SMART Business Advisory

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SMART Business Advisory Reviews

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  1.  

    Good Place to Work

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Devon, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Devon, PA

    I worked at SMART Business Advisory

    Pros

    Compensation and time off. Several good senior managers

    Cons

    CEO is making poor business decisions

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Great people, but a political culture that's not focused on sustaining professional development

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at SMART Business Advisory

    Pros

    Opportunity for advancement
    Great co-workers
    Exposure to multiple industries, greater responsibilities
    Work hard/ play hard mentality

    Cons

    Low compensation with regard to competitors
    Philadelphia-centered culture was often political vs practical in decision making
    Virtually no active encouragement or support for professional development by management, unless a client was showing interest in a new service

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open and forthright information sharing with your teams, and recognizing consistent performance objectively could be improved.

  3.  

    Not so SMART

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SMART Business Advisory

    Pros

    There are a number of bright, hard-working professionals.
    Employees are given a great deal of autonomy.
    Compensation is average to above.

    Cons

    There does not seem to be any coherent reality-based business plan.
    There is a great deal of finger-pointing when goals are not reached, but little attempt to understand why. At SMART, finding someone to blame is more beneficial than trying to fix a problem.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A clean understanding of the firm's strengths and weaknesses, including where and how SMART can compete in the marketplace, should be a top priority.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Semi-complacent

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant

    I have been working at SMART Business Advisory

    Pros

    Flexible hours, many extremely helpful employees (without whom I would most-likely not continue employment), many of my coworkers have become great friends

    Cons

    No raises in 2 years, many "cloak and dagger " processes, managing directors are primarily focused on keeping their bottom lines in check without regard to employee morale

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Saying that the firm is competitive when it comes to salaries is a complete farce. Understand the strengths of employees, find a direction, and dedicate both sales AND employee training in these areas. Picking up the new software suite/buzzword methodology/trendy product and attempting to extract every possible sales lead out of something in which we have zero experience does not work.

  6.  

    SMART - a decent place, but...

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at SMART Business Advisory

    Pros

    Work life balance is spectacular! No other employer like it in this area. Very flexible with taking time off.

    Cons

    Reviews (promotions) are not that fair. Some people can be sneakily cut-throat.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep us involved

  7.  

    7 years at SMART, here's my feedback.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant

    I have been working at SMART Business Advisory

    Pros

    Great place to work if you are a college grad or looking to gain experience on your resume. For the most part, place is very laid back and you can establish a good relationship with management if you do good work. People are friendly there and management takes care of their employees if you have a good track record with clients.

    Cons

    Economy struggles can be reasons for these points:
    - not competitive salary for those who've been here for a long time.
    - does not compensate well for hard work
    - can travel extensively and working more than the usual 40 hour week.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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