Who is SDL?
‘SDL is the world leader in Global Information Management. More than 60 Offices – 35 Countries – Any Language. Engaging with customers across languages, cultures and channels”
SDL is an organization that started out with language and translation technology and services. Actually, about 80% of all translations in the world are somehow powered by SDL. Over the last years, SDL has established a solid footprint in the content management and digital marketing markets through a number of acquisitions of best of breed products. SDL is head-quartered in Maidenhead, UK but offices in the Netherlands for nearly all of it’s divisions.
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Where are the offices?
SDL Language Services is located in Hengelo, SDL Structured Content is located in the Hague and SDL eCommerce and SDL Web Content Management are located in Amsterdam.
I personally work for SDL Web Content Management and the daily commute to Amsterdam Zuid Oost is – generally speaking – acceptable, since they built out the A1.
What sort of roles work there?
With two divisions having their respective EMEA HQs in Amsterdam, you can find pretty much any discipline of IT Software companies and administrative staff in these locations. In Hengelo, you will also find translators.
Have a look at the opportunities in my division: http://www.sdl.com/en/wcm/career/
Why is it a cool company for expats?
I like working for SDL because it is such an international atmosphere. This is not just a company that hires some quota expats so they can appear international. In my team, I work together with people from Sweden, South Africa, Canada, the US and the UK – me myself being German. All communication internally is in English, because we have 26 different nationalities working just for our division – across the globe. This means that if you don’t speak Dutch – that is really no problem at all.
SDL has really cool customers around the globe that are way up in the food chain. KLM, Canon, HP, ABN Amro, Toyota, Unilever …… which means you will have the chance to get in touch with very interesting people. Also, it is so very rewarding to see what cool digital experiences these organisations are creating with our software and services.
SDL is also really good at helping you with getting the 30% ruling because they have done is to many times. Last but not least, SDL is used to paying expats, which means with a bit of negotiation you can get salaries that reflect your international market value rather than the Dutch one, which tends to be significantly lower.
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