At SmartBrief, 84 percent of employees say their workplace is great.



This review is based on 63 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 8.13. It was published on May 9, 2016. 10274 Visitors

What Employees Say

Management trusts people to do a good job without watching over their shoulders.
I can be myself around here.
People are encouraged to balance their work life and their personal life.
I am able to take time off from work when I think it's necessary.
People care about each other here.

What They Do

We asked SmartBrief to explain what they do. Here is what they had to say.

SmartBrief is a leading digital B2B media company. By combining technology and editorial expertise, SmartBrief delivers each day's most relevant industry news to more than 5.8 million senior executives, thought leaders and informed industry professionals.

About this Company

Website: Industry: Media
US Headquarters: Washington, District of Columbia Major Locations: New York, New York
US Employees: 166 Corporate Structure: Private
Founded: 1999

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Perks and Programs

We asked SmartBrief to share a few programs they feel really capture what's unique about their workplace. Here is what they had to say.

  • Summer Internship Program: This 7-week paid program allows rising college seniors to gain experience working with marketing, product development, sales, technology or editorial content. Besides gaining valuable firsthand work experience, SmartBrief's summer interns can network with and learn from senior leaders, participate in developmental programs and participate in the excitement of working in the heart of Washington, D.C.
  • Women's Leadership Program: SmartBrief holds an annual Women's Leadership program for all women in the organization. The goal of this program is to create networking opportunities, help women build their leadership capability and enhance their overall leadership brand. The program content varies by year and includes topics around negotiating value, communicating with conviction, telling your own story and navigating a career. Guest speakers have included a New York Times best-selling author, Target's chief diversity officer and a renowned George Washington University Women's Leadership professor.
  • Momentum Program: The SmartBrief Momentum Program is designed to enhance the future leadership of our company by identifying and developing individuals with the potential to shape SmartBrief's success over the next decade. Employees invited to participate in this program already have demonstrated their ability and willingness to pursue greater responsibility, and this endeavor is an investment in their continued development and success. The program is designed to expand their leadership and management capability, in part, by enhancing their business acumen and interpersonal skills. The program's content includes tools to improve problem-solving capacity, build teams and effect change. Participation in the Momentum Program lasts for one year, with full-day sessions every 6 to 8 weeks.
  • Accelerate Program: The Accelerate Program is a leadership program for employees transitioning from an individual contributor to a manager/leader role. The program is designed to give leaders the necessary tools to make this transition successful. In this program, participants are given opportunities to enhance their self-awareness, increase their leadership capacity and build their networks. Content topics include DISC assessment, interpersonal skills, giving feedback, conflict management and delegation.
  • SmartBrief Leadership Series: The SmartBrief Leadership Series includes a curriculum of leadership and management-development courses for anyone in the company. The goal of this series is to provide employees with the opportunity to enhance their skills and build their professional development. We offer a course catalog that includes presentation skills, conflict resolution, goal setting and feedback, introduction to management, DISC assessment and interpersonal skills.
  • Golden Smartie Award: The Golden Smartie Award is a recognition program designed to reward employees who have gone above and beyond their duties. Employees can nominate fellow employees for the reward every quarter. The goal is to recognize employees who have done an outstanding job and demonstrate SmartBrief values in their work and interactions with others. The recipient of the award is crowned by the previous winner and receives their award publicly at an all-hands company lunch.
  • Work.Com: SmartBrief uses, a Salesforce performance-management system. The purpose of this system is to allow employees and managers to collaboratively set goals, align and manage performance. Recognition includes "thanks" with unlimited custom badges (we have badges around teamwork, collaboration, client focus, for example). Badging is a simple and easy way to recognize and reward employees; you can recognize and thank your coworkers by posting custom messages, badges and rewards to their chatter feed. This tool has created lots of excitement and engagement among employees. It rewards and recognizes behaviors and values we want to reinforce as a company.
  • Employee Referral Program: SmartBrief offers an employee referral program with a $1,000 reward opportunity. We have had tremendous success leveraging this program to identify strong candidates for the organization. Employees fill out required paperwork to submit a qualified candidate from their network. If that person is hired, the employee is eligible for $1,000.
  • Summer at SmartBrief: Summer is a wonderful time for SmartBrief employees. As a company, we take an annual boat cruise around the Potomac River, relaxing in the sun and taking in historic Washington, D.C., sites. This is one of our favorite events of the year! We also hold weekly happy hours, sponsored by each department. This is a great activity -- employees can participate in event planning, exercise creativity and build camaraderie. Events have featured a hypnotist, karaoke, corn hole and many other fun activities!


  • 401(k)
  • Employee stock ownership plan
  • Pre-tax savings account


  • Free beverages during the day
  • Subsidized public transportation
Summer Internship Program


10 days Paid time off after one year of full-time employment 5 days Paid sick days after one year of full-time employment


  • Telecommute option
  • Compressed work weeks


60 days Job-protected maternity leave30 days Fully-paid maternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)
5 days Job-protected paternity leave5 days Fully-paid paternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)
60 days Job-protected parental leave for adoptive parents30 days Fully-paid parental leave for adoptive parents (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)
*Employees are not required to use all their personal paid time off before taking parental leave. All employees are eligible for parental leave benefits.


  • Lactation room(s)
  • Paid sick leave to care for a child or relative


  • Medical care
  • Vision care
  • Mental health care
  • Dental care
  • Prescription drug subsidy


  • Fitness center (only at headquarters)


    • Formal programs support professional development for: Women
    • Married employees in same-sex or heterosexual relationships receive the same benefits
    • Non-birth parents in same-sex relationships can take parental leave

    Executive Diversity

    SmartBrief College Tshirt Day


    SmartBrief Women's Leadership Program

    How to Get Hired

    We asked SmartBrief for some inside information on how to get hired at the organization. Here is what they had to say.

    What key characteristics tell you a prospective employee will be a great fit for your company?

    At SmartBrief, employees enjoy an entrepreneurial work environment with accelerated advancement opportunities. We firmly believe that our employees drive the success of the company. With success in mind as the ultimate goal, we strive to create and provide an environment that offers challenging, stimulating and financially rewarding opportunities. At SmartBrief, diverse ideas are met with enthusiasm, and you can learn and grow to your full potential. We're looking for individuals who enjoy the entrepreneurial thrill of invention and who enjoy working as a team to create a satisfying outcome for our customers.

    What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

    Prospective employees should go to our website and submit their resume for positions they are interested in. SmartBrief looks to hire candidates who are bright, capable, optimistic and entrepreneurial.

    Are there any positions or types of candidates you are particularly focused on hiring in this coming year?

    SmartBrief is growing and we continually look for talented candidates in Sales, Technology, Finance, Editorial and Operations. To see SmartBrief's current openings, please visit our career page at:

    What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?

    To learn more about SmartBrief and research and review current openings, please visit our career page

    hiring Outlook

    30 Job openings forecast for coming year 1,422 Applications received
    40 Positions filled in past year 35% New hires by employee referrals
    24 Jobs filled by current employees Yes Recruits on college campuses
    22 New graduates hired
    * All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.

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