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Lionbridge Reviews

Updated February 23, 2017
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Lionbridge Chairman, President, and CEO Rory J. Cowan
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  • Because you are contracted there are no benefits" (in 20 reviews) (in 24 reviews)

  • There are no pay increases or options to move into a different role (in 21 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (3)

    "Great Orgnization"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Crowd Sourcing Manager in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Crowd Sourcing Manager in Waltham, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lionbridge full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I've been here for almost a year and it is by far one of the best places I've ever worked. The atmosphere is professional and upbeat. The people who work here are smart, hardworking and dedicated. Everyone is pleasant and eager to help each other out.

    Cons

    For some people it may be a bit to professional - this is not a place with games and beer night.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what your doing


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great company to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Lionbridge full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Friendly work environment, and opportunity to work with smart people from fortune 500 companies. Learned a lot.

    Cons

    Need to be more aggressive in China market


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Exciting time to be at Lionbridge."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lionbridge full-time

    Pros

    Lionbridge is a truly global company. There is a high level of transparency at Lionbridge - even though there are over 6,000 employees, the company communicates promotions and new hires. In addition, from a culture perspective, there was recently a meditation class (we even had a really fun super bowl party!). The employees here are all very friendly and helpful. Honestly, before I interviewed here, I was taken back by some of the poor reviews; however, I realize now that many of them are from contractors who work part-time from home who do translation work (vs. FT employees of Lionbridge). Lionbridge has brought in some new leaders who are eager to bring change to the company - and the company is hungry for it, too.

    I wasn't too aware of Lionbridge prior to interviewing here, but now that I'm here, it's a pretty cool company that has grown organically and via acquisition. Lionbridge acquired a digital agency called Darwin no too long ago, which has propelled Lionbridge's digital/emotive marketing area.

    Lionbridge also offers good flexibility to work from home.

    Cons

    Not many that I can think of. The benefits are standard with good time off. Corporate office is very nice, but can be quiet at times.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to innovate.


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  5. "Liberal Arts and Business"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Waltham, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lionbridge full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Smart people. Good career opportunities. Nice mix of the academic with business. Bright leadership. Where else can I use my liberal arts degree?

    Cons

    Compensation can lag the market


  6. Helpful (1)

    "A great professional organization to share skills with!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Engineer in Boise, ID
    Current Employee - IT Engineer in Boise, ID
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Lionbridge full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Professional, innovative and growing! They recruit talent, form teams that really work, and encourage continued skill growth. A terrific professional relationship to have and great place to work!

    Cons

    Some projects may not be well developed for future growth. Remote work is often not allowed.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to support HR and Recruiter methodologies, as they are terrific at what they do!


  7. "Good Company If You're Not Looking For Growth"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lionbridge full-time

    Pros

    Flexible work conditions
    I was lucky to have a good manager

    Cons

    Very low salary
    Growth is uncertain

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees
    Upgrade internal tools
    Have a clear growth trajectory


  8. "Lead reiviewer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Unit in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Unit in Waltham, MA

    I worked at Lionbridge (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    average place to work and average opportunities

    Cons

    poor management and adhoc skills


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Ok short term"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Go to learn much. Lots to do. Clear impact on bottom line. Easy access to executives. Smart people worldwide.

    Cons

    Low salaries. Not much incentives and poor benefits. Top heavy. Lack of real review process leading to promotions and/or salary adjustments/bonus. No learning from failure culture. Message from the top "Keep doing a good job and don't complain otherwise you get out". Company growing through mergers. No career development path.

    Advice to Management

    Hire and empower middle management layers to support line level employees. Offer perks and deliver them to performing employees at performance review time.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Strong, Stable, Innovative Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lionbridge full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lionbridge is a stable, thriving organization continually leading the language services market. The company is full of individuals who are thinking about the future and what needs to be done in order to continue on a path of success. The culture has improved in recent years, and includes employees of all ages and walks of life. Teams are close-knit and focused on a common goal. Promotion is possible if you work hard and earn it.

    Cons

    HQ is not located on a train line, there is only a shuttle. Groups within Lionbridge are not as friendly with one another as they could be.

    Advice to Management

    Stay the course of thoughtful reorganization, innovative technology, and diversifying in order to foster an environment of accountability, profitability, and continued growth. Do not be afraid to shake things up and try things out.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Online Sales Rep"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Online Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Online Sales Representative
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Lionbridge full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -The management really wants certain people to succeed and will bend over backwards to make it happen.
    -The reps themselves are a fun and inclusive group for the most part
    -There is a lot of opportunity for self-teaching and independence

    Cons

    -The commission model may seem sweet to someone fresh out of college, but it is actually quite poor.
    -There is some favoritism and promotions are common for favorites even if they don't deserve it.
    -If you are not a favorite, you are not helped quite as much.
    -There are not many opportunities for advancement

    Advice to Management

    The largest problem for me was the favoritism for some and unfair treatment for others. If there is to be favoritism, base it on merit. It's unrealistic to say that a boss can never have favorites, but if they are very obvious and clear cut, people are intimidated to ever express problems about favorite employees.



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