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SMART Technologies President & CEO Neil Gaydon
Neil Gaydon
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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at SMART Technologies full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Large potential market, casual work environment

    Cons

    Incompetent management, toxic culture, grim business outlook

    Advice to Management

    You blew it. Before the management reboot in 2012, SMART suffered from too much group think built around the company founders' cult of personality, and failure to adapt the business model to the emergence of lower priced, higher quality competition from personal mobile devices. The new management team failed to break down the old buddy system or align with technology trends. Selling mostly OEM hardware through professional AV sales channels will never be cost competitive. Unified communications were the next big thing in the 1990's. Desktop sharing and streaming video are now free. Educational technology has largely moved to Chromebooks and iPads. Microsoft's new Spartan browser and Office 2016 offer digital inking. The management team's ever rising compensation misaligns with the company's declining performance. The alpha make routine does not cover up incompetence. Like most of the employee base, most Directors and above are hanging on for the severance. They deserve to go down with ship.

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