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SMART Technologies CEO Greg Estell
Greg Estell
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Great company, amazing products, true commitment to education."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SMART Technologies full-time for more than 20 years

    Pros

    Great product family that met the needs of educators across all grade levels. Great team to work with, very progressive understanding work/life balance.

    Cons

    Need to be more innovative, too late to the corporate market. Recognized the need early on for a line of product appropriate for corporate use but too slow in bringing it to market.

    Advice to Management

    Listen more to the teams in the field

  2. "Lot of work but good pay"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at SMART Technologies full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    Great pay Organized Management

    Cons

    Lots of work load Egoistic Co-workers

  3. "Lost Innovation"

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

      I worked at SMART Technologies full-time

      Pros

      Good benefits and flexible work scheudles

      Cons

      Management structure did not promote growth from within. Too many middle managers vying for promotions put their careers in front of those working for them.

    • Helpful (2)

      "Horrible culture, horrible managers, horrible employee morale, and horrible work/family life balance. Run, don’t walk."

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I worked at SMART Technologies full-time for more than 9 years

      Pros

      Being the 800 lb gorilla in the market place isn’t a bad spot to have. However, their arrogance is a pitfall and their market share is falling.

      Cons

      Too many to list, but here are a few. Sales targets are always unobtainable. Missing targets can mean losing your job. Micromanagement is extreme. Execs and managers in the habit of taking direct report ideas and running with them as if the ideas are their own and taking credit for it. Fire drills nearly every day just to make managers look good and no other reason. Execs and managers could care less about employee’s...

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      Advice to Management

      C-levels should look at their managers that are wasting so much time and their direct reports time trying to shine a light on themselves rather then their direct reports who really are the ones doing all the work and coming up with good ideas. C-Levels should wonder why no one other than VP’s knock on their door or call them to discuss ideas or issues. The message to avoid you is repeated over and over, even minutes...

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    • "Enjoyed my team but upper management needs to get it together"

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

      I worked at SMART Technologies full-time for more than 4 years

      Pros

      Interesting products for development. Creative and innovative challenges.

      Cons

      Upper management makes bad financial decisions that are felt at the lower rung of employment.

      Advice to Management

      Don't assume that a buyout will fix all of your problems.

    • Helpful (1)

      "Old boys no new ideas"

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

      I worked at SMART Technologies full-time for more than 4 years

      Pros

      A few really good people there.

      Cons

      It’s already been said but Nortell mindset (big failure of a company all smarts managers and execs came from). If you’re not in the nortell club you’re chances to advance are slim to none. Do yourself a favor and look elsewhere.

      Advice to Management

      Retire

    • Helpful (4)

      "dying company, bland solutions"

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      Former Employee - Director 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I worked at SMART Technologies full-time for more than 4 years

      Pros

      work/life balance, cool to make a difference in education.

      Cons

      with new ownership the company is being gutted. the only execs left are those that can't land anywhere else.

      Advice to Management

      get good at being a VAR, forget about inventing anything, just protect the brand as best you can...

    • Helpful (4)

      "Good people, bad ideas"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I have been working at SMART Technologies full-time

      Pros

      Great people Casual office atmosphere Helpful employees

      Cons

      History of poor strategic management decisions Kapp42 - one of the biggest failures since the Titanic

      Advice to Management

      Make better decisions with the end customer in mind. Not according to the whims of management.

    • Helpful (6)

      "Stay away - for the sake of your own sanity"

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      Former Employee - NA Eduational Sales in New York, NY
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I worked at SMART Technologies for more than 2 years

      Pros

      None ... nothing ... nill ... Nadda! After 2 years of working there I cant actually list anything positive

      Cons

      Terrible Management and Leadership, sadly still with a belief that SMART owns the EdTech Space for flat panels when the market is crowded with far cheaper and technically equivalent or superior solutions. Too many schools dont have the money to buy SMART solutions especially when they dont use Microsoft Software Marketing is dominated by Canada ... its "their way only" .. if it works in Canada and North America...

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      Advice to Management

      Sales Leadership .... Join the 21st Century .. and realise that the market has moved on massively ... Marketing ... give up .. and PLEASE PLEASE listen to what customers want ... and what we need .... its all too fluffy and irrelevant

    • Helpful (4)

      "Best of times and the worst of times"

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

      I worked at SMART Technologies full-time for more than 6 years

      Pros

      "Old" SMART was a great place to work, great collaboration and teamwork

      Cons

      "New" SMART full of arrogant people who believe they know it all.

      Advice to Management

      None really. Think it's too late for any.

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