SMC Corporation

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SMC Corporation Reviews

Updated December 2, 2014
Updated December 2, 2014
54 Reviews
2.4
54 Reviews
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Katsunori Maruyama
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great products especially for the semiconductor, PV field and electronics market (in 6 reviews)

  • Outstanding parent company in Japan and very good product (although competitors are catching up) (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Incompetent Upper Management with ZERO formal business education and no real business experience (in 11 reviews)

  • GPS tracking of the sales force; 4 (in 6 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Outside Sales

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    Current Employee - OUTSIDE SALES in Aurora, IL
    Current Employee - OUTSIDE SALES in Aurora, IL

    I have been working at SMC Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Great Benefits. Easy work. Job security

    Cons

    Tracking devices in company cars. Can make way more than current if I left.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more and less reporting

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Easy to work for. Hard to like.

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    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Indianapolis, IN

    I have been working at SMC Corporation full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Quality product lines, Well respected because of Japanese quality.

    Cons

    You never know what your goals are until after the fiscal year begins. Bonus is no longer a bonus. Most guys and gals are just hanging on to their jobs, because it's easy to work there and get lost as a number.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find out "why" people leave your company. I worked there for 16 years and never even got a phone call from a REGIONAL manager for any type of exit interview.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Easy job. Too corporate for me.

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    Current Employee - Material Handler in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Material Handler in Indianapolis, IN

    I have been working at SMC Corporation full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The job is super easy, if you have any common sense at all.

    Cons

    Worked with some real idiots. I was astounded they worked there as long as they did without being fired for incompetence, let alone being hired . Also, if you are one with common sense, you become the "go-to" person for just about everyone. Its like you're a supervisor, but not being compensated for it. No thanks!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize leadership and hard work, then award the employee for it!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SMC Corporation as an intern

    Pros

    I interned here over the summer. Rotated to a few different areas during my time here. Good overall company with interesting projects if you are in the correct area. Massive facility (1.5mil sq. ft.) always is fun to be a part of.

    Cons

    Many tasks seem repetitive. Some employees seem to hate their jobs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Nice place to work a high stress job and have your wages and benefits slashed year over year.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SMC Corporation full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    You get a car and phone.

    Cons

    Incompetent Upper Management with ZERO formal business education and no real business experience. It's a joke in all actuality. In 5 years to 10 years, by HOPEFUL that you are making what you made when you were first hired on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Resign and let the people that are more educated than you and have original ideas take over. You are single handily destroying the US operations. This is a sinking ship with nobody to blame but those at the top. If they would only take some time to listen to their middle management about what is really going on, we can turn this around. The only problem is, you have to be a "yes MAM" or you will pushed out before you know what hit you. I truly hope that Japan is listening and does something about this. Soon. Please.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Meh.

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    Former Employee - Inside Sales in Noblesville, IN
    Former Employee - Inside Sales in Noblesville, IN

    I worked at SMC Corporation full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The pay was decent. It made up for most of the stuff you had to deal with day to day. Also, the facility was nice and new!

    Cons

    Micro-management (biggest struggle), nepotism (like I have NEVER seen. Everyone in higher management was closely related), not a chance to move up if you were not related to the Vice President, the work load was outrageous at times and the way they ran their day to day operation was "sweat-shop"-ish.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop hiring your own family. It highly discourages other employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    My experience at SMC was too long; should have left much sooner.

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Sales Representative

    I worked at SMC Corporation full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good product, low pressure. I have to put down more than 4 words for pros. Stumped.

    Cons

    US management qualifications: President: son of the founder. COO: some sort of "relationship" ; ) with the son of the founder.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go away and let professionals run your company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Outside Sales

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    Former Employee - Outside Territory Manager in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Outside Territory Manager in Dallas, TX

    I worked at SMC Corporation full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Local Management has been good. They are fair and helpful. Great training for pneumatic products and applications. They also have good inside sales support locally.

    Cons

    Upper management (Corporate) treats outside sales like a number. They are constantly changing bonus structure to suit their needs. They also set unrealistic sales goals for their outside sales force. They do not listen or care what the boots on the ground input is.

    Doesn't Recommend
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Work here ONLY if you can't get a job any where else!

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    Current Employee - No Comment Gotta Keep This Job for Now in Noblesville, IN
    Current Employee - No Comment Gotta Keep This Job for Now in Noblesville, IN

    I have been working at SMC Corporation full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    They do make payroll every 2 week's. But they should because pay is sooo low!

    Cons

    Where do I start? The core problem is that this company is nepotism gone wild. People at the top are there because the Japanese owners must think they can trust them to do their bidding. Leadership has no education or experience outside of the company. But do not ask questions or offer other ways of thinking lest you be fired! It is a company run by fear. I've never seen so many people get fired and/or quit. Except for the Friends and Family crew turnover is huge and morale is bottom of the barrel.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ditch management, but it will never happen. The parent company in Japan should see the light. I can't believe they are so snowed that they believe leadership at their North American Hdqtrs is anything close to competent or professional.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    JAPAN COMPANY

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SMC Corporation full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    EASY TO APPLY BUT IT MOVE OUT TO INDIAPOLIS

    Cons

    Working ,no promotion ,low rate

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    EASTCOAST IS BETTER THAN WESTCOAST

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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