Smith International Reviews

Updated July 16, 2015
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  1. Engineering Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Smith International

    Pros

    Great place to work and great people

    Cons

    The career ladder needs more attention


  2. Accounting

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Smith International

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

    Pros

    Wonderful company to work for

    Cons

    No cons the best company to work for

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work


  3. Department Assistant

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    • 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


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  5. owned by Schlumberger

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Field Inspector Level II in Odessa, TX
    Current Employee - Field Inspector Level II in Odessa, TX

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay and benefits were decent

    Cons

    Constant monitoring of everything, excessive paperwork for every little thing, hiring of unmodified individuals for management

    Advice to Management

    Promote qualified management from within instead of hiring people that are unqualified


  6. PC Specialist II

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Smith International

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

    Pros

    good benefits and some good people

    Cons

    no room for growth or promotion


  7. Field sales engineer

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    • 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.


  8. Great

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  10. Good ole boys mentality

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    • 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,


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

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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



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