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SDL Overview

Maidenhead, England
1001 to 5000 employees
1992
Company - Private
Enterprise Software & Network Solutions
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
SDL (LSE:SDL) is the global innovator in language translation technology, services and content management. With more than 25 years of experience, SDL delivers transformative business results by enabling powerfully nuanced digital experiences with customers around the world. Are ... Read more

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  • This is an open response to your recent reviews, to reassure you that we hear you and take all your points on board. As a business in transformation, we have taken some time to digest your input, all of which we take seriously, so we can understand the tempo across the company. When navigating a transformation we understand employees can feel the pain of this process, and we acknowledge the difficult times as we make changes to deliver more value to our customers and streamline operations. We are always listening and learning, so we can provide a positive experience, with more transparency and collaboration, where everyone at SDL can grow and thrive.

    We are in a healthy position and have a healthy future, and hungry to make a difference in our market. Our ongoing commitment is to build a high performing business, with a fully engaged, happy workforce. We are making great headway but communication is key as we make steps forward. As a people business, 3700 employees are making careers with SDL. We look forward to welcoming new people and receiving more positive reviews.

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SDL – Why Work For Us?


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SDL is the leader in Language and Global Content Management

Our solutions create a global impact by creating relevant customer experiences for companies with worldwide customers, through digital content management and internationally trusted language software and services.

We help our customers to:

Be relevant:

  • Engage customers with multi-channel and relevant content in their language

Master operational complexity:

  • Deliver operational excellence by removing barriers to innovation

Go global faster:

  • Optimise the delivery of new websites and multilingual content in new markets

Did you know?

SDL Supports:

  • 79 of the world’s 100 largest brands
  • More than 1,500 enterprise customers worldwide
  • Translations for more than 200 languages
  • More than 100,000 multichannel and multilingual websites


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At SDL, we are helping bring brands to the world in new, exciting ways with our technology. As an employee, you’ll get to tackle interesting problems to transform the way people and businesses communicate globally. And because SDL is a diverse, global company, you will have the opportunity to work with smart, dedicated people across departments so you can continue learning and advance your career.

But the best part is that we are continuously growing. We power the top ten global brands in the world and with 55 offices across 38 countries; it is highly likely we will have the perfect career opportunity for you.

Here at SDL we take our Corporate Social Responsibility very seriously. We recognise the duty we have to the societies in which we work and our Corporate Social Responsibility goals reflect that:

  • We support communities through the SDL Foundation, which aims to promote sustainable development
  • We promote and facilitate employee involvement in charitable endeavours
  • We are committed to reducing our environmental impact

At SDL we encourage our global offices to get involved with a local charity and to give their time and support to those who need it most. We offer employees 5 paid days leave, on top of annual leave, to actively get involved with a local cause. This is a great opportunity for teams to work together outside of the office, which enhances social and working relationships and evokes a real sense of pride and achievement.

We also encourage employees, where possible, to get involved with charitable endeavours that meet the criteria of the SDL Foundation, which enables them to apply for funding and support.

The SDL Foundation is committed to supporting charities and projects across the world, working with disadvantaged communities. It aims to provide sustainable aid through financial grants and educational and vocational training to help people become self-sufficient. It also encourages and enables SDL employees to get involved in charitable activities in their local communities.

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We take career development very seriously at SDL and are proud to invest in our people:

  • We are committed to building a culture of continuous learning—one where employees can develop, flourish, realise their potential and, at the same time, help the company to realise its potential.
  • Through a partnership with Skillsoft, one of the world’s largest online learning providers, we have created an interactive and modern learning environment. 
  • Employees are encouraged to explore all the career possibilities available to them at SDL, so that they can grow their careers as we grow our business.  


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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Maidenhead, England
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Maidenhead, England
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    I worked at SDL full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good company culture
    Pleasant work environment and offices
    Management loves you and will go the extra length if you are dedicated and competent
    Company heavily invests in education and training
    Company management committed to success
    No nonsense attitidude
    Everybody is valued
    Work is never repetitive
    Career progression available to everybody

    Cons

    If you are lazy or not performance driven, this is probably not the company for you.

    Advice to Management

    This is one of the best companies I have ever worked for. SDL has been going through a cultural change to become more performance driven. Sadly working harder and more focused does not fit with some individuals, hence the bad reviews. I completely approve SDL transformation and in my time i have actually seen major improvements after some of the bad apples have left. I love the attitude of new management who want to make things happen and are a delight to work with. I left SDL for a career change opportunity, if not I could have stayed for a very long time. So I highly recommend SDL to anyone who want to wants to contribute to a great company.

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SDL Interviews

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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at SDL.

    Interview

    A few calls trying to get a date set for the interview, but no phone interview. On the day, first literacy and numeracy tests for about 40 minutes, then 2 interviews with 2 people in each.

    Interview Questions

    • Why do you want to work in localisation   1 Answer
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SDL Awards & Accolades

  • 2016 Brand Champion, Brand Quarterly, 2016
  • Most Innovative Company of the Year (Large) - Gold, Best in Biz Awards International, 2014
  • Women in Business(Female Executive of the Year), World Awards, 2014
  • New Product or Service of the Year - Software - Cloud Platform: Silver Stevie, American Business Awards (the Stevies) People's Choice, 2014
  • 100 Companies that Matter in Knowledge Management, KMWorld, 2014
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