SGS

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SGS Reviews

Updated January 29, 2015
Updated January 29, 2015
188 Reviews
2.7
188 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • training opportunities are good and allow to build your work-life balance (in 7 reviews)

  • Can learn a lot of different methods/techniques (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management communicates to employees in a way that puts employees on the defensive (in 7 reviews)

  • Poor work/life balance in the summer, where the workload can force you to almost live at work (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Pretty okay place to work

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

    I worked at SGS

    Pros

    -quickly learn technical skills and programs used by company

    Cons

    -understaffed which leads to work being dropped to lower ranked people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Field Supervisor

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Supervisor in Deer Park, TX
    Current Employee - Field Supervisor in Deer Park, TX

    I have been working at SGS

    Pros

    Plenty of internal advancement opportunity

    Cons

    Very overworked at times, the company hiring process is slow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be proactive instead of reactive

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Great Place to Work

    • 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

    Pros

    Great colleagues, meaningful work, and good benefits. I have the tools and support I need to get my work done well. I've enjoyed working here and will miss it.

    Cons

    My position is being eliminated and I will miss the work I do, the partners I collaborate with. No real complaints to share.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to value your employees as your greatest asset and promoter of the business.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Opportunities

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

    I have been working at SGS full-time

    Pros

    Opportunity for personal advancement, movement within the company, and overall growth
    Benefits are offered: 401k, insurance package, bonus at management and sales levels, overtime for non-exempt
    Site and Upper management are invested in success of site
    Quality systems, personnel, client services/support, facility, and product (testing/data) are of excellent quality.
    Vast exposure to Pharmaceutical, Medical Device, Personal Care, and Cosmetics industries.
    Team-based, cooperative/collaborative culture.

    Cons

    Work/Life balance is to be expected for contract testing
    Fast pace and deadlines are constant (to be expected for contract testing)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue trend of continual improvement in terms of recognition/salary/benefits, collaboration, transparency, resource management, business strategy, and quality.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Mismanaged from Top Down

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative in Carteret, NJ
    Former Employee - Administrative in Carteret, NJ

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

    Pros

    The company offers decent health benefits. They also have paid Holidays. A tuition reimbursement plan was also offered with prior management approvals.

    Cons

    The company as a whole was entirely profit driven to a fault. There was a mantra of being employee focused, but that was not the reality. Employee morale was very low. Salaries were low...... Management was constantly changing, there was no consistency. You would get familiar with a manager's style, then they would be replaced.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house from the top. Start treating your employees with respect and not just as a resource. Make them feel part of the team and appreciated. Manage for long-term, not just by reacting to short-term setbacks.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Neither here nor there.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Chemical Loader in Plaquemine, LA
    Former Employee - Chemical Loader in Plaquemine, LA

    I worked at SGS full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent 401k program the company matches dollar for dollar up to 5%. Good place to start but quickly get experience on move on.

    Cons

    Management is operated on the good ole boy system. Lots off favoritism as subordinates often hang out with the upper management. No room for advancement there is a raise a 1 year of approximately $1.00 than another 2 years of approximately $1.00 then you top out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be some policing of the way company policy and procedure is performed, especially between management and the workers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Inspector in Baton Rouge, LA
    Former Employee - Inspector in Baton Rouge, LA

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

    Pros

    Professional environment caring company with great benefits.

    Cons

    Need better supervisors more open house policy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open relationship between you and employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Loader

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

    I have been working at SGS

    Pros

    Decent pay for starting. Refinery Experience, not back-breaking work.

    Cons

    Management, little- to no room for advancement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10.  

    10 thumbs up!!

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

    I have been working at SGS full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Company cares about its employees, teaches you how to grow in business and in life . Working for SGS has literally been life changing for me . I consider you lucky if they even interview you .

    Cons

    If I had to pick one , because I need a 20 word minimum , I guess the parking lot is too small??

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Don't work here

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Dock Operator in Corpus Christi, TX
    Current Employee - Dock Operator in Corpus Christi, TX

    I have been working at SGS

    Pros

    Decent pay & benefits. That's all

    Cons

    Long hours. Management doesn't care about employees. Very few days off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start caring about employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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