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N.F. Smith & Associates Overview

Houston, TX
201 to 500 employees
Company - Private
$1 to $2 billion (USD) per year
From mobile tech to the components in cars and planes, technology connects the world – and, across the world, Smith helps keep technology connected.

N.F. Smith & Associates started in an empty living room in Houston, where its ... Read more

Mission: Smith & Associates provides total open-market inventory solutions for leading high-tech manufacturers worldwide. Our global network of customer-focused teams builds strong, enduring relationships by sourcing and reselling quality electronic components and meeting ... Read more

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N.F. Smith & Associates – Why Work For Us?


Find out more about Smith.

Smith & Associates knows electronic components inside and out. As the industry's top independent distributor, we're who major manufacturers turn to when the demand for their new phones or laptops leaves them without enough vital components for production, or when obsolescence or shortage makes getting needed parts a challenge. With an expert team and international reach, we help customers – from computing to energy to aeronautics and defense – get the parts they need, when they need them. Our focus on quality and investment in people, programs, and tools ensure that we provide our customers only the best parts and service.


Our Culture

The roots of Smith's success as a company are the people of our global team and the strong identity we've sustained and built up over the years. Our name may be ordinary, but our company is extraordinary, with a corporate culture that sets us apart.

Entrepreneurial Roots

Founded in 1984, Smith is privately-held and is built on a thriving, competitive, entrepreneurial culture. Since 2005, our sales have exceeded $3 billion, and we've maintained our leadership in the industry with supply chain expertise and component knowledge hard to find elsewhere. We're aggressive in our drive to provide top-quality products and great customer service, and our traders are driven and determined. Our fast-paced, internationally-focused environment is a place to let your ambition thrive, take risks, build lasting customer loyalty and relationships, and build up a strong foundation for your success.

Commitment to Sustainability

Work with Smith, and you become part of a company whose green programs are setting an example in the industry. Our focus on sustainability runs deep: from the solar panels soaking up sunlight and powering our global headquarters with clean energy to the recycling programs at each of our global offices, we're always looking for the next step we can take to reduce our footprint on the planet.

Relaxed Environment

A casual dress code and relaxed environment are part of our corporate culture. So wear a tie or wear shorts to work, and enjoy working with a warm and cooperative company team. Frequent company events strengthen friendships and the great team dynamic in our company, supporting what we already know: our strength and uniqueness lie in our people.


Experience our company culture.

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Start Out Right: Smith Trader Development Program and Mentorship

When you join our team, our intensive Trader Development Program and mentorship will teach you the ropes without making you sink or swim. Smith’s business model is complex, which is why our training program is engineered to help new traders learn how Smith works at every level.

The Trader Development Program begins with classroom training that covers Smith’s basic business practices and then deepens the comprehension by taking new traders through key departments. Traders will learn Smith’s workings through hands-on experience, from studying messaging with our marketing department to inspecting, testing, and safely packaging product in our quality department. With real experience of what we do each day, you’ll learn the ins and outs of Smith fast and fluently.

Our team of experienced traders and leaders from across departments is here to help you at each step of the way, offering years of experience and ingenuity as you build up a command of sales, purchasing, and commodity expertise and learn our business inside and out. By the end of your training, you'll have the confidence to step out onto our sales floors and make your mark in Smith's global marketplace.

And – even after graduation from our Trader Development Program – the support from Smith's experienced team doesn't stop. With an average employee tenure of seven years, many of our earliest team members are still actively helping Smith grow today and are there to offer leadership and mentorship as you find a place in one of our immersive and supportive trading teams. You’ll have independence and support as you find your place here – a combination that ensures success.

Opportunities Without Boundaries

You know you have potential. What you may not know is everywhere it might take you.

At Smith, we're constantly moving, growing, and evolving. The same goes for our people. With growth paths that aren't set in stone, you can work creatively and flexibly to shape where you go and who you become in the Smith global team. As an entrepreneurial company at heart, we have the benefit of leadership that is always focused on innovation and willing to listen to – and invest in – employee ideas and growth. This has allowed members of our team to take on vital roles in new departments, initiate and lead company-wide projects, and make a genuine mark on the company. At Smith, you have a voice and you can make an impact.


And the chance to make your mark isn't confined to one office. With 14 offices spanning 3 continents, we're a diverse and dynamic company with real international reach. Each of our unique offices has one major trait in common: every one offers a thriving environment aimed for success.

With 36 languages spoken in our offices, a 60-country partner network, and customers across the globe, our reach is vast. Work with Smith, and you work with a worldwide community where your chances for movement and growth are limited only by your ambition.

