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N.F. Smith & Associates Reviews

Updated September 20, 2017
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N.F. Smith & Associates CEO and Owners Bob & Lee Ackerley
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  1. "review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    good work, good people, good fun.

    Cons

    it can get boring sometimes


  2. "Most Memorable Job Yet"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at N.F. Smith & Associates full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Like some others have shared, this place is a different kind of corporate culture. I was there for eight years and those people are some of my best friends. I liked Smith but was burned out on the industry and decided to go in a completely different direction in hospitality. Great people and the owners really step up when one of their workers is in need.

    Cons

    Tough industry brokering components. There is other stuff like servers and solar panels but the components side takes a lot out of you over time.

    Advice to Management

    Thanks for all the good stuff you do but your people need more vacation time and breaks to get away from the daily stress.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "50 shades darker"

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    Current Employee - Receptionist in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Receptionist in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at N.F. Smith & Associates full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There are benefits: health insurance, vision and dental.

    Cons

    -No advancement opportunities: this is very rare
    -No bonuses: they stop given them years ago supposedly because they were going to increase earning yearly but that doesn't happen either.
    -No payment increase
    -Work overload: your tile doesn't mean anything, you can be given a tone of things to do, leave you with the same tile and not give you a payment increase.
    -A lot of favoritism: this is an every day thing.

    Advice to Management

    .....


  4. "Often Feels LikeA StartUp...For Better or Worse!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Trading in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Trading in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at N.F. Smith & Associates full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Managers mostly leave you alone to build your own book of business.
    Good benefits. Uncapped commissions. Not real hard to advance.

    Cons

    Tough business. Easy to find new customers during a shortage. Quite a bit tougher at other times.

    Advice to Management

    Assign new traders to teams and provide more training.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good, low pay."

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    Current Employee - Operations Specialist in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Operations Specialist in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at N.F. Smith & Associates (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Family oriented, they offer very good benefits also. Willing to give anyone a chance to move up as long as they see initiative.

    Cons

    Pay isn't enough for the experience I have. I am not being utilized to my full potential. I am craving responsibility, yet it feels as if I have none.


  6. "Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at N.F. Smith & Associates full-time

    Pros

    Good after hour meet-ups. People are nice. Benefits are good. Casual dress code.

    Cons

    Low compensation. No recognition for hard working employees. No year end bonus.

    Advice to Management

    Bring up salary for hard working people.


  7. "A good...place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at N.F. Smith & Associates full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    People are nice, schedules are flexible

    Cons

    Located in Houston, Houston is a boring place

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Off to a great start!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - International Sales in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - International Sales in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at N.F. Smith & Associates full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I took this job in sales right out of college and am happy to be here. There is a lot going on with this company.

    Cons

    Its a 'family' company which has upsides and downsides. They care about their employees and its a fun place to work but it can help to be related to one of the owners or executives

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing all the things that work. Try to become a little more diverse in the US.


  9. "International Account Representative"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at N.F. Smith & Associates full-time

    Pros

    Company with global exposure, no commission cap, management values new employees opinions.

    Cons

    No cons at this time.


  10. "Heading in the Right Direction"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Trader in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Trader in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at N.F. Smith & Associates full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The culture is very unique. It is more than just a 'job'. This is the first employer where I have really liked the people I work with. Also, there have been a bunch of opportunities to advance my career and/or make more money. There is a very entrepreneurial spirit there and I am making more than I've made in any previous sales job.

    Cons

    A few years ago it seemed like the best days were in the past but they have opened new offices and shuffled management around to take the business to a whole other level.

    Advice to Management

    Change is good. Bring on more training and make sure employees know about new opportunities.


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