N.F. Smith & Associates

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N.F. Smith & Associates Reviews

Updated August 8, 2014
Updated August 8, 2014
28 Reviews
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N.F. Smith & Associates CEO and Owners Bob & Lee Ackerley
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lots of opportunity - if you are prepared to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - International Account Representative  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - International Account Representative in Houston, TX

    I have been working at N.F. Smith & Associates full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    NO BS company. This company is a great example of getting out what you put in. There are a lot of people around me that are very successful and so I know that it's possible but it does take very hard work and dedication to the job. It's very laid back and dress code is super relaxed.

    Cons

    The business structure is relatively flat so there aren't a lot of management positions. The good side of that is that management positions are all former traders so at least you know that if you work hard and do well, you will have an opportunity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    do reviews more often so we can get feedback on what we need to be doing to improve.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Goldmine!!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - International Sales  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - International Sales in Houston, TX

    I have been working at N.F. Smith & Associates full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flex schedule. All the tools that you need to be successful.
    Amazing to their employees. Great training program.
    If you work hard there is money to be made. Must have a passion for sales

    Cons

    none that I can think of

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    It was very challenging and no room for success.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - International Account Representative  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - International Account Representative in Houston, TX

    I worked at N.F. Smith & Associates full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The company culture was one of the best in the business and tell you great stories about some of the big deals made to get you really excited about working there.

    Cons

    Smith does not provide helpful resources to help you succeed. There is no structure to upward mobility in the company. All of the large accounts are taken and the smaller accounts do not need to be targeted because they can not make the company any money. Smith only gives you a few months to get business going or they yank the chain.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire a full time sales trainer!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Fantastic work place. Lucky to be here... But takes hard work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Sales in Houston, TX

    I have been working at N.F. Smith & Associates full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I enjoy the freedom to choose my path each day. Decent training and good support from other departments makes success possible at Smith. Benefits are more important as I get older, so a strong plan helps the comfort level of being in a sales and purchasing position.

    Cons

    A lot of pay is "at risk" so you have to be prepared for down months. Inequity in pay amongst different offices from what I hear, so that can be discouraging.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employee reviews, ever heard of them? Would love to give feedback to ownership, I think the managers are just buffers between the employees and owners.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Amazing Organization!! Sky is the limit. Best job I have ever had

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I have been working at N.F. Smith & Associates full-time

    Pros

    I cant say enough good things about Smith & Associates. Many people have been here for 20+ years, which says a lot. Many opportunities to be promoted within and recognized for your hard work and achievements.

    Cons

    None. Its a great place to be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thank you! Smith offers a truly unique opportunity for all their employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Not a good place to work if you want some career growth

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Developer  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - IT Developer in Houston, TX

    I worked at N.F. Smith & Associates full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Companies outcome is good and it is a miracle how such an unorganized place make this much money.

    Cons

    Nothing is organized no proper management, procedures nothing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing they wont listen, as long as they get money.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    An industry leader and customer focused company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Account Representative  in  Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Account Representative in Pleasanton, CA

    I have been working at N.F. Smith & Associates full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Smith allows their employees to find and work with customers around the globe. They can support those customers with the highest quality service and components through company owned worldwide logistics centers. Smith is large enough to have the monetary as well as the purchasing and logistics personnel to help any customer, large or small, but on the other hand Smith is not so large that you feel like a number.

    Cons

    Because Smith is a relatively flat organization, the opportunities for upward mobility are somewhat limited, though over time those opportunities are possible.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Best company that I have worked at!

    Going on my 12th year at Smith and looking forward to many more!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive  in  Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Pleasanton, CA

    I have been working at N.F. Smith & Associates full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Smith's Name and reputation within our industry!
    Co-workers - great people across the globe!
    Smith's ability to support it's Sales force with A-Z product solutions for any size company that has a need for electronic componets and finished goods!
    Endless earning potential!

    Cons

    None - Smith is the #1 Independent Distributor within our industry for a reason and that's starts at the top with the Owners. They care about their employees and it shows as Smith has remained the #1 Independent Distributor year after year!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    N.F. Smith & Associates Response

    May 1, 2014Co-Founder & Director

    Thank you for your glowing review. If you take a poll of tenure at Smith you will see that many have passed their 15, 20 and 25 year anniversaries, even a couple are close to their 30th! That says ... More

  10.  

    One Amazing Company...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - International Account Representative  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - International Account Representative in New York, NY

    I have been working at N.F. Smith & Associates full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    ~Inspiring Work Setting
    ~Great Group of Co Workers Willing to Help You in Any Way They Can
    ~Management Who Genuinely Cares About Your Success and Well Being in The Work Place
    ~Generous Compensation Package
    ~Commission = The Sky is the Limit
    ~Fun Company "Outings"... holding out for a Rock Concert!

    Cons

    ~There Are No Negatives When Reviewing This Company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The only advice I have to management is keep doing what you are doing... which is caring about your Employees, because it shows. Since I am a reflection of the company I work for, if I am happy in my work environment, then it cannot help but translate in the way I conduct myself with my customers. It is quite obvious what is important to the two CEO's of this company because they have set a positive tone from the top and employed management to carry out their beliefs. It is a trickle down effect.
    I have almost 19 years in this industry, before joining Smith and I know what the "norm" is. This is the polar opposite...Caring, excellent compensation, management support, all in a friendly environment. Not to mention the breathtaking view of Manhattan, which never gets old.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great Company In An Exciting Industry

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

    I have been working at N.F. Smith & Associates full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Big opportunity to make money.

    Great work environment

    Great benefits

    Cons

    Very Demanding.

    Not for someone looking for an easy 9-5 job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep helping traders with their current business and keep helping young traders learn the business.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    N.F. Smith & Associates Response

    May 1, 2014Co-Founder & Director

    Thank you for taking time to post your review. Smith was the brain child of 4 owners 30 years ago, while working out of their house and around the clock to build what has become an amazing company ... More

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