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Challenging transitional time for the company

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Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Calgary, AB (Canada)
Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Calgary, AB (Canada)

I worked at SMART Technologies as an intern (more than a year)

Pros

I really think that the best thing about SMART was the people. Lots of talent and managers served as great mentors. Some of the people that are still there to this day are absolute rock stars in what they could accomplish. Strong IT support, and SMART Boards in every meeting room was wonderful.

Cons

There was a lot of challenge making progress as the company was constantly shifting to try to turn the stock price around. It made it nearly impossible to actually make any progress. I was an intern at the time and had 5 different managers and belonged to 3 department name changes during the 1.5 years I was there. I like many was let go in one of the waves of layoffs, but was not at all surprised at the time. They were very pleasant about the layoff, though I know it caused havok on moral, which I certainly hope has cleared up now. It'll be an upward battle for this company to break past the challenges over the next couple years, so if you're gonna work there you better enjoy facing challenges.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Stick with objectives for long enough for it to actually permeate the company now that stock is going up, rather than jumping at each new idea.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SMART Technologies

    Pros

    Some people were very enthusiastic.

    Cons

    Lots of Past nortel employees.

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    Good company and great people, if you like change you will enjoy it here.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at SMART Technologies full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people.
    Change, something I enjoy.
    Getting to work with a great product that makes a difference in schools and businesses around the globe.

    Cons

    Slow to make decisions and get things accomplished.
    At present time there is little upward mobility.
    Need to do more for employees professional development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your employees and recognize their efforts. Do away with annual appraisals, getting goals half or two thirds through the year then having appraisals is pointless.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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