SMS Management & Technology Reviews

Updated April 15, 2015
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  1. Consultant

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in Adelaide (Australia)
    Current Employee - Consultant in Adelaide (Australia)

    I have been working at SMS Management & Technology full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great culture, solid client list

    Cons

    Projects dependent on availability and not skills

    Advice to Management

    Move to higher value consulting streams

  2. Great people and culture.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Brisbane (Australia)
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Brisbane (Australia)

    I have been working at SMS Management & Technology full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    PD opportunities and support network with employees

    Cons

    Not great bonus opportunities available

    Advice to Management

    N/A

  3. Great people, opportunity is yours

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in Brisbane (Australia)
    Current Employee - Consultant in Brisbane (Australia)

    I have been working at SMS Management & Technology

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Really fantastic people across the board.
    Lots of opportunity to get involved and be part of community.
    Broad range of clients.
    Good about part timers.

    Cons

    Consulting isn't for everyone. Need to be confident in self and building networks, getting what you need.
    Used to be terrible with PD, but that has changed significantly in last year +
    Don't pay best in market (but ok and culture makes up for it)
    Head office decisions can be removed from reality (but that typical everywhere!)

    Advice to Management

    Continue with balance and investment of last year or so. It's going well!

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  5. Helpful (2)

    Great place with amazing people and opportunities.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant in Melbourne (Australia)
    Former Employee - Consultant in Melbourne (Australia)

    I worked at SMS Management & Technology full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Unlike the big 4 consulting firms it's possible to make a name for yourself quite quickly at SMS. Some principal consultants are under 35 years of age for example.

    It's also an excellent place to get into industries one normally wouldn't be considered for. Having the backing of the SMS brand definitely helped me.

    Cons

    SMS struggles to win work against the bigger firms which means the roles are often less strategic and lack the ability to influence outcomes on a grand scale. This can also be a pro for those who prefer less ambiguity and want a routine position.

    Advice to Management

    Review the practice lead position. It doesnt work.

    Continue to emphasise the value of your people - it's a good thing.

  6. Great People, Good training, OK Salary

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in Melbourne (Australia)
    Current Employee - Consultant in Melbourne (Australia)

    I have been working at SMS Management & Technology full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great networking experiences, good opportunities to work in various areas, good support for training and certifications, great people to work with.

    Cons

    Strategic challenges moving out of resource augmentation mindset. Salaries are not particularly competitive, the bonus structure is unattainable so don't bank on it.

    Advice to Management

    The perception within the organization and the perception in the market unfortunately are at odds with where we want to go strategically.

  7. Interesting colleagues

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Melbourne (Australia)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Melbourne (Australia)

    I worked at SMS Management & Technology full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent compensation (despite bad bonus structure), wide variety of interesting projects

    Cons

    Internally is bureaucratic to get anything done

  8. Helpful (1)

    Great opportunity for Consultants wanting to gain experience with Melbourne's largest organisations.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant
    Current Employee - Consultant

    I have been working at SMS Management & Technology full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I Joined as a Consultant in 2012, from a larger global consultancy. I have been pleased with the variety of engagements I have worked on over this time and the development programs that have been in place.
    At SMS I have worked with many experienced Consultants and have always felt part of a team.

    Cons

    Internal intranet and content management systems could be improved - ease of use and ability to find information.

  9. Helpful (2)

    Professional culture and great people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant

    I worked at SMS Management & Technology full-time (more than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    SMS has a rigorous recruitment process that ensures a strong culture and highly professional staff. Work-life balance is excellent and there is a wide variety of work available.

    Cons

    Strong culture has been eroded in recent years. Company doesn't pay top dollar but you accept that to work in a strong culture with a good variety of work. Access to training and professional development can be limited.

    Advice to Management

    Maintain the culture, continually ensure that salaries maintain parity with the market.

  10. Helpful (1)

    No limits to what you can do, just be yourself

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in Melbourne (Australia)
    Current Employee - Consultant in Melbourne (Australia)

    I have been working at SMS Management & Technology full-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Freedom to do what you want within the limits of the business model: this needs to be considered by those who expect everything to be either laid at their feet or listened to about every single grip they may have.

    Cons

    Lack of structure may frustrate some people. Bonus scheme is a bit sketchy but links to overall business performance. Some communications could be improved.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Great opportunities

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in Melbourne (Australia)
    Current Employee - Consultant in Melbourne (Australia)

    I have been working at SMS Management & Technology full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of different placements to choose from.

    Cons

    Sometimes have to compete against other quality consultants for great gigs.

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