SMART Technologies Reviews in Calgary, AB | Glassdoor

SMART Technologies Calgary Reviews

Updated April 28, 2017
84 reviews

Filter

Filter

Calgary, AB (Canada)

3.1
Star Star Star Star Star
Rating Trends Rating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
SMART Technologies President & CEO Neil Gaydon
Neil Gaydon
32 Ratings

84 Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date

Pros
Cons
  • Many in upper management with a software background don't understand hardware development as well, leading to poor decisions (in 14 reviews)

  • Senior management have an unhelpful habit of venting their frustration via negative emails to all staff (e (in 11 reviews)

More Pros and Cons

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Business Development Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SMART Technologies full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great work and family time balance. Had some great people working there. Decent benefits.

    Cons

    Not very good at paying salaries. very top heavy management. most directives came from top down.

    Advice to Management

    Build strong teams and have faith in them. Let the creative people show their natural side.


  2. "Reality Check"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SMART Technologies full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Collaboration mindset was an awesome aspect of work at SMARTTECH.
    working with the products in meetings was fun

    Cons

    Building a product that does not hit the consumer mark becomes disheartening.
    my career had no upside there.


  3. "Too bad"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It was an innovative and interesting place to work for a long time.

    Cons

    When new management came in, it became a nasty place to work.


  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5. "Customer Data Specialist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Data Specialist in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Customer Data Specialist in Calgary, AB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Great place to work and good benefits

    Cons

    No enough resources for marketing


  6. "Tech Support"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SMART Technologies (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good flexible hours - Work Life Balance
    reasonable pay
    Great environment as long as you are able to make connections

    Cons

    Quick Change as technology often is
    Very Cliquey. Fit in or you will be eliminated
    Extremely Social office environment, usually leading to trouble


  7. Helpful (1)

    "senior software developer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SMART Technologies full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great place to be exposed to a lot of new technology and learn, learn, learn. Reasonable salaries, benefits and amenities

    Cons

    After acquisition by FoxConn they are going through a phase of cutting expenses and it has led to layoffs. It may be or not be the last such episode.

    Advice to Management

    As I take the view that a company is the people that work, I will always advise any management to hold on to their people. This is a high technology company employing people with high qualifications.


  8. Helpful (6)

    "It used to be a good company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - IT Professional in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - IT Professional in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SMART Technologies full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    All my positive experience related to 'before' times when Nancy and David were the owners. Enjoyed working with immediate co-workers; a lot of room for growing.

    Cons

    It used to be a stable company and joy to work for. Not anymore. Upper management doesn't care about people, they are not honest and can not be trusted. You never know what happens next.

    Advice to Management

    I don't know guys how you survive with the approach you've taken. And honestly don't care anymore.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "All downhill"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There were very few pros. Perhaps the biggest was the location as far as going for walks at lunch.

    Cons

    No long term vision, outsourcing to inept and incompetent company, team dynamics and management, business users


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Consultant in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SMART Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Some good co-workers. Others were immature and hostile.

    Cons

    Co-workers often were reluctant to share information, including CEO.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be so selfish. Have a thought for creating some stability in the company so that employees can focus on their work rather than worrying about whether they will have a job tomorrow.


  11. "Autonomy and empowerment to make an impact"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Consultant in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Contractor - Consultant in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SMART Technologies as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Great leadership that empowers its employers to continuously improve the way they and the company work
    - Open communication, and a concern for employees well being
    - Fun social events to bond with employees
    - Competitive pay, benefits and perks.

    Cons

    - Recent acquisition by FoxConn has slowed down approvals to get things moving at the moment

    Advice to Management

    Once reviews are done, more needs to be done to manage the change and create more cohesiveness and communication across teams


Showing 84 of 206 reviews
Reset Filters