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N.F. Smith & Associates Reviews

Updated June 4, 2017
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N.F. Smith & Associates CEO and Owners Bob & Lee Ackerley
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  1. 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.


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

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    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.

  3. "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.


  4. "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


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Off to a great start!"

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    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.


  6. "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.


  7. "Heading in the Right Direction"

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    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.

  8. "Strong Sales Environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good training, strong culture, great earning potential.

    Cons

    Early extreme micromanagement, tough benefits system.


  9. "Shipping & Receiving"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Company outings, lunch provided at times, good benefits

    Cons

    Do not compensate for hard work, expect too much commitment without compensation

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your employees


  10. "Loved It"

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    Former Employee - Export Coordinator in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Export Coordinator in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at N.F. Smith & Associates full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Smith was my home.Gained a good work ethic from working there. You are treated as a member of the family and management is willing to work with you through what ever issue that you may be dealing with.It can be stressful but the team environment makes you feel as if you are not fighting the battle alone.The hours can be long but you feel accomplished at the end of the day when the last shipment leaves the building.

    Cons

    Only a couple of cons and that is the pay could be more competitive and the general feeling was that management didn't really listen to what the workers had to say in some of the decision making processes. Career moves were sometimes more lateral than anything. Overall though, not much major to complain about.

    Advice to Management

    Take the workers suggestions under advisement more.When people are telling you what they know from experience , it warrants at least consideration.


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