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SMART Technologies Reviews

Updated August 13, 2017
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SMART Technologies President & CEO Neil Gaydon
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  • 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. "Awesome Experience"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Software Developer in Seattle, WA
    Former Intern - Software Developer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SMART Technologies as an intern

    Pros

    Great people, well organized, and great culture.

    Lots of opportunity for growth as long as you strive for it.

    Cons

    Working with legacy code can be pretty challenging but people are always willing to help.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing!


  2. Helpful (1)

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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

  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. "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.


  5. "it service"

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    Current Employee - Technician in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Technician in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    A lot of experience in all kind of low voltage system

    Cons

    sometimes to much work to do


  6. "Intern at Customer Experience"

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    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


  7. "Lovely people and place"

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    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.

  8. "Superb company"

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Bengaluru (India)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Bengaluru (India)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    its really very good environment for work

    Cons

    no need to change anything

    Advice to Management

    none


  9. "information technogloy company"

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    Current Employee - Senior Mobile Applications Developer in Cairo (Egypt)
    Current Employee - Senior Mobile Applications Developer in Cairo (Egypt)

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

    Pros

    i have learned how to manage team in our company and how to make strong mobile team

    Cons

    the are no disadvantages in out company


  10. "Great!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    I worked with SMART on and off (contractor) for ~3months. SMART made it very easy to feel welcome. Employees are willing to help out or find the answers that you need. Employees don't look worn out or miserable when you walk through the halls. It is rare to get from point A to point B without chatting to numerous people along the way. Great atmosphere, people, and opportunities!
    SMART is a business that is excited and positive about the future - and hungry for growth!

    Cons

    The only con about SMART tech is that I don't have a full time placement!


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