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2555628 - Foundation Object Name Is Not Translated


  • You have noticed that when you are logging in the system and navigating to Manage Organization, Pay and Job Structures, the Name field is not translated to the system language/Locale.
  • Click on Translation icon beside the field 'Name', the system language translation field is greyed out.

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SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central - Foundation Object

Reproducing the Issue

  1. Log in the system.
  2. Navigate to Manage organization, pay and job structures.
  3. Create a Foundation object(say Location) with Name 'EnglishUKLocation' (Note: Current Language in the system is en_UK).Foundation_Object_1.jpg
  4. Click on 'Translation' icon beside the Name field, and add French translation value(Eg: 'FrenchLocation'). i.e there are two translation values for Name field 'English UK' and 'French'. Foundation_Object_Translation_2.jpgFoundation_Object_Save_3.jpg
  5. Fill other mandatory fields -> Save.
  6. Change the language to French.
  7. Navigate to Manage organization, pay and job structures -> Open the Foundation object created in Step 5. You'll find the below behaviours:
    • The header shows the correct French translation (i.e 'FrenchLocation')
    • The 'Name' field is displayed as EnglishUKLocation (en_uK which is the default language translation) & On clicking the translation icon, the French translation field is disabled because it is the current language in the system.Foundation_Object_LanguageChange_4.jpg


    • Where ever this location is being used, the Name correctly translated to French language.
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This is an expected behavior.


  • The Manage organization, pay and job structures screen will always display the default language in the 'Name' field of the object.
  • The system language will be respected on:
    • The header of the Foundation Objects
    • Search of the object whereever it is referenced.
    • Search of the FO in Employee's Profile.


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