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SDL Overview
Maidenhead, England (UK)
1001 to 5000 employees
Company - Public (SDL)
Information Technology
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
SDL (LSE: SDL) is the global innovator in language translation technology, services and content management. For more than 20 years, SDL has transformed business results by enabling nuanced digital experiences with customers across the globe so they can create personalized ... Read more

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  • Incredible teamwork and enthusiasm from our Bangalore team, who volunteered with Habitat for Humanity in December 2016!

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SDL – Why Work For Us?


SDL is the leader in Language and Global Content Management

Our solutions create a global impact by creating relevant customer experiences for companies with worldwide customers, through digital content management and internationally trusted language software and services.

We help our customers to:

Be relevant:

  • Engage customers with multi-channel and relevant content in their language

Master operational complexity:

  • Deliver operational excellence by removing barriers to innovation

Go global faster:

  • Optimise the delivery of new websites and multilingual content in new markets

Did you know?

SDL Supports:

  • 79 of the world’s 100 largest brands
  • More than 1,500 enterprise customers worldwide
  • Translations for more than 200 languages
  • More than 100,000 multichannel and multilingual websites


At SDL, we are helping bring brands to the world in new, exciting ways with our technology. As an employee, you’ll get to tackle interesting problems to transform the way people and businesses communicate globally. And because SDL is a diverse, global company, you will have the opportunity to work with smart, dedicated people across departments so you can continue learning and advance your career.

But the best part is that we are continuously growing. We power the top ten global brands in the world and with 55 offices across 38 countries; it is highly likely we will have the perfect career opportunity for you.

Here at SDL we take our Corporate Social Responsibility very seriously. We recognise the duty we have to the societies in which we work and our Corporate Social Responsibility goals reflect that:

  • We support communities through the SDL Foundation, which aims to promote sustainable development
  • We promote and facilitate employee involvement in charitable endeavours
  • We are committed to reducing our environmental impact

At SDL we encourage our global offices to get involved with a local charity and to give their time and support to those who need it most. We offer employees 5 paid days leave, on top of annual leave, to actively get involved with a local cause. This is a great opportunity for teams to work together outside of the office, which enhances social and working relationships and evokes a real sense of pride and achievement.

We also encourage employees, where possible, to get involved with charitable endeavours that meet the criteria of the SDL Foundation, which enables them to apply for funding and support.

The SDL Foundation is committed to supporting charities and projects across the world, working with disadvantaged communities. It aims to provide sustainable aid through financial grants and educational and vocational training to help people become self-sufficient. It also encourages and enables SDL employees to get involved in charitable activities in their local communities.


We take career development very seriously at SDL and are proud to invest in our people:

  • We are committed to building a culture of continuous learning—one where employees can develop, flourish, realise their potential and, at the same time, help the company to realise its potential.
  • Through a partnership with Skillsoft, one of the world’s largest online learning providers, we have created an interactive and modern learning environment. 
  • Employees are encouraged to explore all the career possibilities available to them at SDL, so that they can grow their careers as we grow our business.  

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    I've been working at SDL for just over 3 years. I have to say that this is one of the best places I've worked. My colleagues and job responsibilities keep me going. Since our customers are very well known brands, the expectations are high, but with the support you get from the team it is easier to meet those expectations. I am proud to be part of the content management team that so many customers rely on daily.

    I am in love with the culture we have here at SDL, its a very team oriened environment as colleagues and management have your back and work together to provide the best customer experience. We may not be a trendy startup, but we have roots and a long history that has stability.

    At SDL If you are diligent with your work like any place, growth and success will follow you. Its easy to talk to management and get your ideas and opinions out to make it better for you, your team, your product and the company.


    It would be nice to be able to expand your knowledge with other products at SDL to help in career advancement.

    Advice to Management

    More recognition to make the employees feel appreciated.

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    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at SDL in March 2017.


    Talked to the recruiter and got a phone interview with the hiring manager. Great call with the manager and then nothing. Four weeks later and neither the recruiter or hiring manager will respond to let me know either way on the status of future interviews or where the position stands. At least respond either way. Very disappointed and if this is the first impression then working there can't be that great.

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    • Really no formal questions asked of my experience, more information on the position from their side.   Answer Question
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SDL Awards & Accolades

  • 2016 Brand Champion, Brand Quarterly, 2016
  • Most Innovative Company of the Year (Large) - Silver, Best in Biz, 2015
  • EContent’s Trendsetting Products , SDL Customer Experience Cloud, EContent’s Trendsetting Products, 2015
  • EContent’s Trendsetting Products, SDL Trados Studio, EContent’s Trendsetting Products, 2015
  • Most Innovative Company of the Year (Large) - Gold, Best in Biz Awards International, 2014
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