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SMART Technologies Calgary Reviews

Updated September 20, 2017
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SMART Technologies President & CEO Neil Gaydon
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Pros
  • Good flexible hours - Work Life Balance (in 19 reviews)

  • Had some great people working there (in 23 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. "Good mentorship with great pay"

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    Former Intern - Software Developer Intern in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Intern - Software Developer Intern in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Developers were willing to work with you at all times
    - Encouraged independent learning but gave you help as needed
    - Interesting product
    - Good pay

    Cons

    - Nothing too bad to speak of.


  2. "Good for my short stint"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends

    I worked at SMART Technologies as a contractor

    Pros

    Great team, friendly staff, nice office.

    Cons

    There aren't enough employees for the work expectations which leads to burnout.

  3. "Excellent workplace and people"

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    Former Employee - Integration and Systems Developer in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Integration and Systems Developer in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at SMART Technologies full-time

    Pros

    I was part of the IS team and genuinely loved working there. I also worked occasionally with people from PD .
    Both teams have outstanding skills and part or SMART's success is owed to their excellent skills, professionalism and understanding of success as being teamwork.
    Peers are easy going and good listeners which makes it easier to ask for help, get work done and deliver.
    My manager is very knowledgeable, initiated discussions that helped us make good design and touch base frequently to make sure we are on the same page.
    Occasionally had to do long hours, because I chose to, wanted to finish and start something else the next day and I enjoyed work, not something I was asked to do.
    Good location, parks around, clean building with flex hours, a gym and a daycare in the building basement.
    I highly recommend +1

    Cons

    More RRSP matching would have be great, since the company does not have a group retirement plan.

    Advice to Management

    Regarding senior or exec management, I didn't have contact with them directly so I can't comment.
    Regarding my direct manager, you're in the right direction, keep up the good work, implementing a governance model and unifying SMART's back end will bring great value and financial savings


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Analyst in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at SMART Technologies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great location, lots of days off, casual dress code

    Cons

    Constant change and not a lot of job security


  5. "Great so far!"

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    Current Contractor - Talent Advisor in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Contractor - Talent Advisor in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very friendly teammates that actually work as a team! Good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Sometimes reactive but we are working on being more proactive.


  6. Helpful (9)

    "Lacking direction and focus"

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SMART Technologies full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great opportunity to work on interesting software projects

    Cons

    Culture of an "Old Boys club" that permiates everything
    directionless and leaderless
    no long term plan or vision
    no idea how to take money from customers

    Advice to Management

    SMART needs a strong vision with leaders who are dedicated to fullfulling it.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Great culture and people, poor business decisions"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Progressive and inclusive culture, Cool products, Good training, Good people, etc. Had a great 4 years here.

    Cons

    Overexpansion. Layoffs. Risky products. More layoffs. Bought out by cutthroat giant Foxconn. More layoffs.

    Advice to Management

    You might be next on the chopping block (don't expect any warning). Improve recurring software revenue. Make it easier for customers to try/buy stuff online by themselves.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Reality Check"

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    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.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Business Development Manager"

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    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.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Too bad"

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    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.


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