SMART and Associates

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SMART and Associates Reviews

Updated March 3, 2014
Updated March 3, 2014
9 Reviews

3.7
9 Reviews
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  1.  

    Wonderful caring owner.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SMART and Associates

    Pros

    Great place for learning new technologies.

    Cons

    Start work early at 7am

  2.  

    Very co operative people to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    very socializing and can improve communication skills

    Cons

    very hard to change environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    nothing for now

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    What I learned

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SMART and Associates part-time

    Pros

    It was this and that

    Cons

    Work was more demanding than what we were offered

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the work and doing your job well

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Coworkers

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Associate in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    My coworkers and the partner who oversaw the office were all really great people. I learned a lot from these people that has helped me in my current position.

    Cons

    Driving to downtown Atlanta EVERY day was awful!

    Recommends
  6.  

    Pre LECG - Good Company

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Tax Manager  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Tax Manager in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at SMART and Associates

    Pros

    Good people.
    Oppty to grow.
    Recognition for accomplishments.
    Ability to take hands-on responsibility for work.

    Cons

    Not always a good flow of info from mgmt down.
    Sometimes caught short-handed on staffing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be pro-active in hiring and developing new employees.
    Provide more info to employees about day-to-day business.

    Recommends
  7.  

    Large growth halts, possible shipwreck, blames economy

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    Current Employee - Consultant  in  Devon, PA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Devon, PA

    I have been working at SMART and Associates

    Pros

    Rapid growth opportunity, flexible schedules, best idea wins, lots of time off, telecommuting ok, good healthcare, comfortable work atmosphere, fairly laid back, social promotion not practiced, wide variety of assignments, structured methodology, real boutique consulting experience, opportunity to break into consulting

    Cons

    financial outlook grim, all employees bear the load if performance is down (regardless of individual performance), some senior management have large egos and can be condescending, certain people have been lied to about where their career is headed or what an assignment might be, you could be working in an area you don't enjoy, bonus program doesn't formulate, squeakiest wheel seems to get oiled first / too many back office politics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    work on long term vision, reward employees for individual efforts across the board, increase sale closing rate %, revamp interview/screening process

    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    not very smart after all

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at SMART and Associates

    Pros

    If you're green behind the ears, live in Devon PA, like to work in an "Office Space" type environment with limited career goals I guess it's not such a bad place to work after all. For a seasoned professional, you will find the environment very uninspiring. You maybe able to learn about the art of bending the truth to make the sale if that interests you.

    Just recently they received a capital infusion from Great Hill Partners.

    Cons

    The "strategic" vision for the entire company can be summarized as "follow the money".
    Completely uninspiring dull place to work (think "Office Space" - complete with Bill Lumberg).
    Lack of professionalism in pretty much every aspect of day to day.
    Egos that should get their own zipcode.
    Subpar intellectual capital, you'll end up teaching them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    quit following the money and try to build a culture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good starting point for young professionals

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

    I worked at SMART and Associates

    Pros

    Good starting point for recent college grads due to the fair salary and work life / personal life balance. As a young professional at SMART, there is a great opportunity to work with others in your peer group since it is a fairly young company. It is not as travel-inducive as some other consulting firms that my friends work for and that is always a positive.

    Cons

    There is not much room for career development due to lack of communication from senior management and the type of work SMART does. I sometimes felt that they just hired grads from good schools and that was enough for them in terms of helping out their own company. There was not a priority placed on the development of their young talent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Involve consultants more in upper level meetings and communicate with your employees the direction of the firm more frequently.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Very good experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SMART and Associates

    Pros

    The benefits were great. A lot of exposure to partners and senior management. All the people there were very supportive. Overall a great experience.

    Cons

    The pay was a little below average.

    Recommends

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