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Smart Design Reviews

Updated Feb 2, 2014
Smart Design – San Francisco – “SF office”

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4.1 8 reviews

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Davin Stowell

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    Great Company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsAwesome people to work with

    ConsNo ping pong table in SF

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet a Ping Pong table in SF

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    Industrial Designer (Current Employee) New York, NY

    Prosgood working environment, great company culture

    Conslow salaries, poor business management

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Smart Design is a great place to learn from interesting people from all over the world.

    Designer (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsThis is a really fun place to work, in a great environment with many interesting people from all over the world. You'll learn a lot.
    Many of the designers who once worked here moved on to do greater things, myself included.
    But there is no better place to start out as a young designer, plus you do get to work in a really cool office in the middle of NYC.
    The job has good benefits and you get to travel quite a bit. Smart Design has many interesting clients in just as many different fields, so you can satisfy all your curiosities and/or develop special interests.

    ConsYou won't be getting rich while you work there, and NYC (and San Francisco, or Barcelona) are expensive cities. Also, don't plan on meeting your friends right after work (unless all your friends work with you) because you'll be working until most folks are already done with dinner and back home.
    Don't know if this is a pro or a con, but Smart knows that they give you a good name for your resume, and somewhat take advantage of it. So most people move on after a while, which is just fine by them.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work, just pay a little better. Your competition does.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Smart design: a wonderful, creative place

    Intern (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsAt Smart Design, one is constantly surrounded by creative and intelligent minds with innovative ideas and much experience. Employees at Smart definitely feel like part of a team.

    ConsI was not there long enough to see many of the downsides. In fact I don't know of any, except maybe those in senior positions might travel frequently.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI really enjoy the projects at Smart that deal with large scale problems, the outcome of which benefit humanity. Gender studies, for example, that cater medical design to womens' needs. These are the projects that make me admire Smart and I hope to see more and more as time goes by.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    The Goldilocks of world-class design consultancy...just right!

    Associate Director (Current Employee)

    ProsHistoric legacy and deep expertise meets nimble flexibility and continual growth - not in numbers of people but quality of focus. Smart works at a global scale for maximum impact, yet still feels like it's run by a handful of passionate friends.

    ConsDynamism and growth isn't always easy, and can mean some aches and pains along the way, but Smart offers you the opportunity to take the reigns and help steer the ship into the future.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Managing Director, Oversee all aspects of the business

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsChallenging but has been a wonderful experience learning to deal with 100 things at a time.

    ConsStressful and realized how hard it is to manage and motivate other people.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNo advice

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

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    Great team, unsure future

    Design Intern (Former Employee)

    ProsSmart is comprised of a great team of diverse designers and non-designer support staff who understand the design process.

    ConsOverall direction of the company seems transitional and although it seems headed in the right direction things are still shaky. It seems to need a bit more direction from management.

    – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great spot for experience, great people.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsSmart is a leading design firm, and a job there is a coveted position. The people that you work with each day are what make it great...down to earth and bright folks who love what they do.

    ConsIt's no secret Smart is one of the lower paying consultancies out there. Great spot for experience and a chance to do some diverse and interesting work, but not so much if you're saving for kids' college, house, etc.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHang onto the startup feel, don't let growth bring with it the negatives of a larger firm.

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