SDL Reviews

Updated Jun 4, 2020

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3.6
70%
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86%
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SDL CEO Adolfo Hernandez
Adolfo Hernandez
18 Ratings
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  • "Work/life balance can be a problem for the consistent "doers" within the organization(in 21 reviews)

  • "Very poor work life balance with most of PJMs working long hours(in 19 reviews)

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  1. "A company for those who love to learn and grow"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Project Manager in Plano, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This company has been the best thing to ever happen to me. Management is very open to ideas and encourages feed back to help build and streamline the program. They genuinely care about how you are doing, and are open about discussing how to help you grow as a professional. Working here has been a fantastic learning experience, and coupled with the great sense of comradery its a dream job. They encourage you to ask questions, and will go the extra mile to provide trainings to get you up to speed. SDL really invests in everyone and there is ample room to grow.

    Cons

    Having worked here for nearly two years I can't think of a single con.

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  2. "Good company to work for"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Cloud Engineer in Wakefield, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SDL full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great benefits Great co-workers Loose management Flexible Hours Great PTO

    Cons

    Heavily Silo’d Little management direction Poor management communication Poor training opportunities

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  3. "good tech and good firm"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I enjoyed my team and most of the folks, good teaming

    Cons

    inter-division collaboration could've been better...believe they addressed this

  4. Helpful (4)

    "worst job ever"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Small paycheck, only if you are desperately unemployed.

    Cons

    This was by far the worst job I ever had – and I've been in translation for over two decades. The company is stuck in a way of working that is 30 years behind the rest of the industry. If their clients only knew how they run translation projects! The NY operation was formerly part of a printing company, and the print legacy is strong. They have no linguistic expertise, and almost everything they do is based on typesetting, not CAT tools. This makes for highly manual, error-prone processes. So, basically, if you want to do good work, you can forget about it. Virtually nobody else in the company is interested in improving things or best practices. I would not recommend this company to any job seeker.

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  5. "Computer Aided Tanslation"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Director in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Run very well, with decent benefits

    Cons

    Had problems understating global team where senior staff where involved. Tended to understand job contact workers.

  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good Company COULD be Fantastic"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great friendly coworkers, great managers, sometimes limited work, good vacation time and sick days, occasional snacks and lunches.

    Cons

    - Everyone should be able to work remote whenever wherever and come in when necessary for execs. - Sometimes limited work. - Certain team's work hours and schedules. - Sub par health benefits.

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  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work!"

    5.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Intern in Wakefield, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The team is more than willing to help with any problem.

    Cons

    All positions for software engineering positions were taken.

  8. Helpful (7)

    "Very disorganized structure"

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Linguistic Tester in Superior, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SDL for less than a year

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere but that’s about it

    Cons

    Very disorganized, schedulers contact you for a project but you may show up and being told to turn around and go home without any sorts of compensation offered. Most of the testing projects are delocalized in eastern countries for cost cutting so based on the language you speak it may be very slow. I would say go for it if you are in between job but don’t expect to make a decent salary out of it.

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  9. Helpful (24)

    "Great company on a cost cutting mission to irrelevancy"

    2.0
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SDL full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Exciting products, global company offering chance to work with people around the world

    Cons

    SDL has jerked back and forth from being on course with solid management, to off course, to on course and back off course. Unfortunately it's off course and doing drastic uninformed cost cutting to appease investors upset about falling market valuation.

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  10. Helpful (22)

    "Toxic environment"

    1.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Writer in Wakefield, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SDL full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Some good people, some horrible people.

    Cons

    It is a toxic environment. Lots of managers with too much ego.

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