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Updated April 3, 2019
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Pros
  • "great opportunity to learn a lot from your project" (in 21 reviews)

  • "You will meet some great people" (in 41 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work/Life balance is terrible compared to most good sales teams" (in 70 reviews)

  • "long hours, no security for 6 months, management is awful" (in 81 reviews)

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  1. "Very optimistic about my future at TransPerfect"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -The company has a simple formula for success in sales, and it seems all those who stick to it, do very well.
    -Management is very accessible and supportive of their people taking ownership in their employees careers. Management won't ask you to do anything they have not done themselves.
    -The opportunity I have been given in the 2 years at TransPerfect outweighs my previous two employers combined. They have sent me to industry trade shows in Chicago, Palm Desert California, San Antonio, and Denver. I have been to internal company conferences in New Orleans, DC, and soon to be Austin, TX. They have let me travel to Europe and Canada for client presentations. I was even allowed to accompany our CEO to a C-Level networking event.
    -If you have a good idea to improve processes, you are encouraged to suggest it and even run with implementing your idea.
    -You will be working for a company with the best portfolio of solutions in the industry so you should win the majority of your sales deals
    -Ability to move up quickly.
    -No ceiling on compensation

    Cons

    Managing email is challenging at times

    Advice to Management

    Continue to invest in your people, and invest in cutting-edge technologies


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Disaster"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director of Business Development in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Director of Business Development in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Big Company with lots of resources

    Cons

    Terrible management
    Resources poorly utilized
    Frat House atmosphere

    Advice to Management

    Grow up

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Worst job ever"

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    Former Employee - Director in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Director in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    None that come to mind.

    Cons

    Hours, pay, everything that makes it a job.

    Advice to Management

    The owner were in litigation when I left and I have no idea who owns it now.


  4. Helpful (15)

    "Run far far away!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director, Strategic Accounts in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Director, Strategic Accounts in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at TransPerfect full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Can’t think of any pros unless you are fresh out of college and desperately need a job. If you have any job experience, you will see that this place is run like a joke and the only way to get promoted is to become best friends with a management. Previous work experience isn’t valued at all, and everyone running the place has never worked anywhere else.

    Cons

    Everything! There’s no work life balance, you are expected to be in the office for at least 10 hours everyday, and then be available 24/7 on your phone for clients. There’s zero overtime pay on top of the super low pay that you get. Way too many office politics and brown nosing is the only way to get ahead. Do yourself a favor and don’t waste your time here.

    Advice to Management

    Train your managers, and hire some people with real work experience


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Sales - Director, Business Development & Middle Mgmt"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director of Business Development
    Former Employee - Director of Business Development
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at TransPerfect full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    TP offers an entrepreneurial opportunity to all sales people. You get the chance to make your own success.

    You will learn about a vast number of industries giving you the opportunity to see how different businesses function in the global marketplace.

    Many seasoned sales professionals to learn from and bounce ideas off of.

    Abundance of services to sell to a wide array of business units.

    Robust marketing efforts to aide you in the sales process.

    Ability to select your preferred internal business unit(s) for each project.

    Training has improved drastically.

    Opportunity to become an expert.

    Opportunity to elevate to a middle manager relatively quickly.

    Cons

    Company culture used to be one of the greatest pros about the company. With the lawsuit and court ordered sale process, the company culture has changed drastically with politics looming large instead of meritocracy.

    The company no longer has a clear strategic vision for various business units within given marketplaces that it once had. Perhaps this is also related to the court ordered sale or perhaps it is part of rapid growth.

    Be prepared to grind. Client retention is not always prioritized.

    Not enough transparent sharing of successful and unsuccessful enterprise sales efforts.

    No transparent goals or reasons why some are promoted from middle management to upper management.

    Advice to Management

    End the politics associated with the court ordered sale process because they affect the company top down and have clearly hurt the brand in the eyes of some clients.

    Stop making promises you cannot deliver on despite attaining a goal. Too many times you ask to give back to help the company or the team and too many times it does not swing back the other way.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "People Focused vs. Numbers Focused"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Creative Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate Creative Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people! Wonderful opportunity to be exposed to international markets and cultures. Woman-owned.

    Cons

    Not much room for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Please read "Leaders Eat Last" by Simon Sinek.


  7. Helpful (13)

    "Director"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at TransPerfect full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Global offices, some people are nice

    Cons

    Before applying or committing to this job, please take a moment to research the ongoing legal case of our CEO's suing each other. This place is falling apart and BOTH CEO's are to blame. This is not a company you want to start or continue your career at. There are things that are hidden at this company that would astonish you. You can also see how Phil and other senior sales managers make people write positive reviews that are also pointed at how Liz should get out. The game playing at this company is comical... many have left and are gearing up to leave.

    Advice to Management

    Need management training. Stop being condescending.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Great benefits, poor structure."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director of Strategic Accounts
    Former Employee - Director of Strategic Accounts
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great health benefits and time off. Impossible to beat. Great comradery among co-workers.

    Cons

    Extremely poor management. People are promoted to Sales Managers - managing people - because they are great at Sales. It's a horrible strategy because the majority of them do not make good managers.

    There is no training structure whatsoever, yet the learning curve is MASSIVE. They have you review online modules and think you're good to go. This, matched with poor management does not make for success.

    The morals and ethics of the company are lacking. The way to get ahead at TransPerfect is to drink as much as possible at all company events and suck up to upper management. It's pretty common for people to cheat on their spouses at sales conferences.

    People are always going after one another's business. There are rules for sales territories and verticals - but they only apply to some people and not others.

    They make Sales Conferences IMPOSSIBLE to get to. The people that make sales conferences are the veterans of the company, when really the newbies should be the ones going to learn more about the company and all one million of its products and services.

    The CEO's have been fighting for years now about the dumbest stuff ever. They are both immature and were unable to settle in court so now the company is going to go public. Grow up!

    Advice to Management

    Pull it together. Maybe going public will be the best thing for this company. Get a training structure in place. Invest in your employees' success. Be fair. Train your managers to be GREAT and most importantly, be good role models, sales doesn't HAVE to be sleazy.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Director, Business Development"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director of Business Development in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Director of Business Development in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at TransPerfect full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A ton of opportunity if you are a hungry salesperson. There are a ton of companies TransPerfect does not work with that you can go after.

    Cons

    There are a lot of companies that TransPerfect already has relationships with. There is also a lot of internal competition.

    Advice to Management

    Enforce territories more clearly.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "review"

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Project Director in New York, NY

    I have been working at TransPerfect (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fair compensation, ability to relocate once you are more senior, flexibility to work from home.

    Cons

    Long hours, some bad management.