Smiths Group Reviews

Updated August 14, 2015
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  1. Generally Good

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Enterprise Architect in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Enterprise Architect in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Smiths Group full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good culture - strong focus on ethical behaviour. Work/life balance is good. Emphasis on development and training of staff, even though it's sometimes difficult to see.

    Cons

    Benefits - health and 401k/retirement/pension - have gone downhill in recent years Sometimes difficult to advance - there is some hiring from within, but the more senior positions tend to be from outside. Bonuses only seem to be available to senior management, and base pay increases of anything more than 1-2% are rare.

    Advice to Management

    Improve the review system. A 1-5 system doesn't make sense if 95% of people get a 3. Implement bonuses and/or raises at all levels tied to a combination of personal objectives and business performance.


  2. Vice President

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President
    Former Employee - Vice President
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The company was excellent when I joined in 2005. There was excellent senior management both in the UK Head Office and in most of the North American divisions. The UK senior team valued the North American senior management teams and leveraged their strengths. Good people throughout the company at the beginning

    Cons

    Then the" useless CEO Philip Bowman" joined the company. Within the first 18 months he obliterated the entire senior management team in the UK and the North American senior management teams. He brought his useless management team who had destroyed his previous company Scottish Power and Burberry. He brought the Chief Human Resource Officer, the CFO, and the most useless one the CIO. The CIO who had no university degree and questionable lower education started to fire all the CIO's and IT professionals who had Bachelor and/or Masters degrees and integrity. If you did not want to play the unethical games that he was playing, you were targeted to get fired. He cancelled contracts with excellent service providers and signed new contracts with providers at a substantially higher rates. Rumor has it he made excellent kickbacks, The CEO locked in multi million dollar bonuses for all the C-levels that he brought in...... Now they have replaced most of the Presidents and VP's with substandard individuals ...very few have any degrees or formal education......

    Advice to Management

    Wipe out the entire senior management team including the CEO. He has a tremendous ego as do all of his direct reports..... since there is no intellectual substance I guess egos take the place. Unfortunately the company has taken a tremendous hit...revenue decline, earnings decline and general attrition of product introduction.


  3. Very good company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Pasadena, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Pasadena, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Profitable company with strong management team.

    Cons

    Synergy not apparent to everyone.

    Advice to Management

    Good job.


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  5. Smiths Group, watch out.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Grand Rapids, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Grand Rapids, MI
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The company that i worked for was purchased by smiths group. During the first couple of years everything was OK. Benefits were good. I think that pay was on par with other similar companies.

    Cons

    After smiths purchase our division, our location started to decline in work. Several layoff insued and the location was eventually almost completelly shutdown. A skeleton crew remains at the location, but most have either moved on or were let go.

    Advice to Management

    Let people know what is going on with purchases of other companies, and there future.


  6. Good core company but has been going backwards last few years

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Smiths Group full-time

    Pros

    Very empowering environment with opportunities to develop and ahhieve

    Cons

    Lack of reward and recognition for performance. Overly focussed now on cost saving and manufacturing footprint chages. unimaginative strategy same as many others in this sector of growth in emerging markets

    Advice to Management

    Get back to basics to retain and motivate the talent you have. Forget the bottom line for now and concentrate on the top line, you need to show some confidence and invest.


  7. Great until the last year.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The global experience and knowledge gave you a breath of competence beyond what is available in a domestic setting.

    Cons

    The UK centric management does not take full advantage of the global resources it has at its disposal.

    Advice to Management

    Think globally


  8. Smiths Group-US Site

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The opportunities to be involved in the global business aspects make Smiths a very challenging and exciting place. There are always opportunities to demonstrate your value by focusing on Customers.

    Cons

    Working for a multinational creates many time zone and culture challenges.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus on Customers and branding.


  9. Satisfied with Smiths Group

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Competent, Passionate Co-workers who care about the product and the customer.

    Cons

    It is becoming more and more corporate.

    Advice to Management

    More detailed, timely communication is always appreciated to keep employees involved and morale high.



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