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SGK Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
83 Reviews
2.7
83 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
  • very low pay, lots of outsourcing and low prospects for true advancement (in 5 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Worst prepress environment I ever have been in

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Prepress Operator in Des Plaines, IL
    Former Employee - Prepress Operator in Des Plaines, IL

    I worked at SGK full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good running equipment, free coffee, and popcorn on Thursday

    Cons

    Layoffs every 6 months even when there is work. Skeleton crew and mandatory overtime. No raises, no promotions and it's a horrible toxic environment. Work is being outsourced overseas. Management does not care about your career, just get the work done faster. If your Salary watch out, get ready for 60 hour weeks with no compensation for the extra hours .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to treating employees as humans, give raises.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Graphic Artist

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SGK full-time

    Pros

    I learned a lot in this company, I worked with them for 6 years.

    Cons

    Don't expect a review and a pay raise. If you do get a review you can keep dreaming to get a pay raise. Don't even get cost of living increase. There are some shady tactics going on in the background. This is one particular group, all the other groups seemed to be happy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Follow through and don't make false promises.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Co-workers good, company not so good

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Accountant in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Accountant in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    - Co-workers were cooperative and helpful
    - End product was cool

    Cons

    - No growth opportunities/career progression
    - Business not doing too well

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Develop better sales strategy to grow business (including setting up a proper sales organization)
    - Managers need to be held accountable for their actions and performance scorecard needs to include non-financial performance measures

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    amazing experience!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Intern in New York, NY

    I have been working at SGK as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    friendly co workers
    great company culture
    innovative methods
    fun to work at

    Cons

    no cons about schawk, they are great

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    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 (more than an 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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Low pay and lower advancement opportunities

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    • 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 (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
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Frustrating place to work!

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    • 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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work

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    • 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 (less than an 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
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Solid Employer with which to cut your catalog production teeth

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    • 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 (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
  11. 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 (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

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