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Smartek21 Reviews

Updated July 26, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Awesome Company!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Development Lead/Products in Kirkland, WA
    Current Employee - Business Development Lead/Products in Kirkland, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Smartek21 full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    HR was kind and very helpful
    IT made sure I had all my equipment in working order
    Employees went out of their way to make me feel comfortable
    CEO came into my office and welcomed me to the company and asked me if I had everything I needed

    Cons

    None as of yet - fingers crossed

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what it is your doing - Excited about the prospects. Thanks for everything -

    Smartek21 Response

    Mar 14, 2017

    We are delighted that you had a good experience with our onboarding team. We wish you all the success in your career path here with SmarTek21. Please feel free to reach out to me for any... More


  2. "Resource Manager"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Resource Manager in Kirkland, WA
    Current Employee - Resource Manager in Kirkland, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Smartek21 full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Strong delivery leadership, great HR/OPS/Finance people who go above and beyond, great vision & direction from the CEO, fun environment, quarterly meetings that involve the entire company including sponsored consultants. Summer picnic, Christmas party, and free lunch/dinners a few times a year.

    Cons

    Could use more team building events for consultants in the field which is currently in process.

    Advice to Management

    I have been with the company since 2008 and have seen many employees come and go in the last 9 years. I would say continue to better vet future employees especially management who will have the best interest of the company in mind instead of acting on behalf of their own agendas. I am so excited about the management currently in place; bringing amazing changes, results, and growth. Don't let the failures of the past dictate the hope and future of such an amazing company. The disgruntled will go away soon and SmarTek21 will continue to thrive.

    Smartek21 Response

    Mar 6, 2017

    Thank you for the great review. Your feedback certainly aligns with our core values. I am glad to see you observe those values at work on a daily basis. Also, thank you for your insights around team... More

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Smartek21 full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I've been here for 3.5 years and it's been a great experience. The HR group and the Recruiters are top-notch professionals. Anytime I've had an issue that requires attention, it's generally been resolved quickly. I've been with a few companies that handle Software Consulting/Contracting and these people are up there with the best.

    Cons

    I don't really have too much negative to say. Generally they've been able to handle my situations more than satisfactorily.

    Smartek21 Response

    Mar 6, 2017

    You made our day! SmarTek21 values you and every employee and consultant in the field. If there is anything that you see that we can improve upon, please feel free to reach out to me at... More


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Working at SmarTek21"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Client Services in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Client Services in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Smartek21 full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good people of course! Knowledgeable, helpful and focused on customers first.
    An evolving management seeking to engage the broader organization more and communicate activities.
    Management looking to drive the company forward and develop capabilities which generates opportunities for employees.

    Cons

    Always room for more communication and recognition.

    Advice to Management

    Do more of what you do well, even when you don't necessarily see the need.

    Smartek21 Response

    Mar 6, 2017

    Great review... thank you for taking the time to let us know! I agree there is always more room for communication and recognition. We recognize several employees/consultants at our quarterly events... More


  5. "Reception/Office Assistant"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Smartek21 full-time

    Pros

    I have worked for SmarTek21 for almost three years and have been really impressed with the positive attitude of the company. Huge effort to always excel. Best quality products and service for our customers. As an employee, I am always given opportunities to learn more.

    Cons

    I have nothing to put in this section.

    Smartek21 Response

    Jul 28, 2017

    Thank you for your feedback. It is employees such as yourself that make us successful as a company. We appreciate all the hard work and effort you put into SmarTek21 every day. If there should be... More


  6. "Worst company to work for"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Solutions Architect in Kirkland, WA
    Former Employee - Solutions Architect in Kirkland, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Smartek21 full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Salary is paid on time
    Benefits are decent

    Cons

    Poor executive team which keeps changing every few months. There is too much instability in the company as every few months things keep changing. The CEO shows up once in a while at the all-hands meeting, walks the team through the same PPT that is being used for the last couple of years. No questions/concerns are addressed genuinely. None of my co-workers are still around in the company, they have either been fired or they have quit. You have to time and again prove your loyalty to the CEO by different ways and means. If you don't suck it up, you might be fired with no notice. NOTE: Loyalty works one way here - You are supposed to be loyal to the company. The company will not be loyal to you. :)

    Advice to Management

    Change your thought process if you want the company to survive at least till end of next year

    Smartek21 Response

    Mar 6, 2017

    I am sorry that your working experience was not a positive one but your accusations contradict everything I (as well as the majority of our employees) have observed throughout years of working with... More


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Software Developer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kirkland, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kirkland, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Smartek21 (More than a year)

    Pros

    Some of the people are helpful when you have a problem

    Cons

    The management team is very disorganized and often does not know how to solve the customer problems.

    Smartek21 Response

    Mar 6, 2017

    I am happy that you had good experiences around people who were knowledgeable and could assist you when you needed a solution; however, I must say your assessment of the management team is counter to... More

  8. "Missing SmarTek21"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Kirkland, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Kirkland, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Smartek21 full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    This is one company that provided a very happy working environment. I left SmarTek21 due to family issues. I wish I could continue to stay with SmarTek21. I have worked with many large and small companies but SmarTek21 by far out beats all of those companies. It truly is a company that I could call being as my company, the work place is very friendly, people treated each other with respect and the new management is amazing. I truly miss being part of SmarTek21 team. Hopefully when things get better for me with my family I can come back and work for SmarTek21.
    Hats off to the CEO and the Executive team for staying together and making things happen even when things were not going so well with project expansion and other issues with few employees that let greed and power come in their way. I am amazed to see such strong people at SmarTek21 with so much positive attitude and believe in the company and the CEO. Keep up the great work and you will see yourself go to many heights and I hope to be part of it one day.

    Cons

    None. Keep doing what you are doing.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing.

    Smartek21 Response

    Mar 6, 2017

    You are appreciated and we hate to lose great hard-working loyal employees as yourself. I would hope that if you are able to come back at some point that you would do just that. We hope all is well... More


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Recognizes Talent"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    I’ve been with SmarTek21 for the past 3.5 years and have had the opportunity to work with the CEO and his leadership team. I have had excellent opportunity for growth. My perspective is that the management will appreciate talent and is willing to go the extra mile to support the employees. I believe the result of a good work is more work and this company is supporting me tremendously in driving towards my goal.

    Cons

    I see none at this time.

    Smartek21 Response

    Mar 6, 2017

    That is so nice...thank you for such a powerful review. SmarTek21 will go the extra mile as proved time and time again for hard working focused employees. The Sky's the limit... thank you for... More


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Inexperienced recruiters"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Smartek21 full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Recruiters know how to send and receive email, at least from what I can tell.

    Cons

    That's about all they seem to know in my experience and opinion.

    Advice to Management

    Hire someone somewhat competent for a relatively simple position.

    Smartek21 Response

    Mar 7, 2017

    I am sorry you had a negative experience within the recruitment process; however your assessment contradicts what I have observed throughout the years of working with the recruiting team as well as... More


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