LanguageLine Solutions

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LanguageLine Solutions Reviews

Updated Jul 21, 2014
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2.3 109 reviews

19% Approve of the CEO

LanguageLine Solutions President & CEO Scott W. Klein

Scott W. Klein

(32 ratings)

34% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • I work from home I don't care about paid holiday or sick leave(in 62 reviews)

  • I'm able to work from home and able to help people(in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • No benefits either or anything to show appreciation(in 24 reviews)

  • Low salary (minimum wage) , No benefits, No paid vacation or sickness(in 18 reviews)

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    1 person found this helpful  

    Worst Employer I've Had

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsPeople will pretend to be nice to get knowledge out of you

    ConsThen dispose of you like leftovers
    Pay you very little
    Only promotes the buddies and brown-nosers
    Poor leadership
    Poor management
    Overpriced service but the people who do the work don't get their share

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf it's possible to replace management, then it may get better. Try and care about the people you employ and not just people friendly with you. Not everyone is a talented brown-noser. Judge based on talent and skills and contributions and don't take someone's credit and give it to your own friends and pretend they did the work or came up with the ideas.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Breaching Confidentiality law in US by Exposing Interpreters to private Patient's phone numbers. Slave Driving and Cold!

    Interpreter (Current Employee) Monterey Park, CA (US)

    ProsWorking from home and drive family members crazy with your calls.

    ConsThe list is endless. Poor pay, Bad management, Unreachable, No benefits, Hard work and no support in any means!

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease try to at least pay people a bit more so they do not leave like a revolving door. Care about the living block of your existence meaning the interpreters. Many of us are respectful and highly educated people. The system does not work and find out what is going on?

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    2 people found this helpful  

    Not a dream job....

    All-call Interpreter (Current Employee) Monterey, CA (US)

    ProsDon't have to spend money on commute because it's a work at home job. It's a good job if you are retired, disabled or stay at home mother/father.

    ConsYou get no choice of shift, very low pay (even though the company over-charges their clients), no benefits, because you work from home you feel isolated, little chance of advancement within the company, no increase in salary. They are so quick to tell you what you are doing wrong but when you request something from them, they dismiss you like you don't mean anything to their company. And they give you a quarterly "bonus" based on your performance. I would have considered this a pro, but the bonus you get is something to laugh at.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay more to your interpreters. You can't survive on this salary alone.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Now LLs is after Pacific interpreters

    Interpreter (Current Employee) Boston, MA (US)

    Prosthere is nothing good to tell about this company

    ConsLanguage Line Solutions has been buying out smaller companies (e.g. Pacific Interpreters) and forcing their interpreters to be so-called "employees" with virtually no benefits (no paid vacations, no holidays, no sick days, crappy cheap health insurance). The interpreters' compensation changed from potentially $30-42/hr to $12-$14 per hour. Most of the quality and highly-qualified interpreters are leaving this greedy and cold company. If you're thinking of getting interpreter services for your hospital, clinics or business, stay away from Language Line Solutions. Don't expect you will get good quality interpreting services from LLS since they don't care about the interpreters. Interpreters are being used like factory workers or robots.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop abusing your interpreters.

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    I agree with other interpreters on their negative reviews on LLS

    Interpreter (Former Employee)

    ProsWork at home, not having to deal with commute.

    ConsOther than the pros listed above, there is no other good thing to say about the company. Crappy pay and even reduce your rate. I had been working for a company called Tele-Interpreters, and later purchased by LLS. I was paid at a rate of 50 cents a minutes (which was low but I can accepted it). Been working for them for about 3 years and then when LLS purchased them, they had to reduce my rate from 50 cents to 35 cents/minutes. The reason (or excuse) they told us for the reduced rate was economic hardship. COME ON LLS, you guys have been ripped the government and private agencies off by charging them $3 to $4 and even $5 a minute. YOU can't even afford to pay your employee 50 cents or that?

    So I quit my job and working for Pacific Interpreter and get 60 cents a minute now. However, last December, again, LLS purchased Pacific. Now they are thinking to merge both interpreters into one by paying us AGAIN CRAPPY rate of $14/hour which if you divide 14 by 60, it would be 23.33 cents a minutes. 23 cents COMMON LLS how much respect did you give to your interpreters? You are depend on us to make you rich and you can't even afford to pay us more than 23 cents a minutes?

    My advice is if you are a new interpreter and need some experience, then work for them. However, let you tell you be ready to drink a lot water. Their $14/hour is hard working money. They expect you to take a load of calls non stop. Once you have experience, QUIT and look for something better. They expect you a lot from you and give you almost nothing.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMy advice to the management team is YOU are depend on US. If you treat us as a crap then that is what you get. I don't know why anyone would like to work at such low rate, unless you have nothing better to do. To the agencies who is looking for interpreter services, go for something else. Reason, you are not going to get a happy interpreter because everyone is so exhausted by having to deal with this immoral company.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Greedy company that pays interpreters very low

    Interpreter (Former Employee)

    ProsWorks from the comfort of home.

