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Smeco Reviews

Updated July 1, 2014
Updated July 1, 2014
6 Reviews
2.5
6 Reviews
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  1.  

    Best known for growing young men to seasoned linemen, SMECO has far to go in the field of I.T. management.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Analyst in Hughesville, MD
    Current Employee - Technical Analyst in Hughesville, MD

    I have been working at Smeco full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, close to home. Tuition reimbursement.

    Cons

    I don't feel comfortable bringing concerns to my supervisor or to human resources. There is too much of a good ol boy network to cover each other when someone complains. My supervisor lacks most if not all people management skills.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a good look at why there is such turnover in half the I.T. department.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great for electrical engineers or career linemen, however management has little experience leading technology gurus.

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

    I have been working at Smeco full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    A nice break if your tired of commuting into the city. A good benefits portfolio.

    Cons

    It is a small town company that has been in business since electricity was invented. Very set in their ways. Challenging for technology professionals to direct change for the better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    What if you have a middle manager who is unable or unwilling to be a leader? Who is uncomfortable being in charge and always tries to fit in with his employees? You have that now and performance is suffering tremendously because his staff does not feel he is willing to support his people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to work, buts breed complacency

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hughesville, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hughesville, MD

    I worked at Smeco

    Pros

    There are many great people that work here. Benefits are better that most other places in the area and is a very stable place to work for.

    Cons

    Upper management is so scared of political correctness, that the company as a whole suffers for it. Coupling this with far-reaching employee policies, productivity is severely hampered. The union is structured so that incompetent employess are rewarded the same as great employees. The biggest blow to all employees is taking away the pension, which is the biggest reason to work here versus somewhere else with higher pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Force productivity out of your workforce by creating a reward structure for your top performers, not just lip service (i.e. carrot awards).

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Not good for long-term employment; good if you want a short-term local salary that is one of the best in the area.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hughesville, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hughesville, MD

    I worked at Smeco

    Pros

    Good pay, good benefits. Company has good reputation with most local businesses, so working there will probably be good for your resume.

    Cons

    Managed too heavily on personal feelings of managment rather than on facts. Many long-time employees have been quiting and retiring in recent years, which most people would feel is not a good sign.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide fair and equal treatment for all employees, not only those higher up the rungs of the professional ladder.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    FAVORITISM

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - NONE
    Former Employee - NONE

    I worked at Smeco

    Pros

    Too much favoritism. A good company, but they don't seem to understand that showing favoritism is the main ingredient for employee dissatisfaction and low morale.

    Cons

    The very worst thing a company or Leader can do is to show favoritism. I have spoken with several (including family members who work for SMECO. It appears that FAVORITISM ABOUNDS! Where is the leadershipl...seems the union runs SMECO and makes HR decisions. Again, where is the SMECO leadership?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put an end to FAVORITISM and let the morale of the employees do a good job. Placing employees in positions because they are friends with the right people destroys morale, confidence and makes for an inefficient organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Must be Tough as Nails

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative

    I worked at Smeco

    Pros

    Health Benefits
    401K
    Pay Rate
    Equipment
    Security systems
    Safety training
    Health fairs
    Training opportunities
    Locations

    Cons

    Tenure employees
    Complicated Business Processes
    Management should be there, not everywhere else
    Promote based on ability, not time in company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Simplification goes a long way. Cut out 50% of the paper and spreadsheets. Offer buyouts to 25+ year veterans!

    Approves of CEO

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