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Updated 19 November 2018
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Pros
  • "Very professional, smooth interview/onboarding process" (in 5 reviews)

  • "Very friendly work environment with great people to work with" (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "In my opinion, there are no cons within the company itself" (in 7 reviews)

  • "Open office environment makes it difficult to do your job" (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Good Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SMA part-time

    Pros

    Good Company for experienced developers

    Cons

    Nothing if you are willing to work hard


  2. Helpful (1)

    "So Far So Good"

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    Current Employee - SQL Developer in New Delhi
    Current Employee - SQL Developer in New Delhi
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly Environment.
    Guys at Higher levels are easily approachable.

    Cons

    None till now
    All Good No Cons

    Advice to Management

    Till now i am the one taking advice.

    SMA Response

    28 Mar 2017 – CEO and President

    Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts. Glad your experience is so positive – yes, we try to be approachable. You can call me at anytime. And myself and the whole management team is... More

  3. "Great Company to Work For"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    SMA is a really great company to work for. The environment is small, non-hostile, friendly, understanding, and they care about their employees. There has been significant effort to improve the company whether that be location, roles, etc.. and it's shown that they care about growth. Overall, it's a great place to work at if you are looking for a career.

    Cons

    Alexa doesn't always register our answers on Jeopardy.


  4. "Good Company, Nicest People"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Everyone works really well with others.
    - Very friendly office to work in
    - Really good Health benefits.

    Cons

    Need more Office Parties and happy hours.


  5. "Great Company - Awesome Team"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The firm has a diverse demographic and attracts very accomplished people. Most impressive is the collaboration and support across the organization (staff and associates). Bottom line, we play well as a team! The organization has a flat hierarchy, and everyone is very accessible. The Talent On Demand (TOD) system developed by the firm to manage and deploy talent is impressive! It has improved transparency of opportunities, consistently wows clients, and has increased deployment opportunities for all. The recent move of the firm’s entire technology infrastructure is impressive and has significantly improved the end user experience.

    Cons

    The updates to the technology infrastructure are a significant improvement, but we need to continue driving these enhancements. We are evolving into a technology company and our implementation of technology must one of several attributes that differentiate us in this space. We are not there yet!

    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus on TOD and the enhancements to the technology infrastructure. Maintain the culture of the organization as we scale.


  6. "Great company to work for"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Use of technology (TOD) to have easy process.
    - Flexibility to work from home occasionally.
    - Awesome benefits (reimbursement for health equipments).

    Cons

    Can't think of any cons right now.


  7. "Good company, nice staff"

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    Current Employee - Corporate Staff
    Current Employee - Corporate Staff
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Fun wellness initiatives
    - Sr. Management cares about employees... CEO and COO often check in with staff, ask about personal life, even offer to do things outside of the office
    - Decent technology in HQ (lenovo laptops, new monitors, sit-to-stand desks). If you need it and it's relevant for your job, they'll buy it for you. Never had a problem getting new technology or an item I wanted.
    - Good benefits (healthcare, dental, vision, 401k, etc.)
    - Good PTO (start on 15 + 2 floating holidays + the basic federal holidays) and increases as your time increases
    - New office is modern & in nice building
    - On a whole, everyone wants you to do better - there's plenty of encouragement
    - When asked, leadership is happy to sit down with you and chat about professional ambitions and lessons learned on projects in order to promote professional development
    -Good collaboration between coworkers

    Cons

    - Lack of ability to work remote when needed
    - Open plan office can still be fairly distracting in afternoon (but it's also a sign we like to collaborate and chat with each other)
    - While there's plenty of conference rooms, the booking system still seems to be ignored by some staff members

    Advice to Management

    - More flexibility on working remote during crunch periods (or busy periods) would provide some extra time to complete project tasks
    - More frequent visits from remote employees (as possible) - we have interesting people on our staff!
    - While we are very busy, some more mentorship / training opportunities with senior leaders in the company would be great when we do have lighter schedules (maybe some sessions on past projects the company has worked on, reviews of older projects, etc.)
    - More "lessons learned" meetings after we complete a project (as possible)

    SMA Response

    19 Nov 2018 – COO

    Excellent idea about being more deliberate about mentoring. We recognize the value mentoring provides in career development. Collaboration is a key attribute of the culture at SMA. We found that the... More

  8. "Irvine office"

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

    I have been working at SMA full-time

    Pros

    Nice new office space
    Teamwork
    Wellness funds for fitness device
    Chair Massages

    Cons

    Micromanagement-CEO and COO make all decisions
    Unclear company vision
    Too many systems makes it hard to get things done

    Advice to Management

    Trust and empower your team. You have done a great job building a good culture- Communicate company vision to everyone

    SMA Response

    19 Nov 2018 – COO

    Ensuring everyone understands the direction and goals of the firm is critical to our success. We provide a lot of messaging and communication about goals, objectives, and the why behind decisions... More


  9. "Irvine Office"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SMA full-time

    Pros

    Great staff - smart, fun, friendly, works as a team
    Nice office & great location
    Daily Jeopardy game is fun and great for team building
    Great Wellness initiatives

    Cons

    Major lack of IT support
    Systems are old and constantly breaking / lots of manual processes
    Work from home policy (frowned upon)
    Leadership plays favorites
    Leadership has tendency to micro manage
    Lack of communication from Leadership
    Open office environment can be distracting at times

    SMA Response

    12 Nov 2018 – COO

    IT and Technology: We did have an aging technology stack that was limiting to the firm. In August 2018, we completed our transition of our entire technology infrastructure to the cloud. We do have... More


  10. "Mechanical Engineer experience"

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    Current Employee - Staff Mechanical Engineer in San Leandro, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Staff Mechanical Engineer in San Leandro, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There was some electronic onboarding forms that were very efficient and easy to fill out with electronic signatures. Fairly smooth experience.

    Cons

    The TOD profile was manual which took some time to complete. Automatic filling in from a Word resume would have been more efficient. Paper work required printing out and manual signing. It would have been more streamlined and efficient if it was electronically completed, like some of the other paper work.

    Advice to Management

    Make onboarding and documents totally electronic to speed process and make it more efficient. When it's a manual process, I'm less likely to want to complete it because it's somewhat painful.