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SGK Reviews

Updated July 11, 2014
Updated July 11, 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.  

    Solid company that is always trying to be on the cutting edge of their industry.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Client Coordinator in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Client Coordinator in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    They recruit great people. They have a very easy going yet productive company culture. SME will help with any questions you have and are very approachable. Work-life balance is great here.

    Cons

    Reducing unscheduled time off is a corporate priority, so that can be a demerit if it happens too much. They aren't that good at career development/planning, you have to figure a lot out on your own.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better career planning/development to retain in-house talent.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Ever Changing Landscape

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Client Coordinator in Des Plaines, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Client Coordinator in Des Plaines, IL

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

    Pros

    Challenging work opportunity, great growth in career, no ceiling!

    Cons

    Pay does not change by much as you grow internally, but opportunity for experience is there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire talented people and let them do their job, try to avoid micromanaging too much.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Very positive up to 2008, then only moderately positive.

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

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

    Pros

    The people that I work with are great. Great energy, enthusiasm and knowledge.

    Cons

    Geographically diverse so there is some travel in some of the roles. Some uncertainly as to the future with the pending merger with MATW

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep listening to employees in the field. The best ideas come from there.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Company in transition

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

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

    Pros

    SGK thought about getting into the services side of the industry way before competition

    Cons

    Industry is changing very fast, and due to its size, Schawk is not changing fast enough with it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay nimble, listen to employees, listen to key customers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Enjoy working at Schawk

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

    I have been working at SGK full-time

    Pros

    Opportunity for promotion has been there if you put for the effort and step up to take on added responsibility

    Cons

    Compensation has not been consistent with market always and the company review process has not always been consistent across the board

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Lots of moving parts

    • 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

    Pros

    The company is a large global entity with a lot of opportunity if you are willing to relocate. There are a lot of facilities around the world.

    If you are versatile you will never get bored.

    There are quite a few different sections to Schawk - Agency related (Anthem!), Separations, Color Retouch, Photography, Prototyping and 3D Rendering, as well as SDS which is more involved with IT and approval software.

    Cons

    Pay increases are few and far between, you have to change positions or fight for some advancement before you see even a cost of living adjustment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is a disconnect of goals between financial drive and process drive. We sometimes get caught up in fiscal discussions and we don't improve our process or in order to improve our finances we add 17 steps to our process.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Assembler

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SGK

    Pros

    Good People benefits are are as well as salary

    Cons

    Lack of direction as to whats going on with the company & individually

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have good employees you should listen to them

  9.  

    From LA to the 80's and back

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graphic Designer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Graphic Designer in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at SGK as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Plenty of rooftop parking, flexible hours, plenty of water coolers, left alone to get work done, teamwork driven at times, the employees are friendly, which is weird cause most places treat freelancers like they are lepers. The location is questionable, but I like that its on this side of the 5 freeway.
    They use a payment system that they immediately set you up with and they pay you quickly, within a week.
    I come in, get my 8 hours, and get to go home. I love it.

    Cons

    Lighting by florescence, 80's drab layout. Weird small little pockets of offices and quite possibly a death trap if you don't know how to get out quickly. No one ever told me there was a kitchen till I was there for a month.

    You're kind of brought in, left at your desk with work, then your on your own...how to get out, how to set up files, where to put them, how to get on the server, etc etc. I just recently figured out which printers are where.

    There nearest place to eat is 5 min away by car, nothing good is walking distance.

    There are like 5 different ways you have to log in your hours. kind of redundant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great job letting us do our work and explaining the job well. I never have to ask questions and even when its crazy and chaotic, they are calm and collected.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good place to work, but can feel isolated at times

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at SGK

    Pros

    Everyone, no matter from what department, was very nice and willing to help. I never had a problem with the people I worked with and after I left I had connections from all the departments.

    Cons

    Although everyone was nice, there was never any time to get to really get to know the people you were working with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set aside company days where employees can just hang out and get to know each other. It will definitely boost the morale in the office.

    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to work-great people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at SGK

    Pros

    Great work life balance and enjoyable clients to service. Well respected within the advertising industry and globally with potential clients.

    Cons

    This agency needs to expand to the digital arena to remain competitive and offer clients email, web, social media, and database management options.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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