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"SDL is a strong, expanding and very secure company with great vision and a fearless leader"

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  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wakefield, MA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wakefield, MA
Approves of CEO

Pros

People there in non-management roles are some of the best people I have ever met
great compensation
great bonus plan
great place to grow
Mark Lancaster
environment
direction of company
HR
Data Quality

Cons

UK based company, so politically challenging
profit margin comped SVP's ruin otherwise great company
poor upper management in SCT division
tracking of commissions is non-existant

Advice to Management

n/a

SDL Response

Jun 23, 2015 – Global Head of HR and Employee Experience

Thanks for this review. I hope you are still working here and that you will seek me out next time I am in Wakefield. I would really like some current feedback. Roddy

Other Employee Reviews for SDL

  1. Helpful (4)

    "Interesting work - but little recognition for your efforts"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager - Localization in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Project Manager - Localization in Boulder, CO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting projects and technologies
    On the whole, nice people to work with in the department
    Good benefits package
    Nice buildings

    Cons

    Little or no training - but you are held accountable for not knowing something
    Abusive management - denigrates employees, particularly behind their backs
    CEO treats most employees as disposable worker bees
    Long hours, no recognition, zero - yes ZERO - chance of promotion

    Advice to Management

    Clearly the leadership of SDL is doing what the owners and shareholders want. Until there is a major problem, then the high employee turnover rate, inadequate training and abusive management will come back to bite you.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Underpaid and Overworked"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Superior, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Superior, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Localization / Globalization is a vital growing industry.
    SDL is tops in localization and owns a few of the prime tools for use in the industry: e.g. TRADOS.
    Learn the localization industry and tools.
    Vacation increases to 3 weeks after the 2nd year.
    Interesting colleagues.

    Cons

    Almost all employees are underpaid and overworked.
    Expectations are not clearly defined.
    Rapid employee turnover.
    Lack of training.

    Advice to Management

    Mark J. Lancaster does not acknowledge or greet a person in the hallway who is not in senior management, which is relatively few since the office has fewer than 50 people. Maybe that's how it's done in the UK, but not normally in the US. Show your employees a little respect. Do not swear at them and belittle them. Give raises for superior performance rather than waiting until employees have found a new position in another company to offer them more.


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