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Smart Meetings Reviews

Updated Sep 24, 2018

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3.5
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Smart Meetings CEO Marin Bright
Marin Bright
71 Ratings
Pros
  • "Hard-working team and a beautiful finished product month after month(in 6 reviews)

  • "Readers constantly tell me how much they love the publication, the events and the new smart, vibrant feel of the brand and the founder(in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • "Some would consider the very fast paced work environment a con but I really enjoy the pace and it keep me on my toes(in 6 reviews)

  • "High turnover (5 people this month alone(in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Director"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Smart Meetings for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Smart Meetings is one of the most progressive publishing companies- we are on the cutting edge of all products. Most of our team stays an average of 3 plus years and many have been here 10 plus years. It is a wonderful place to work, with so many opportunities and perks! The owners treat the staff like partners and give them tons of freedom to be creative.

    Cons

    It’s sad that unhappy people say mean things- this is what the internet has become, a place where you can be anonymous and say things that are not true. So many celebrities suffer this, seems to be the cost of success.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing- it’s working great!

    Smart Meetings2018-09-24

    Smart Meetings Response

    September 25, 2018CEO

    It’s funny, anyone who works here knows the negative posts are false and the positive ones are true. Karma will win in the end!

  2. Helpful (3)

    "A Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Smart Meetings for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I've been with Smart Meetings for three years and I've had a great experience. I started as an intern and my skill set and knowledge have grown exponentially in my time here. One of the great things about working here is that everyone is valued equally and all ideas are treated with thoughtful consideration. Also, the opportunity for advancement is amazing and your roles grow to fit your strengths and interests so the...

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    Cons

    It's not a con but you should be ready to roll up your sleeves and bring your best effort. But again, hard work is definitely rewarded here!

    Advice to Management

    Keep recognizing and rewarding hard work!

    Smart Meetings2018-09-05
  3. Helpful (3)

    "Work at SM if you don’t want to feel like just another number"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Smart Meetings full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Smart Meetings is genuinely a great place to work. It’s not just that you can actually make a difference (because you’re not another cog in the machine), but you’re surrounded by talented people who want to do well at their jobs. You need to be open and communicative to do well here—just like any other small business—and half of the issues folks have had in previous reviews would’ve been fixed by just communicating. It...

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    Cons

    * Two weeks of PTO/sick days lumped together is a hard sell in the Bay Area, but this is a small company. Managers are super flexible when emergencies arise. * Not really a con, but for some people it is: You really need to know your stuff. If you try to BS your way through your job, it’s not going to work.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure new employees know they can come to you, especially ones that seem shy.

    Smart Meetings2018-09-05
  4. Helpful (2)

    "Great Company, Great Benefits, Always something to look forward to!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Smart Meetings full-time

    Pros

    Amazing opportunities. If you work hard enough, no matter what your background is, you will have the opportunity to get where you want to go. Great for people starting their careers or veterans wanting something new!

    Cons

    Not really a con, you just need to be the right person for this fast paced work environment. Its always go-go-go. Thank goodness Smart Meetings has an espresso machine.

    Smart Meetings2018-09-06
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Work for the winning team in the meetings industry!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Smart Meetings full-time

    Pros

    I have been working for Smart Meetings for several years and my experience working for the company is absolutely great and rewarding. My work is very challenging but it is such a wonderful experience to be able to work with a creative and hard working team. The experience has been awesome! The company have free weekly lunches, monthly get togethers at great venues, free delicious and healthy snacks available everyday...

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    Cons

    Every department in the company is busy so if you are the type who cant handle pressure, this might not be the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    Concentrate on leading and growing the company. Ignore the negative comments.

    Smart Meetings2018-08-22
  6. Helpful (7)

    "One of the worst place you will ever work for."

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

    I worked at Smart Meetings full-time

    Pros

    Smart Meeting deserves no star but the people make it 1. The people actually doing the work that leadership takes ALL credit for are fantastic. They work incredibly hard and are a pleasure to be around. The people made it worth coming to work. I have definitely made connections and friends for life. Probably the only positive aspect of this place.  I have definitely learned what to avoid when looking at companies.

    Cons

    One would think that working for a publishing company would be an amazing learning experience and filled with interesting and dynamic challenges .... Think again .... I could not be more truthful when I say that this place is one of the most awful places I have worked at and here is why : - The CEO rules by fear, lies, and manipulation. Her management style is uniquely focused on what is best for her and not the...

