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SGS Reviews

Updated August 19, 2014
Updated August 19, 2014
149 Reviews

2.9
149 Reviews
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Christopher (Chris) Kirk
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • I now speak and work with other affiliates around the world (in 4 reviews)

  • Can learn a lot of different methods/techniques (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Bonuses are only for upper management level, PTO is vacation only (in 6 reviews)

  • No training or career progression offered as promised during initial hiring interview (in 5 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    A little too much international oversight

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Commercial & Business Analysis Manager  in  Bartlesville, OK
    Former Employee - Commercial & Business Analysis Manager in Bartlesville, OK

    Pros

    Strong Safety Culture, lots of opportunity for clerical and inspection personnel.

    Cons

    Geneva headquarters did not understand the Bartlesville office when they bought it, couldn't figure out how to appropriately manage. Failure at US and Geneva levels to not charge an operating center for R&D activities and double charge for infrastructure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make management rewards achievable.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Company

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

    Pros

    Opportunity for Advancement, Care for their employees

    Cons

    Slightly fragmented structure between businesses

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Break down barriers between businesses

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good company to work for.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Laboratory Technician  in  Charleston, WV
    Former Employee - Laboratory Technician in Charleston, WV

    Pros

    The people are very friendly, and very accommodating. It was a low stress environment with no unreasonable deadlines that had to be meet.

    Cons

    They did testing for coal companies, and while I was there someone tried to come in and start a union. Management went to great lengths to avoid this and pretty much called a meeting and said our jobs would be lost if we signed the card supporting the union effort.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They seemed to have a very good immediate management team, although corporate seemed to be a little out of touch.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    SGS is a Great Company to Work For

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President of Business Development
    Current Employee - Vice President of Business Development

    Pros

    Global opportunities - rewards employees who take initiative. I now speak and work with other affiliates around the world.

    Cons

    Learning to adjust on how a big company makes decisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep interviewing and hiring technical staff

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Future not too bright

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supervisor  in  Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Denver, CO

    Pros

    Active in promoting from within

    Cons

    Management not proactive in maintaining sustainable level of work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not what I expected at all

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Key Account Manager
    Former Employee - Key Account Manager

    Pros

    Decent compensation overall, good bonus (if it was humanly possible to hit the target), good direct manager, good technical direction from mothership

    Cons

    Upper management out of touch with reality, lack of compliance from affiliates and overseas managers, over promising and under delivering, lack of technological resources, lots of manual reporting due to sad technology within the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Support your employees. Sometimes the customer is crazy and not always right. Listen to the situation and help them. Don't leave them out in the cold to defend themselves. Push internally for more technology to be competitive with other labs. Your lack of engagement is embarrassing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    They tell you how to succeed! Who does that?

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Support Staff
    Current Employee - Support Staff

    Pros

    We are encouraged to connect with our peers across the company. I have been introduced to folks in several countries and can't wait to visit or transfer. Looking at the company as a whole, I believe in the same ideals. We do important stuff around the world. I feel good about what we do and I want others to know too.

    Cons

    A few people are afraid to tell management how to fix things. People ask me, "What is SGS?", everyday. No one knows who we are.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust the people closest to the issue to fix it. Be creative on rewarding their input. Sometimes it's not about money. Sometimes people just want more control over their world, and trust you to have their back. Could we get more out to the USA about SGS. I want people to know we are bigger than IBM and been around since forever. Billboards, tv commercials like BASF. Black and orange, black and organge, everywhere please.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good

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

    Pros

    Relaxed environment, good culture and very nice system

    Cons

    Silo mentality. People next cube had no idea who you are and what you do

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leave things to the experts

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Honest

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Not working there anymore. The amount of experience.

    Cons

    Management only listens to men. If you come in early and leave late daily you get written up for coming in late and leaving early. If you take the hour lunch that you are given you get written up for taking excessive lunches. You get scrutinized for following SOPs methods especially when it comes to calibration and verifying equipment. You get called sexist names behind your back.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the sexist pigs, stop taking clients/co-workers to strip clubs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Chemist II Analyst

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Chemist II Analyst
    Former Employee - Chemist II Analyst

    Pros

    While working there I had run into people who were so stressed out, that end up yelling at me for no reason. I was a contractor, an outsider visiting the company, and I have to say that I did not feel very welcome.

    Cons

    I was given the opportunity to do method development which allows me to grow with in my career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would like to advise them to respond do not react to the issues brought up in the meeting. Your costumers are important but your employees matter too.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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