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SDL Montreal Reviews

Updated May 23, 2019

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  1. "Great Company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SDL

    Pros

    I have rarely seen such teamwork! Interesting work, amazing industry and great people! Everyone seems to share a common goal - to give great service to the customer!

    Cons

    Trying to understand all of the various aspects of the products and services that are offered at SDL can prove to be challenging.

    Advice to Management

    Keep working towards "One SDL"! We've made tremendous progress in that direction and we need to keep working towards that goal. It's a great company to work for!

    SDL2015-07-09

    SDL Response

    August 21, 2015Global Head of HR and Employee Experience

    Thank you so much for this review. You are right, we have great team work and people here at SDL. I promise we will keep driving One SDL and I am happy you see the progress. Kind Regards Roddy

  2. Helpful (14)

    "Worst pressure on performance"

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

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

    Pros

    The company hires great candidates. I enjoyed working with the coworkers I had.

    Cons

    The pressure put on employees over performance only reinforces their low esteem and fear of failure. It doesn't help to keep the pace up nor is it conducive to engagement.

    Advice to Management

    Don't use Empower as a performance tool.

    SDL2015-05-06

    SDL Response

    February 23, 2016

    Hi, thanks for your review. We take our employees’ welfare very seriously and in 2015 we launched a dialogue-based approach to performance management. This approach encourages managers to meet with employees regularly to provide support and feedback and to realign objectives to ensure ...

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    "Project Manager"

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

    I worked at SDL for less than a year

    Pros

    They hire by the dozen, but this isn't really a pro. I think the only pro really I can think about are a few nice people working there in an universe of (not without reason) miserable people.

    Cons

    The reason is the ridiculously high turnaround - be it because of lack of possibilities of growing in the company, no fix positions (they offer contracts mostly), the life sucking culture, the never ending hours, the burn out of the employees overworked, poorly trained and underpaid in the market... I have never worked in such a tense/toxic ambient. It reflects even in the looks of the office, which was filthy. People...

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    Advice to Management

    It is pointless to advise the management. They are making money on sucking the life out of people so they really don't care. But the loss of accounts may reflect your awful culture of abusing employees, so one day it may hit you.

    SDL2015-02-27
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    "Slow progression, lots of responsibility, great people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SDL full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    people 'in the trenches' are highly knowledgeable and great to work with solid company vision different teams starting to work together (cross-functionally)

    Cons

    many layers of management training slow to be developed, lots of learning on the fly difficult to promote people some morale problems

    Advice to Management

    keep pushing to standardize training across offices need to get solid HR team continue to promote from within and value your employees

    SDL2013-09-28
  5. Helpful (14)

    "HIGH PRESSURE - HIGH VOLUME - POOR MANAGEMENT"

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

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

    Pros

    -Central location -Smart, talented, hardworking, and friendly co-workers which help make things bearable -Paid for overtime (up to 45 hours with prior permission) -Permanent staff of translators (although the groups are very small - 2 to 6 per team) -Has one of the best translations system on the market -Work with global, well known companies (Proctor & Gamble, American Express, TD, Canadian Tire, Target Canada,...

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    Cons

    Tread very carefully if you have accepted a position as a Localization Project Manager at this company. The hours are very long, your projects will be between 10-15 per day plus the ones you will need to deliver (can be up to 7-10+ per day depending on the account). It's a high pressure, stressful job with very little to no management support. There is no training. You get 2 days of orientation, 1-2 days of shadowing...

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    Advice to Management

    Provide a more comprehensive and on-going training programs in your Montreal/N.A. location. If you want to keep your employees, then do a better screening process and use the tests you make them take to greater effect (i.e. be realistic of the type of person you are hiring). Principles, Team Leads, Managers all need to understand the basics of what it means to manage people. Everyone has a different learning style. Observe...

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    SDL2012-11-22
  6. Helpful (3)

    "Mauvaise expérience"

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    Current Employee - Traductrice principale in Montreal, QC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    L'expérience du travail dans un bureau de traduction.

    Cons

    Aucune considération pour la santé de leurs employés. Beaucoup de roulement en raison de l'insatisfaction des employés et de la charge de travail. Plusieurs employés sont en congé de maladie et rien ne change lorsqu'ils reviennent. Ceux qui ne travaillent que 7h30 par jour se font regarder de travers. Pourtant, les heures supplémentaires ne sont pas payées.

    SDL2019-05-04
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