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    Transperfect Translation, real company or scam?

    I'm a recent college graduate and have been job hunting for the past 6 months since graduation. On almost every job site that I search (*****sList, Monster, CareerBuilder, etc.) I keep coming across the company Transperfect Translations. I applied for a "Project Coordinator" position a few months back, and was granted a phone interview. I was surprised that the interview included very basic questions such as "where do you see yourself in 10 years", rather than ask me anything about my experience and skills. I was then emailed saying that I was not fit for the position a week later. About a month after that, I was contacted by another of their HR people, saying they were very interested in my resume and wanted to interview me for this same "Project Coordinator" position. I still hadn't found a job, so I replied with my interest, but she never got back to me. Then about a month later I was contacted by a third HR woman, who offered me a managerial position that "matched my resume", and told me she got my resume from one of her co-workers (presumably one of the two I had contacted before?). I had a scheduled phone interview with this woman, but she never called during our designated time! I was shocked, but politely emailed her asking when we could reschedule a time, and when she didn't respond for a week I called her office and left her a message, never to get a reply. It's been two months since I've heard back about either of these positions. I just think that the number of different people (three different HR women) combined with unprofessional methods of communication is really suspicious. I also think it's fishy that the positions are on the job sites (monster, etc) EVERY week! Has anyone ever dealt with this company? Do they just feed on vulnerable recent college grads?Thanks!

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    Re: Transperfect Translation, real company or scam

    i worked for them last year

    there is one russia manager jew who is a boss of this company

    they still owe me 300 usd for the translation work done for them

    if u could contact to close their web site i will post all their details but i am from other country and noone seems to care where i can contact ?

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    Re: Transperfect Translation, real company or scam

    Quote Originally Posted by gonow009 View Post
    i worked for them last year

    there is one russia manager jew who is a boss of this company

    they still owe me 300 usd for the translation work done for them

    if u could contact to close their web site i will post all their details but i am from other country and noone seems to care where i can contact ?
    Thanks for your reply, but I don't think the boss being a "jew" is relevant. :rotz:

    Anyway, I think one of the women who recruited me was Russian, based on her last name and accent when I reached her voice mail. I'm not sure if that was the boss, probably just an employee.

    What country are you from? Just curious...

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    Re: Transperfect Translation, real company or scam

    TransPerfect Translations International, based out of NY, is the 3rd largest translation company worldwide. They're legit: http://www.transperfect.com/


    Transperfect, however, supposedly based in Clovis, CA is not legit: http://www.thetranslators.com/

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    Re: Transperfect Translation, real company or scam

    www.transperfect.wordpress.com

    Those are nasty, insincere people with inflated sense of self A TPT alum; (other TPT alums have described the environment at TPT as being toxic and / or noxious. A TPT Senior Supervisor has told subordinates You can kiss my a*s; and referred to others as *trash

    http://www.transperfect.wordpress.com

    Oh my God, look how ugly she is. How can she expect to get any work with such an ugly picture? She has to take that picture down if she wants to get any work. Marina Yoffe, Project Manager, Transperfect Translations 212-689-5555 x1331 [[email protected]]
    Paraphrasing a female Project Manager while viewing the professional website and vetting a work at home employee in Transperfects [an ISO9000 certified company] stable of freelance workers subsequently seconded by other Project Manager(s)/Coordinator(s), both male and female, TPT, exhibiting a lot of class (all of it low) .

    TPT employee(s) with Management portfolios (e.g. Brent Armstrong [Global Director - BMC / Legal-RED / MCM Departments, 212-689-5555 x 1251] and other Manager(s)) have requested (on more than one occasion) that a TPT employee certify translation work that the employee did not translate. This may be in variance with ISO9000 and / or client guidelines and/or the ATA Code of Professional Conduct and Business Practices and its Bylaws


    Theyre a rotten crowd, I shouted across the lawn. Youre worth the whole damn bunch put together. A salient quote from Nick to the Great Gatsby.

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    Re: Transperfect Translation, real company or scam

    Well, after reading your post I think that what you describe matches more with crappy company rather than a scam.

    At least they have not asked for money!

    Anyway, it is hard to tell what might be going on behind the scenes, but whatever it is, I believe you have more than enough reasons not to engage in any kind of work relationship with these fellows.

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    Re: Transperfect Translation, real company or scam

    In response to post #4... I looked up both companies before ever even applying & I was applying to the legitimate one. I was first interviewed by a lady in New York who was very friendly, decided I was able to pass through to the next round which was an editing and writing test, which I passed & was then able to phone interview at the Charlotte location. It all seemed very legit, and I'm sure it is - they're definitely not trying to scam you into their office anytime too soon, and they're obviously careful as to who they hire.

    Well, the day and time came for my interview at the Charlotte location, and the guy I interviewed with - their Director of Business Development (I was applying for a Sales Account Manager) - was SUCH A DICK!! Seriously, I am a very tolerant person and can deal with just about anything, but I honestly had to fight the urge to hang up on him after the first question.

