Lionbridge does it again… November 1, 2010Posted by Jill (@bonnjill) in Business practices, Scam alert.
They were probably hoping that everyone would be so busy at the ATA conference that no one would notice their little e-mail demanding a 5% discount from their vendors.
Luckily there were several bloggers who received the e-mail and commented on it. To learn more about the topic, you should read A Personal Response to Lionbridge VP Didier Helin’s Unilateral Demand of a 5% Discount (my favorite quote: “I was an infrequent and reluctant accomplice of your agency until some years ago, when I discontinued collaboration after coming to the conclusion that your project managers and I simply spoke different languages/lived on different planets/were not drinking the same Kool-Aid/were addicted to different hallucinogens.”) and Discounts Required.
Since Lionbridge refuses to pay more than US$0.10 a word for my language pair and implemented their pay to play system (see Would you pay to work for a translation agency?) I don’t work for them either.
Of course, it must also be said that this e-mail contradicts Lionbridge’s own press release, which I read a few days ago, that announced the “highest quarterly profits in its history”!!! Hey, Lionbridge, you suck!
Update: Here is another reasonable response.