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Very strange place to work and not a good time to join (2013)

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Former Employee - Functional Manager in Calgary, AB (Canada)
Former Employee - Functional Manager in Calgary, AB (Canada)

I worked at SMART Technologies full-time (more than 3 years)

Pros

Interesting technology, both hardware and software; have geniunely changed the way students are educated globally; very bright and enthusiastic colleagues; flexible working hours; nice, open plan offices in a modern building; gym on site; private childcare facility onsite; underground car parking (At a charge and long waiting list though); near Brentwood C-Train.

Cons

Poor leadership right from the top; lack of stability i.e. restructured twice in 2012; revenues in steep decline since 2012; facing an uncertain future; high attrition rate 33%; very low levels of trust especially inter-department; many departments badly managed; poor co-ordination between functions; Director's/Senior Manager's not open and receptive to suggestions to improve; most seem to spend their time managing up and not down; can be very political. How can a company full of so much talent, get it so badly wrong?

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Don't rely on the Director's who presided over many of the previous years mis-management to make decisions about a restructure this large and do it so quickly with so little thought; Never ever restructure a company without involving the line managers of the functions you cull, unless the whole department is going. With the challenges SMART faces, how could you cut 25% of the workforce globally and not do it in a way that would put the business in a better position for success. Don't do it in a way that humiliates those who are leaving and creates even more suspicion and distrust among the remaining employees so that an estimated 5 to 10% more leave.

Doesn't Recommend
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Disapproves of CEO
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  1. Still not bad place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SMART Technologies part-time

    Pros

    A leading tech company with a lot of good people. There are plenty of opportunities for various careers

    Cons

    Company currently having some financial problems

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/a

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2. 3 people found this helpful

    Sinking Ship

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    Former Employee - Training Specialist in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Training Specialist in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at SMART Technologies full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Travel, Interacting with great customers

    Cons

    No room for advancement, Slash and burn mentality

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being perinoid and invent new products people will actually buy

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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