    So, while TransPerfect Translations may be a legitimate company that does some great things, you'd be working for a complete ass-wipe who doesn't even have the decency to pretend to be nice to you the first time you meet.

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    Re: Transperfect Translation, real company or scam

    I am a fairly young, successful, New York based sports media professional. I work for a network that is in the process of expanding their summer programming by buying some territories in the international sporting space (Champions League Soccer, Rugby, Cricket, etc.) With that, we were potentially in need of outsourcing a translations company to localize our website(s) for the foreign audiences we are trying to attract. After some preliminary research, it almost seemed like hiring Transperfect's Translations.com was a no brainer. However, when an office assistant of mine said her nephew had a fishy experience interviewing with them, I found some bad press online and my boss and I decided to take a different approach. Upon seeing a job opening for a "Sales Account Manager" to work out of their midtown Manhattan office, my boss and I made a few adjustments to my actual resume to make myself appear to be a very recent college graduate in search of a good job. I applied for the position and at first I was very impressed. The job posting itself seemed to be well written and posted on legitimate job boards (too bad I just noticed they started posting on *****'s list). Furthermore, the careers website had a very thorough application which asked potential new hires to pick from a list of their strongest business skills (such as cold calling and negotiating) and rank them on a numerical scale. At first, this all told me that Transperfect is a very organized, professional organization which seems to evaluate and nurture talent quite well. The next step in my "under cover" interview process brought me to Sandra Carpenter, an HR executive in Atlanta. Sandra and I connected for a 15 minute phone interview which I felt went pretty well as I would be moving forward to talk with Sales Manager, Mark Hjepre. Mark interviewed me over the phone for about 20 minutes in a manner, which seem to evaluate my "sales skills" in more depth. This phone conversation also turned out well when Mark suggested we meet in person. Things got fishy when I got an email from Mark asking me to meet him in a coffee shop down the street from their offices in Murray Hill. It got stranger when he tried to push back the interview time and the location of the meeting only an hour or so before we were supposed to meet. A little later on I found myself in a crowded Starbucks near Grand Central; Mr. Hjerpe was 10 minutes late when he found me and escorted me to a bar across the street. I was informed he was planning on spending the night out with a client so he was going to treat our meeting as a "pre-game" as he downed to cranberry vodkas and had me order a beer. The discussion went fine for the most part except for an awkward encounter where Mark ordered chicken wings. After a few minutes Mark became impatient with the services and rudely canceled the order with the waitress while muttering something about being a good server correlating to sales. I started to wonder how unprofessional this guy really was until he confirmed it by taking a personal call from the shop where his bike was being repaired. Anyway, Mark liked me enough to pass me through to a phone interview with Sales Director, Martha Geller. I was not surprised to get a call from Ms. Geller at our scheduled interview time asking to reschedule; I was starting to realize how inefficiently HR communicates with the actual mangers. After two phone interviews and a face to face discussion, one could imagine the questions I had to field from Martha the next day were starting to become repetitive. After talking for about 25 minutes Ms. Geller confirmed that I would be a strong fit for the position and that Sandra would let me know where I would be going from here. After talking to three different people on multiple occasions during a three week period, I would finally be seeing the inside of the actual Transperfect office to meet with VP, Jessica Eker. The office seemed flat; I only saw a few people come through the common area of the office and not one of them seemed remotely happy, enthusiastic or doing anything productive (strange for a Monday morning at the office of a company which seems to promote so much success). After waiting for almost 12 minutes, Ms. Ecker presented herself and asked me if I was there for the interview. When I said yes, I was brought into the conference room where Jessica gave me her business card, asked me my name, what position I was applying for and to see a copy of my resume (so much for the early gold star for organization in the evaluation process-this lady had no idea what I was doing there). Jessica asked me nothing but "cookie cutter" interview questions such as "what are your best personal assets, do I consider myself to be a competitive person, and where do I see myself in 5-10 years." The interview was over after 8 minutes, nothing profound was said in any regard and I was not even given an opportunity to ask questions of my own. Jessica escorted me to the elevator and told me I was at the end of the process and Sandra from HR would be in touch soon. A few days later, I received a form email from Sandra saying that I was not chosen for the position. After going through this process, do you think I gave a positive report back to my superior in regards to the company's efficiency and overall morale? Absolutely not, and the consequence they have to suffer is the loss of my business on what would have been a fairly expensive project. My assessment of Transperfect is that they are a bootleg company that severely wastes the time of others with no professional courtesy whatsoever and I highly advise anyone who is considering doing business and or working for them to steer clear. Furthermore, I filed a vendor claim with my employers corporate office. Within days, Co-CEO's Phil Shaw and Elizabeth Elting will receive a letter from my corporate offices informing them of my experience, the business they lost, and how the corporation that owns my company will not be in need of their services in this calendar year. The heads of all major units of my corporation have been warned that Transperfect is a faulty vendor and that decision makers should look elsewhere if in need of any translation services. On a separate note, a week or so into the process it came up in a conversation with Sandra that I went to an incredibly selective an prestigious university in Atlanta; they very city she works out of. She said that I was a great person to find because I could help her find highly educated and talented people to help fill some of her opening down in Atlanta. Now while I would have been more then happy to have put Sandra in touch my alma maters career center, I filed yet another report with them warning students to refrain from interviewing with Transperfect as they are not serious about hiring. I found it interesting to find that Mark Hjerpe received his degree Humboldt State (what state is that in exactly, is this a made up college in never never land or something?) and Ms. Geller attended the Monterey Institute or International Studies. I guess asking for legitimacy out of a company where the top executives have illegitimate educations is a very tall order.

