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SDL Project Manager Reviews

Updated Jun 27, 2019

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  1. "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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  2. 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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  3. 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.

  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Helpful (9)

    "Good for freelancers"

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    Current Employee - Freelance Project Manager in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SDL

    Pros

    - I have always been paid on time - Stable company - professional staff - freelancers telecommute and can live around the globe

    Cons

    - Company is squeezed by their customers and rates for freelancers would be better if they were higher - Not easy to get accepted as freelancer - If the customer account ends, it is likely that your project will end too

    Advice to Management

    - Try to keep good freelancers even if their main accounts stop doing business with SDL by moving them to other accounts

    SDL2016-01-15
  7. Helpful (7)

    "Project Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    Good educational experience. Exposure to lots of different activities.

    Cons

    I am shocked that the salaries shown here are the same as what they were over 5 years ago. I guess all the profits are going straight to the owner. Outside of that, there were some very difficult people that worked there, and management did nothing to get them in line. If I still worked there, I would have either filed some harassment claims by now, or broken some skulls.

    Advice to Management

    Hold your upper managers accountable.

    SDL2015-09-08
  8. "Great Place"

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

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

    Pros

    Wonderful people, responsibility at all levels, client interaction, global communication, flexibility schedules, average working hours, ability to make a difference at any level, great benefits (health insurance could not be better, good vacation package, 401k).

    Cons

    Lots of changes over time, seems to be on right track.

    Advice to Management

    Cross train more on technology.

    SDL2014-11-06

    SDL Response

    February 23, 2016

    Hi, thanks for this review. I am glad you are enjoying your time at SDL. We now have a Global Product Training team in place and a robust roadmap for creating new learning assets, which will be uploaded to our learning portal, MyLX, to enable employees to enhance their knowledge across ...

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  9. Helpful (8)

    "Top heavy management, no interest in supporting employees."

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

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

    Pros

    Great colleagues, good benefits, good office culture.

    Cons

    Poor compensation, little mobility, middle management has little actual control, lack of support, impossible to take vacation, expected to work around the clock for clients, arbitrary scores in "reviews", no real focus on growth and development, ancient technologies make the job difficult, high turnover, expectations not lined up with compensation

    Advice to Management

    Invest in Language Services--there are easy technological solutions to make Project Management jobs less time-intensive. Hire the right people, don't expect Project Managers to double as trainers without pay. Introduce merit-based bonuses, don't prime specific people to move up and take all the money from the "salary increase" pot and tell other employees there isn't enough to go around.

    SDL2014-09-02

    SDL Response

    March 14, 2016

    Hi, thanks for the review and for your honest feedback. We had made a lot of changes in the last year and a half, which have included rolling out various SDL wide global business applications to ensure that our people have the tools they need to carry out their role effectively. We ...

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  10. Helpful (9)

    "Its 2 stars"

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    Current Employee - Localisation Project Manager in Superior, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SDL full-time

    Pros

    Lets be honest, its a job. Co-workers are awesome and the job is interesting

    Cons

    Management needs to learn to be good managers. They are slow on good decisions or necessary ones. One the other hand, they are really fast to implement useless policies which only adds to the workload.

    Advice to Management

    Listen and act on what everyone that reports to you say's. Look here for some suggestions.

    SDL2014-05-23

    SDL Response

    March 14, 2016

    Hi, thanks for the review and for your honest feedback The Superior office has been through a lot of change since you left this review and I hope that you’ve seen a lot of improvement. We have a great team in the Superior office who are very dedicated and hardworking and we have put ...

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