SmartPlay Reviews

Updated October 18, 2014
Updated October 18, 2014
67 Reviews
3.3
67 Reviews
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SmartPlay President & CEO Pradeep Vajram
Pradeep Vajram
24 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Starting salary is good in comparison with other Indian service based company but no match with product based company (in 8 reviews)

  • Big service company in india in semiconductor (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • its a service based company and a startup (in 4 reviews)

  • Its most of business comes from body shopping (in 3 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great company for the ASIC Design Verification Engineers at all levels

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead ASIC Design Verification Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Lead ASIC Design Verification Engineer in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at SmartPlay full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Transparency in policies and a good cultural & values

    Cons

    I don't see any cons till now

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I don't see anything to be mentioned here as of now.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good consulting company. Especially good for H1B seekers

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior ASIC Design Verification Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior ASIC Design Verification Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    On-par if not better salaries
    Continuously engages with VLSI companies for new opening
    Good Medical Insurance ($0/pay check)
    Efficient management

    Cons

    Heavily dependent on Qualcomm.
    Need to increase personal touch with the consultants

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to improve client base

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Unending explorative experience.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at SmartPlay as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Plenty of responsibilities given upon, which ultimately develops our lead skill. Work domain given is as per our hidden talents.

    Cons

    Position of work remains a challenging aspect. Get ready as soon as possible to serve clients. Projects are limited as per the calender period calculations.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good Service company

    Current Employee - ASIC Design Verification Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - ASIC Design Verification Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at SmartPlay full-time

    Pros

    They offer decent salary once you compete one year with them. They have good number of clients so chances of getting on to bench is low.

    Cons

    No one-one meeting with employees, Less communications between employees, Less social culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please work on cons. Rest is all well. Good Luck.

  6.  

    Engineers are very good but poor management and policy

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

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

    Pros

    1. Previously lead, manager and senior management open for suggestion and discussion on any issue.
    Even if needed they quickly resolve those issues.
    2. Starting salary is good in comparison with other Indian service based company but no match with product based company.

    Cons

    1. Now most of initial manager and senior management (mostly these people from product based company background) left the company and senior management is full of people with service based company background who only know "how to use employee and don't give them anything". These people are even not much competent.
    2. Increment for best performer also decreased in last 3 year from higher double digit to lower single digit even though market is doing great now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Get rid of service based company background management including senior management of various division, as they are trying "To kill the Goose That Laid the Golden Eggs" (actual engineer's who earn money for company) before it is to late.
    2. Be more sensitive to employee like couple of year back as you know time to make 1000+ company takes time but to start self destruction mode doesn't takes time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to be.

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

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

    Pros

    Good work ethics of top management.
    Compassionate towards Engineers problems
    Good choice of projects to work in

    Cons

    Missing life insurance for self and family.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Nice Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior ASIC Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior ASIC Engineer in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    high salary, nice management, good culture

    Cons

    frequent change of locations depending on client,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    ???

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Smartplay experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead ASIC Verification Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Lead ASIC Verification Engineer in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    right people, clients exposure, sensible management

    Cons

    not many cons to share

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not a good place to work

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

    I have been working at SmartPlay full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Firing at smartplay is very rare, even when people are on bench.

    Cons

    No proper work, no proper hikes and salaries are average, onsite opportunities are given to those who are very close to the management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please recruit some good engineers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good for VLSI services job in USA

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - ASIC Design Verification Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - ASIC Design Verification Engineer in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Matching Salaries with the Multinationals

    Cons

    No much interaction with the management, policies at their discretion. No stock options as its not yet listed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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