SGK Reviews

Updated September 9, 2014
Updated September 9, 2014
80 Reviews
2.7
80 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good place to work, but can feel isolated at times

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    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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awful experience - Management hires relatives as direct reports

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at SGK

    Pros

    Large global capacities with focus on technical expertise.

    Cons

    Management was allowed to have spouses, relatives and close friends as direct reports. This was NOT conducive to a healthy work environment unless, of course you were a relative, spouse or close personal friend. These related employee's were protected at all costs no matter the mistakes that were costing the reputation of the company and profit margins that could have been increased instead of decreased.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look closely........anonymous polls may help but the problem may stem from the top up. Your company will continue to loose business when un-related employees are forced out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Schawk may be on the verge of greatness, depending on how Sr. and Executive management handle the change.

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    Current Employee - Organizational Development Specialist  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Organizational Development Specialist in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at SGK

    Pros

    There are a handful of managers that recognize and practice the way employees Should be managed.
    There are a lot of great people to work with at all levels in every department.
    Schawk is upgrading many of thier systems to get all regions and divisions on the same page

    Cons

    Their IT is outsourced and they can't help with multiple internal programs
    Most of their executive team is not on the same page
    They are slow to make executive d senior andecisions

    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to work-great people

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at SGK

    Pros

    Great work life balance and enjoyable clients to service. Well respected within the advertising industry and globally with potential clients.

    Cons

    This agency needs to expand to the digital arena to remain competitive and offer clients email, web, social media, and database management options.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good Employees but Toxic work environment

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    Current Employee - Graphic Designer  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Graphic Designer in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at SGK

    Pros

    The employees are really smart and know what they are doing. The staff is very talented and creative. The benefits package is also very good.

    Cons

    Management does not have a clue what we do. Morale is very low and there are rarely ever any moments of celebration. Layoffs are frequent and we are never really told why, other than to save money. Compensation is way below average and the raises are non-existent. We are always told retaining employees and career advancement are a priority but since it never done, it is just lip service.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your people are your company. I know you need your clients but without your employees, you would not be who you are. Treat your people with more respect and really look at your compensation options. Reward your employees for their hard work and dedication. You will have a much happier and dedicated workforce for it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    horrible

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    Current Employee - Designer  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Designer in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at SGK

    Pros

    commute is easy
    lots of places to eat and shop around building

    Cons

    extremely low pay
    no performance reviews
    no raises
    management has no clue what they are doing
    people get treated like crap

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    monkey see monkey do, remember you are an example to your employees start acting like an adult.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Disappointing

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at SGK

    Pros

    -Benefits package was very generous and reasonably priced.
    -Chicago location is a really easy commute in a fun part of the city.

    Cons

    -Management is very under trained.
    -Many managers are more interested in telling the teams how much they messed up instead of identifying areas where the team excelled.
    -Overall moral is low due to frequent layoffs.
    -No work life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have good employees. You need to treat them well. Show them that you appreciate them by giving raises and paying them what they are worth. There needs to be a work/life balance. Remember your employees are not slaves. They are human beings with families and lives outside of Schawk.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Disappointing

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    Current Employee - Production Artist  in  Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Production Artist in Omaha, NE

    I have been working at SGK

    Pros

    Good Wage
    Good Insurance
    Good Benefits (Dental, Vision, Life, Health)

    Cons

    Layoffs
    Downsizing
    Outsourcing
    Powerlessness
    Sense of Failure despite your best efforts and hard work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change just for change’s sake will never benefit you. Why lay off trained, experienced onsite workers to hire new, inexperienced workers a few hundred miles away? This IS the age of connectivity, no matter where the location. You throw away talent, loyalty and experience for uncertainty at best. This company has too much personnel churn and too little respect for American workers and their reasons for working for you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Overworked and Underpaid

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Des Plaines, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Des Plaines, IL

    I worked at SGK

    Pros

    Multiple types of flexible schedules

    Cons

    low pay. no advancement. Not appreciated.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Professionally Toxic. Take the job if you need it, but do not slow your job search.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at SGK

    Pros

    Interesting high profile projects and clients, good working/professional relationships with other non-management employees, well maintained and updated equipment and computers, good onsite IT support, flex time schedule needed to cope with Atlanta's traffic.

    Cons

    Promotions/ opportunities for advancement almost non-existant, based on political and personal connections rather than merit or talent. Feedback from managers and reviews do not happen on a regular schedule. Lack of professionalism throughout the management. Employees either remove themselves from the situation by finding a new job or choose to stay and become very demoralized and frustrated. The current job market makes Schawk look like the turnover is not that bad, but it would be if it was easier to find another job quickly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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