Smith International Reviews

Updated June 12, 2015
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  1. Field sales engineer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I worked at Smith International

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

    Pros

    Not micromanaged. Salary. Has a 3 year fixed step program. See what career path you want to take.

    Cons

    Being on call every third weekend would be the only downfall about this job.


  2. Department Assistant

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Department Assistant II in Conroe, TX
    Former Employee - Department Assistant II in Conroe, TX

    I worked at Smith International (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Enjoyed the job I did working with the planning department

    Cons

    Getting Laid Off when I really liked my job

    Advice to Management

    Keep employees that like there jobs


  3. Good ole boys mentality

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Design Engineer III in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Design Engineer III in Houston, TX

    I worked at Smith International full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Family feeling, a lot of freedom to do and very little bureaucracy. The environment is not challenging and the stress level is kept pretty low, some people spent decades in this company without any issue and usually seniority gives you decent promotions especially if you go in the management path. Time off is mostly on a honor system.

    Cons

    If you aren't in the right loop or under the wrong manager, is going to be tough. Managers don't move around, especially the bad ones and the company doesn't lay them off easily. Quite some talented people left for that reason and is not good for the company.

    Advice to Management

    Move managers around more often,


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  5. Great company to work for.

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

    I worked at Smith International full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They really cared about their salary and hourly employees. Great benefits and compensation and the ability to learn more through education and training. Very community oriented through philanthropic means.

    Cons

    Upper management is not really regarded as useful once they hit 55 years of age. Certain senior management will not promote unless you are degreed from their alma mater.

    Advice to Management

    Older people are valuable.


  6. Great Place to work at!!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Consultant in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Smith International full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great Place to work at!!

    Cons

    management sometimes ignores advice. Management should listen to workers.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to advice


  7. Over worked and under paid

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Quality Inspector in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Quality Inspector in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Smith International (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Opportunities for overtime. This is a good place for a starter in the oil field

    Cons

    Promotions are based on who you know rather than your knowledge and what you can bring to the table. Raises are a set amount for every individual so work ethic is irrelevant. Whether you learn new things or just do the bare minimum, everybody gets the same raise every six months.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your work force and reward employees who go above and beyond the requirements. As things stand, there is no incentive for anyone to do better than the next guy.


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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Bit Assembly in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Bit Assembly in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Smith International

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Producers of the best products in the field

    Cons

    it all about who you know rather than performance


  9. Helpful (1)

    Average

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

    I have been working at Smith International

    Pros

    International exposure, reputation of the company

    Cons

    benefits offered are not good


  10. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work...but the merger changed things a great deal.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - (No Title) in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - (No Title) in Houston, TX

    I worked at Smith International

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Collaborative. Able to learn a great deal/hands on. Empowered to make decisions.

    Cons

    SLB merger created a great deal of change.

    Advice to Management

    Provide a fair and equitable review of the current Smith talent.


  11. The greatest little/big service company out there

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Smith International

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Respect and return business from customers because of flexibility allowed by company and customer service focus.
    All companies state people to be their most valuable assets, only Smith appears to actually recognize this.

    Cons

    Poor technical support for NAM based international operators. Smith need to place knowledgable people in the product lines offerings to support these customers.

    Advice to Management

    Place technical people to support customers.
    Continue to work on product development to keep our competitors from catching up or surpassing.
    All in all, great job.



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