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TransPerfect Director Reviews

Updated June 14, 2017
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Pros
  • Connect with people around the world (in 15 reviews)

  • My heart was set on getting into project management so it was a tough road for me (in 31 reviews)

Cons
  • There is no work/life balance here (in 53 reviews)

  • Long hours, some bad management (in 70 reviews)

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  1. "Director, Business Development"

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    • 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.


  2. Helpful (5)

    "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.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    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.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Director of business development"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director of Business Development in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Director of Business Development in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at TransPerfect (More than a year)

    Pros

    You have an opportunity to make money here, if translation excites you..

    Cons

    Huge company, lot competition, your just 1 of hundreds of sales reps.


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Account manager"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - Director in Jersey City, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You have a chance to travel overseas without any insurance. Now I moved to a company where respects me and dont receive email more than 300 any more.

    Cons

    Incompetent but just young managers
    Lack of empathy and people from ny fly into each region to give an order to local team. They claim they spread they own culture and but i feel they dont understand about the culture.
    Incompetent managers give you an miserable life, they rake in all money but you will end up doing a work for managers not for yourself or company
    No compensation no yealr salary negotiation
    You will realize your manager misleads you by saying " can you please help~? " but its just an empty words.
    Lots of gossips among managers they dont evaluate people or inspire employees but just busy with talking bad things behind their back and making fun. No improvement or progress

    Advice to Management

    Need structural change in getting incentives.
    Am will be demoralized by this stupid joke.


  6. Helpful (9)

    "WORST company; please do not be fooled."

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

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

    Pros

    Some of the people you meet are great because when they can, they hire really talented people and there are lots of offices all over the world.
    When you first interview, everyone puts on a positive face and tries to make it seem like this company is wonderful, even though most people can't stand it.

    Cons

    EVERYTHING else.
    This company and the leaders are greedy sales people. If they act like they care about you, it's only because they want to earn more money from you doing their work because they get a cut of everyone's commission.
    There is no work life balance because they expect work to be your life but you don't get paid for it. There are NO raises and although they are constantly telling people that you can earn big bucks if you work for it, that only applies if you are willing to give up your life or if you happen to be picked as someone's favorite and go along with exactly everything they tell you.

    Advice to Management

    Stop treating people like they are disposable. There's a reason the turnover is so high and the ratings for your company are so low. Treat people with respect, instead of fear and intimidation.


  7. Helpful (7)

    "Felt lucky to have a job during recession"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director, Business Development in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Director, Business Development in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Management are consummate salespeople, not great trainers but great to learn from if you're smart and self-motivated.

    Cons

    Echoing a lot of the other reviews on this site; poor management from top down, over promise on compensation, unfair commission structure (fine you for everything), required to work long hours without being paid, require you to be accessible via Mobile including emails on phone but don't pay for data plan.

    Stay away.

    Advice to Management

    Grow up. Get with the times, your employees are your best asset. Invest in them, treat them well & you'll reap the rewards. It's impossible to retain talent at the current rate. Also treat your translators/contractors well, they are human too.

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Honest review from former employee"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director of Business Development in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Director of Business Development in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great opportunity to get into an exciting industry. Well established company. Good training program that will provide you with the tools to be successful in the industry.

    Cons

    While working for TransPerfect for over two years I came to learn quite a few things. There is 0 work-life balance.
    I worked until 1 am on a Sunday and it was expected of me, because that was "my job"

    The company itself has an extremely high turnover rate and management doesn't care because they can replace bodies and only care about what clients you bring in, and can transition those clients to other people if you leave the company. It is odd to me how a senior manager can keep their job when 6 employees quit in a 1 1/2 year span and they are over 50% under goal.

    TransPerfect promises bonuses when you start, and these are impossible to attain due to the fact that they are not performance based and are dependent on other individuals that you can not control. Additionally, the commission structure is that of a pyramid scheme. You do not get any commission until you are promoted to an Account Executive, and the commission at that point is less than 0.05%. So you are doing all of the work, while your boss is sitting back and counting checks.

    I have witnessed senior managers lie and manipulate clients so that it benefits them and they didn't think twice about it. I am a firm believer of morals, ethics and values- and TransPerfect doesn't support any of these.

    Advice to Management

    Ditch the pyramid scheme. Don't let people keep their jobs just because they have been there for so long, even when they don't contribute.


  9. Helpful (9)

    "Just Awful"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director, Strategic Accounts in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Director, Strategic Accounts in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The Keurig, and knowing that most everyone else in the office constantly feels as worthless and defeated as you do

    Cons

    Upper Management consists of soul eating demons and in order for you to succeed you must sell yourself to become one of them. I have never been treated so horribly in a work environment, nor been expected to treat others equally so

    Advice to Management

    Just die. The world would be a better place


  10. Helpful (6)

    "The most horrible three years of my life."

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

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

    Pros

    Lots to do. If you want to bury yourself with work and don't care about anything else in the world, this is the perfect place for you.

    Cons

    Too much work. Departments are under-manpowered therefore everyone has to pick up load. Senior management doesn't provide clear guidance on what they want (other than money). Terrible work-life balance. You are expected to work 24x7 and can expect a call at any time, even at 3 AM since it is a global company. Zero IT training. Zero growth opportunities. Junior members are not trained and not promoted.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate more with your team. Provide compatible benefits in accordance with the market standard.