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SGS Reviews

Updated January 13, 2015
Updated January 13, 2015
188 Reviews
2.7
188 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • training opportunities are good and allow to build your work-life balance (in 7 reviews)

  • Can learn a lot of different methods/techniques (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management communicates to employees in a way that puts employees on the defensive (in 7 reviews)

  • Poor work/life balance in the summer, where the workload can force you to almost live at work (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Loader

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    Current Employee - Loader
    Current Employee - Loader

    I have been working at SGS

    Pros

    Decent pay for starting. Refinery Experience, not back-breaking work.

    Cons

    Management, little- to no room for advancement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2.  

    Don't work here

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    Current Employee - Dock Operator in Corpus Christi, TX
    Current Employee - Dock Operator in Corpus Christi, TX

    I have been working at SGS

    Pros

    Decent pay & benefits. That's all

    Cons

    Long hours. Management doesn't care about employees. Very few days off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start caring about employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    Management was horrible

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    Former Employee - Microbiology Technologist in Fairfield, NJ
    Former Employee - Microbiology Technologist in Fairfield, NJ

    I worked at SGS as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    -good coworkers who are young for the most part and easy to get along with

    Cons

    -incompetent management
    -I had a manager who did not know my name after 6 months of working here
    -trickle down stress, company was losing money. corporate manger pressure on department manager lead to high stress environment
    -too much work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -treat your employees like humans

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    Honest

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SGS full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Not working there anymore. The amount of experience.

    Cons

    Management only listens to men. If you come in early and leave late daily you get written up for coming in late and leaving early. If you take the hour lunch that you are given you get written up for taking excessive lunches. You get scrutinized for following SOPs methods especially when it comes to calibration and verifying equipment. You get called sexist names behind your back.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the sexist pigs, stop taking clients/co-workers to strip clubs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Chemist II Analyst

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    Former Employee - Chemist II Analyst
    Former Employee - Chemist II Analyst

    I worked at SGS as a contractor

    Pros

    While working there I had run into people who were so stressed out, that end up yelling at me for no reason. I was a contractor, an outsider visiting the company, and I have to say that I did not feel very welcome.

    Cons

    I was given the opportunity to do method development which allows me to grow with in my career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would like to advise them to respond do not react to the issues brought up in the meeting. Your costumers are important but your employees matter too.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Boss was demeaning

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    Former Employee - Auto Inspector in New Haven, CT
    Former Employee - Auto Inspector in New Haven, CT

    I worked at SGS full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Introduced to a New Career. Good Training.

    Cons

    Inadequate pay. Posted Job hours and actual hours differ dramatically. My worst experience with any company!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to you workers. Don't let personal feelings about employee's cloud your view of there work. Work with integrity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Decided to leave

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    Former Employee - Lab Technician
    Former Employee - Lab Technician

    I worked at SGS full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Hours, pay ok (not completely satisfied), customer interaction

    Cons

    Management, attitude, skill level/competency of co-workers, QA issues

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't cut hours of your better employees and keep those due to personal treatment. It's weird to be hiring new salaried staff when you don't need their services. QA also needs a little more enforcing within the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Automotive Field Inspector

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    Former Employee - Auto Inspector in Newark, NJ
    Former Employee - Auto Inspector in Newark, NJ

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

    Pros

    there is really Nothing more to say about this Company Its All bad the only Way to make money is to travel working in another state making overtime. but you expense all food gas ext. To get reimbursed 4 weeks later. Not cool.

    Cons

    Pay,Travel,Supervisor,Job.there is really Nothing more to say about this Company Its All bad the only Way to make money is to travel working in another state making overtime. but you expense all food gas ext. To get reimbursed 4 weeks later. Not cool.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay More And Don't push for more work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Get OUT!! Run as fast as you can ...

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    Former Employee - Laboratory Technician in Deer Park, TX
    Former Employee - Laboratory Technician in Deer Park, TX

    I worked at SGS full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Gated parking lot and large restrooms.

    Cons

    No bonuses. No pay raise in last 5 years. People are quitting like crazy. At one point there wasnt enough staff to cover the shifts. Very high turn-over. By the time you finish training someone they are sick of the way the company and managers treat them and they quit. They do not keep anything private. You will find out who gets fired or written up 2-3 days in advance!!! There is too much mess, backstabbing, gossip, and trouble. Don't get me started on the amount of accidents that have occurred and the integrity of the results reported. If you do decide to work here make sure you ask exactly for the money you want or x5 more, because you will get it because no one wants to work here.They hire people with no experience because no one is willing to work here or stay long enough before they have time to fill another position. Doesn't matter how much you get paid you not be able to endure the way things work around here. Someone threaten to come to work and blow up the facility because he was too stressed about the job. Everyone was scared!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give Raises. Make employees feel appreciated and maybe the turn over will not be so high. Fire the assistant managers and maybe people will be a little Happier. Also, teach the managers how to talk to the employees, stop being rude, and spreading mess around the workplace.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    All downhill after SGS acquired our lab.

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    Former Employee - Lab Chemist in Wilmington, NC
    Former Employee - Lab Chemist in Wilmington, NC

    I worked at SGS full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly lab staff. Was a great place to work when I started there.

    Cons

    Top heavy management.
    No understanding of production timelines.
    Very little regard for employee safety.
    Management misleading about compensation, work hours, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Speak to the lab staff to get an idea of turn around times prior to making commitments

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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