Thursday, January 23, 2014

We are inviting people to participate in this survey.

Dear Colleague,

Common Sense Advisory has launched a survey on compensation for employees of language service providers (LSPs). If you work at a translation or interpreting company, we want to hear from you. We promise it won't take long to fill out this survey: it has just 10 questions!

Your response will help both you and your employer. You rarely have access to compensation data on people who hold positions similar to yours. Executives at LSPs struggle to establish compensation grids for their staff. They typically don't know whether the salaries they offer are in line with industry norms. They also lack benchmarks to develop compensation packages for new recruits, to give raises, or to promote someone internally. In addition, when they want to open an office in a new location, they seldom know how to design an attractive compensation package for that market.

The study led by Common Sense Advisory is designed to provide salary and incentive data by title, seniority, and company size. Results will be provided at the global and regional level but also most importantly at the local level.

This means that we need large volumes of responses from all over the world to participate in this important effort - project managers, in-house translators, localization engineers, sales staff, and all those employees of LSPs engaged in the language services part of the business.
Respondents who complete the survey will receive: 

  • A complimentary summary of the findings within six to eight weeks after publication of the report
  • A chance to win one of three iPad Airs
  • The survey is available in nine languages: English, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. It will remain open until March 1st, 2014. So don't let time slip away: Take the survey today!   
    Questions about how to participate? Go ahead and contact us. We look forward to hearing from you. 
    Regards, Hélène Pielmeier

    Monday, November 4, 2013

    Job Posting

    Globalization Program Manager

    Sunnyvale, CA

    Client is looking for a globalization  program manager with experience and exposure to technical writing and technology.  Will be responsible for overseeing the documentation and product globalization documentation.  Must have excellent writing skills, diplomacy and experience in Enterprise software companies interfacing with multiple departments.

    For additional information, contact

    Job Posting

    Vice President Sales & Marketing

    Pittsburgh, PA

    For this senior Vice-President of Sales & Martketing role, the base salary is 200-250K plus commission plus equity in the company.  Looking for a senior sales executive consistently averaging over $2 million sales generation to grow, manage and expand a sales team for a translation vendor.  Candidate should have excellent sales and sales management experience.  Specialization with Life Science is a plus. 

    For additional information, contact

    Sunday, November 3, 2013

    Job Posting

    VP Sales and Marketing
    Boston, MA

    $ 200 - 250K OTE + equity compensation
    This Language Services Provider (LSP) is growing rapidly.  Growth has created opportunity and the company is now looking for a VP, Sales and Marketing to come in and play a significant role.  Other changes afoot could create an even greater opportunity for the right individual. 

    ·        Language Services industry experience
    ·        Prior experience managing and growing small sales and marketing teams, 
           preferably in a VP role
    ·        Small company or start up experience, preferable in a senior management capacity
    ·        Operations experience is a plus

    For additional details, contact Gary Lafave at

    Sunday, October 27, 2013

    Job Posting

    Translation Project Manager/St. Paul, MN

    We are looking for a translation project manager with two plus years managing translation projects, handling deadlines, keeping budgets, interfacing with clients and working with vendors.  Bilingual skills are desired.  This is a contract to hire position.  

    For additional details, contact Eva Light:

    Friday, October 11, 2013

    Globalization QA roles

    Many technology companies need bilingual people to provide linguistic testing for their localized software releases.  Oftentimes, technology companies such as Google, Cisco, Linked-in or eBay bring linguistic testers on for contract positions.  There is an additional ongoing need for globalization QA engineers to provide functional testing for both the internationalized and localized software.  The skillset is more technical.  There is often a need for experience with  tools automation, the ability to read code, debug, log bugs and even write test cases. 

    Oftentimes, an L10n tester or i18n tester is a full time role and an important contributor to the globalization team.  If you would like to go in this direction, taking courses in test automation, programming languages or more focused training/coursework in localization or internationalization testing would be a good idea (see jobs ) .

    Monday, September 30, 2013

    Job Posting

    Project Manager/MT  San Jose, CA

    Our Enterprise E-Commerce client is looking for a Localization Project manager to oversee a team of linguists on an MT project. Also should have an understanding of Machine Translation and its different uses.  This is a full time position.

    Please contact Gary Lafave at