SmithBucklin Reviews

Updated Oct 7, 2021

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3.2
55%
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SmithBucklin CEO Matt Sanderson
Matt Sanderson
96 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great place for someone to learn many things in a short amount of time(in 20 reviews)

  • "Great benefits and exciting fast paced office environment(in 17 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Consistently set work-life balance boundaries to maintain your sanity here(in 30 reviews)

  • "Company does not care about high turnover rate of its employees(in 16 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Great company to work for

      Sep 29, 2021 - Operations Associate in Chicago, IL
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Benefits, team members, atmosphere, clients, work load

      Cons

      No cons for this company

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    2. 3.0
      Former Employee

      Overall good company

      Oct 6, 2021 - Coorindator in Chicago, IL
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Flexibility with work hours. Lots of interaction with peers despite of the pandemic.

      Cons

      No room for growth, pay is not conducive for the position. The salaries only seems to benefit those on the Director/Executive level.

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    3. 2.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Unorganized and lack of specific outlook

      Sep 21, 2021 - Coordinator in Tampa, FL
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Communication from the CEO was great.

      Cons

      Organization was lacking Communication from direct supervisors was poor More work than they can handle

      4 people found this review helpful
    4. 1.0
      Former Employee

      Don’t get sucked in

      Oct 7, 2021 - Event Planner in Chicago, IL
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Travel and some fun coworkers

      Cons

      Very cutthroat and easy to get burnt out. After a while grinding and grinding for a promotion that won’t come you start looking elsewhere. Spoke from both sides of their mouth very often. “We’ll support you during the pandemic, be patient with your teams, we value work/life balance, your job is safe” - not true

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      6 people found this review helpful
    5. 1.0
      Former Employee

      Unethical, toxic, panic attacks, gaslighting. Run.

      Oct 6, 2021 - Operations Manager in Chicago, IL
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Was able to keep my job through the pandemic

      Cons

      Everything is needlessly urgent. Nobody is patient. Nobody is respectful. Everything is political. Everything happens behind closed doors. You will be ambushed with hostile meetings questioning your work. They claim to be flexible and progressive but will discard you as soon as it’s convenient. The work is self important and your bosses will look for ANY opportunity to give you a negative review / keep you where you are. They have no desire whatsoever to develop talent and promote people. Their primary goal is getting as much work out of desperate or ignorant employees as possible. I know several colleagues who would throw up or cry in the mornings from anxiety. I wish I could go back and never work here. I was quite literally used and abused. Just run. There is absolutely 0 work life balance. It is unmitigated harassment.

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      7 people found this review helpful
    6. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Sink or swim. Burn out. Etc.

      Sep 16, 2021 - Coordinator in Chicago, IL
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Gained great experience and knowledge over time, worked with good people, pay wasn’t terrible

      Cons

      Highly political corporate culture. As sink or swim as it gets. HR talks a big talk but that’s about it. Pervasive burn out and high turnover. Lack of stability.

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      2 people found this review helpful
    7. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      decent

      Sep 9, 2021 - Associate in Washington, DC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      decent amount of travel opportunities

      Cons

      very hard to advance in the company

      1 person found this review helpful
    8. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Pass the Buck, No Organization, Toxic Culture

      Sep 29, 2021 - Senior Coordinator in Chicago, IL
      Recommend
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      Pros

      You inevitably learn a lot and grow in the industry over time because of your exposure to the work itself. A lot of the people that work here were wonderful colleagues.

      Cons

      Make no mistake, "overwork and underpay" is the business model. You will be given 60 hours of work without being eligible for overtime - then you will be called deficient for falling behind. There is no infrastructure to support employees. This cycle of gaslighting and harassment goes on until you quit or get fired. Almost no opportunity for company advancement unless you get extremely lucky. You have to politically claw for promotions. The "merit increases" should be insulting to anyone who has experience working elsewhere. HR paints themselves as a cutting-edge department that cares about and serves their employees, but they just churn and burn through entry level talent that truly doesn't know any better. This firm is a wolf in sheep's clothing.

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      5 people found this review helpful
    9. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 10 years

      Meeting planner

      Sep 30, 2021 - Meeting Planner 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Throwing you in deep end and get experience

      Cons

      Executive management and toxic environment

      3 people found this review helpful
    10. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Decent Company

      Aug 24, 2021 - Membership & Operations Associate in Chicago, IL
      Recommend
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      Pros

      I've held two positions and had a good experience with the people within the company. They are nice and laid back. Only experienced one manager who wasn't that competent. But if you have a bad manager you will work with other managers within other clients you can lean on.

      Cons

      It depends on the client you get, but with this position you can get stuck doing more if the client doesn't higher a professional within that area to handle the task. Not the best benefits and PTO. Didn't have a good experience with HR and my medical benefits. I ended up paying more out of pocket because HR and our insurance representative wasn't able to help me understand my plan. They value time within the company more than your work ethic.

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