SMS Management & Technology

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Great People, Good training, OK Salary

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  • 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 an year)

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 ManagementAdvice

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

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    Be prepared to go it alone and you'll thrive.

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Practice Lead in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Practice Lead in Sydney (Australia)

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

    Pros

    Great people, great clients, and a huge amount of autonomy (if you're prepared to ask for forgiveness rather than permission.)

    If you're confident, resourceful and assertive, then anything is possible.

    Cons

    Can be bureaucratic. Great at "steady as she goes", but no spirit of entrepreneurship within the Executive group.

    You won't get spoon-fed. If you behave like just another resource, that's how you'll be treated.

    Many of the best people have left, stifled by the "bums on seats" mentality and general lack of imagination at the top level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show some balls and go beyond the "safe". The "value-added resourcing" business is getting squeezed.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Former consultant

    • 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)

    Pros

    Good exposure to banking and major telcos in Australia

    Cons

    The main reason for joining SMS was to avoid risk of being an independent contractor, however given the shift in the market and new policies anyone who is on the bench will quickly be fired

    ‘Strategy’: A lot of chat about how it is a strategy firm not a bodyshop, but not a reality for a 95% of consultants. Clients perception is as a more expensive way of recruiting contractors, not a go to for fixed price pieces of work, and as such are squeezing rates. Account managers are so desperate for sales that they will lower prices / offer consultants for free for a number of weeks.
    Pay: Don’t expect payrises to keep up with CPI, and bonuses, if they are offered, are a joke
    HR: Consistent lack of communication / understanding between management and HR policies (extended leave etc). This lead to major issues for me and resulted in threats to bring the company to the ombudsman to get appropriate notice paid.
    Training and development: Some in-house training is available, however quality is questionable, will also make you come in on a Saturday, or refuse to allow you to attend if you are on an engagement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognise what you are good at - body shopping - and stand by that.

    Eliminate the flat structure if you have not already done so, its a nonsense with range of experience from grad to program directors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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