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SmartDrive Systems Reviews

Updated May 18, 2017
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Fast Growing Company with Major Room For Growth"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SmartDrive Systems full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    This company has the best office culture around, everyone is welcoming and it is a family here. There is a lot of room to grow as a professional and management encourages their employees growth. We are growing at a rapid rate which makes working here at the current time extremely exciting. The caliber of employees here is top notch, they are all extremely intelligent, willing to teach, and open to receiving and giving feedback. The management team is excellent and doesn't hide in their cubes, they are present and interact with every employee to the best of their abilities. This company really cares about their employees and their well being.

    Cons

    The company is growing so fast we are running out of space but we have leased a new space which will allow for us to continue to grow without feeling cramped in the office.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing!


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Growth and Opportunity!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SmartDrive Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    SmartDrive is rapidly growing and there is so much opportunity for people who want to make an impact and work hard. The culture is rapidly evolving into a fun open environment with dogs, basketball games, barbecues, employee recognition, and happy hours. New management has been carefully selected to elevate the company to the next level. There is so much opportunity at SmartDrive for creativity and process improvement. Exciting work!

    Cons

    Moving into a new building in December 2017 because we have outgrown our current facility which is slightly cramped.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Heading in the right direction - unlimited potential in this space!!!!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SmartDrive Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    We just hired a great CTO who is going to take the company to new levels from a technology standpoint. This space is so massive, that business is booming. With the future of self driving cars and telematics in general, there is no telling how awesome our products will be in the coming years. Exciting time to be with SmartDrive.

    Cons

    Outgrown the current office and space is limited. Excited to see our new office in the next 6-12 months as the company continues to hire and grow. Need more collaboration from the executive team to its employees. This is a common issue for companies that grow quickly.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on hiring people to take us to the next level. Focus on rewarding and growing your employees. Create a culture of transparency and innovation.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Short-Term Technical Support Engineer II"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer II in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer II in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SmartDrive Systems full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent work environment and the company/management genuinely care about the employees. I never felt like "just a number" in my short time with the company. There are, and will be, tons of growth opportunity at the company if you are interested in any kind of DevOps career field. I received regular feedback on my work and progress as well as being encouraged to grow within my position. The Tech Support Team was a blast to work with and was well balanced in skill and overall knowledge of the job, job tools, and the product. Someone was always there to help even if you didn't know you needed it yet.

    The management is taking the company in the right direction to expand business and industry partnerships and I am sure they will continue to grow, leading to even more professional growth opportunities within.

    The only reason I left the company was because my girlfriend received an offer out of state.

    Cons

    No cons to working here in my opinion.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Employee"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SmartDrive Systems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Laid back
    Can wear anything to work (literally)
    Good work-life balance
    When your job is done, you can relax and have some beer (at work)

    Cons

    You get paid minimum! Don't waste your experience with this company.
    You wear many hats but don't get paid for it.
    There's no room for growth.
    Office space is getting crowded and management doesn't want to lease a bigger building.
    They don't invest much on their employees.
    You can bring your dogs to work everyday but not kids.
    Employee awards are based on peer recognition ( it's not what you know but who you know). Same employees get recognized over and over.
    Inexperienced workers get hired.
    Lazy workers still get paid which is unfair for hard working individuals.
    No 401k company match.
    Not a lot of selection for health insurance (basically just 1 type).
    When there's future customer visits, employees gets an email to be at their best behavior (this shows you that employees are unprofessional). Are they hiding something from the customers?
    A lot of unhappy employees.
    A lot of blaming game.

    Advice to Management

    A lot of lazy workers but still work for the company! Need to hire more strong candidates.
    Salary is not competitive.
    Need more employee recognition for job well done ( not peer recognition!)


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Fast-Paced and Fun"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SmartDrive Systems full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great team of people - very professional, helpful, smart and fun to be around.
    Good working environment - lots of energy around the office; you can feel the excitement of a fast growing company coming off of a fantastic year. Love the mix of hard work with weekly yoga and happy hours.
    A lot of face time from management. A seasoned team that continues to drive the excitement for the company and products.

    Cons

    Need to hire a few more people in key departments to be operating at full speed.

    Advice to Management

    Hire where needed. Keep up the communication and excitement.


  7. "Revolving Management"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director of Sales in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Director of Sales in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SmartDrive Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great Startup atmosphere with plenty of opportunity

    Cons

    Management revolving door.

    Advice to Management

    stay consistant


  8. "I Love Working at SmartDrive"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SmartDrive Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very entrepreneurial, everyone a big fish in a small pond with significant impact to business objectives and bottom line. Culture is open, transparent, great people who truly care about the business and company.

    Cons

    Business is booming and at times stretched too thin given everything on my plate. Need to add more resources in sales and some critical customer facing teams so we continue our trend winning more deals in the marketplace and our track record of providing outstanding customer support.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work and focus. Things are definitely happening as we acquire more customers and wins!


  9. "Sales"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Sales in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Sales in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Product - and getting better
    Great people who want the company and themselves to succeed
    Company wants to be world class
    New CEO is slowly starting to turn the ship around in the right direction

    Cons

    Global VP of Sales is completely hands off - almost absent - not up to task - we wondered what he actually did?

    Advice to Management

    * Too many VP's - many who play the blame game when the CEO is not there to moderate
    * Need to stop messing around with salespeople commissions. Drastically reducing every commission check at the last minute for no good reason other than wanting to conserve cash is ultimately self defeating


  10. "Customer Support"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great environment and great people

    Cons

    more engagement from our management


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