B. E. Smith Reviews

Updated May 4, 2014
Updated May 4, 2014
5 Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Interim Leadership may be more rewarding with a boutique firm.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Interim Leader  in  Lenexa, KS
    Current Employee - Interim Leader in Lenexa, KS

    I have been working at B. E. Smith as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The independent leader is attracted to interim work. Spending political capital quickly as a trade off to accomplishment and professional satisfaction can be hugely rewarding. The travel and logistics group is outstanding and very professional.

    Cons

    The interim leadership management group is overworked, disconnected and inconsistent with support. Performance evaluation is also inconsistent. Can make for a schizophrenic relationship with the client - you never know what your manager is telling them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Plan a interim leadership training seminar with relevant content - and in a travel hub that is attractive to attendees. Bringing leaders to Lenexa KS to show off the home headquarters is a waste of everyone's valuable travel time.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great company to work for in Kansas City and across the nation.

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

    I have been working at B. E. Smith full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    B. E. Smith is an employer of choice. There are multiple long-term employees who are extremely grateful for the opportunities provided. There is a great generational mix - both those right out of college to those who have been in senior level positions in hospitals across the nation.

    Cons

    Excellence is expected. It is okay to make mistakes, but you are expected to produce. This company is not for people who are looking to just clock time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue providing opportunities to your top talent.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Interim leadership with a major twist

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at B. E. Smith full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    the interim VP of interim leadership is the gold star of what a project director should be. The interim leadership role takes one out of the overall political mine field that is rampant in health care. You are the "fixer' when you enter the organization. Most of the time, you are seen as the expert and this can be extremely rewarding and motivating.

    Cons

    When I began working with BE Smith, each consultant was seen as a creme de la creme employee. However, BE Smith has become very prescriptive in their policies...with a great amount of "do not do this or that" instead of motivating their associates. The project directors are more interested in "selling" the BE Smith product, instead of supporting those who make this company successful. The benefits are weak, there appears to be favoritism over who is assigned positions, and the concept of pairing up the client with the appropriate candidate has gone by the wayside. The mantra appears to be....get someone into that position so BE Smith can start getting paid. You are not paid for excellence, and there is little information about why and if there is an increase. Most of us do interim work because we enjoy the challenge and the opportunity to see so many different processes...and take the best to each of our assignments. BE Smith has forgotten that we are what makes this company successful

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Research other companies who value their consultants, and look at best practices. Use the Interim VP of Interim Leadership as the gold standard for the other project directors. Not only focus on selling the project, but support those who make this company successful. You are ONLY as good as your employees. Revise how clients and interim leaders are matched...knowing that success comes from great chemistry, putting the right person in the right position.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    All that glitters is not gold.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Lenexa, KS
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lenexa, KS

    I worked at B. E. Smith full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Like most of the people that work / have worked at this company, I was drawn in by the image and perks that this company projects. However, this is a thin veil for rampant favoritism, shameless promotion of incapable mid-level managers, and a "work til you drop" expectation.

    I do believe that Doug, the CEO, is well meaning and was a great leader and mentor for a huge number of employees. However, in recent years he has been hoodwinked by Senior Management, and is no longer in touch with the perception of the company culture that a huge number of his employees hold.

    Cons

    This company allows inexperienced managers to act out personal vendettas against fellow employees. Although it did not directly affect me, in my tenure I saw multiple cases of constructed dismissal, usually of people that did not conform to the "healthy" (read: thin) standard that has been fabricated by the Operations team. There was no job security at this company, the company culture was toxic, and the general mission and vision of the C-level team was morally bankrupt.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    CEO needs to reinvest in the company and have one on one time with long-serving employees, if there are any left! Creating a "mini-Cerner" culture is not a good thing, and you should avoid this if you wish to retain your top talent!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    This is a profit only oriented firm.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Interim Leader  in  Lenexa, KS
    Current Employee - Interim Leader in Lenexa, KS

    I have been working at B. E. Smith as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    The net pay is appropriate.

    Cons

    The senior management will say or do almost anything to secure contracts/increase profits. Values driven, long and short term outcomes are collateral damage. Helping clients achieve sustainable, mission driven success, building the capability of the firm and the field, or engaging and fully utilizing their own workforce are not priorities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To become trusted advisers you must behave in a trustworthy manner. This begins with how you treat your own employees. They are not enemies to be "controlled" but rather assets to be engaged, mined, and motivated. Have you examined your attrition rate? Have you looked at your competition? What do you bring to the table that other newer, more innovative firms are not bringing along with so much more. It is too bad, you have all the ingredients for success.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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