SMART Technologies
2.7 of 5 74 reviews
www.smarttech.com Calgary, Canada 500 to 999 Employees

SMART Technologies Reviews in Calgary, AB Canada

Updated Apr 7, 2014
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2.7 34 reviews

                             

50% Approve of the CEO

SMART Technologies President & CEO Neil Gaydon

Neil Gaydon

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41% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Good place to work

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Calgary, AB (Canada)

I worked at SMART Technologies as a contractor for more than 3 years

ProsPeople there are good. P

Conscompensation is not good. Hard to be promoted

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Calgary, AB (Canada)

I have been working at SMART Technologies full-time for less than a year

Prosthe pros are that they are a good started company

Conslots of work, lots of stress compared to school

Advice to Senior Managementnone so far

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Exciting work but high stress with only average pay

Marketing Manager (Current Employee)
Calgary, AB (Canada)

I have been working at SMART Technologies full-time for more than 3 years

ProsInnovative products that are well-designed, exciting work with international scope, bright people

ConsExtremely heavy workloads and stress levels, high rate of burnout / turnover, salaries not high enough to merit the demands. No real culture, but lots of politics and self-interested behaviour.

Advice to Senior ManagementCelebrate successes. Recognize good work - consistently, not just for "stars" or certain departments. Implement a company-wide effective communications program. Everyone is so busy sifting through email that they have to do their real jobs after hours!

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Excellent workplace

Intern (Current Employee)
Calgary, AB (Canada)

I have been working at SMART Technologies as an intern for less than a year

ProsGood, helpful colleagues, clear strategy, open-door policy

ConsOften times boring work, not enough motivation

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Life at SMART Technologies

Software Engineer (Former Employee)
Calgary, AB (Canada)

I worked at SMART Technologies full-time for more than 3 years

ProsMedium-size company evolving to adjust to growth.

ConsComing from a large-sized company, it was an adjustment to working in a grassroots environment. At the same time, it's an opportunity to do things right.

Advice to Senior ManagementBonne chance.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Frustrating work environment

Program Manager (Current Employee)
Calgary, AB (Canada)

I have been working at SMART Technologies full-time for more than 3 years

ProsSMART has some very creative people and good ideas. It is one of the few companies in Calgary and even Canada that conducts true product development.

ConsManagement at this company was horrible from the 2006-2012 period. The new team brought in after Apax Partners Private Equity took a majority stake in the company was not experienced or a good cultural fit for the chaos that is the technology industry. The new management team is showing promise, but has not cleaned enough house and still seems to be chasing some of the dubious ideas (ex. video conferencing integration, Microsoft Lync integration) from the previous era. If that weren't bad enough, tablets have made SMART's existing products obsolete in most work and educational environments.

Advice to Senior ManagementMove product quality and usability to the forefront instead of always taking the easy path and repackaging the same old crap. Bring in middle management with tech industry experience, especially on the Product/Program Management side (a Program Manager must have a technical background). Narrow the product focus to two or three key product lines. Throw the relic from the 1990's known as video conferencing in the trash heap and focus on modern collaboration technologies delivered through mobile devices. Find a more innovative reseller network to replace the existing professional audio/visual dealer network. Forget Lync. Microsoft will always keep the truly innovative technologies within its own stack.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Good opportunity but poorly managed

Product Manager (Former Employee)
Calgary, AB (Canada)

I worked at SMART Technologies full-time for more than a year

ProsOne of the few companies that view technology as an investment and not a required evil. Centrally located with great access to public transit, very nice new building.

ConsPoor pay, limited opportunity for growth
Poor strategic direction and management since the transition from founders.

Advice to Senior ManagementIf you really want to be a competitive tech company, hire execs with related experience from Silicone Valley or Waterloo.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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too many hierarchies in the organization,

Manufacturing Support (Current Employee)
Calgary, AB (Canada)

I have been working at SMART Technologies full-time for more than a year

Prosnew management has a clear vision of how to turn around the company

Consweak in supplier qualification, new product launching and OEM/ODM monitoring

Advice to Senior Managementcut the hierarchies, strengthen supplier program management, product development and program management

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Challenging transitional time for the company

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Calgary, AB (Canada)

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

ProsI 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.

ConsThere 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 Senior ManagementStick 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.

– I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

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

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

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

ConsSlow 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 Senior ManagementInvest 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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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