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"Once a great place to work"

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Account Manager in Los Angeles, CA
Current Employee - Account Manager in Los Angeles, CA
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

I have been working at SMC Corporation full-time (More than 5 years)

Pros

The company has a great foundation of Sales Managers in place. They are all helpful in working with the Account Managers to be as successful as possible despite the micro management style of the company. The team of managers employed by the company are all field proven managers that know their jobs and are great at developing the talent they hire.

Cons

Pay with the company is not as competitive as other companies especially now that the company has instituted a GPS monitoring system that increases the level of stress experienced by guys in the field. Corporate management is doing a dis-service to its team of outside sales personnel by showing its level of distrust in its team of sales guys to do their jobs. It is really sad that such a great place to work has now become another corporate machine.

Advice to Management

Get rid of the GPS MONITORING SYSTEM and trust your Sales Executives and Sales Managers. They have gotten the job done in the past without GPS and they can and will still get it done. You are going to loose a lot of valuable people if you continue these rediculous behaviors.

Other Employee Reviews for SMC Corporation

  1. Helpful (6)

    "Started off on a high 10 years ago, and progressively went downhill. Currently approaching an all-time low"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SMC Corporation full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I really enjoyed the people (peers) that I worked with. Core products are solid and practically sell themselves (if only manufacturing could properly forecast demand and deliver on time).

    Cons

    SMC-US executive management has ZERO experience and no credentials to run and organization this size. They (two of them) practice total vertical management structure. They have surrounded themselves with senior managers that that must agree with their every decision (for fear of losing their jobs) so they no power or ability to effectively manage and lead their organizations.

    2008 cost-cutting strategy of having the sales staff perform janitorial duties at their branches is still in effect. (It’s amazing how much they really lost by implementing this)

    Strict nepotism policy that applies to the rest of the company – not the ones that enforce the policy

    Advice to Management

    US Executive Management; stand down and pass your rolls to a CEO and Dir or Administration that know how to really inspire the workforce and grow the company. You are decimating the organization by driving all the people with know-how away and then re-hiring entry level sales clerks that have no technical sales ability. Your competition is going easily to rob you of market share and win new business because your customers don’t want to deal with the low salaried monkeys you're hiring


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Toxic environment - avoid like the plague"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SMC Corporation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Quality products, from Japan. Products have good brand recognition. Average benefits. Great place for a sales trainee to learn sales 10A and then get a real sales job.

    Cons

    Upper management is completely unqualified for their roles and responsibilities (look them up on LinkedIn). They are all related somehow (even thought there is a strict anti nepotism policy). Upper management has demoralized and demotivated the company with draconian measures: 1. lack of direction; 2. zero leadership abillities; 3. GPS tracking of the sales force; 4. National sales manager is a "yes man" to production and has no voice, direction, or leadership qualities; 5. Operations is run by Caligula's horse; 6. salaries are below industry average; 7. bonuses are a complete mystery, paid once per year now; 8. unachievable sales plans and bonus goal objectives.

    Advice to Management

    Fire yourselves.

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