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ESOP Has Its Privileges

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Director in Washington, DC
Former Employee - Director in Washington, DC

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

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

Pros

Being employee owned with an ESOP program means that I scored big when I left. I cashed out nearly double what I had contributed to my 401k. Also, I made a lot of great friends and professional colleagues at Smith Bucklin. Since all of us have left (a group of nearly 30), we have remained in close contact, and I foresee these professional relationships lasting a lifetime.

Cons

I'm still not sure whether my time at Smith Bucklin was worth it. They run you like a dog, working long, thankless hours, and without an end in sight. This explains how the ESOP profits -- because there's no skin off the company's nose when I'm billing out at 60 hrs a week and not compensated beyond my salary. Bonuses are skimpy and I couldn't take the time off that I accrued due to such demanding schedules and workload. The CEO is a force not to be reckoned with, and he can be downright nasty to anyone who doesn't drown in their own blood, sweat, and tears. All too often I heard, "this environment isn't for everyone." But no one can go at that grueling pace with no reward mechanism or breathing room for long. Run while you can.

Advice to Management

This seems pointless, as the boy's club is just waiting for the CEO to retire aka take his money and run.

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  1. Helpful (1)

    I have found SmithBucklin to be a great place to grow and learn

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I have been working at SmithBucklin for nearly five years now and the company offers me a challenging, yet rewarding work environment

    I have found it to be a great place to develop both personally and professionally – and have experienced tremendous opportunities for growth

    This is a team-orientated work environment which will foster your ability to work well with others. You experience working with smart, driven, high-intelligent individuals

    SmithBucklin manages non-profit associations and offers employees the opportunity to work with nonprofit organizations to help them fulfill their missions

    It is a fast-paced work environment and service-oriented culture. Personally, I thrive in this type of work environment but it is not for everyone

    It is great place for those who want a fulfilling, meaningful job where they are busy and do not have the time to text and check Facebook and Gmail all day long

    SmithBucklin is 100 percent employee-owned – I personally feel more committed to my work knowing that I am also a part owner of the company

    Cons

    Some positions are demanding and may require working long hours during busier times of the year

    Advice to Management

    The company should continue to focus on, train and develop the extraordinary, talented individuals within the company


  2. Helpful (1)

    Great career growth, very strong culture

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at SmithBucklin full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    SmithBucklin provides people early in their careers the unique ability to learn a wide variety of tangible skills, in a challenging, yet rewarding employee-owned work environment.

    Cons

    Working at SmithBucklin from time to time demands long hours, but this is not sustained throughout the year.


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