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Difficult culture
PM (Former Employee) –  Superior, COApril 24, 2017
A very toxic place to work, difficult people running the show. You have to be part of a little group or your life could be very difficult. Not much for quality life or if you have a life, it's all about work.
Pros
Good place to learn the business
Cons
Known in the industry for the difficult and unhealthy culture. Not a joke.
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I refuse to write a review about them
Information Systems Helpdesk Technician (Former Employee) –  Superior, CONovember 29, 2016
I refuse to write a review about them due to potential legal issues and how bad my experience was.

apparently it want's me to write more..... lets see if i can get a way with this.....
Pros
culture; VM's; good stuff; coffee
Cons
everything else but the coffee
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All Work, No Play
Associate Project Manager (Current Employee) –  Superior, COJuly 18, 2016
SDL has a very reactive business model. Employees are expected to react to issues daily with little support or resolution options. They focus only on the customers and very little on employees. High turnover and little opportunities to grow.
Pros
Global experience, competitive starting salary
Cons
High turnover, over worked, lack of management
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Fun and wupportive
Software Test Engineer (Former Employee) –  ColoradoJuly 8, 2016
A great place to work. I was surrounded with kind people and well rounded individuals. I got a great chance to see the software development life cycle and take part in scrum/triage. It was good to work directly with developers.
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Great Company - but too much change
Consultant (Current Employee) –  Boston, MAMarch 25, 2016
Solid company with great products and people, but lot's of change going on in the company making it a difficult place to be.
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Amazing colleagues and mature work enviornment
Sr Technical Support Engineer (Current Employee) –  San Jose, CAMay 28, 2015
A lot to learn and you have wonderful colleagues to teach you. Everyone is mature and will never say no if you have a question
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Lack of support from management, inadequate compensation for value added.
Project Manager (Former Employee) –  Superior, COSeptember 22, 2014
The best part of the job was the people, it was a great environment to work in and the team members were goal oriented and hard working. Promotions and salary increases were all arbitrary; if you want to work here and move up, be prepared to play politics. Management's only function is to scrutinize budgets and finances, but not to address real shortfalls and solve problems. From them, receiving support is always reactionary and never proactive. Even if you ask for help long before you need it, you won't get it until there's a major client escalation and revenue lost or credits issued. Jobs are increasingly being outsourced to India--working with the remote office in India is hit and miss, you will end up training new project managers there yourself (over the phone) and you may end up training 3-4 people before any of them stay long-term. Really high turnover, and lots of rework. Lately, management has made it their business to chastise project managers for being 5 minutes late or for taking lunches longer than 30 minutes, without much regard for the fact that many of us are in the office past 7 p.m. and working from home on weekends. There used to be autonomy and trust between management and project managers, but it's turned into babysitting without purpose. Do yourself a favor, don't work here.
Pros
Benefits, colleagues
Cons
Poor management, no advancement opportunities, no flexible hours, poor compensation for the responsibilities
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N/A (Former Employee) –  Superior, COJuly 15, 2014
This company really has some great people working for it,
however the management higher up's is ONLY concerned about the profit and numbers. This causes huge turn over and long hours to make up for always covering for those who have left.
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Good environment for the right kind of person
Research Analyst (Former Employee) –  Seattle, WANovember 3, 2013
SDL is a very caring, open company, and it employs many quality people. They are innovative and driven to deliver quality products to their clients. That being said, they are very much a corporate entity, and often will put the interests of the company over the well being of their workers and clients. While not the best environment for everyone, it can work well for the right individuals.
Pros
Hard work is rewarded
Cons
Purely corporate work, little individual control of product
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Great people but no work/life balance
Senior Project Manager (Team Lead) (Current Employee) –  Superior, COMay 19, 2013
The typical work day is approximately 10-12 hours if you do not want to work on the weekend. Although you will end up working a little anyways. The salary would be appreciated if the average week was not 50-60 hours.

My co-workers come into the company with great attitudes and a lot of potential. Unfortunately, the great attitudes dim rather quickly as they realize that they were just thrown into accounts with inadequate support. The lack of support is not due to their managers, but to the company culture.

If you are patient and can tolerate learning through experimenting and making mistakes then you can build up your qualifications. I really do enjoy having the experience and knowledge that I have gained, and would really like to continue my career here. However, the work/life balance is not something that is sustainable.
Pros
Colleagues
Cons
Work/life balance, lack of support
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Interesting work, long hours, low(ish) pay
Senior Project Manager (Current Employee) –  Superior, COJanuary 21, 2013
Translation and localization. Interesting work/field, however to date workload has been too high and results in high turnover rate.
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Great people, horrible company culture.
Current employee (Current Employee) –  Superior, CONovember 21, 2012
The employees I work with are diverse interesting and some of the greatest people I have ever met. Some of the smartest people i have had the pleasure in working with. When it comes to company culture, this is the worst I have ever seen. Very high turnaround in some areas. Benefits are laughable, however we do get free cake once in a while.
Pros
great people, free coffee.
Cons
unreachable management, poor benefits, unrealistic expectations, poor support within the company, horrible turnaround leading to lack of training.
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Great international group of people to work with
German Linguistic Tester (Current Employee) –  Superior, CONovember 10, 2012
SDL is a company with members from all over the world providing a very diverse experience.
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