Smoothstack Reviews

Updated Jul 29, 2020

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13 Ratings
  1. "Great work preparation and experience after college"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Smoothstack full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    -The training is very hands-on and the trainers are always around to help you out. -They focus on all the aspects of training you to become a software engineer from the languages they teach and what a job expects from your work -All the coworkers have been very welcoming -Overall great environment for an entry level software engineer as you work with many other people going for the same goal.

    Cons

    -None I can think of at the moment

  2. COVID-19

    "Great opportunity to gain experience right out of college!"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Fairfax, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Smoothstack full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - Experienced trainers who will guide your learning - Learn the latest technologies - Get agile experience - Interview preparation (very valuable) - Great working environment (I started pre-COVID) - Great clients

    Cons

    - Lots of work but it helps you grow - Trainers can be busy sometimes


  3. "Good team, great opportunity!"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Java Dev Ops Developer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I found Smoothstack when all doors were closed to me. I had graduated with a CS degree and couldn't find a job for about a year and a half after graduation and was driving a Uber to make ends meet. I had almost given up on a career in IT when I heard about this program. Initially, I did not apply as I thought it was a Bootcamp and I would have to pay to participate. It was only later when I researched more that I found that it was merit-based. You get paid to learn and this leads to a full-time job in 3 months. I was in the Java Dev Ops program and the training was intense as they simulated an agile environment where I was able to pick up coding skills while being exposed to a real-time project. It's a very collaborative environment but to excel you also need to be driven and willing to put int the hard work. I would strongly recommend both the program and the organization! It's a great place to learn and build your career!

    Cons

    None to highlight as of today

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  4. COVID-19

    "Exceeded Expectations"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Compensation and Benefits
    Current Employee - Entry Level Software Engineer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Smoothstack full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Perfect way to build a solid foundation of experience as a developer. The team is easy to get along with and always available to provide support. Opens you up to a network of likeminded individuals, some of whom will undoubtedly become your close friends and helpful resources at some point in your software career trajectory.

    Cons

    The Coronavirus has forced Smoothstack to go remote for the time being.

  5. "Good for right after college"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Fairfax, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Smoothstack full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Learning focused and flexible environment

    Cons

    Can't choose where you might end up working

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  6. Helpful (2)

    "Smoothstack needs time to grow as a company"

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Full Stack Software Developer in Fairfax, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Smoothstack full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    -Friendly work environment. -Flexible training schedule.

    Cons

    -Unstructured training schedule. We were literally given PowerPoint presentations twice a week (for approximately 1 hour each session) and then asked to do our own research to complete our assignments/projects. We were randomly called in for training throughout the week (no course agenda or schedule). -Dishonestly from recruiters. I was promised accommodations from my recruiter that the Smoothstack management had no recollection of until the last week of training. -They are not upfront about the company's "business model". They did not mention in the beginning that you would still need to interview with their so-called "established pipeline of clients". I interviewed with a variety of clients that had no recollection of Smoothstack. -It took almost a year to get placed with a client after the training was over. That meant getting paid minimum wage for an entire year as I waited for opportunities to interview. I’d like to also clarify that every interview went well. The feedback was always good. The hiring manager would notify us, stating that we got accepted for a position, and then “something” would always happen a week later. It was always the same excuse; either the contract was not ready or funding for our position wasn’t available yet.

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  7. Helpful (2)

    "Entry tech"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Programmer 

    I have been working at Smoothstack full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Difficult interviews but worth the struggle

    Cons

    Contract so you locked in for the time

  8. "A very good place to start a career"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer 

    I have been working at Smoothstack full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Culture, values, good people. Excited to go to work every day.

    Cons

    So far haven't noticed anything negative.

  9. Helpful (20)

    "Great Platform for Fresh Grads"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Java Developer in Fairfax, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Knowledgeable trainers who genuinely care about trainees. I learned a great deal technically and also learned about being professional and confident

    Cons

    Hard to comp up with something

  10. Helpful (19)

    "Good Company to start your career with"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Java Developer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smoothstack is a great platform for new graduates. I got the opportunity to gain hands on experience working with the most current technologies. Professional growth is encouraged, and management team is very supportive of employees.

    Cons

    Company is rapidly growing so at times it can be hectic, but it is exciting at the same time

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