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N.F. Smith & Associates Overview

Houston, TX
201 to 500 employees
Company - Private
$1 to $2 billion (USD) per year
Technology connects the world. Smith helps keep technology connected.

Smith started in an empty living room in Houston, where its owners, brothers Bob and Lee Ackerley, sat on the floor alongside their wives and made their first sales over two phone lines ... Read more

Mission: Smith provides total open-market inventory solutions for leading high-tech manufacturers worldwide using our global network of customer-focused teams. Our commitment to continuous improvement sets high standards for a rapidly changing industry.

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

Find out more about Smith.

Smith knows electronic components inside and out. As the industry's top independent distributor and eighth-ranked overall, 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 built and sustained 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 $8 billion, and we've maintained our leadership in the industry with supply chain expertise and component knowledge that are 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, forge 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.

Start Out Right: Smith University and Mentorship

Smith University, our interdepartmental e-learning platform, will give you access to a full curriculum of online training courses at your fingertips, there to explore at your own pace. 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.

You’ll learn the ins and outs of Smith fast and fluently.

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The support from Smith's experienced team doesn't stop at virtual classes. 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.

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And the chance to make your mark isn't confined to one office. With sixteen offices spanning three 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.

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.

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.

Smith Gives Back

Smith offers employees opportunities to help their neighbors – no matter where in the world they are. Whether they’re swimming in the canals of Amsterdam to raise money for cancer research or donating school uniforms and care packages to Houston’s children in need, our employees are committed to making the world a better place. Learn more at:

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 the benefits 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

After your first 60 days working full time with us, you'll be eligible for health benefits. Our health plan provides affordable premiums and a company-sponsored health reimbursement arrangement (HRA) program to help reimburse you if you have to pay into your deductible. Preventive services are covered in full, without any out-of-pocket costs.

Dental and Vision Plans

Our 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.


Additional Benefits

Our health, dental, and vision plans aren't the only benefits Smith offers you. Smith provides Basic Life/AD&D insurance and disability coverage to all full-time employees at no cost. You may also benefit from our Employee Assistance Program, which offers free tools and resources to help you and your family make it over life's hurdles. You’ll also have the opportunity to contribute to a 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.

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

15 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 you’ll gain an additional ½ day of PTO for each year you work with us. Company holidays each year add to your time to recharge.

For U.S. employees, we offer a progressive maternity and paternity leave policy, in addition to time off for caretakers and for adoptive parents welcoming their new additions.


Eligible employees may contribute to our 401(k) retirement plan. Smith will contribute 3% of your total eligible compensation to your 401(k) account, regardless of whether you choose to contribute. In addition to the 3% contribution, Smith pays all 401(k) administrative fees.

Life at Smith

The center of the action at Smith is our headquarters in Houston, a city 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 one of the most racially and ethnically diverse large metropolitan areas in the U.S., 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

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home city. Now Smith calls cities all around the worl

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With sixteen 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.

Our Offices:
Houston – global headquarters
Amsterdam – European hub
Hong Kong – Asian hub
New York
Silicon Valley

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N.F. Smith & Associates Interviews



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    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at N.F. Smith & Associates in December 2019.


    1.1 round tech phone interview, coding test, basic knowledge about java test, such as coding pattern, fundamental of hashmap, the underline theory of Spring
    2.1 round phone interview about the compensation

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N.F. Smith & Associates Awards & Accolades

  • Top 50 Electronics Distributors, Source Today, 2018
  • Houston Fast 100, Houston Business Journal, 2018
  • Chron 100, #8 Private Company in Houston, The Houston Chronicle, 2018
  • Top 50 Electronics Distributors, SourceToday, 2017
  • Top 50 Electronics Distributors, Global Purchasing, 2016
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Pledges & Certifications

Pay Equality Pledge

Committed to paying equitably for equal work & experience

Tech Hiring Commitment

Helping to train, hire and promote more technology workers

Career Advancement Program

Helping employees "upskill" into higher-paying positions

Diversity Commitment

Has programs that support a diverse and inclusive workforce

Pledge to Thrive

Taking steps to prioritize employee well-being

First Job Programs

Maintain entry-level hiring and career development programs to give people career starts

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