TransPerfect - Worked as freelance translator from about 2001 to 2008 | Glassdoor
Pros
  • "great opportunity to learn a lot from your project" (in 20 reviews)

  • "TransPerfect has great people to work with" (in 40 reviews)

Cons
  • "The work life balance is straight up crap I can't even sugar coat that" (in 69 reviews)

  • "Very long hours without compensation" (in 79 reviews)

Employee Review

Employee Review

Helpful (4)

"Worked as freelance translator from about 2001 to 2008"

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Former Contractor - Freelance Linguist in New York, NY
Former Contractor - Freelance Linguist in New York, NY
Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

I worked at TransPerfect as a contractor (More than 5 years)

Pros

Good place for a newbie translator to get a start, because they have tons of work

Cons

The projects are always in a rush and rates have been very low since 2008. According to translator talk boards, translators stop accepting assignments from TransPerfect as soon as they find work sources that pay better.

Advice to Management

Make sure the freelancer you contact is qualified. I still get several work offers a day even though I haven't accepted one for years, and most of them are outside my stated capabilities. For example, I get asked to translate into UK English when (as I've told them repeatedly) I do only US English. This is a recipe for poor work, because many new translators are hungry for anything they can get, and optimistically accept anything that comes over the transom.

Other Employee Reviews

Other Employee Reviews

  1. "Global company with a relevant product."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at TransPerfect full-time

    Pros

    Big company. Global footprint. Ability to transfer to different locations. Benefits. Base salary.

    Cons

    Tedious work. Bombardment of emails. Poor communication from headquarters. Ever-changing practices. Desk jockey / boiler room office environment.

    Advice to Management

    Streamline practices. Better communication.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Project Manager"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at TransPerfect full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice view of Manhattan. You can listen to music while working.

    Cons

    Worst company I ever worked for. Completely unethical and greedy.

    Advice to Management

    Stop acting like Andrew Carnegie (i.e. be of the opinion that every worker that works for a low wage deserves it, otherwise they wouldn't work for it). Try some modern approaches of motivation and live by example.

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