Smart Design Reviews

Updated June 11, 2015
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  1. Amazing company to work for!

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Smart Design full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Super smart, motivated co-workers Innovative, forward-thinking work Friendly and supportive company culture Fun atmosphere

    Cons

    A few of the people in upper level management are too complacent in their positions; don't do much meaningful work but are paid a lot.

    Advice to Management

    Heed 360 degree reviews of upper level management.


  2. program manager

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

    I worked at Smart Design

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

    Pros

    bagel monday's, flex hours and happy hour on friday

    Cons

    no room or growth in the role


  3. Great place to work, period!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Smart Design

    Pros

    Super creative and relaxed. Great culture!

    Cons

    Focus on design and research, less on business.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Design is about people

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Designer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Smart Design full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart Design's greatest asset is its people. They're fun, creative, some of the most talented in the industry, and rarely take themselves too seriously. That's a pretty special combination, especially given the nature of consulting. There's an authenticity to the staff that can't be faked. The San Francisco studio, where I worked, felt more like family than simply a set of coworkers. I was inspired to come to work everyday because I was sure to learn something new.

    Cons

    Smart is an organization built upon proactive well-meaning people. That's what makes it work well, but if you're not willing to jump in and make it work, it might not be the place for you. Clearly established processes and willingness to invest financially in internal tools are not high on the priority list. I've loved it here, but it's certainly what you make of it.

    Advice to Management

    Smart has done amazing work over the years, but is at an inflection point in terms of defining itself in the changing market of hardware and software. Leadership needs to strongly establish their point of view. It's about more than great industrial design now. Spending a little more on internal initiatives might be necessary to create the right show pieces.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Great Company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Smart Design full-time

    Pros

    Awesome people to work with

    Cons

    No ping pong table in SF

    Advice to Management

    Get a Ping Pong table in SF


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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Industrial Designer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Industrial Designer in New York, NY

    I have been working at Smart Design full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good working environment, great company culture

    Cons

    low salaries, poor business management


  8. Helpful (1)

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

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Designer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Designer in New York, NY

    I worked at Smart Design

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This 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.

    Cons

    You 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 Management

    Keep up the good work, just pay a little better. Your competition does.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Smart design: a wonderful, creative place

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at Smart Design

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    At 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.

    Cons

    I 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 Management

    I 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.


  10. Helpful (1)

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

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

    I have been working at Smart Design full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Historic 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.

    Cons

    Dynamism 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.


  11. Managing Director, Oversee all aspects of the business

    • 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 Design full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    No advice



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