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3.2
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SmithBucklin CEO Matt Sanderson
Matt Sanderson
59 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great Place to work and build career(in 15 reviews)

  • "Great benefits and exciting fast paced office environment(in 14 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to Learn"

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SmithBucklin full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    I learned and grew professionally more than I ever could have imagined in this role. In this environment, you will get to work on a wide array of projects and get to flex different skills. My teammates had many unique specialized skills that I was able to learn from as well. This job was an amazing stepping stone and helped me get my dream job because of the impressive skills I was able to show off from SmithBucklin....

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    Cons

    The nature of the work is to put out the best work with the least amount of people- aka lowest cost to the client. The majority of the staff is spread thin and stressed. Employees do usually end up putting together amazing end products for clients, which I think is why no changes are made to workloads, despite complaints from staff. If you are in a service unit, you will be juggling anywhere from 4-7 client loads, which...

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    Advice to Management

    Management needs to better enforce accurate and honest time management entry. Many people were putting in hours much lower than they were actually working because they were nervous about overcharging clients or reactions from managers. However, the time put in the time management system is what is used to analyze whether or not a department needs a new employee on the team. If you invest in decreasing staff stress level,...

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    SmithBucklin2019-05-21
  2. "n/a"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I worked at SmithBucklin part-time for more than 4 years

      Pros

      Nice, close knit company dedicated to

      Cons

      Travelling is sometimes thrown at you

      SmithBucklin2019-04-15
    • Helpful (1)

      "With Flexibility Comes Responsibility"

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      Former Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at SmithBucklin full-time for more than 9 years

      Pros

      SmithBucklin is a company that offers it's employees opportunity. As an employee you are empowered to be creative, flexible, make decisions, and truly have an impact on a number of industries and association. I think this is important to keep in mind because this type of environment can be daunting for many, it requires great responsibility and accountability. At SmithBucklin you are the only one if your way; you have...

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      Cons

      Negativity can sometimes brew and if you aren't careful it will affect you. Keep your head down and do your work. Don't let negativity creep in and you will be just fine! Be mindful of reviews on here - it's just like yelp and likely a negative review is a result of a very specific scenario or inability to take responsibility and accountability for performance.

      SmithBucklin2019-04-04
    • Helpful (3)

      "Awful"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I worked at SmithBucklin

      Pros

      Great River North downtown location

      Cons

      Hierarchical organization led by an incompetent and unethical leadership team. No clear vision and a lack of regard for People and Culture. Human Resource leadership clearly does not care about it’s employees in any area of the business.

      Advice to Management

      Change is overdue here and it’s time for SmithBucklin to take a hard look at this top heavy company and move to a progressive organization that treats its employees fairly and with the same regard that they treat the Association clients.

      SmithBucklin2019-05-09
    • Helpful (11)

      "Bootcamp"

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      Former Employee - Event Coordinator in Chicago, IL
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at SmithBucklin full-time for more than 4 years

      Pros

      The SmithBucklin Event Services unit is seen in the industry as event planning bootcamp. People in the industry seek out SmithBucklin event planners because of the level of excellence shown in our events and how hard of a worker SmithBucklin shapes its event planners to be. From day one, it's sink or swim, and not for the faint of heart. The pace is fast and you are responsible for more in your first year than you...

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      Cons

      It's sink or swim, it's seen as bootcamp, you have tons of responsibilities, and you are expected to work very hard for little pay and inadequate support. Every person's experience at SmithBucklin is different because your experience is entirely dependent upon your unit/boss/clients. In some units, people have one client and one boss and are able to come in and do their job and leave promptly at 5. In other units,...

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      Advice to Management

      Ensure all units are following through on the great structures that are in place and that messages aren't getting lost in translation. SmithBucklin is a great company, but each employee's experience is dictated by their individual unit, unit head, boss and client set. There needs to be more continuity in overall experience by providing guidelines for employee workloads/work environments. For example, everyone in a...

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      SmithBucklin2018-11-21
    • Helpful (5)

      "Want millennials, can't keep them"

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

        I have been working at SmithBucklin full-time

        Pros

        You get to work in a team and get to try a variety of roles. This is a good job for those who are recent graduates and are not sure what they want to do for a career.

        Cons

        Flexibility of job depends on what manager you have. Overworked and not enough pay. This is not a place for those who have more specific interests and want to move upward in their career. You will feel stuck.

        Advice to Management

        Be clear with what the position you are hiring for entails. A reason people do not stay is because they come into the job thinking they know what they were getting into and then realize that they are just doing the work other people don't want to do. Be more flexible with millennials, not only with the older generations.

        SmithBucklin2018-11-27
      • Helpful (4)

        "Making Strides"

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I have been working at SmithBucklin full-time for more than 2 years

        Pros

        I am writing this review today as I feel too often only negative responses are captured, rather than the positive ones. Today, our CEO sent a heartfelt email to our organization in which, made me tear and feel proud to work for a great leader who opened up and communicated to our organization the way he did. Thank you. This was a pivotal moment and one that I don't want to go unrecognized nor unappreciative. He's doing...

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        Cons

        We need more progressive benefits and flexibility. Often times, we are so consensus driven that it take a year to make a decision. Advice to Management: Move forward and don't worry about those resistant to change - change and then it will become their new norm. There are certain leaders that still only know how to say no. Change that - or we we will continue to see high turnover.

        Advice to Management

        Keep moving forward - but move forward with passion and disruption if needed. Thank you for the heartfelt message - that meant a lot to our culture of who we are and our stance of inclusiveness.

        SmithBucklin2018-10-29
      • Helpful (2)

        "Good onboarding"

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        Current Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        Approves of CEO

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

        Pros

        As a new executive I was pleasantly surprised by the customized and comprehensive onboarding. I've worked for many companies in my twenty year career, big and small, and I've not received the same quality and individualized attention before.

        Cons

        The meeting rooms need better tech capabilities.

        Advice to Management

        I heard that the company was investing in more training next year. I know that is an important feature for younger professionals. I'd like to understand the level of investment. This is is something that differentiates companies in the marketplace.

        SmithBucklin2018-10-13
      • Helpful (1)

        "Senior Associate"

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

        I have been working at SmithBucklin full-time

        Pros

        Collaborative environment, ability to work on many high-profile, high-stake projects

        Cons

        Lets of work to be done - often have to be willing to put in extra time

        SmithBucklin2018-10-08
      • Helpful (4)

        "Worst job I've ever had."

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
        Doesn't Recommend
        Negative Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I worked at SmithBucklin full-time

        Pros

        Strong team bond with my peers. Opportunity to travel often if that is of interest to you. The newish CEO seems to care and I hope he will change the company in a positive way. Room to grow your career with promotions.

        Cons

        Little to no training, no thought from management about your workload, disconnect between teams and lack of communication between different departments, VERY HIGH turn over company wide which means constant additions to your work load.

        Advice to Management

        Properly train your staff. Address the issue of your staff turnover other than the excuse of "this might not have been the right environment for that person".

        SmithBucklin2018-11-11
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