Cons: long hours continuously expected with no support network when needed
Although part of an interesting and developing industry, SDL seems overally focussed on achieving goals without looking after it's own staff. The company offers a range of benefits (pension, private medical, etc.), but overall it pays well below the standard in all of it's sectors (project management, translation and engineering). Having worked at the company for over 7 years I've seen a plethora of good employees come and go, as the retention rate at SDL is abysmal. Luckily, SDL's employees are usually hard-working and fun people, who know their industry well which is what lures people to the company and tends to keep people employed for any sustained periods of time. However, I've witnessed first hand that loyalty reaps no benefits, with those who work hard never being promoted because they're needed too much in their current roles and, instead, undeserving people will be promoted above the hard workers, which has unfortunately led to a lack of confidence in the senior management of the division I currently work in.
I certainly enjoy my job when it comes to the challenging work I do, the clients and colleagues I get to interact with, and the multitude of cultures I get to learn about through my job. Unfortunately, the long hours, lack of 'rewards' and bizarre senior management decisions are now leading me to seek employment elsewhere.