SGK Reviews

Updated July 11, 2014
Updated July 11, 2014
81 Reviews

2.7
81 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
  • 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Catch 22 - Great Job - Employer doesn't Care

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Current Employee - Project Manager

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

    Pros

    Fun job, great talent. Good Team work. That's what makes it a catch 22. The job is so enjoyable and the people are great but management fails to recognize it.

    Cons

    Management does not appreciate what they have. No pay increases, no bonus, no incentive to stay. They tell you there are yearly salary reviews, but when the time comes, there is always an excuse for it not to happen. In addition, there is no road for advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Org chart - don't put levels on, it is very discouraging to see someone hired after you, that is not as strong to be hired at a higher level. Do what you say you are going to do. Offer raises both for merit and for inflation. Consider performance bonuses and not just for senior leadership. Give your employees a reason to stay and not jump to your competitors. Offer a different route of resume submission for job openings instead of having to go through submitting with the masses.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Low pay and lower advancement opportunities

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    • 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

    good place to get some skills and looks good on the resume

    Cons

    very low pay, lots of outsourcing and low prospects for true advancement. The only way to get a raise is to threaten to quit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    make people feel appreciated. Money talks...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Frustrating place to work!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Des Plaines, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Des Plaines, IL

    I worked at SGK full-time

    Pros

    Good compensation and decent benefits.
    Outstanding global client base .
    Very talented workforce that produces great work for the clients.
    A few strong senior managers in Operations.

    Cons

    Executive management has a lot of poor managers who wouldn't survive in most other organizations.
    Many jobs are being outsourced to cut costs.
    Performance reviews are never done in some departments.
    No salary increases in years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You've hired good people but continue to make all the decisions yourselves and ignore input from your people.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Analyst  in  Des Plaines, IL
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Analyst in Des Plaines, IL

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

    Pros

    Welcoming staff, made me feel comfortable and welcome the first day. Management at my location is very involved and engaged in the daily operations and business processes. There is a very well-defined set of business processes in place that support the entire operation. Employees follow the process, and are encouraged to give feedback to help improve the process.

    Cons

    The physical facility could use some work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improvements to the physical space would make many employees happy. They comment about how much they miss their old facility.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Solid Employer with which to cut your catalog production teeth

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Supervisor  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Company has locations worldwide, most with similar structures. Chicago locations have amazing photography and print production operations. This company offers a great start for any interested in the catalog and print marketing arenas.

    Cons

    Poor executive involvement and hubris contribute to serious client and staff missteps. Very little room for advancement at locations with which I am familiar. Creative and Account staff feel restricted while Production staff is pressed hard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees must be coached and developed—and given opportunities to grow and advance. Executives should listen to and recognize client needs; support staff who can proactively steward accounts.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Managerial Nightmare

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

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to fine tune skills within various areas of the production art and prepress portions of the print world. Some exceptional talents at the top tier of the industry within their fields within the non-management work force ranks.

    Cons

    Do not ever expect performance review or them to ever give you a raise based off of merit. The management team consists of friends of and assistants to senior management. Management promoted to position with very few qualifications and a lack of true understanding of the positions they manage. The work environment is down right toxic at times and shows no signs of turning around anytime soon.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire those you know are right and qualified for the jobs and not those who follow you around the most. Look into your incredible pool of talent available and start changes before it is too late.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    POOR MANAGEMENT/LEADERSHIP OVERALL

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Production Support  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Production Support in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Conveniently located in the heart of downtown Chicago.

    Cons

    Poor management overall with the exception of a few talented individuals - due to lack of experience. Presenting skills are horrible during meetings and not effective at all. Some of the managers do not have people skills and have problems keeping confidential information to themselves. Managers have been promoted to their positions because of who they knew not based on merit or experience. Does not have an ad agency feeling at all compared to other agencies in the Chicago area.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire new managers - especially on the Kmart team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Decent pay, good benefits, great office location.

    • 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

    The health benefits are probably the greatest reason to work here. Potential employees are informed of feast or famine work cycles upfront, and management is usually easy about letting you take time off provided you have vacation/personal days available. The office location is GREAT... at Dearborn and Madison, so you are near many restaurants and Millennium Park!

    Cons

    The main office in Des Plaines keeps laying off people and sending the jobs overseas. No one is safe... even Group Creative Directors have been sacked. Pay scale depends completely on your willingness and ability to negotiate. Variance of upto $20,000 exists between employees of the same position!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    STOP SENDING JOBS OVERSEAS.

  10.  

    Freelancers expected to work unlimited overtime.

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

    I worked at SGK

    Pros

    Casual environment, friendly co-workers, professional office space. High profile clients.

    Cons

    Managers. Company morale. Overtime hours. Turnover. Opportunities for fulltime employment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop answering questions with "That's not my job". Get off your "high-horse" and accept some responsibility.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good place to work, but can feel isolated at times

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    • 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

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