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TransPerfect Reviews

Updated April 7, 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. "Great Commpany to Start with!"

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    Former Employee - Data Entry Clerk in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Data Entry Clerk in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Is a great place to work if you are starting your carreer or wants to take it to the next level, great learning, benefits, opportunities to growth, the team is great too.

    Cons

    More flexibility in the schedule options will be awesome.


  2. "Great Company to Work!"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in Tempe, AZ
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in Tempe, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Training opportunities, great learning about new technologies like AI, Machine Learning, etc, Growth Opportunities, Diverse and Dynamic Team.

    Cons

    Maybe think about more benefits for Employees will be nice.

  3. "English brand captain"

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

    I have been working at TransPerfect part-time

    Pros

    Modern efficient and well structured company, no messing around

    Cons

    Go with the flow, be independent and don’t expect a great network of support, partyl because you don’t need it, partly because it’s a very independent seeking company


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Stay away"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fancy offices
    Some good fish in the shark pool
    Free coffee

    Cons

    Unethical business practices. They love calling themselves the "largest translation company", but what good is that if you treat employees and linguists like dirt?
    Long hours with low pay
    No benefits unless you are a manager
    Annual raises are very low or non-existent (1-2% raise is standard)
    Frat house mentality among managers
    Salespeople bully the production staff and managers don't step in to stop it

    Advice to Management

    Do what you say you'll do
    Encourage an environment that is professional, courteous and approachable
    Stop asking employees to write positive reviews on Glassdoor in order to balance all the negative reviews
    Stop focusing on quick turnarounds and start caring about the quality of your work


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Disaster"

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    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


  6. "Mixed feelings"

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    Former Employee - Senior Clinical Document Specialist in Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Clinical Document Specialist in Princeton, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fast paced, Managers at the time were amazing.

    Cons

    Office gets crowded with unexpected guests. Technology was a bit outdated.


  7. "Not bad, but it could be much better"

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    Former Employee - Interpreter in Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - Interpreter in Tempe, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Some flexibility with schedule, opportunity to switch shifts, great colleagues, and great PTO.

    Cons

    Pay raise is very low and a very slow process: every 2 years you will get just a few cents.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Suffocating, king of micromanagement"

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    Former Employee - Project Coordinator
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    clean office with sufficient snacks, located at the center of each cities

    Cons

    Suffocating, king of micromanagement, job just for money and that will kill you if you want achievements or fun


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Unethical Business Practices"

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    Former Employee - Translator
    Former Employee - Translator
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at TransPerfect full-time

    Pros

    Large volume of work requests

    Cons

    As a translator you can expect low and late payments. Often, no payment. The quoted amount was never the final amount issued on the purchase orders, which arrived days or weeks late and they'd refuse to correct since "the time limit expired" and "I'll make it up to you with other projects" (just a way out of not paying the amount quoted before starting a project).

    Good luck getting a reply from the payment department. Weeks would go by and no reply on late payments.

    It's as if their system is made to shave off amounts at each step of the process. By the time you get paid, it's only a fraction of what it should be. Not worth it. I simply stopped accepting projects.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Pyramid Scheme"

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    Former Employee - Account Executive
    Former Employee - Account Executive
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You run your own book of business
    You're able to interact with clients flexibly (i.e. in-person, via email, over the phone)

    Cons

    Pyramid scheme - they keep the high earners high, and the low earners low.
    They do not train their employees to be managers - they simply make you manager if you earn enough money.
    You barely make any commission for the first several years.
    Terrible office culture - no respect for upper management.

    Advice to Management

    Take interest in your team and actually encourage them to grow instead of dropping them in the deep end.