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Smith International Reviews

Updated February 7, 2017
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  1. "Former Employee Review"

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    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. "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.


  3. "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.


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  5. "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 .


  6. "Tight knit culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Culture of innovation and teamwork with respect for PhDs and other experienced professionals

    Cons

    Career planning and mobility was limited until SLB bought the company


  7. "Engineering Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great place to work and great people

    Cons

    The career ladder needs more attention


  8. "owned by Schlumberger"

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    Current Employee - Field Inspector Level II in Odessa, TX
    Current Employee - Field Inspector Level II in Odessa, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay and benefits were decent

    Cons

    Constant monitoring of everything, excessive paperwork for every little thing, hiring of unmodified individuals for management

    Advice to Management

    Promote qualified management from within instead of hiring people that are unqualified


  9. "PC Specialist II"

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

    Pros

    good benefits and some good people

    Cons

    no room for growth or promotion


  10. "Field sales engineer"

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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

    Not micromanaged. Salary. Has a 3 year fixed step program. See what career path you want to take.

    Cons

    Being on call every third weekend would be the only downfall about this job.


  11. "Great company to work for."

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Coordinator in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Human Resources Coordinator in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Smith International full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    They really cared about their salary and hourly employees. Great benefits and compensation and the ability to learn more through education and training. Very community oriented through philanthropic means.

    Cons

    Upper management is not really regarded as useful once they hit 55 years of age. Certain senior management will not promote unless you are degreed from their alma mater.

    Advice to Management

    Older people are valuable.



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