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Smith International Reviews

Updated July 28, 2017
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  1. "Former Employee Review"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Bit Repairman Specialist/Laboratory Technician in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Bit Repairman Specialist/Laboratory Technician in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Smith International full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Experience is great you get to learn a lot of things with Smith. Great benefits. 3 weeks vacation when you get hired on full time.

    Cons

    Somewhat low job security especially when the field is down. Low raise frequency. Management can be challenging sometimes.

    Advice to Management

    Give Raises for Good work


  2. "Was once an industry leader, but has faltered with the Schlumberger merger"

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    Current Employee - QulityTechnican Team Lead in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - QulityTechnican Team Lead in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of area to learn new skills.

    Cons

    Minimal room for advancement in the company. Poor leadership from management.

    Advice to Management

    More accountability needed

  3. "Great company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Many opportunities even with the downturn

    Cons

    Uncertain future in this economy.


  4. "Not what it used to be."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Smith International full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good employees to work with.

    Cons

    Management more worried about the shareholders than the employees.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your people.


  5. "Finance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Smith International (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    contract is the way to go with all the lay offs

    Cons

    management is so understanding in my department

    Advice to Management

    none at this time


  6. "Department Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Department Assistant in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Department Assistant in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I really enjoyed working for the company.

    Cons

    I really did not like it when the company was bought out by another company

    Advice to Management

    Keep the employees that really like there jobs and get rid of the ones that don't. Listen to the employee you will notice the ones that don't like there job.


  7. "Inspector III"

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    Former Employee - Inspector III in Alice, TX
    Former Employee - Inspector III in Alice, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Smith International full-time

    Pros

    Good when oilfield is going well

    Cons

    Horrible managers who don't have a clue to run a business and are not leaders. They are the only ones not hurting financially and everyone else is getting stuff repoed

    Advice to Management

    Treat people the way you want to get treated and review rules for being a leader and business decisions.

  8. "Great company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Smith was a large company that had a small company feel to it. The employees and managers were all very nice on the whole.

    Cons

    After acquiring WH Energy, Smith International lost a lot of the small company feel that made it seem like a special place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Would have been better to not have tried to grow too big, too fast. Aside from that Smith International was a well ran company.


  9. "Field Engineer, Smith Services"

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    Former Employee - Field Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Field Engineer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Smith International (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Fantastic Work Environment
    - Incredible Group of People
    - Truly a "People" company

    Cons

    - Behind the curve on developed QMS prior to merge
    - Challenged by some of SLB policies post-merge

    Advice to Management

    Maintain commitment on personnel. This well pay dividends.


  10. "Work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Smith International full-time

    Pros

    Mid size company with a small company flavor. open door policy from the president down. employees were like family and cared for each other.

    Cons

    Slow to react and adapt. career progression was stagnant as preference was to circulate the management in roles without getting new blood in.

    Advice to Management

    open mind about changing and adopting new ideas. include varied culture in management. seek new ideas and nourish them .


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