the job I did. Very good people to work with and you can do good friends there. Good place to grow professionally

    Cons

    very far from home and they, sometimes are not very comprehensive with familiar problems, so you have to lie about why don't go to work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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