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SMART Technologies Calgary Reviews

Updated March 15, 2017
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SMART Technologies President & CEO Neil Gaydon
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Pros
  • Good flexible hours - Work Life Balance (in 17 reviews)

  • Great people, well organized, and great culture (in 20 reviews)

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)

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  1. "Customer Data Specialist"

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    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


  2. "Tech Support"

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    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


  3. Helpful (1)

    "senior software developer"

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    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.


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  5. Helpful (5)

    "It used to be a good company"

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    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.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "All downhill"

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    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


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Manager"

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    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.


  8. "Autonomy and empowerment to make an impact"

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    • 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


  9. "Good environment"

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    Former Employee - QA Analyst in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - QA Analyst in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at SMART Technologies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great process oriented , good for new grads

    Cons

    Less pay, not financially stable


  10. "Intern at Customer Experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Summer Student in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Intern - Summer Student in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at SMART Technologies as an intern

    Pros

    Great people and environment. Super supportive team and not that steep of a learning curve.

    Cons

    Very result orientated which may make work longer hours

    Advice to Management

    Team building events would further improve on company culture


  11. "Lovely people and place"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Partner Operations Coordinator in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Contractor - Partner Operations Coordinator in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SMART Technologies as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Challenging
    Global Scope
    Excellent learning opportunity
    Excellent colleagues
    On-site gym and daycare

    Cons

    Okayish pay.
    Doesn't seem to be doing too well right now.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on trucking and keep an eye out for your salespeople.



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