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    Re: Transperfect Translation, real company or scam

    Transperfect Translations of New York is a real company, but it uses fraudulent hiring practices, presenting temp jobs as full-time, permanent jobs with medical benefits. A friend who works there got me the job, and then when they told me after the fact that I was there only to replace someone on vacation for a few days, he as highly embarrassed, and I burned my bridge with them via an indignant note villfying the company's hiring practices. I didn't use a single four-letter word, I just stated what happened and why it was unethical.

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    Re: Transperfect Translation, real company or scam

    There are many problems at transperfect for a summary, please see:

    www.transperfectnot.wordpress.com

    thank you.

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    Re: Transperfect Translation, real company or scam

    guys, i worked for them for 3 months doing projects for 7 000 usd, they always postponing translation payroll

    the finally, they stopped replying to emails and calls

    rippers contacts

    kathy ramgahan

    [email protected]
    www.leosam.com
    http://www.proz.com/pro/61521

    http://www.translation-services-usa.com/

    they used different sites and mirrors

    they think tjhey are smart to cheat people

    i know also they use fraudulent practices a a lot

    how to stop them ?

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    Re: Transperfect Translation, real company or scam

    I knew this company sounded too good to be true.

    Last night I worked their company party and if anything I may say.....I've never seen people from a company get so plastered.

    A woman ended up vomiting in the bathroom and no one told the staff until later. There was broken glass in the sink, and just insanity everywhere.

    What really caught my attention was when I was listening to the speeches, and heard how the company was structured for the rankings of their employees.
    It reminded me of when I worked at a company called EQM Inc, in Tribeca, who was an office that had salespeople for Quill paper products. Owner of EQM Inc, Elana Stein.

    We were basically slaves there, and it was bullshit the way they operated. Having these speeches in the morning to try and boost morale, and lift your spirits. All the while, they were really doing something that seemed similar to brainwashing.

    This company just reminded me a lot of working with EQM. Other companies under the Cydcor umbrella can be found on ripoff report and numerous scam reporting sites all over.

    Funniest thing of the night was listening to other employees talking so poorly of one another. One even saying that a guy they worked with was a thief, a liar, and a cheat, and would rape your face if he could.

    Sounds like a nice group of people. It's very sad they prey on young college graduates, just like EQM, and Cydcor companies do, and always will. No one over 35 lasts at Cydcor companies. Especially since all of your sales come from door to door sales. Something they don't really mention before you start working with the company.

    :judges: it's hammer time for these bitches!

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    Re: Transperfect Translation, real company or scam

    So, the site is off right now...

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    Re: Transperfect Translation, real company or scam

    I'm an actor in NYC who does voice-over work from time to time. Recently, I got a very nice email from a woman at TransPerfect asking me to audition for several voices for some kind of video game they were producing. Whatever. Fine. It's work.

    The fee was $165 bucks per character. Now, here's the thing: she offered me a $25.00 audition fee, which is really, really strange. An audition is basically a job interview for actors, and nobody gets paid to interview. I was going to tell them not to bother, I would come up to audition anyway, etc., etc. But before I could, she sent me an independent contractor agreement and a W9. For this $25.00 "audition fee." I wondered, why bother filling out tax forms for $25 freaking bucks? If you want to pay me to audition, just pay me out of petty cash and save us all the headache. She even sent me the W9 and agreement before she sent me the audition copy, and asked me to fill them in and bring them to the audition.

    I was actually in the process of filling out the paperwork when I realized that the reason she was so eager to get the paperwork was so that they could get me to come in for this "audition," have me read and record the copy, and then use it for their video game. By filling out the independent contractor agreement and W9 before the audition -- and before receiving the copy -- I was basically accepting a $25 job offer.

    After I realized this, I emailed her back and told her that I couldn't come in the next day for whatever reason. She has since emailed me back trying to reschedule. That's another thing no legit company looking for voice talent ever needs to do. Do you know how many voice actors there are in NYC? She could yell out her office window and find at least a dozen who are more than qualified and need the work.

    Obviously, scamming freelancers, no matter what service they provide, is a crucial part of this company's business plan. Sneaky motherf***ers.

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    Re: Transperfect Translation, real company or scam

    Well, it still IS a legit company. And while they may be a completely awful company, that whole business with faking a job interview and stuff sounds real shady to me, on the poster's side.

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    Re: Transperfect Translation, real company or scam

    Yes, there are many companies that do that only to save some money-

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