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SMA Overview

Irvine, CA
201 to 500 employees
Company - Private
$50 to $100 million (USD) per year
Entering a new market, procuring a large new contract, or having difficulty managing a current program? Need unique market analysis. SMA provides strategy, proposal, project management and technical consulting services to clients around the world. SMA's ... Read more

Mission: SMA helps companies become more competitive! We offer Strategy, Management, and Analytics to improve our clients’ competitiveness from market entry, to winning business, to profitable execution. We assist our clients achieve success on their programs with: Management ... Read more

Company Updates

  • In addition, Management recently attended the 2017 European Aircraft Interiors EXPO.

  • Management recently attended the 33rd SNC Space Symposium in Colorado Springs. See our photo section for recent images.

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SMA – Why Work For Us?

For over 30 years, SM&A has always sought out uniquely talented and highly motivated individuals to become associates. Our associates are a group of smart, passionate professionals unified by purpose and community. Our purpose is simple: to create value by helping clients improve their competitiveness throughout the program life cycle, from pursuing markets in innovative and differentiated ways, though winning programs and creating competitive capacity, to improving program performance with disciplined cost/schedule management, and reducing execution risk by enhancing program team capability with high caliber, hard to find management and technical expertise.

As individuals, our associates are members of a meritocratic community where they can continue life-long professional development, and learn from the diverse community of other SM&A professionals, ranging from those just starting their careers to those with over 30 years of proven experience, including individuals who have served at the highest levels of industry and government around the world.

Working in an ecosystem of top talent and mission critical projects

Our professionals come from all industries and stages of life.  At SM&A, you take charge of your career, and use your skills and experience to make a difference. You become a critical resource to projects that matter, and work in a community of talent who are as passionate about your profession as you are.

Join us if you are driven by the freedom to choose your work assignments, want to control your free time or just want to make a difference. The traditional job market is not the only game in town. At SM&A, you can take an active role in creating something better. Please see our latest whitepaper on Creatng Choice in Your Future on our news page to learn more about the latest trends in the growing cadre of professionals in the on-demand economy.

In the Past 10 Years, SM&A has supported

15,570 Engagements

400+ Strategy Solutions

2000+ Captures and Proposals

$340B+ Contracts Awarded

750+ Program Milestones

25,000+ Deliverables

1,845 Programs

903 DoD and Military Services

171 Intelligence Community

423 Other USG Departments/Agencies

154 US State & Local

107 International Governments

87 Commercial

489 Companies

89 Defense and Aerospace Industry

164 High Technology & Technical Services

40 Information Systems & Technology Sector

19 Healthcare & Life Sciences Industries

17 Architect-Engineer/E&C Industry

86 Professional & Business Services

75 Other Industry Sectors

Our Values---We are smart, passionate people unified by shared values and a common purpose. Our attitudes and behaviors define the SM&A culture: 

• Judgement: think critically, act strategically, and display wisdom despite ambiguity  

• Professionalism: listen with empathy, treat everyone with respect regardless of disagreements or status, and maintain poise in chaotic or stressful situations 

• Honesty: become known for your respectful candor, truthfulness, and straightforwardness; and uncompromising integrity with the legal and moral ethics of our profession

 • Impact: excel in performance so colleagues and clients can rely on you with a predisposition to informed action 

 • Passion: believe in what you do, and inspire others with your enthusiasm and tenacity by caring intensely about what we do for our clients 

• Generosity: give your time and expertise to help others succeed and contribute to our common purpose 

• Courage: seek to understand and improve outcomes by respectfully challenging prevailing assumptions and conventional wisdom 

Principles of our Business---Our core principles guide our conduct as a firm, our decisions with our people and workplace, and how we serve our clients: 

1. Resolve: knowing what to do is insufficient; we derive outcomes from an unrelenting resolve to find ways to do what we know needs to be done, regardless of the difficulty

 2. Commitment: we are responsive to each other and our clients through a shared commitment to act and behave at a high level of intensity 

3. Attitude: we have remarkable colleagues that we hire for their expertise and attitude. Every person at SM&A is someone you respect and learn from, regardless of their role in the firm 

4. Trust: we build durable relationships with each other and our clients as the foundation of cooperation, goodwill, and loyalty 

5. Learning: As a learning organization, we focus on addressing the root cause of each issue, and strive to learn from each challenge. 

6. Growth: We hold ourselves accountable to attain the skills required to grow with the demands of our business, markets, and clients’ need. 

7. Respect: we consistently practice and enforce our values!

SMA Reviews

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SMA President & Chief Executive Officer Ajay Patel
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    Current Employee - Proposal Writer in Santa Ana, CA
    Current Employee - Proposal Writer in Santa Ana, CA
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    I have been working at SMA full-time (Less than a year)


    My first, and I bet only, experience with a company that *helped me to apply*! Also, very slick and innovative virtual interview with an avatar. These guys have really thought about how to recruit and motivate people.


    80% travel, but with bennies.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!

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SMA Photos

SMA photo of: SMA Pirate Crew
SMA photo of: Silly Pirate
SMA photo of: Birthday Pirate
SMA photo of: Elevator Selfie
SMA photo of: Wacky Friday
SMA photo of: 34th Annual Space Symposium - Colorado Springs
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SMA Interviews



Getting an Interview

Getting an Interview





    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Newport Beach, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview


    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at SMA (Newport Beach, CA) in July 2008.


    normal but difficult

    Interview Questions

    • Give me 10 things you do to assess a companies engineering capability.   Answer Question


    no negotiation

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SMA Awards & Accolades

  • Employee Distinction Award for Andrew Davis, SMA for exceptional operations support, 2016
  • Congratulations to Steve Hammond, SMA client for exceptional performance on a major international proposal, 2016
  • Project Excellence for Alan Berman & Justin Greer, SMA client for exceptional creative thinking on a strategy project, 2017
  • Congratulations to Dick Eassom -- Model Employee for Good Health, Tustin Hanger Half Marathon and 5 K, 2017
  • Employee Distinction Award for Suzanna Ethier, SMA for exceptional operation support, 2016
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Pledges & Certifications

First Job Programs

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


Offer formal "internships" for mid-career people or those returning to the workforce

Pay Equality Pledge

Committed to paying equitably for equal work & experience

Career Advancement Program

Helping employees "upskill" into higher-paying positions

Tech Hiring Commitment

Helping to train, hire and promote more technology workers

Diversity Commitment

Has programs that support a diverse and inclusive workforce

Pledge to Thrive

Taking steps to prioritize employee well-being

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