SGK

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SGK Reviews

Updated September 20, 2014
Updated September 20, 2014
83 Reviews
2.7
83 Reviews
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SGK CEO David A. Schawk
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The job is so enjoyable and the people are great but management fails to recognize it (in 7 reviews)

  • Benefits package was very generous and reasonably priced (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • very low pay, lots of outsourcing and low prospects for true advancement (in 5 reviews)

  • The management team consists of friends of and assistants to senior management (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    All up to you

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Management in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Management in New York, NY

    I have been working at SGK full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great company to work for, with wonderful benefits, awesome people and an entrepreneurial spirit. One can succeed by taking initiative to grow the business and along with it your self. A very large small company spread across the globe. It's cool to be working with people in 5 different time zones at the same time.

    Cons

    Promotions are rare, raises even more so. Not in the DNA is a yearly increase. Unfortunately the approach is "well we gave you raise 3 years ago, so sorry about this year". The whole company is very afraid to spend any money at all. If you are accustomed to being invested in - forget it, if money is involved.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend money on employees and you will see a return. Recognize the cultural differences between SGK and MATW, they seem farther behind than we are in culture and approach to business.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Comme si Comme ca

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Analyst in Chicago, IL

    I worked at SGK full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Amazing people. Great benefits & salary. Great commute. Good communication. Good team managers. Happy Hours that company organize at the end of month.

    Cons

    Poor upper level manager. Upper level managers don't have a clue what's going on under their operations. However, they affect the decisions without knowing anything. There are some people in the office like a virus that you have to love them. Otherwise, you cannot survive in the office.
    Poor management
    Company is not young. There are a lot of old fashioned people.
    People don't try to be socialize there. I don't know why you would try hard to convince people to have a lunch together.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Well go upstairs and look what people do for the company. Work with more young people. Form a more diverse culture in the office.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Lots of talk, not much action

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SGK full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Fair pay, good benefits, some nice people

    Cons

    Leadership challenges. Cultural issues. Very political.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Public Company in Design Industry

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH

    I worked at SGK full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Co-workers and office environment were positive.

    Cons

    Not given opportunity to assume more responsibility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow employees to improve processes. Reward innovation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Production Coordinator

    Former Employee - Production Coordinator in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Production Coordinator in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at SGK full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    They have a very structured hiring process

    Cons

    Job duties are expanded outside the scope of the offer letter after the position is accepted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management has plenty to gain if they would reach out for employee feedback.

  7.  

    the daily grind

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SGK

    Pros

    Excellent co-workers. Fun creative projects, always challenging and rewarding.

    Cons

    However- work hard, not smart, seems to be their motto.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your talent pool. Operators are not machines...they're creativity and vast skill sets are the product which you sell. Without them you would have no product. Reward them as you would your sales staff.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Pretty good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Art Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Art Director in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at SGK full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    They are trying to rebuild and mvoe into digital, the new hires seem to be open minded and excited to turn things around

    Cons

    Barely any raises, difficult to move from one group to another

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate better with other groups within the organization.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Stress-free interview

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at SGK full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great co-workers. Although some days the hours can be long, there is no pressure to get in early the next day. The benefits are great.

    Cons

    There doesn't seem to be much room for advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend a little time each day getting to know your staff.

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    Creative, fast paced environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SGK full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Much freedom to be a self-directed individual. Very easy to have dialogue with management and implement changes if needed. Colleagues are fun, intelligent, and hard-working.

    Cons

    Sometimes lack of direction, and communication. Often untrained in area of need, but expected to learn very quickly in a different discipline. Corporate is becoming increasingly like "Big Brother" requiring tests for salary reviews, and goal making to actually receive one. Very low morale concerning salaries and reinforcements- there none, which is discouraging after many lay offs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate your workers. Give them credit for making things run smoothly instead of farming it all to China and India. There is a big discrepancy in salary among some positions: we all work equally as hard to achieve our goals, salary should reflect that.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Schawk

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Prepress Operator in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Prepress Operator in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at SGK full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    cutting edge equipment. Adapts to clients needs

    Cons

    subjected to seasonal layoffs. The Union.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get rid of the union

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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