    ConsThey charge 2.5-3.9 USD per minute but only pay interpreters less than a quarter per minute. They're buying out smaller companies like Pacific Interpreters and changing their interpreters to "employees" status, meaning being forced to work fixed hours, no paid vacation, no sick days, $12-14/hour, and crappy useless health insurance. It's better to wait table than working for them. Many highly qualified interpreters are leaving due to LLS's abuse and greediness. Please don't use LLS for your language needs, people who have no choice would stay and they're not happy. Don't expect good quality of customer service/ interpretation from unhappy interpreters.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop your greediness, don't use interpreters like a factory worker. Unhappy employees mean poor service.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Don't waste your time! Get a job at a regular company's call center for better pay and benefit!

    Interpreter (Current Employee) Monterey, CA (US)

    ProsAbsolutely nothing! Don't waste your time or career! Get a job at a regular company's call center for better pay and benefit!

    ConsPay, benefit, training staff. Only reason I tried this job was I'm bilingual and the word "Interpreter" sounded cool to me. Also, I own a newer Mercedes Benz and didn't want to add up mileage. What a big mistake! It's a ridiculous job! Rather, it's a ridiculous labor! You work as a conduit between the client and his or her limited English proficient customers. And many LEP people lack basic IQ, American common sense, and, most importantly,
    communication skill! So they will give you all kinds nightmares and unnecessary challenges!

    Additionally, you have to do your job the Language Line Solutions' way no matter what! Interpreters shouldn't appear as if they are chatting with LEP people! That's just one of Language Line's many many stupid rules. What kind of person in right mind would think the interpreter is chatting with LEP people on the job? So, for every move an interpreter should make, in order to understand LEP person better, he or she must inform Client first and get the permission. And that's going to drive you CRAZY! AND IT'S GOING TO CAUSE SEVERE DELAY AND THE CLIENT'S COMPANY WILL GET THE INFLATED BILL!

    Also, since you're being sandwiched by two or more customers per call, you must have the "Slave's Mind" or "Low Self-esteem" to survive in this job. I feel sorry for those who have been working for this company pretty long, and I especially feel sorry for senior language specialists. I'm sure they all have low self-esteem. With their skills and qualifications, they can work for Airlines [ Travel Benefits!!! ], hospitals, Nordstrom, Costco, etc. for much better pay and benefits! What the heck were they thinking?

    Interpretation is a hard work, and LLS better treat their interpreters much better than now! But unfortunately, when some stupid or crazy clients complain about you, this company takes their words while your words don't mean anything! By the way, I have a lot more to say about this stupid company and this stupid "work from home" interpreter job as well as "SUSPICIOUS" EXPERIENCES I've had while working as "work from home" interpreter for the last several months. As soon as the company and I part, I'll reveal them in detail! Glassdoor says I can edit my review within 30 days, and I'm expecting that will happen within that time frame.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou guys just wait~ You guys will be contacted~

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    CSR Interpreter

    Customer Service Representative Spanish WAH Interpreter (Former Employee)

    ProsWhat kind of company forces it's salaried staff at the home office in Monterey, CA to go online and post phony positive reviews? Language Line! Hence the ridiculous posts where some people say they think they are paid "too much." Well that could ONLY be corporate staff because 99% of the staff makes minumum wage without benefits, vacation time, sick days, etc.

    ConsBeing exploited, being unappreciated, being a part of a revolving door call center company that pimped out the interpretation industry, being part of the problem by accepting their horrible wages, being undervalued, having no hope of career advancement, having to put up with call center supervisors based, I mean supurvisors, who evaluate you when in fact they don't know what they are talking about....just to name a few.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYeah, we get it, LLS is the cash cow for a conglomerate of several companied. But pay a freaking living wage at least and spring for real benefits, paid time off, etc.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    I loved my work, helping people communicate

    OTP Interpreter - Contract, PT, FT, Freelance (Former Employee) San Diego, CA (US)

    ProsI loved my word helping people communicate. You had to study a lot of terminology in different fields, be patient with people, understanding, and compassionate, as well as being technically prepared, detached, and professional.

    ConsCons – I loved my work, as I said, but the long and short term benefits, guaranty of employment, pay, appreciation, did not match my efforts and loyalty.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt’s unfortunate that management was so busy looking to make money. The service was extraordinary, but the success was built on people like me who gave competently without much regard for us, front liners. I’d ask management to think about how it’s treated us…the ones who gave to this service from the start, when the business wasn’t known, when we were on-call 24/7…Thanks in advance.

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    I receive an job offer but I did not take it!

    Telephone Interpreter (Former Employee) Los Angeles, CA (US)

    ProsThey have a good trainning program for interpreters!

    ConsI would not reccomend a experience interpreter to work for this company, the salary is very low! It is a shame!

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore respect for interpreters!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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