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SDL Manager Reviews

Updated Jun 27, 2019

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SDL CEO Adolfo Hernandez
Adolfo Hernandez
5 Ratings
  1. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent company reputation, excellent benefits"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SDL full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Excellent management, flexible work life balance, great time off and benefits, travel opportunities

    Cons

    base salary could be higher, commission plan could be higher

    SDL2018-11-07

    SDL Response

    November 12, 2018Executive Team

    Thank you for taking the time to write your review. We continuously benchmark our salaries and commission plans against the market and believe that our current offerings are competitive in the LSP market. We are focused on our employee experience and the bigger picture and trust ...

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  2. Helpful (12)

    "Typical corporate environment"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Superior, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SDL full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Plenty of resources, financial / industry prowess

    Cons

    Siloed, bureaucratic, inflexible, unorganized, unstructured

    SDL2019-02-26
  3. Helpful (15)

    "Poor People Strategy"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Superior, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at SDL full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Two stars for trying to be a leading technology company.

    Cons

    People strategy at SDL is not great. New employees are being treated like a hot potato when someone has to train them on the tools and processes. New recruits are sent to production teams who don't have allocated time or resources to do the training. Production teams send them back to their Managers, who are too overworked to pay attention. You will end up being trained by one of the remote teams (most likely in...

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    Advice to Management

    Embrace clear roles and make people a priority. After all, your employees are the ones developing new product and talking to your accounts every day. Someone working in production SHOULD NOT be asked to train a new hire, period. This is unfair and frustrating for all parties involved.

    SDL2018-10-26

    SDL Response

    November 6, 2018Executive Team

    Thank you for taking the time to share you views. We value your feedback. We are continually reviewing our induction and on-boarding programs and from recent feedback from our new-starters we are offering good all round training. We are sorry to hear that this has not been ...

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  4. Helpful (1)

    "Field Marketing"

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    Current Employee - Field Marketing Manager in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SDL full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I absolutely love working at SDL and my job. When I started at SDL, I was in a completely different position. If you work hard and believe in the company, SDL will work with you to find your place. It is a fast paced environment, and don’t be afraid to ask questions. I am continually learning and working with people all around the world.

    Cons

    If you don't like change, SDL probably isn't a great fit.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing!

    SDL2018-10-19

    SDL Response

    October 22, 2018Executive Team

    Thank you for taking the time to leave your review. We appreciate your feedback and definitely agree that SDL supports development and change in role and we promote internal moves to get the right fit. We're happy to hear you, like many others are enjoying your career at SDL.

  5. Helpful (8)

    "Frequent Re-orgs, don't expect job security"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SDL full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great internal tools on company intranet; minimal paperwork, everything online; above average products

    Cons

    Developers frequently slip schedule; stated company direction changes radically on annual basis; SDL used to be overly extravagant on fly-in company meetings

    Advice to Management

    user surveys to determine "other skills" and industrial experience that employees have to offer; don't stray too far from your core products

    SDL2018-03-02
  6. Helpful (2)

    "Large bureaucracy with its pros and cons."

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Wakefield, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at SDL full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Reasonable workload Competitive salary and benefits Nice co-workers Good autonomy in work

    Cons

    Old and convoluted technology slowing down even basic tasks. Several stakeholders involved in each decisions. This diffuses responsibility makes it hard to get straight answers. Inefficiencies due to the management being dispersed at several sites.

    SDL2017-07-28

    SDL Response

    December 7, 2017Global Head of HR and Employee Experience

    Thanks for this review. I’m glad to hear that you enjoy working with your colleagues and receive the autonomy to carry out your role. Regarding inefficiencies, I believe 2018 will see a lot of progress in this area through our transformation efforts. Regards, Roddy.

  7. "Great Company!"

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    Current Employee - Associate Project Manager in Superior, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SDL full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great management support, challenging work, resources for training

    Cons

    Antiquated technology, not PMI structured

    SDL2017-03-07

    SDL Response

    August 16, 2017Senior Employee Communications and Experience Executive

    Thanks for this review, I’m glad to hear that you are receiving great management support and that you are enjoying the work. We understand your comment about the technology and hopefully you have started to see the tremendous progress that the Transformation team is making to improve ...

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  8. Helpful (9)

    "Messy"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Boulder, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SDL full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Some good people work there

    Cons

    This company is just messy. Processes are cumbersome, nothing is automated, everything depends on human accuracy -- or lack thereof! Project Managers are overworked and get burnt out quickly. The revolving door never stops!

    Advice to Management

    A happy employee is a productive employee!

    SDL2016-11-05
  9. "Good and improving, but could still be better"

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    Current Employee - Associate Program Manager in Superior, CO
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at SDL full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Multi-cultural office settings, high level of diversity, the people, fast pace industry

    Cons

    Management disconnect from employees. Feeling no matter how hard or well you work - it does not seem to be enough.

    Advice to Management

    Keep comments HR appropriate

    SDL2016-10-29
  10. Helpful (20)

    "PJM Nightmare"

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    Former Employee - Associate Project Manager in Superior, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at SDL full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Co-workers are good people and have a good time and get into the holiday spirit. They do Friday beer socials which is nice if you are ever able to complete your work in order to partake (rarely). They do offer you good benefits including a nice health club membership subsidy.They bring in breakfast burritos on the first Monday of every month and then they bring other food/meals on occasion.

    Cons

    - Your opinion does not matter. Provide your opinion on how to tackle a project, receive different instructions from manager, client is not happy with deliverable, manager yells at you and says you should have done what you had originally suggested. There is not right answer and you will always be at fault. - Extremely HIGH turnover if you are looking to make a career at a company this place is not for you. There is...

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    Advice to Management

    Stop micromanaging people let them run their projects and when they make mistakes work with them to learn from these and grow. Having a positive attitude rather than a negative attitude goes a long way. This is how a leader grows a good team and foundation not through intimidation and lack of trust. Obviously these were just my opinions of things that either happened to me or I noticed while working here. I know people...

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    SDL2016-02-24
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