SMART Technologies Reviews

Updated June 26, 2015
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  1. Helpful (3)

    Professionals Need Not Apply

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SMART Technologies

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good product, a Good place for people right out of school looking to gain some experience

    Cons

    No engagement from management, No professional development, Field units are very much siloed, No best practices established, Little to no training on product or procedures, Unprofessional business acumen.

    Advice to Management

    Upper Management, Increase engagement by ensuring that middle management actually engages with their teams. Listen to your employees and set some "Best Practices" for your business. Terminate ineffective managers as soon as possible.


  2. Decent company to work for

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SMART Technologies

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Cool tech and very smart people to work with. Company has quite a vibrant culture especially in PD. People are encouraged to explore and develop new things. Products are really interesting and management understands the right environment for software engineers.

    Cons

    The pressure caused by quarterly financial result has been mounting high in the company. This needs to be better managed as some of it may have become negative energy.

    Advice to Management

    The company may have a bias between the new dev center in Seattle location and other locations. The truth is you don't have to move to Seattle to find the right people.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Cool, unique, innovative company

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

    I have been working at SMART Technologies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The best thing about SMART are the people who work there. Not only do I enjoy the people I work with in my own department, but everyone I have had the opportunity to collaborate with in other departments has been fantastic. Everyone is friendly, approachable, and easy to talk with.
    The fact that in the past three years SMART launched three new products (amp, kapp, and kapp IQ) shows that it isn't slowing down and it is trying to not only catch up with new technology, but be ahead of the game too.
    I've had the opportunity to see SMART products being used in a classroom. There is definitely a huge intrinsic reward when you see students shine while using products your company created.

    Cons

    After many, many years of focus on projectors, whiteboards, and notebook, SMART fell behind a little bit in the tech world and is still playing a small game of catch up. But, if we keep innovating brand new products to the market, like amp and kapp, things will start improving rapidly.

    Advice to Management

    Lets get back to the positives. Recognize peoples successes and announce them to the company. Give examples of people who are hitting our metrics and representing our culture. Not only will this show people what you expect, it will also give them standards to live up to. Plus, people respond positively to recognition for a job well done.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Overall this is a great company

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

    I have been working at SMART Technologies full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great People that care about their coworkers
    Cool Products that will actually change the world in business and education
    Flat Structure (easy access to executives)
    Opportunities to work on a variety of projects

    Cons

    Previous reputation is holding us back
    Still a division of Old SMART and New SMART
    High pressure to execute or else the company might not make it long term

    Advice to Management

    The employees all love the company and the products that they create, the challenge is to motivate everyone in a positive way to see and achieve the same common goal.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Product manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Calgary, AB (Canada)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great office, centrally located. Some very smart people. Access to education technology market. David Martin and Nancy were good to work with.

    Cons

    Nepotism among middle management. Poor hires for senior leadership, they are thinking commodity. Consider people as cogs

    Advice to Management

    Hire out of Bay Area for true tech focus


  7. Helpful (5)

    CEO

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Not Management in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Not Management in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at SMART Technologies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    middle management and front people, very talented and knowledgeable. I see many with the strength to question authority, and to demand that leaders lead by example.

    Cons

    There is talk of accountability, but I cannot see accountability from the top.
    Focus on increasing revenue by cutting cost, no much different than many other companies. Driven by bigger profits means losing track of what could make this company a great company.
    Company health benefits are the worst I have ever seen.
    CEO lacks the respect and admiration from the people he leads. He has on his own destroy his credibility. Will never be able to recover. Will remain CEO if he brings in revenue which he is desperately trying to do.
    CEO sends letter to employees talking about life-work balance being crap, suggesting employees are lazy if not at work after 5 or on weekends. Seriously poorly written. The message got lost within the content of the letter which should have been reviewed by someone with skill in writing and communication before sending out
    CEO puts employees in a difficult situation: work harder so profits are up and your CEO can remain your CEO. Really? Can you not see that as a motivation to not do well?

    Advice to Management

    Employees ARE your biggest assets, but only when you are able to truly and honestly recognize their abilities and skills, when you are able to successfully coach their development into great assets, and when you have the integrity necessary to make the decisions that earns you the respect and trust of those you lead.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Not like the good old days...

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SMART Technologies

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice offices, nice colleagues, salary ok, great products & solutions.

    Cons

    Lack of leadership, opacity from the management team.


  9. Great place to work!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SMART Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Love the students and staff

    Cons

    Hard to find one.


  10. Helpful (1)

    A Disappointment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Best technology
    A good place to start out and get your experience
    Awesome and hardworking colleagues

    Cons

    No career advancement or plan
    Great strategy from top management but middle management cannot execute
    Unprofessional and use of profanity by execs
    No job guarantee / security due to constant structural changes and cost cutting measures

    Advice to Management

    Work on execution


  11. Helpful (3)

    Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    A few good people.

    Cons

    Too many to list! Essentially a game of corporate 'Survivor'.

    Advice to Management

    People should matter.



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