Smith International Reviews

Updated June 12, 2015
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  1. Department Assistant

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    Former Employee - Department Assistant II in Conroe, TX
    Former Employee - Department Assistant II in Conroe, TX

    I worked at Smith International (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Enjoyed the job I did working with the planning department

    Cons

    Getting Laid Off when I really liked my job

    Advice to Management

    Keep employees that like there jobs


  2. Good ole boys mentality

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    Former Employee - Design Engineer III in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Design Engineer III in Houston, TX

    I worked at Smith International full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Family feeling, a lot of freedom to do and very little bureaucracy. The environment is not challenging and the stress level is kept pretty low, some people spent decades in this company without any issue and usually seniority gives you decent promotions especially if you go in the management path. Time off is mostly on a honor system.

    Cons

    If you aren't in the right loop or under the wrong manager, is going to be tough. Managers don't move around, especially the bad ones and the company doesn't lay them off easily. Quite some talented people left for that reason and is not good for the company.

    Advice to Management

    Move managers around more often,


  3. Good place to start career, but underpay and too much hiccup during the transition

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Smith International full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good start training, good synergy after the merge with big blue.

    Cons

    too much workload and underpay. hard promotion for people if you had a boss not caring about you

    Advice to Management

    value your people


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    Average

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Smith International

    Pros

    International exposure, reputation of the company

    Cons

    benefits offered are not good


  6. Fine

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Smith International

    Pros

    Good company to work for

    Cons

    long hours and big work load


  7. a good experience

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    Current Employee - Accountant
    Current Employee - Accountant

    I have been working at Smith International full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    good environment and team to work with

    Cons

    no clear path or plan for development to proceed to higher posts in the company

    Advice to Management

    Human resource needs to be given value at all levels.


  8. good experience to learn from and to acquire the benefits out of it and avoid any negative aspects for next jobs

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cairo (Egypt)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cairo (Egypt)

    I have been working at Smith International full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    good environment and team to work with. good understanding for personalities and any upcoming emergencies

    Cons

    no clear path or plan for development to proceed to higher posts in the company

    Advice to Management

    please create a clear and a solid path anf form of development in the company in a fair way


  9. a good experience as an average

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Field Engineer II in Tunis (Tunisia)
    Current Employee - Field Engineer II in Tunis (Tunisia)

    I have been working at Smith International

    Pros

    the most important thing is reputation and experience

    Cons

    the worst thing in smith international is salary

    Advice to Management

    need to be improved especially for promotion and salary



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