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    Smart Meetings2018-09-18

    Smart Meetings Response

    September 24, 2018CEO

    The team spirit we inspire made it possible for you to make friends for life. This must be one person posting multiple reviews, as it’s so far from the truth. On Monday mornings the CEO reads gratitude cards given to staff that stand out and doesn’t take any credit for herself. We ...

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  7. Helpful (5)

    "Greedy owners"

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

    I worked at Smart Meetings

    Pros

    Can learn a lot from other employees. A lot of snacks.

    Cons

    Greedy owners who have created an uncomfortable work environment. They make slanderous remarks about employees and don’t care about employees bettering themselves. Hardly give credit where due and reap benefits for themselves. Low pay. High turnover (5 people this month alone!) is a negative sign!

    Advice to Management

    Take credit for poor culture and negative attitude instead of blaming employees. Realize that consistently high turnover is a result of management.

    Smart Meetings2018-08-21

    Smart Meetings Response

    September 2, 2018CEO

    Let’s define greedy- owners fly events staff all over the country to stay in first class hotels and eat gourmet food, and attend lavish events, owners offer profit sharing which is very unusual for a small company, owners give huge cash prizes and hotel stays at company contest, company ...

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  8. Helpful (8)

    "Horrible president, toxic work environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Smart Meetings full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Not everyones bad- i have met some great people- It is nice to know that Im not the only one whos suffering and unhappy with the management and leaders. The coffee machine is nice

    Cons

    I decided to ignore all the bad reviews on here because I thought they were just angry people ranting. I regret that so much. All the reviews are accurate- Luc the president is manipulative, arrogant, and ignorant. He may seem like a warm hearted gentle person but he’s only like that during the interview. He is one of the most close minded and cold hearted leader I have ever met. Everyone is mentally exhausted in the...

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    Advice to Management

    Theres a reason why you have such a high turnover rate- please stop saying the people who quit are weird/crazy/etc. Instead of talking back to all the bad reviews on here, try for once to accept it, own up to it and apologize. Aim to make things better before more employees leave. Please listen to your employees- because I know alot of them are contemplating on quitting.

    Smart Meetings2018-08-17

    Smart Meetings Response

    August 17, 2018President

    Thank you so much for your feedback, we always listen to our staff. this person came up through our internship program and was offered a full-time position. She did not take ownership of the position and was not welcoming of feedback from her colleagues to improve client service. ...

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  9. Helpful (3)

    "A Place Where You Can Make a Difference"

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    Current Employee - Editorial in Sausalito, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Smart Meetings full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Yes, the office with views of Sausalito Marina and perks such as high-end travel, catered lunch and daily snacks are great. But the real benefit is the difference every employee makes every day, contributing to an award-winning magazine, an engaged online community and events that bring people together in meaningful ways. Readers constantly tell me how much they love the publication, the events and the new smart,...

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    Cons

    There is always a lot to be done and the deadlines come fast and furious, but the days go by quickly, leaving a warm feeling of accomplishment.

    Advice to Management

    Let’s grow this thing so we can be a resource for even more people.

    Smart Meetings2018-05-15
  10. Helpful (7)

    "Miserable place to work"

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

    I worked at Smart Meetings full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    There really aren’t any pros ... while there have been some great employees to work with here, Marin is not able to appreciate and takes credit for any of the great results her staff produces. As a result, only about 4-5 of the staff there have been there more than a year. The turnover here speaks for itself.

    Cons

    The working environment is micromanaged, controlled and suffocating. Staff are expected to inflate the image of the company and Marin Bright with highly embellished or exaggerated information ... including Glassdoor reviews. She mandates all staff do favorable reviews and audits the reviews to ensure she personally has been given 5 star reviews. She threatens the security of your employment if you don’t comply.

    Advice to Management

    No point in offering advice ... it won’t be received.

    Smart Meetings2018-05-21

    Smart Meetings Response

    May 28, 2018CEO

    Ahh, Another example of a woman in leadership being cyber bullied. l’m so sorry you feel this way. It seems I have hurt your feelings and that is never my intention. I wish you could be honest with your review, with real examples, honesty will serve you better in your next position. ...

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