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Updated September 19, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "The Grass Isn't Always Greener"

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Nashua, NH
    Former Employee - Marketing in Nashua, NH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Transparent Language Inc full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Most departments have incredibly flexible work options. This is a small company, so if you're passionate about an idea, you can (and are encouraged to) walk right into the CEO's office and discuss it.

    Cons

    A common frustration is the lack of fast progress on modernizing the product. It's a small company, so one might assume that's why, but I've since worked at massively larger enterprise companies with the exact same problem. When one major client pays the bills, the reality is that most of your man hours have to go to what's important to that company.

    One of the biggest negatives I would point out is the lack of a career path, and the lack of any formalized review and development process. In a way, you can turn this around to a positive; you need to be proactive and take your fate into your own hands as far as raises and new job opportunities, and that's actually an invaluable life skill.

    But that lack of structure can be very off-putting, especially for people who are just entering the working world. TL has a lot of those, and I suspect most of the negative reviews here are from people who just entered the workforce from college, without any other companies to compare it to.

    I can tell you from having worked at a variety of jobs, TL doesn't deserve its current rating. There are absolutely some things I would change if I went back there, but the fact remains that I WOULD consider going back there someday.

    Advice to Management

    I know the CEO has always been against annual reviews, but you NEED THEM. They would benefit both the employees and the company. Happier employees, staying longer, with less brain drain for TL.

    You don't need a formalized learning and development platform, but if managers were mandated to take the time and discuss with employees what they'd like to learn, and how they'd like to grow and then support it (whether through a Coursera course, a conference, or new job duties), the company and the employee would benefit.

    The main reason I left the company was that I was no longer growing in my career, and felt that the only way to start growing again was to go somewhere else. That didn't have to be the only way.


  2. "QA tester"

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

    Pros

    None. Maybe if you NEED a few months experience to get other jobs

    Cons

    Pay, unprofessionalism, no advancement or incentives

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Lots of potential"

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    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Nashua, NH
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Nashua, NH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Transparent Language Inc full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    It used be to a fun, vibrant, and young environment. They have had good product ideas in the past.

    Cons

    Management has always held the company back. The CEO should have stepped aside from management and into an advisory role long ago and turned it over to people who could take advantage of the opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Look to others for fresh ideas.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "QA Tester"

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

    Pros

    Self directed testing, rarely will people watch over your shoulder. Not too many meetings or time wasted as a tester, left to just do your work

    Cons

    Very little vertical movement, and very few raises. Government contracts fell through about 3 years ago, and about half of the company was laid off, and despite effort to move away from those contracts, we are exactly in the same spot now. So as long as those don't fall through, the company has a very low risk of layoffs

    Advice to Management

    Very little positive reinforcement ever passed around. You mainly do your work, and that is all that it is. You won't get vetted to take a new role unless you already have that knowledge, so no matter how hard you try, you can't become Dev or PM or UX without a degree.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Instructor Coach"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashua, NH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashua, NH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There is no reason to work for this employer, no incentives, communication and / or integrity

    Cons

    The lead management are acting lazy and don't communicate with their part time employees. They make part time employees work as full time and add more tasks with no incentives or benefits. They don't let any engagement or feedback from the part time employees and no access to actual company's resources at minimum the time sheet to track the hours of the employee.

    Advice to Management

    Lack of managerial ethics, communication, and productivity.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "QA Enginner"

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    Former Employee - QA Tester in Nashua, NH
    Former Employee - QA Tester in Nashua, NH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Transparent Language Inc full-time

    Pros

    During Christmas time you get a gift card, usually worth no more than $50

    Cons

    Where do we start...
    - Terrible pay
    - Everyone smells horrible
    - One bathroom for some 50 employees
    - No room for growth

    Advice to Management

    Management, it's not your fault the company is such a wreck. You're not a shareholder, nor do you make any decisions worthwhile. Upper management, however, is so out of touch with technology it's not even funny. CEO doesn't know the first thing about his product, let alone software in general.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Working here is a stepping stone to better opportunities."

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    Current Employee - Web QA Team in Nashua, NH
    Current Employee - Web QA Team in Nashua, NH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Transparent Language Inc full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great environment. You are left alone to accomplish what you are working on.

    Cons

    The pay is AWFUL. Transparent Language probably pays some of the lowest wages in the state for similar work. Be prepared to make HALF of what you'd make at another job doing the same thing.

    Advice to Management

    Good employees should be moved up the ranks. Don't be the farm team for higher paying companies.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "This company is stuck in the 1990's."

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

    I worked at Transparent Language Inc full-time

    Pros

    You can wear sweatpants.
    Lots of people "work from home" when they feel like it.
    People have left here and gone on to be successful.

    Cons

    Transparent Language management makes very poor decisions.
    Consistently losing clients and having lay-offs.
    Dated and inferior technology.
    The QA people who don't dress appropriate for a professional workplace and smell awful.

    The CEO runs a software company and maintains control over the products but has no idea about software, programming, or tech trends- or really anything current pertaining to technology. This causes antiquated processes in every department and is the main reason Transparent Language has not seen much recent success.

    Advice to Management

    Your only real success is in government contracts. Don't try anything else. Drop the content, creative, UX, and product people and hire that work out to people who are real experts in your field. There's ads for products that are nicer than the products themselves. Put all your money into developing new innovative software and less into marketing and sales. A better product will sell itself in reviews and accolades.


  9. "Don't expect anything while working at Transparent Language"

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    Current Employee - QA Tester in Nashua, NH
    Current Employee - QA Tester in Nashua, NH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Transparent Language Inc full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Management is hands-off allowing you to work at your own pace.
    Provide solid benefits if you can receive full-time status.

    Cons

    Despite what you're told, no room for advancement.
    Due to reliance on government contracts, risk of layoffs is greater than most companies.
    Able to bring up desired improvements to management.

    Advice to Management

    Get people in management that will learn from mistakes and be willing to adapt to changes in environments.


  10. "house of cards"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashua, NH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashua, NH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Transparent Language Inc part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    truly believe in their work
    tell a very good storey
    that they lasted 20 years is miracle
    have some loyal customers and employee

    Cons

    talented people leave and pushed out
    leadership afraid of change and growth
    weak technology - years behind
    design and test in us but development is sent to russia
    bad partners and sales going down

    Advice to Management

    someday gamble on winning instead of always playing safe


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