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Smart Wires Overview

Union City, CA
51 to 200 employees
2011
Company - Private
Utilities
$25 to $50 million (USD) per year
Smart Wires is the world’s leader in modular power flow control. Smart Wires technology enables utilities to unlock the large amounts of spare capacity that exists on their systems today. This means they can reduce congestion to save customers money and more quickly ... Read more

Mission: We envision dynamic transmission grids across the world that are clean, reliable, affordable and safe.

Smart Wires seeks to transform the way the transmission grids are planned and operated. We deliver innovative technologies and grid of the future solutions ... Read more

Company Updates

  • Smart Wires: Top technology company – graduated from early growth stage and now making a major impact worldwide!

  • World Economic Forum report recognizes key critical infrastructure innovations from Smart Wires, ABB and Siemens

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Smart Wires – Why Work With Us?


Are you interested in working for a dynamic, growing, innovative technology company, with an everyday mission to save the planet?

We are a passionate, energetic team working together to transform the energy industry for a greener, better future. Our technology is truly game-changing, and our mission is to improve how electricity grids operate worldwide – to make renewable and affordable power accessible to everyone.

If you are a highly-motivated team player, passionate about making a difference, and ready for your next big challenge, we’d love to hear from you.

Smart Wires is defined by our unique culture – one that rewards impact. We encourage our people to be bold and solve the problems they care most about. Smart Wires employees work in small teams that move fast and iterate to quickly solve problems. Together, we are helping to make an environmental and social impact on the world and our futures.

WORKING WITH SMART WIRES

As the global leader in power flow control technology, our passionate and solutions-oriented team of professionals are committed to accelerating the decarbonization of electricity grids around the world, for a greener, better future.

We thrive on diversity and have talented staff of many nationalities based all over the world – not only at our offices in the San Francisco Bay Area, Ireland and Australia. We place a high value on our rich diversity, which drives our culture of inclusivity, open mindedness, innovation and exceptional success.

Reimagine your career and future with us.

OUR CULTURE

At Smart Wires, we believe responsible people thrive on freedom, and this underpins our culture. We are passionate about creating a culture that values and encourages our team members’ individual talents and diversity, and empowers them to make good decisions, based on our 11 Guiding Principles.

Our Guiding Principles include safety, judgement, communication, impact, curiosity, innovation, selflessness, passion, integrity, courage and do no harm to the grid. Combined, these principles empower us to be owners and innovators while maintaining our customer centricity.

HOW WE ARE HELPING SAVE THE PLANET

Smart Wires’ projects have a meaningful impact on climate change. By increasing the efficiency of existing electricity grids, Smart Wires can enable renewable generation to connect much faster and at a much lower cost than would otherwise be possible, speeding the global energy transition away from carbon-based fuels and towards cleaner, greener options. Smart Wires can improve the feasibility of renewable projects – allowing development in resource-rich areas that otherwise would prove impossible due to grid integration challenges. By helping electric system operators adjust to the real-time needs of the system, Smart Wires solutions provide valuable system flexibility that means less curtailment of renewable resources in real-time. 

The perks of being a Smart Wires employee don’t stop at collaborating with great people on exciting and innovative projects. We also offer a full range of benefits that support you and eligible family members, including domestic partners and their children. These benefits include health care coverage, ways to save for the future, and other resources to improve your well-being.

Smart Wires’s benefits can vary depending on location, the number of regularly scheduled hours you work, length of employment, and job status such as seasonal or temporary employment.

US BENEFITS & STOCK

Health

Our Medical plan options give you the flexibility to select the right health care coverage for you and eligible family members. Choose from several plans, including a Health Savings Account, Flexible Spending Account, and multiple network providers for the best care in your area. You can also enroll in Dental and Vision plans. Smart Wires also employer-paid Life Insurance and Personal Accident Insurance benefits.

Financial Security

  • Smart Wires’s 401(k) plan provides you with an opportunity to defer compensation for your long-term savings and includes a company match. The plan offers a variety of investment options to help you reach your financial goals.
  • Company-paid basic Life and Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance with the option to enroll in additional coverage for you and your dependents.
  • Company-paid Short-Term and Long-Term Disability Insurance.

Common Stock 

At Smart Wires, you have the opportunity to become an owner of the Company through the granting and vesting of Employee Common Stock. Common Stock is a key part of our carefully designed total compensation philosophy to help us attract, motivate and retain Superstars, like you.

