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SDL Montreal Reviews

Updated May 23, 2019

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  1. "Great place to succeed!!"

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    Current Employee - Director, Business Development in Montreal, QC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SDL

    Pros

    Fantastic opportunities to make money and great working environment! The executive team is very driven and involved with their team. As a leader in their industry in both language solutions and technology, SDL is always creating innovative services for their customers and they are always ahead of the game from their competitors!

    Cons

    Work-life balance needs a little improvement.

    SDL2015-02-20
  2. Helpful (2)

    "Learn how to be bad at translation"

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    Former Employee - Translator in Montreal, QC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at SDL for more than a year

    Pros

    Lots of work to do

    Cons

    Really low rates. I too was promised the moon and got a coprolite. Reviewers that barely speak the language (seriously, as in newly arrived immigrants). Disconnected. PMs that don't know anything about translation. Strange place. Laughable quality of work which is never actually FRCA. Everything is always breaking.

    Advice to Management

    Meh

    SDL2019-05-23
  3. Helpful (7)

    "Experience as a translator at SDL"

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    Former Employee - Translator in Montreal, QC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good for acquiring translation experience at a big translation company, meet a lot of young people, get acquainted to many different roles, functions and tasks, familiarize yourself with the latest technology.

    Cons

    There is little or no incentives for employees, no salary raises, no bonuses, which explains a high turnover rate. There is no corporate culture to speak of, it's like every employee for himself. Poorly trained managers.

    Advice to Management

    They should focus on building a strategy to improve their employer brand and their corporate culture, create programs for employees. Little things such as creating a rewards program can go a long way to help employees feel more engaged.

    SDL2018-08-04

    SDL Response

    October 24, 2018Executive Team

    Thank you for taking the time to write your review and share your experience with us. We are part way through our transformation and are moving forward with our employee engagement strategy. A culture change after any company transformation will take time and we are fully ...

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  4. Helpful (4)

    "Creative math for word counts"

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    Former Employee - Translator in Montreal, QC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SDL for more than 3 years

    Pros

    They pay on time Nothing else I can think of

    Cons

    Insulting rates that keep getting lower and lower based on lies Everybody in charge of quality check does not know what quality looks like, and they all corroborate each other in a loop Subjective style choices Crazy math for word counts so you don't get paid for the actual word count Impossible tasks, lack of communication Systems don't actually work, but everybody pretends they do (especially for post-editing)...

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    Advice to Management

    At least put French Canadians in charge of French Canadian content.

    SDL2018-03-07
  5. Helpful (23)

    "Any recent positive reviews of SDL are ‘Fake News’"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    What’s good? Getting paid as promised, since the company reneged on paying their managers, sales people, operations and product teams across bonuses as well as commission payout. Being on a sinking ship with other good people was sadly one of very few comforting attributes over the past 18 months of the SDL* rebrand.

    Cons

    First, 100% agree with Moral review and other recent ones below. Especially on Hispano-Brit Trump commentary, the significant and accelerating cultural decay, and, of disruption of trust and synchronicity between upper Mgt. and rest of organization. Second, as SDL’s HR leadership is notorious for trolling these reviews - the lack of responses to these reviews starting in July, outside of a very poorly disguised recent...

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    Advice to Management

    If you are trying to bring down the company in order for Equity Capital to take SDL private, which is no longer viewed as outlandish, please be less obvious in doing so and at the same time more honest with the people you are affecting both Inside and Outside the organization

    SDL2018-02-07
  6. "Translator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A good place to learn

    Cons

    The management could be better

    Advice to Management

    provide more support and better managment

    SDL2017-11-29
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Human Resources Manager"

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in Montreal, QC
    Recommends

    I worked at SDL

    Pros

    The Montreal office really rocks for teamwork! I have rarely seen an office where everyone is working together towards the same goal. Very dedicated people. Interesting industry and great working experience.

    Cons

    The tight deadlines and lean staffing results in a fair level of stress.

    Advice to Management

    Keep listening to your staff. They are the heart of the business!

    SDL2017-06-02

    SDL Response

    June 26, 2017Global Head of HR and Employee Experience

    Thanks for this review and I completely agree with you that our colleagues in Montreal have great team spirit. It’s very important to us to continue to listen to our staff in the employee surveys and workshops and also through our Site Leader network. We also have a highly focused ...

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    "Project Manager"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Montreal, QC

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

    Pros

    Great team, deal with well-known clients from different industries, strengthen basic project management knowledge.

    Cons

    Very low salary compared to the amount of work that's required.

    SDL2017-02-06

    SDL Response

    August 16, 2017Global Head of HR and Employee Experience

    Thanks for this review. I’m pleased to hear about the good experience you are having at SDL. Regards, Roddy.

  9. Helpful (6)

    "They're a fraud."

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    Former Employee - Freelancer in Montreal, QC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SDL for less than a year

    Pros

    I had to write a test before getting hired, and I received a copy of my text with the reviser’s comments explaining why I passed. Most companies don’t bother with this step. The software (Studio) is a decent translation tool.

    Cons

    I wish I had read the reviews before sending my resume to this company. I blindly trusted the software’s good reputation, and because of that, I lost four days of work. Every negative review in this thread is accurate. In my case I actually lost money because of the company’s practices. I was asked to work on an urgent project, but on the day of delivery, both the project manager and the reviser went on leave. Not...

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    Advice to Management

    Cease operations immediately. You are harming the translation industry. Stick to the software.

    SDL2016-12-02
  10. Helpful (10)

    "Inconsistent and disinterested"

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    Former Employee - Translator in Montreal, QC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SDL

    Pros

    Coworkers are motivated at first and competent when they get the proper training. The workload was acceptable in theory, although the numerous internal problems made it difficult to be productive at times. If you land in the right team with the right people and project managers, you could go a long way. The place of employment is in a cool spot downtown. If you're used to open hostility, SDL is pretty tame on the surface.

    Cons

    Outward-facing company almost exclusively. Internal management is clueless or disinterested, not aware of the workflow nor about the differences between teams and services. No one wants to make any decision, change anything or improve the processes. Extremely scattered resources, everyone seems to be working against each other. Lots of time wasted, difficult communication, instability. Lack of quality persons in key...

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    Advice to Management

    Find a translation/localization director or something. More than half the office is scattered in teams that can't communicate nor collaborate together. It's just a joke. Have a local survey about morale and possible improvements. Try to remember there are more employees than the 5 or 10 people who hang around the boss.

    SDL2016-09-21
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