SGS Reviews

Updated August 15, 2014
Updated August 15, 2014
153 Reviews
2.8
153 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
(no image)
Christopher (Chris) Kirk
43 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • I now speak and work with other affiliates around the world (in 4 reviews)

  • Can learn a lot of different methods/techniques (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Bonuses are only for upper management level, PTO is vacation only (in 6 reviews)

  • No training or career progression offered as promised during initial hiring interview (in 5 reviews)

More Highlights

34 Employee Reviews Back to all reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1.  

    Good company to work for.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Laboratory Technician  in  Charleston, WV
    Former Employee - Laboratory Technician in Charleston, WV

    I worked at SGS full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The people are very friendly, and very accommodating. It was a low stress environment with no unreasonable deadlines that had to be meet.

    Cons

    They did testing for coal companies, and while I was there someone tried to come in and start a union. Management went to great lengths to avoid this and pretty much called a meeting and said our jobs would be lost if we signed the card supporting the union effort.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They seemed to have a very good immediate management team, although corporate seemed to be a little out of touch.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    They tell you how to succeed! Who does that?

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

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

    Pros

    We are encouraged to connect with our peers across the company. I have been introduced to folks in several countries and can't wait to visit or transfer. Looking at the company as a whole, I believe in the same ideals. We do important stuff around the world. I feel good about what we do and I want others to know too.

    Cons

    A few people are afraid to tell management how to fix things. People ask me, "What is SGS?", everyday. No one knows who we are.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust the people closest to the issue to fix it. Be creative on rewarding their input. Sometimes it's not about money. Sometimes people just want more control over their world, and trust you to have their back. Could we get more out to the USA about SGS. I want people to know we are bigger than IBM and been around since forever. Billboards, tv commercials like BASF. Black and orange, black and organge, everywhere please.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Quality Manager  in  Fairfield, NJ
    Former Employee - Quality Manager in Fairfield, NJ

    I worked at SGS full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Relaxed environment, good culture and very nice system

    Cons

    Silo mentality. People next cube had no idea who you are and what you do

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leave things to the experts

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  4. We want your feedback – Are these company reviews helpful to you?  Yes | No
  5.  

    Lifetime of experience everyday enjoy learning something new

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Information Technology  in  Secaucus, NJ
    Current Employee - Information Technology in Secaucus, NJ

    I have been working at SGS full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Expertise is people building skills, learning new challenging IT perspectives

    Cons

    Travel so work life balance is off balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need time to enhance certificate programs to advance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great company with strong growth ahead!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supervisor  in  Geismar, LA
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Geismar, LA

    I have been working at SGS full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    As stated, this is a great company to be with. There is plenty of growth ahead...locally and abroad. Pretty good work/life balance and the salary is good compared to the competition. If you're able to prove you're competent and capable (and patient), you'll move your way up in this company because the opportunity is there.

    Cons

    There are quite a few 'good ol boy' managers in place. These people were clearly promoted due to length of service instead of ability. Promotions should be given to those who are capable of doing the job regardless of tenure or age.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In order to retain the right workforce, you need to promote those who are capable of doing the best job, not those who have been with the company the longest

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    good if not interested in career advancement

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

    I have been working at SGS full-time

    Pros

    Stable place to be as long as you're not a contractor
    Flexible as long as you get your work done

    Cons

    not much for advancement
    Company not growing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    make time to listen to the people below

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Solid culture, just lacks incentives

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Manager  in  Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Tampa, FL

    I worked at SGS full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The leadership at the top is solid, big company with outlooks for growth

    Cons

    Bonuses are only for upper management level, PTO is vacation only

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create more employee incentive

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Recruiting

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inspector  in  Kalamazoo, MI
    Current Employee - Inspector in Kalamazoo, MI

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

    Pros

    There is someone to help you get though the process

    Cons

    It is a huge company. I am not aware of how big it really is.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would like to see who my managers are on a regular basis

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    My experience has been wonderful!!!!

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

    I have been working at SGS

    Pros

    There are endless opportunities for advancement with SGS.

    Cons

    The benefits could be better.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Company Overall

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

    I have been working at SGS full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Company is focus on getting vehicles inspected.. Room to make tons of overtime. Care about your safety, and are very understanding when it comes to health and family issues.

    Cons

    Pay is horrible, you have to over perform to gain... How they mitigate there resources and staff is poorly done. Many of the staff have no clue what they doing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More Communication can help the automotive division work effectively and efficient.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

Worked for SGS? Contribute to the Community!

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.