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Translations.com Reviews

Updated January 31, 2015
Updated January 31, 2015
7 Reviews
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  1.  

    a start up within a well established industry leader

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

    I have been working at Translations.com full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The opportunity to learn is exceptional; work environment is warm, friendly, and very supportive. Management is very reasonable and receptive to suggestions.

    Cons

    Management responsibility is not clearly defined; culture of blame when a project encounters problems.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clearly define responsibilities.
    The annual review is a sham, it needs to be re-written with more practical metrics that actually apply to projects.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Burn and Churn Business Model

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

    I have been working at Translations.com full-time

    Pros

    The company provides a good learning experience in a corporate environment for fresh college graduates.

    Cons

    There is zero career-building potential here. Promotions are a joke because they're NOT based on merit. They're given to people who have simply stayed with the company longer than others, meaning employees are forced to report to under-qualified seniors. The company doesn't have a choice in this because they're stuck in an endless cycle of incredibly high turnover rate.

    The work environment is one submerged under constant deadline pressures and insufficient staffing. This problem is prevalent in every single company department (sales, client services, production, etc.). The vendors sourced by the company to handle the actual translations also get burned with low rates and unforgiving deadlines. The translation quality absolutely suffers from this bad practice, and it is a miracle that this company has been able to retain big clients.

    Employees are expected to work after-hours to cater to "urgent" requests, so they rarely get to leave at the end of their paid shift. Overtime is but a dream. This is not a place for work-life balance. To top it off, pay is NOT commensurate with the hard work being done, nor the sheer amount of extra hours of personal time that employees sacrifice to finish their unfair workloads. Morale is extremely low, and a majority of employees are working with one foot out the door in search of greener pastures. Without mentioning anything regarding the management here (and believe that there is much to say), job seekers please BEWARE.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This message is addressed to most, not all, members in management:

    At this point in life, you should already have learned that all humans deserve a certain level of respect and courtesy. It's called being professional.

    Also, blatant favoritism is an ugly look to wear around the office.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Look somewhere else!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Translations.com full-time

    Pros

    Can't think of anything. You tell me.

    Cons

    (This review is only about San Francisco Production)
    There is no rule on anything. No real training on new hires. No professional career potential whatsoever.
    Someone people work at home all the time and some disappear regularly with various excuses. (Having a kid is a perfect reason to be a slacker there)
    Don't get fooled by the description in job posting: "As a result of continued demand for our products and services..." This is not even true and they're always hiring because people keep leaving the company. Very high turnover rate.
    Don't even apply and waste your time. Look somewhere else. If you have no other choice, good luck with them.
    The company's overall focus is on sales. They don't care about translation quality.
    I'm reading their job description for PM position and am laughing out loud. This is comedy!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I know you two have never been managed by others.
    Go learn how to manage people. Seriously.
    Treat people equally at all times. Be professional.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Not a place to stay at

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

    I have been working at Translations.com full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    My group is very friendly and I get along with my coworkers well

    Cons

    The company does not care about it's employees (although immediate managers do their best). You will get the bare minimum in terms of everything and the office is a mess. Company does not care at all about pleasing it's employees motivating them in any way.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show you care about people who work at the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Avoid unless desperate!

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

    I worked at Translations.com full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The other team members tend to be young, so there is a community feeling.

    Cons

    Even though the managers can be great, they seem to have very little power due to all the red tape. All raises and promotions have to be approved by the CEO, which can take months. This is incredibly frustrating, since people count on certain bonuses or raises to pay bills, and the delays are never explained or apologized for. It feels like everyone working around you is miserable and constantly looking for a way out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be aware of how low morale is, and consider how these financial issues affect staff longevity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Good environment to thrive if you want to commit yourself

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

    I have been working at Translations.com full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    entrepreneurial atmosphere is encouraged and productivity is rewarded. Good management.

    Cons

    Not a lot. Hours can be long but bonuses and experience balance that out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Interact more with staff. Less of a silo mentality.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Management is the king

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Translations.com

    Pros

    Near my house in Pune maharasthtra

    Cons

    No good work , No appraisal

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