SMART Technologies - Very strange place to work and not a good time to join (2013) | Glassdoor
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"Very strange place to work and not a good time to join (2013)"

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Former Employee - Functional Manager in Calgary, AB (Canada)
Former Employee - Functional Manager in Calgary, AB (Canada)
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

I worked at SMART Technologies full-time (More than 3 years)

Pros

Interesting technology, both hardware and software; have geniunely changed the way students are educated globally; very bright and enthusiastic colleagues; flexible working hours; nice, open plan offices in a modern building; gym on site; private childcare facility onsite; underground car parking (At a charge and long waiting list though); near Brentwood C-Train.

Cons

Poor leadership right from the top; lack of stability i.e. restructured twice in 2012; revenues in steep decline since 2012; facing an uncertain future; high attrition rate 33%; very low levels of trust especially inter-department; many departments badly managed; poor co-ordination between functions; Director's/Senior Manager's not open and receptive to suggestions to improve; most seem to spend their time managing up and not down; can be very political. How can a company full of so much talent, get it so badly wrong?

Advice to Management

Don't rely on the Director's who presided over many of the previous years mis-management to make decisions about a restructure this large and do it so quickly with so little thought; Never ever restructure a company without involving the line managers of the functions you cull, unless the whole department is going. With the challenges SMART faces, how could you cut 25% of the workforce globally and not do it in a way that would put the business in a better position for success. Don't do it in a way that humiliates those who are leaving and creates even more suspicion and distrust among the remaining employees so that an estimated 5 to 10% more leave.

Other Employee Reviews for SMART Technologies

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Lots of potential, but lack of focus"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    This company made a name for itself in one market, but is stuggling to break into others. Has a lot of potential to expand and could dominate many areas if done right.

    Cons

    Lack of focus, too much middle-management, and limited brand-awareness in the markets it needs to succeed in.

    Advice to Management

    Need to reduce the bloated middle managers and enable the people actually making the products with more freedom to be creative.


  2. "Still not bad place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at SMART Technologies part-time

    Pros

    A leading tech company with a lot of good people. There are plenty of opportunities for various careers

    Cons

    Company currently having some financial problems

    Advice to Management

    N/a

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