SMART Technologies Reviews

Updated March 23, 2015
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  1. Great ability to make real changes at the company--it is almost a public startup. Lots of opportunity to make a differen

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    Current Employee - Middle Management in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Middle Management in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at SMART Technologies

    Pros

    autonomy, empowerment, large scoped roles, Canadian company holidays, seasoned management, cool technology, education focused, enterprise greenfield, cohesive strategy

    Cons

    old SMART habits still too common, small company thinking, poor stock plan (none), no career paths, still too much dead weght

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2. Political Environment

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

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

    Pros

    I joined Smart because of flexible working environments.

    Cons

    Management has no clue about the talent of employees. they simply sack some employees when they see a threat to their own job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Avoid getting rid of employees who are hard working and talented.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. For a technology company the environment and culture was not very progressive.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SMART Technologies full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits were good and coworkers were friendly.

    Cons

    Little to no opportunity for advancement. Pay does not meet market value.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Engage more with employees to give clear objectives and direction. Provide positive feedback when it's due.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Part of the Enabling team

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Gym and daycare on site.

    Cons

    A culture of fingerpointing. No one wants to take ownership and make things right. Issues are brought to management, but nothing seems to get done. People Services is trying to improve the culture though having employee engagment surveys and surveys to rate your manager, however nothing seems to be done, even if a manager receives a low score. There are members in the management team who think it is okay to ignore their employees and not acknowledge their presence. If there are processes, they are manual and most times the processes are broken. Most employees do not even know how to use the products that Smart is selling. The products are in the meeting rooms, but employees do not us them. If we don't find our product useful, why would we expect our customers to find our products useful. The latest new product, KAPP seems like a flop. I would not recommend working for this company. There is a lot of dysfunction, and given the managers that are at the company, I do not see the company being successful.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. Taxing, frustrating, no sense of humanity, demeaning

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SMART Technologies full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Sadly, nothing to put here

    Cons

    Starting salary low so negotiate your salary before accepting offer - difficult if not impossible to succeed - goals way out of reach and have to be fulfilled above and beyond work time so cuts into work/life balance - no consideration for 'doing your job' well day after day - no respect for the 'Steady Eddie' - education discrimination (anything less than a Canadian university degree is considered beneath them) - preach that they have good work/life balance but don't practice it - forced to use your 'work/life balance' time for mandatory Christmas shutdown - if you can make a good chart you're the best - management has very little training in human behavior from the top down - management style is upstream focused and not downstream focused - singled out individuals are ignored until they basically leave the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    EVERY person who works at SMART should feel like they are appreciated for working there. If your people are stressed out and unhappy there is no way the company will succeed - and 'replacing' the 'malcontents' with 'compliant' replacements is not the long-time healthy way to address the problem. Build a sense of family within your culture and get rid of the harsh statements like 'don't be a victim' (this from a Director). People should not be just a commodity...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful

    You go beyond your goals they cut your salary and bonus

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

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

    Pros

    I decided to work here because they are very good at selling the company and its future so I mistakenly decided to take the offer and work for SMART.

    Cons

    Sad environment, people shows happiness in front of the management but once they are gone people show how worried they are, insecure, unstable... Now they cut our salaries and they announced that the bonus will be only 50% because the company was down significantly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To engage people you don't need to be a clown in front of the audience, you need to be real

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Intern Adventures at SMART

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SMART Technologies

    Pros

    Great culture, Amazing people, best atmosphere an intern could ask for. People here will help you progress in your career and grow continuously.

    Cons

    Location is really the only complain I have. I can't really say anything else bad about this amazing, revolutinizing company that has completely changed the way it operates over the last year.

  9. Ok place to start out at

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SMART Technologies

    Pros

    Opportunities for advancement and movement

    Cons

    Lots of meetings and rules.

  10. Friendly coworkers

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SMART Technologies

    Pros

    -friendly and competent coworkers
    -very nice building

    Cons

    increasing competition from other companies in the market

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. It has been great, I love the people and the leadership

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    Current Employee - Facilities Coordinator in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Facilities Coordinator in Calgary, AB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    work life balance is great. Good team envirnment

    Cons

    I a not sure I ahve any cons for now

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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