Network of Support

  • Smart Wires cares about your health and well-being, both on and off the job. The following Employee Assistance Program is available at no cost to help make life a little bit easier.
  • Unlimited telephone and online confidential support, counseling, customized resources and referrals, along with practical information on hundreds of work and home life topics, including substance abuse, family troubles, stress, as well as health education and disease prevention. Additionally, you have up to three face-to-face counseling sessions per year with an affiliate counselor.

Parental Leave

Becoming a parent is a huge milestone and we know that your life has changed in fundamental ways as your family grows. Smart Wires offers new parents paid time off to give birth and/or bond with new children. Paid parental leave can be taken in connection with the birth of your child, the birth of your partner’s child, or placement of a child with you for adoption or foster care, and must be taken within twelve months of such even. Parental Leave options require at least one year of continuous service by the date of a child’s birth or adoption placement.

Unlimited Time Off

Regular time away from work is essential for employees to recharge and renew. Smart Wires offers a flexible vacation policy for salaried (exempt) employees, regardless of position or length of time, and may request as many days off per year as they would like. Supervisors approve all time off requests. 

GLOBAL BENEFITS & STOCK

Health

  • Health Care

Finance

  • Retirement Plan

Unlimited Vacation Policy

  • In-country holidays
  • Paid Time Off

Stock

  • Employee Common Stock
  • Questions about benefits or Smart Wires Common Stock Option Plan for a specific location or particular position can be answered during the interview process by your recruiter.

Smart Wires Reviews

  • "It's not a company, it's a family"

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    Current Employee - Marketing Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Marketing Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Smart Wires part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    When I received my job offer from Smart Wires in December, the main factor that resulted in me accepting the offer was not the compensation, but the values that I saw in this company during my recruiting process. I felt I was going to be part of a family that was going to nurture me. I felt I was going to be a company that really cared about fighting climate change and improving the energy sector.

    Four months into this job, I can tell you that I was right about this. The amount of support and guidance I have had from my supervisor as well as the rest of the Smart Wires family, in my first job out of college, would not be possible anywhere else. Everyone at Smart Wires believes in making the world a better place, not just in terms of energy, and is working hard towards a better society. I haven’t seen this with my friends at other companies.

    Smart Wires is also sponsoring my H-1B visa application.

    Cons

    I earn less than my friends at other companies. However, I feel more valued here than they do there.

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Smart Wires Photos

Smart Wires photo of: Ireland's Energy Industry Discussion
Smart Wires photo of: Smart Wires Global Impact 2019
Smart Wires photo of: September 2018 - Smart Wires establishes European Headquarters in Dublin
Smart Wires photo of: November 2018 - TDWorld Features Smart Wires Mobile Power Flow Control
Smart Wires photo of: February 2019 - Smart Wires’ revolutionary SmartValve™ power flow control system wins Innovation in Technology Award from Irish Wind Energy Association.
Smart Wires photo of: Smart Wires trailer en route to a European customer who’s using our mobile power flow control to reduce renewable curtailment on their grid.
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Smart Wires Interviews

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    Senior Transmission Planning Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Remote, OR
    No Offer
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    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Smart Wires (Remote, OR).

    Interview

    It's unnecessarily lengthy process. I was first asked to submit a power point presentation to answer 5 questions. The questions were nothing unusual just time consuming to answer them in a power point.

    Then I had a one hour phone interview with who would have been my manager. He was a nice guy and the interview was good (was asked about my technical experience and skills). However, it seems he didn't have much of a say in the final decision.

    That was followed by another "meet the team" interview. About one hour video conference with 4 of the team members. They were friendly and respectful and the interview was good. I was asked general technical questions and got to talk about what I know and do.

    That was followed by another interview!! This time a video interview with one of the SVPs. The core of this interview was to make me talk about what my current boss think of me (good and bad), which I found a little odd.

    Now the worst part is that after all the time and effort I put in those interviews they never got back to me. That was very disrespectful and left me with a very negative impression about the company. Even my emails to the SVP checking my application status were ignored.

    Interview Questions

    • if I met your current manager in a conference what will he tell me about you?   1 Answer
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Smart Wires Awards & Accolades

  • 50 Best Companies To Watch, Silicon Review, 2017
  • Innovation in Technology Award, Irish Wind Energy Association, 2018
  • Clean Tech Award, East Bay Innovation Awards, 2018
  • 50 Fastest Growing Companies, The Silicon Review, 2018
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