SGS Reviews

Updated January 30, 2015
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  1. Lab Tech

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SGS full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Job security very nice coworkers

    Cons

    Pay is not vey good

    Advice to Management

    Pay more money

  2. Neither here nor there.

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    Former Employee - Chemical Loader in Plaquemine, LA
    Former Employee - Chemical Loader in Plaquemine, LA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent 401k program the company matches dollar for dollar up to 5%. Good place to start but quickly get experience on move on.

    Cons

    Management is operated on the good ole boy system. Lots off favoritism as subordinates often hang out with the upper management. No room for advancement there is a raise a 1 year of approximately $1.00 than another 2 years of approximately $1.00 then you top out.

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be some policing of the way company policy and procedure is performed, especially between management and the workers.

  3. Good experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SGS full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    It is a good platform for learning and get the experience.

    Cons

    Pay does not compensate for the amount of work, long hours. There is a struggle to find a work/Life Balance.

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  5. awesome place to work and grow

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    Former Contractor - Risk Anakyst in Newark, NJ
    Former Contractor - Risk Anakyst in Newark, NJ

    I worked at SGS as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    growth opportunity as in opened to employees

    Cons

    contracts job most of the time could be challenging

  6. A little too much international oversight

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    Former Employee - Commercial & Business Analysis Manager in Bartlesville, OK
    Former Employee - Commercial & Business Analysis Manager in Bartlesville, OK

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Strong Safety Culture, lots of opportunity for clerical and inspection personnel.

    Cons

    Geneva headquarters did not understand the Bartlesville office when they bought it, couldn't figure out how to appropriately manage. Failure at US and Geneva levels to not charge an operating center for R&D activities and double charge for infrastructure.

    Advice to Management

    Make management rewards achievable.

  7. Future not too bright

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    Current Employee - Supervisor in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Denver, CO

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Active in promoting from within

    Cons

    Management not proactive in maintaining sustainable level of work.

  8. Helpful (2)

    Not what I expected at all

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    Former Employee - Key Account Manager
    Former Employee - Key Account Manager

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Decent compensation overall, good bonus (if it was humanly possible to hit the target), good direct manager, good technical direction from mothership

    Cons

    Upper management out of touch with reality, lack of compliance from affiliates and overseas managers, over promising and under delivering, lack of technological resources, lots of manual reporting due to sad technology within the company.

    Advice to Management

    Support your employees. Sometimes the customer is crazy and not always right. Listen to the situation and help them. Don't leave them out in the cold to defend themselves. Push internally for more technology to be competitive with other labs. Your lack of engagement is embarrassing.

  9. Review

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    Former Employee - Global Key Account Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Global Key Account Manager in Houston, TX

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Worldwide reputation in most categories

    Cons

    Needs US exposure for particular categories

    Advice to Management

    Develop relationships with target customers

  10. Assessor

    Former Contractor - Medical Device Auditor/Assessor
    Former Contractor - Medical Device Auditor/Assessor

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

    Pros

    Generally cooperative and friendly staff. Adequate training and an emphasis on safety that I had not seen at other companies. Best practices were shared.

    Cons

    There was lots of work and the pay was low. Delays in communication and some inaccurate work instructions / directives contributed to frustration. Due to recession, personal growth with the company was not encouraged.

    Advice to Management

    Emphasize more training on dealing with customer issues.

  11. Loader

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    Current Employee - Loader in Baytown, TX
    Current Employee - Loader in Baytown, TX

    I have been working at SGS full-time (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    I would say I like how flexible they are with other things you have going on in your life. It is a very easy job, the hardest part about the job is dealing with the weather.

    Cons

    The biggest challenge about working at this job is getting paid more. At this job you basically get paid $17 for the same work that operators do and make $25 a hour at most places.

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