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SDL CEO Adolfo Hernandez
Adolfo Hernandez
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  • "Work/life balance can be a problem for the consistent "doers" within the organization(in 20 reviews)

  • "Very poor work life balance with most of PJMs working long hours(in 19 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Working at SDL is FANTASTIC."

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    Former Employee - Translator in Mumbai
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SDL full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    According to me, SDL is best place to work. Environment and the infrastructure of SDL is suitable for work and career growth. SDL also provide the responsibilities to their employees according to their abilities, so they can perform batter.

    Cons

    Relatively understaffed which means you have more responsibilities.

    Advice to Management

    Good job Managers..... keep it up!

    SDL2018-11-10

    SDL Response

    November 13, 2018Executive Team

    Thank you for adding your review. We value your feedback and wish you success in your chosen career.

  2. Helpful (1)

    "Manage the in-house recruitment for the English Language office and provide support to other LO'S on a global capacity"

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    Current Employee - Senior Talent Finder in Sheffield, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SDL full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    great working condition, very good managers and great benefits

    Cons

    I really cant think of any cons

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing

    SDL2019-03-12
  3. Helpful (1)

    "N/A"

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    Current Employee - Account Director in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at SDL full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Work life balance Autonomy Work from home

    Cons

    Salary Internal politics Commission Career progression is non existent

    SDL2019-05-20
  4. Helpful (4)

    "A joke of a company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maidenhead, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at SDL full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    You get paid on time, free coffee/tea. If you have no lifeand do not want good pay, this is the place to be

    Cons

    Where to start... This company still is in start-up mode, being in the market for +20y. With this comes immature HR, Finance, Exec that think they are the big shots, middle management that is close to god complex. All just a sad mess with no real strategy and just big words. Most "Managers" in admin come from big4, and that is how they behave. Cokey, big mouth and not willing to actually do the work, rather do as...

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    Advice to Management

    KPI and bottom line is the deal, right? If you want to work in the City, then go there. Maidenhead is not the City. Sell the company if you have not already planed so with all your restructuring rounds. Maybe Google shows mercy

    SDL2019-05-01
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Ok if you like a structured environment"

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    Former Employee - Senior PM in Maidenhead, England
    Recommends

    I worked at SDL full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Great global teams, No micromanagement, Quality clients

    Cons

    Location is extremely inconvenient and remote.

    Advice to Management

    Location, location, location! A Maidenhead business park is pretty dreary in the longer term.

    SDL2019-02-06
  6. "Great company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maidenhead, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SDL full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Genuinely care about their employees Friendly and fun work environment Excellent opportunities within the company for progression Very serious about charity work Opportunity to travel Passionate management

    Cons

    Not many social events- this is where you really get to know colleagues

    SDL2019-01-31
  7. Helpful (2)

    "One of the best people focused companies I have worked for with clear future direction"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Maidenhead, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SDL full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Having worked at SDL for the last 2 years, I see an employee passion for doing the right thing like no other. Of course there are x functional concerns like all companies but its people want success, deserve success and work relentlessly to get it. HR programs in place have matured the company and especially the recent career framework that level sets all employees. Good monthly communication from the top plus weekly...

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    Cons

    Last years management of profit warnings and bonus communication are still in peoples back of mind, but SDL (with the acquisition of DLS )and recent announcements at SDL connect with clear financial news on the year end performance has given more energy to the employees.

    Advice to Management

    Leadership support / investment to all managers across the company needs to be accelerated. The employees are young, diverse and hungry to learn. They need well trained and equipped managers to guide them through to greater personal and business success.

    SDL2018-11-08

    SDL Response

    November 13, 2018Executive Team

    Thank you for taking the time to add your review. We value your feedback. We are aware of the points you have raised and are continuously working to re-balance the fall-out from our company transformation. Our focus and energies are definitely on nurturing our employees ...

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  8. "Good overall employer."

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    Former Employee - Trainer in Bristol, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at SDL full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    New technologies and training to help job roles encouraged. Interesting software products to work with. Friendly staff.

    Cons

    Communication between teams can be arduous.

    SDL2018-11-07

    SDL Response

    November 12, 2018Executive Team

    Thank you for taking the time to write your review. We wish you continued success for your future.

  9. Helpful (4)

    "Great company, low pay"

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    Current Employee - Translator in Sheffield, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at SDL full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    A lot of free social events, staff are really friendly and helpful.

    Cons

    Overtime is unpaid but expected, pay is very low considering you need a degree for the job.

    Advice to Management

    Consider increasing pay or bringing back paid overtime. It's impossible to complete all the work that is expected of us without having to stay late

    SDL2018-11-11

    SDL Response

    November 13, 2018Executive Team

    Thank you for your review. We are continuously bench-marking our salaries against our competitors and similar industries to SDL and believe we are offering very competitive packages. We're very proud to offer an environment where our employees can develop and grow, and ...

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  10. Helpful (7)

    "A boring software company that believes it can do great multilingual advertising"

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    Former Employee - Creative Services Specialist in Maidenhead, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at SDL full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Interesting clients Big multionational office with people from all around the world

    Cons

    Terrible middle and upper management More project managers than workers Very very long hours Cumbersome procedures Serious communication problems

    Advice to Management

    Focus on what you were good at: software development and localization. You most definitely are not qualified to handle transcreation assignments.

    SDL2018-10-10

    SDL Response

    October 24, 2018Executive Team

    Thank you for sharing your views with us. We appreciate feedback both positive and negative. We are part way through our transformation to a new culture and a new environment where we are attracting new skills and new engaged employees. SDL has been investing heavily in our transcreation ...

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