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SmithBucklin Overview

Chicago, IL
501 to 1000 employees
Company - Private
Advertising & Marketing
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
SmithBucklin is the association management and services company more organizations turn to than any other, and our mission is to achieve the missions of the client organizations we serve. As a 100 percent employee-owned company, SmithBucklin offers all of our people &ndash ... Read more

SmithBucklin – Why Work For Us?

Our people make a meaningful difference in a wide range of diverse industries and professions, helping our client organizations achieve their missions and generate more opportunities for their stakeholders. For the trade and professional associations they serve, our people advocate for businesses and industries, help create and protect jobs, and increase product and workplace safety. Through the healthcare and scientific associations and societies they support, our people help enhance patient outcomes and advance professions and new discoveries that save and improve lives. And in their work with technology user communities and associations, our people help increase the reach and impact of high-tech solutions that are changing the ways people, businesses and future generations operate, interact and achieve new successes.


Whether you are just beginning your career or are a mid- or senior-level professional, working at SmithBucklin will offer you countless opportunities to develop transferable skills, acquire meaningful knowledge and gain rich experiences at an accelerated pace. By working collaboratively with smart, ambitious, multi-talented, genuine and hardworking colleagues, you will build meaningful, deep and enduring relationships that will serve you well throughout your career, regardless of your chosen path. In addition, our unique environment provides exposure to and engagement with accomplished and influential industry leaders who serve on their respective association’s board of directors or committees.

If you would like a chance to have your talents and hard work make a difference, we invite you to apply for a position at SmithBucklin today!


To learn why non-profit organizations also deserve recognition as some of the best places to work, please click here. The article is one of the trends, issues and developments featured in the 2018 edition of Circuit, SmithBucklin's annual publication.

To learn more about our purpose-led mission and what an association management company does, please click here for the Huffington Post article, From Popcorn To Purpose: Talking Association Management With SmithBucklin, featuring our CEO, Matt Sanderson.

The SmithBucklin Culture defines the heart and soul of our company and aligns the hearts and minds of our people. It’s what helps us attract, motivate and inspire people of great talent and character. As a 100 percent employee-owned company, we recognize and embrace our individual and collective responsibility to nurture and protect the unique Smithbucklin Culture.

To learn more about our Vision, Mission and Chosen Values, please click here.

SmithBucklin and its employees serve local communities through the company’s sustainability, volunteerism and fundraising efforts. We believe service to others is one of life’s highest honors and greatest obligations. Each year, we make our largest contributions through a variety of holiday season events that raise money, secure noncash donations and provide additional support for several charitable organizations.

SmithBucklin and its employees support charitable organizations that include:

Recognizing the integral role that leadership plays in ensuring an organization's enduring success and vitality, Henry Givray, former CEO and current Chairman of the Board of SmithBucklin, created high-impact leadership learning programs. Beginning with an internal opportunity for SmithBucklin employees, the programming has evolved and now includes Leadership's Calling, which is available to both top-performing SmithBucklin employees and the business and professional communities at-large.

Leadership's Calling is a purposeful, disciplined, and sustainable approach to creating a growing community of leadership students so they can consciously and with intention make a positive, lasting impact on the lives of people and on the performance and success of the organizations they serve. Henry serves as lead-facilitator and the content and curriculum are based on a leadership framework and underlying principles he developed.

Below are reflections of two students:

“The program helps students understand that leadership is not granted to you by virtue of position or title, but given to you willingly by others. Participation in the program has had a deep impact on my understanding and continued growth of self-awareness and self-management, providing the opportunity to truly examine who I am as an individual and how I can best contribute to the client teams that I serve.”

—    Brian Langerman, Technology Industry Practice

“Participation in the program has challenged me on personal, intellectual and professional levels and provided me with the opportunity to develop meaningful relationships with an amazing group of classmates. It provided a unique opportunity to reflect on who I am, and helped me ensure I am connecting my actions to my core values. As a result, I am now much more purposeful in my daily interactions with my teams and clients.”

—    Meghan Carey, Healthcare + Scientific Industry Practice

SmithBucklin is deeply committed to the health and well-being of our employees. We offer comprehensive and competitive benefits that address the current and changing needs of our employees.

Health and Wellness Benefits

  • Medical insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Coverage for domestic partners
  • Short- and long-term disability
  • Life insurance
  • Flexible spending accounts for medical care, dependent care, and commuting expenses
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Fitness Center membership (Chicago) and discount (Washington D.C.)
  • Wellness education programs 

Retirement Savings Plans

  • Employee Stock Ownership Plan 
  • 401(k) plan with a company match

Additional Benefits and Rewards:

  • A competitive Paid Time Off (PTO) program
  • Eight paid company holidays
  • Pre-tax commuter/transit program
  • Scholarship program for professional development
  • Time Out For Service (One day per year of paid time off to perform  community service or volunteer work)
  • Enriching learning and development opportunities that include a full range of instructor-led and eLearning courses offered through the SmithBucklin Learning Center
  • Employee discounts on cellphone plans, personal computers, fitness center memberships, etc.

Employees will be presented with their specific benefits package based upon their individual eligibility and circumstances when joining SmithBucklin.

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    SmithBucklin is a company that offers it's employees opportunity. As an employee you are empowered to be creative, flexible, make decisions, and truly have an impact on a number of industries and association. I think this is important to keep in mind because this type of environment can be daunting for many, it requires great responsibility and accountability. At SmithBucklin you are the only one if your way; you have resources, tools, opportunities to continue moving your career forward. Promotions are not restricted based on who is ahead of you at work, as long as you are willing to embrace change you can and will continue to grow.


    Negativity can sometimes brew and if you aren't careful it will affect you. Keep your head down and do your work. Don't let negativity creep in and you will be just fine! Be mindful of reviews on here - it's just like yelp and likely a negative review is a result of a very specific scenario or inability to take responsibility and accountability for performance.

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    Good and fair. Very clear on job roles and how to effectively contribute to them. Multitude of interviews, as I had 3 and never had that many before. Very professional

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