SmartDog Services Reviews

Updated May 20, 2015
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  1. This is how it's supposed to be...

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SmartDog Services full-time

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

    Pros

    Working around very smart, talented people that I can learn from.
    Truly a family type atmosphere where everyone knows and cares about each other
    I haven't noticed the politics and negativity that I've seen at other successful companies
    The people really care about the work they do and treating people & customers the right way
    Very competitive pay

    Cons

    Health benefits are somewhat expensive for family but I think that's everywhere. (it's cheap for individual)
    No 401k matching

    Advice to Management

    Continue to come up with ways to be sure that the remote team feels included.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Awesome Place to work!!

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

    I have been working at SmartDog Services full-time

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

    Pros

    Excellent work environment. Co-workers are professional and friendly. Management is great at addressing and fixing issues that may arise.

    Cons

    I think communication can be improved upon.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Best career choice I have ever made

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director, Client Solutions in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Director, Client Solutions in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at SmartDog Services full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Close knit family oriented culture
    Very experienced consultants and leadership - People are all very good at what they do
    Happy Customers
    Fair pay
    Work / Life balance is encouraged
    Individual can make a big difference
    Easy Access to leadership / flat organizational structure

    Cons

    Small company so folks often have to wear many hats. However, I enjoy that.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work and expand this great business model to other geographies.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Solutions Architect in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Solutions Architect in Houston, TX

    I worked at SmartDog Services full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    I had complete independence of doing my work without any micro management from the seniors. It was the best consulting job I had and would have never left if not for family issues. Pay is not a problem for the right candidate and your knowledge is respected. Being a small size company, bureaucracy was non existent and the CEO personally knows every employee. The projects were in all variety and you can choose what you want to do.

    Cons

    Not a highly recognized name and I guess the name itself needs some improvement :). Jokes apart, sometimes it felt that mitigation projects were too small and may not be worth mentioning on the CV, but they were may be 20% of my work load. Rest of the time I was busy with implementations and upgrade projects.


  6. small project implementations using new solution offerings

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Oracle Financial Analyst in DFW, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Oracle Financial Analyst in DFW, TX

    I have been working at SmartDog Services

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

    Pros

    They bring you on board and you are involved on a project for the year and half I have experienced. Very good at paying expenses on time.

    Cons

    Need better PMO, need better SOWs, need better communication and inclusion, training and missing more collaboration with Oracle for the Partner Network and benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Standardize the methodology and provide constantlt updated project implementation deliverables making them updated and reuseable. Recognize the turnover in PDs and PMs is due to poor leadership. Give consultants a week or two of company paid training I new products!


  7. Helpful (1)

    Big enough to win great projects. Small enough to not drown in bureaucracy getting them done.

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

    I have been working at SmartDog Services (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Lots of really, really smart, motivated people. SmartDog seems to consistently find some of the best people in the Oracle community to join their firm. Projects run from standard to the highly complex.

    Cons

    Like any other traveling consultant company, being on the road isn't for everyone but that's not a Smartdog-thing. If you're not interested in travel, there is the Solution Center which keeps you on implementation teams but cuts way-back on the travel.

    Advice to Management

    More all-hands meetings. Love hearing about what we've been doing and what's in the future.


  8. Helpful (3)

    Doesn't Manage Client - Doesn't Pay Contractors

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at SmartDog Services as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Onsite Consulting Peers are great.

    Cons

    Lets Client run over consulting resources and doesn't pay independent contractors.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Professional, friendly, forward-looking.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consulting in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Consulting in Austin, TX

    I have been working at SmartDog Services full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    The company shows great potential and consistent growth. Employees have well-balanced life and work opportunities and don't take themselves too seriously while maintaining professionalism. Management takes into account all HR concerns and suggestions.

    Cons

    Communication is poor due to remote employees and management. Employees seem to focus on what they are doing for their customer which leads to forgetting about the company needs as a whole.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Decent place to work.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I have been working at SmartDog Services

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fair compensation
    If you don't mind travelling full time, there are lots of opportunities and you'll never be bored.
    Good people

    Cons

    Corporate communication is poor, at best
    Sr. Management are disconnected from field employees
    Benefits keep getting more expensive and less rewarding



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