Smith International Reviews

Updated April 13, 2015
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  1. Great

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Smith International full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The company was awesome, really treated the employees top notch. Benefits were some of the best in O&G. The retirement was awesome. Work environment was good and everyone worked together well.

    Cons

    There were some organizational issues with management. Not so much managements fault but when you hire upper level positions based on a degree and they have no experience in the field it makes it tough for them and the employees to work with. summer training doesn't make up for years experience dealing with customers and technical issues. The smarter Engineers that should of been in these positions stayed in the field.

    Advice to Management

    Don't take years of service for granted. someone who has spent years with the company has the companies best interest at hand.

  2. Department Assistant II

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    Former Employee - Department Assistant in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Department Assistant in Houston, TX

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Loved my job worked with the planning deaprtment

    Cons

    LAID OFF No very happy about that....

    Advice to Management

    Do not get rid of people that really like there job just because of there age even thought you would say it has noting to do with that.

  3. They cared about my goals and helped me achieve many of them.

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    Current Employee - Office Manager in Bridgeport, TX
    Current Employee - Office Manager in Bridgeport, TX

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The sent me to many training classes and I felt that I was part of the "team" and that I was being mentored for a management position.

    Cons

    Too many changes with upper management. Smith International was purchased by Schlumberger during my time with the company.

    Advice to Management

    Take time to listen to your direct reports on their goals and what direction they would like to take their career.

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  5. Good ole boys mentality

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    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,

  6. Good place to start career, but underpay and too much hiccup during the transition

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    Good start training, good synergy after the merge with big blue.

    Cons

    too much workload and underpay. hard promotion for people if you had a boss not caring about you

    Advice to Management

    value your people

  7. Great company to work for.

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    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.

  8. Good company to start career

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Smith International full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Highly qualified colleagues, good working envelopment

    Cons

    benefit is not good enough compared to competitors

  9. Great Place to work at!!

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    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

  10. Over worked and under paid

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    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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    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

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