I worked at Transparent Language Inc full-time (More than 5 years)
Most departments have incredibly flexible work options. This is a small company, so if you're passionate about an idea, you can (and are encouraged to) walk right into the CEO's office and discuss it.
A common frustration is the lack of fast progress on modernizing the product. It's a small company, so one might assume that's why, but I've since worked at massively larger enterprise companies with the exact same problem. When one major client pays the bills, the reality is that most of your man hours have to go to what's important to that company.
One of the biggest negatives I would point out is the lack of a career path, and the lack of any formalized review and development process. In a way, you can turn this around to a positive; you need to be proactive and take your fate into your own hands as far as raises and new job opportunities, and that's actually an invaluable life skill.
But that lack of structure can be very off-putting, especially for people who are just entering the working world. TL has a lot of those, and I suspect most of the negative reviews here are from people who just entered the workforce from college, without any other companies to compare it to.
I can tell you from having worked at a variety of jobs, TL doesn't deserve its current rating. There are absolutely some things I would change if I went back there, but the fact remains that I WOULD consider going back there someday.
Advice to Management
I know the CEO has always been against annual reviews, but you NEED THEM. They would benefit both the employees and the company. Happier employees, staying longer, with less brain drain for TL.
You don't need a formalized learning and development platform, but if managers were mandated to take the time and discuss with employees what they'd like to learn, and how they'd like to grow and then support it (whether through a Coursera course, a conference, or new job duties), the company and the employee would benefit.
The main reason I left the company was that I was no longer growing in my career, and felt that the only way to start growing again was to go somewhere else. That didn't have to be the only way.
I applied online. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Transparent Language Inc (Nashua, NH) in September 2012.
Really easy. Asked if I had ever done QA before, if I knew the parts in my PC etc. The most difficult part was the live QA session where they put you on a broken version of their software and have you find all of the bugs you can.
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