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Smiths Detection Reviews

43 Reviews
43 Reviews
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Mal Maginnis
17 Ratings

    Frustrating - lack of vision and strategy; poor leadership

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    Current Employee - Finance  in  Bushey, England
    Current Employee - Finance in Bushey, England

    I have been working at Smiths Detection full-time for more than 3 years


    The Product&Technology should be the core of the business. Use to be market leaders but competition has been catching up and successive cuts on R&D spending led to lots of good people leaving.


    Very poor management. Lack of priorities, often lost in structural changes, than restructuring, than new projects all at the same time. Difficulty in implementing and achieving changes and positive results. Opportunities often end in frustration for those involved. Increase intervention from Group Plc is not helping, alienates people from strategy and management. Staff are demotivated. Pay and benefits below industry benchmark.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a solid strategy, push management to implement focusing in a few achievable priorities and encourage accountability. Focus on technology and people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

Smiths Detection Interviews

Updated May 10, 2014
Updated May 10, 2014

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Interview Experience


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Getting an Interview


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Interview Difficulty




    Systems Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Middletown, RI (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Middletown, RI (US)
    Application Details

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 6+ weeks - interviewed at Smiths Detection in August 2010.

    Interview Details

    Contacted by recruiting agency. Process took about 1 month. 1 phone interview and 2 in person. It wasn't a very difficult process. Everyone was very nice. HR had to check on the answer to a lot of questions with the corporate headquarters.

    Interview Questions
    • If a component piece of software is not properly invoked on a certain server, what could be the problem?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation phase. Offer made with no wiggle room.
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

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Headquarters Wiesbaden, Germany
Size 500 to 999 Employees
Founded Unknown
Type Subsidiary or Business Segment
Industry Manufacturing
Revenue £50 to £100 million (GBP) per year

Smiths Detection has good sens-ors. Smiths designs sensors to identify biological and chemical agents, narcotics, weapons, and other illegal contraband, for use in banks, prisons, and industrial facilities, as well as in military, first response, transportation, and homeland security applications. Some of its detection and screening technologies utilize spectroscopy (gamma ray, ion mobility, Raman, and infra-red). The company makes X-ray inspection units to scan mail, luggage, and freight, as well as to detect explosives. The company manufactures metal detectors and makes... More

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