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Maidenhead, England (UK)
1001 to 5000 employees
Company - Private
Enterprise Software & Network Solutions
€100 to €500 million (EUR) per year
AMPLEXOR, TransPerfect, Lionbridge
SDL (LSE: SDL) is the global leader in content creation, translation and delivery. For over 25 years we’ve helped companies communicate with confidence and deliver transformative business results by enabling powerful experiences that engage customers across multiple ... Read more

Mission: Over last 25 years, we have successfully achieved growth by delivering service excellence with technology innovation. Looking forward to the next 25 years, we will continue to build on our foundation and expand market share in our key verticals by offering premium solutions that ... Read more

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    I worked at SDL full-time (More than 10 years)


    A dynamic, global company where there is always something new happening.


    None really. It was fun!

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SDL Interviews



Getting an Interview

Getting an Interview




  1. Helpful (6)  

    Java Developer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview


    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at SDL in August 2014.


    Before the interview I got a call from HR giving a brief description of the recruitment process, e.g., how many interviews there will be, the possible subject of the interviews, etc.

    In the first interview, there were a technical manager and a lead developer. They were really welcoming, cool guys. The manager made a brief talk about what they are doing over there and the developer mentioned about the employed infrastructure. The rest of the talk focused on the Java technologies, what and how much do I know about them, have I ever used Hibernate and Spring, did I use XML or annotations for configuring Hibernate and Spring (this was really a non-sense pointless question, I think). They also asked about my background in my previous jobs as a team player. How would I approach to development and maintenance of a long-term product? How would I achieve that? They even asked which IDE I would prefer. In this first interview, you got a clear picture of the what company is actually doing and what sort of tools will you be using.

    After the first interview, they send me a small buggy Java project involving DAO conventions and Guava stuff. I was expected to fix the problems in the code and complete the missing parts. The assignment was easy, but requires a bit of familiarity with DAO stuff.

    Later they mailed me that they were satisfied with my assignment and want to proceed with a final interview. During the second interview, I talked with another technical manager, who if I recall correctly has a higher rank then the first one. Here he spent almost half on hour talking about their product portfolio and then we discussed the salary and other allowances.

    In addition, I must say that I am impressed by the HR. They answered all of my questions with great detail and kindness.

    Interview Questions

    • How would you debug a performance problem in an SQL query?   1 Answer
    • How would you approach to the development and maintenance of a long-term product?   Answer Question

    Reasons for Declining

    SDL is a typical enterprise company, where you are expected to use Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Lync, Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle. Honestly, I have been using GNU/Linux for more than a decade and had never thought about returning back to Windows. In addition, I had used MSSQL for more than a year in a previous job and it was one of the most painful DB experiences I have ever witnessed. Further, during the interviews I got an impression that the developers are not really enjoying what they are doing over there, instead they see this just as a way of making a living. While it has a point to some extent, I suppose there needs to be much more than this. Or let me put it this way: they do not code for a product that they are proud of. I was not looking for a rock star programmer, but a more technically challenging environment packed with people enjoy programming and a company giving flexibility to its developers for using a couple of cutting-edge technologies.

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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
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