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Updated October 22, 2017
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Pros
  • Good work/life balance and good compensation (in 35 reviews)

  • A very positive working environment (in 31 reviews)

Cons
  • More times than not the work/life balance suffers (in 16 reviews)

  • Very long hours for not enough money - definitely not paid as well as in the industry (in 17 reviews)

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  1. "Overall good company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Superior, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Superior, CO
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SDL full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    401k match (3%), 20 paid holidays, good healthcare plans.

    Cons

    Management imposes changes that sometimes may not be practical. Work - life balance can be challenging but depending on accounts and nature of the work.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Large Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Superior, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Superior, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SDL full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, paid volunteer time, comfortable office environment

    Cons

    Company doesn't seem to care about the lower level employees who do all the work

  3. "Program manager"

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    Former Employee - Global Prog in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Global Prog in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SDL full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent communication across all levels of management

    Cons

    Not very well organised in processes or documentation


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Large bureaucracy with its pros and cons."

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

    I have been working at SDL full-time (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.


  5. "Very glad to join SDL"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SDL full-time

    Pros

    The people is definitely the best asset. I was treated with respect and full attention from all departments of the company.
    Salary levels are also in line with industry.
    Benefits are great.

    Cons

    Area for improvement is internal working process as there are too many admin tasks, which is being addressed with a new internal tool.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at SDL full-time

    Pros

    Working atmosphere and experience gained.
    Benefits package was comparable.
    Community/Philanthropy involvement strong, not only towards external sources but internal as well.

    Cons

    Communication across global teams
    Transparency down the chain was ok but could use some work

    Advice to Management

    Communication can be difficult, being too busy or involved is no excuse for not letting the team know what is going on or what is expected of them. Find creative means if necessary.


  7. "Mid Level Leadership"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SDL full-time

    Pros

    A truly international company with offices in 75 countries. The chance to work with some very good intellectual property. Interesting people and diverse fellow employees.

    Cons

    Excessive leadership turnover. Siloed groups due to remote offices.

    Advice to Management

    Identify and communicate company strategy. Ensure that varied groups understand what others are doing. Stop naming multiple products the same (initials form the same acronym for more than one product.)

  8. "Great Company!"

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

    I have been working at SDL full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great management support, challenging work, resources for training

    Cons

    Antiquated technology, not PMI structured

    SDL Response

    Aug 16, 2017 – Senior 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... More


  9. Helpful (7)

    "Poor Management, No Opportunity to Learn, Lousy Pay"

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    Former Employee - Project Management in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Project Management in Boulder, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SDL full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I had a team of awesome coworkers, often flexible WFH options, and the location is nice next to the mall.

    Cons

    Management is rarely ever available! They are always "too busy" to support or listen to your concerns. Very little training is provided to management and it is apparent. Because of this, you also receive little training yet are always to blame when things go wrong. There is very little opportunity to learn new skills when you're simply never given the resources to do so. The overall pay is simply not worth the work.

    Advice to Management

    Take the time to listen! We have great ideas for how to change things for the better, but rarely get the chance to try them out. Also, be on our team! We want to do well for you when you support us along the way. I would highly recommend a proactive management model rather than reactive - your employees may even stop leaving.

    SDL Response

    Aug 16, 2017 – Senior Employee Communications and Experience Executive

    Thanks for this review. I’m sorry to hear you didn’t have the best experience at SDL. We absolutely want to receive feedback from our staff as it’s important for our growth strategy. We are also very... More


  10. "Good"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at SDL full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good people in work place

    Cons

    Unnecessary Paperwork on continuous projects


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