SGK Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 2014
81 Reviews
2.7
81 Reviews
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SGK CEO David A. Schawk
David A. Schawk
41 Ratings

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

  • Don't even get cost of living increase (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    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 for less than a 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
  2.  

    Employees are rarely appreciated

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

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

    Pros

    Flexibility regarding hours; 2 blocks away from Millennium Park; free popcorn every Tuesday; many different projects in-house; cheap vending machines

    Cons

    You are seen as your job title only, regardless of other skills and abilities; their only concern is billing the client more, not so much employee welfare; no sense of camaraderie or team; extremely low pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See your employees as more than their title. Utilize their talents.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    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 for 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
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  5.  

    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 for 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
  6.  

    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 for 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
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    Over PAID CEO

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

    I have been working at SGK full-time

    Pros

    Pre Press is dead and this is not an ad agency

    Cons

    David A. Schawk

    Executive Compensation

    As Chief Executive Officer at SCHAWK INC -CL A, David A. Schawk made $1,334,440 in total compensation. Of this total $595,000 was received as a salary, $56,858 was received as a bonus, $128,798 was received in stock options, $488,319 was awarded as stock and $65,465 came from other types of compensation. This information is according to proxy statements filed for the 2012 fiscal year.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    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 for 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
  10.  

    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 for more than a 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.

  11.  

    Definitley room for improvement

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

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

    Pros

    Great people and evironment to work in.

    Cons

    Office and managment has become very political. Resource management is not handled well. Work to personal life balance is non existent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take note of staff who make a positive contribution to the company. Review middle management's abilities and decisions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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