Expand your horizons with us.

Real Potential for Success

Your chance to build your own success starts as soon as you join our team. From when you first pick up the phone to start making contacts and building relationships with customers, you're building up your identity with Smith and your foundation for achievement now and in the future.

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With potential customers everywhere, you'll find yourself hunting down leads and opportunities around the world and showing new contacts just what Smith can do for them. Once you build up customer relationships and meet their needs for sourcing quality parts fast, you'll find real payoff in your sales commissions. With hard work, a single phone call can turn into a partnership and years of business.

Our trading floors are the life of Smith, with an active, competitive, and fun learning environment. And the chances for earning success and rewards with Smith are abundant. Challenge yourself, and see the possibilities.


Learn how Smith benefits you.

While Smith's environment is fast-moving, adaptable, and exciting, we provide employees a stable foundation to work from by providing competitive benefits. In addition to those we provide, there are perks just working here: from the thriving local cultures and industries of the cities we're established in to our great medical coverage, there are countless benefits to working with Smith.

Health Coverage

Health CoverageAfter your first 60 days working fulltime with us, you'll be eligible for health plan benefits. Our health plan includes affordable premiums and a company-sponsored Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) Program to help reimburse you if you have to pay into your deductible. Preventive and in-network services are covered in full, without any out-of-pocket costs.

Dental and Vision Plans

Dental and Vision PlansOur dental and vision plans put the ability to care for your health in your own hands, with especially strong support for the preventive care that will prevent major issues – and costs – down the line. Our dental plan covers 100% of the cost of preventive services and part of the cost of other basic and major services, including orthodontia. Our vision plan covers comprehensive eye exams, provides allowances for lenses/frames or contacts, and also provides access to laser eye surgery discounts.


Other Coverage Benefits

Other Coverage BenefitsOur health, dental, and vision plans aren't the only coverage benefits Smith offers you. From providing Basic Life and Basic AD&D insurance and Short- and Long-Term Disability coverage, to offering our Healthcare Flexible Spending Account, where you can set aside pre-tax dollars to pay for health-related, out-of-pocket costs not covered by your insurance, to our Employee Assistance Program, which offers free tools and resources to help you and your family make it over life's hurdles, we have you covered for whatever might arise.

Paid Time Off (PTO), Holidays, and Flexible Leave

Paid Time Off (PTO), Holidays, and Flexible Leave15 PTO days annually will offer a flexible way to use your time off. Whether it's for vacation or a sick day, you can manage your time as you need, and gain an additional ½ day of PTO for each year you work with us. Company holidays each year add to your time to recharge.


From your very first day with us, we give you a 3% contribution toward your 401k.


Life at Smith

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The center of the action at Smith is our headquarters in Houston, whose affordable cost of living, first-rate educational and medical institutions, and world-class culture and entertainment – from museums and ballet to professional sports – make it a great place to put down roots.

As the most racially and ethnically diverse large metropolitan area in the US, Houston makes a thriving hub for Smith, which was founded in this melting pot in 1984. Since then, we’ve grown with an international nature to reflect our home city. Now Smith calls cities all around the world home.

With fourteen offices spanning three continents, Smith has truly global reach and employees who have international perspective mixed with deep local knowledge. You can work with colleagues in Amsterdam, Shanghai, and Austin in the same day, and help supply chain partners half a world away from you.

No matter where in the world you are, come see what you can achieve at Smith.

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    This place is legit health insurance is amazing and they want you to do well and succeed. Everyone here is super receptive and helpful and they pay way more than you'd think. PTO is awesome and so are the events.


    None. Even if there were any cons, they'd fix it for you.

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    I applied through college or university. I interviewed at N.F. Smith & Associates (Houston, TX) in March 2017.


    Had a telephonic interview with Solution Architect who contacted me post my application on the college recruitment board. The conversation revolved around my experience and college projects and other behavioral questions. I was told that I would be informed about the next rounds in a week's time. It has been more than 1.5 months and I never heard from the team back. Followed up multiple time, but no response.

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N.F. Smith & Associates Awards & Accolades

  • Houston's Coolest Office Spaces, Houston Business Journal, 2015
  • Top 50 Electronics Distributors, Global Purchasing, 2016
  • Green Office Challenge(Overall Winner: Greatest Implementation of Green Building Innovations), City of Houston, 2012
  • Top 50 Electronics Distributors, Global Purchasing, 2015
  • Top 50 Electronics Distributors, Global Purchasing, 2014
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