SGS
2.7 of 5 124 reviews
www.sgs.com Geneva, Switzerland 5000+ Employees

SGS Reviews

Updated Apr 9, 2014

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Christopher (Chris) Kirk

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44% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Can learn a lot of different methods/techniques"
    in 4 reviews
  • "Great place to learn about the industry and gain experience to add to your resume"
    in 5 reviews
Cons:
  • "No training or career progression offered as promised during initial hiring interview"
    in 5 reviews
  • "Traditional Management, less scope of growth, Low Pay, Retainership, Unorganised work, No training and Development initiatives"
    in 3 reviews
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I made a career of it.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Anchorage, AK

I have been working at SGS full-time

ProsPeople, freedom to learn, part of a winning team. The company does alot to make people feel like they belong to a team. They take everyone to the state fair, the whole lab goes to a rented out theater for a movie and pizza once a year, etc. We really come together as a team. You must be a team player to have fun and do a good work.

ConsWork can be challenging during the busy season.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Loader (Current Employee)
Baytown, TX

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

ProsI would say I like how flexible they are with other things you have going on in your life. It is a very easy job, the hardest part about the job is dealing with the weather.

ConsThe biggest challenge about working at this job is getting paid more. At this job you basically get paid $17 for the same work that operators do and make $25 a hour at most places.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Low morale, long hours

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Anchorage, AK

I worked at SGS full-time

ProsWork hours can be flexible as long as you meet deadlines. Lots of overtime available if you want it.

ConsOffice culture is rife with gossip and favoritism. General employee opinion of the job is negative, which can lead to a poor working atmosphere. Management does little to improve morale, instead reacting with hostility whenever negative opinions or attitudes are displayed. Management will accept any short deadline project for money regardless of existing workload and staffing. Poor work/life balance in the summer, where the workload can force you to almost live at work. Consistent good performers taken for granted, average performers who occasionally step up showered with praise, and poor performers ignored as long as someone else picks up the slack. Very little opportunity for advancement.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Good for getting experience THAT IS ALL!!!!

Dock Operator (Current Employee)
Corpus Christi, TX

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

ProsThey will hire anyone that can pass a drug screening, physical and will work anytime

ConsMANAGMENT IS VERY HARD TO TALK TO

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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SGS is the world's largest company committed to certification, inspection and verification.

Finance & Accounting (Former Employee)
Rutherford, NJ

I worked at SGS full-time for more than 3 years

ProsThe company offers very good benefits and an excellent 401K plan.

ConsThere is little room for growth or advancement.

Advice to Senior Managementthe management team should put in place a formal process for career advancement.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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good if not interested in career advancement

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at SGS full-time

ProsStable place to be as long as you're not a contractor
Flexible as long as you get your work done

Consnot much for advancement
Company not growing

Advice to Senior Managementmake time to listen to the people below

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Decided to leave

Lab Technician (Former Employee)

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

ProsHours, pay ok (not completely satisfied), customer interaction

ConsManagement, attitude, skill level/competency of co-workers, QA issues

Advice to Senior ManagementDon't cut hours of your better employees and keep those due to personal treatment. It's weird to be hiring new salaried staff when you don't need their services. QA also needs a little more enforcing within the company.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Its all about the bottom. Don't expect loyalty or long term commitment.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at SGS full-time

Prosglobal company, market leader, decent benefits.

Conspoor work/life balance, up and down job security. frequent layoffs to meet margins

Advice to Senior Managementquit relying on the backs of your employees to make margins. believe that paying a living wage and building a strong stable is a better business model.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great Company

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at SGS full-time

ProsGood leadership, will work with your schedule. Thats all I have to say about that. This twenty word minimum really has to go.

ConsLow pay. If they would increase the pay the job would be perfect and really worth staying for a very long while.

Advice to Senior ManagementIncrease salaried positions pay

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Frustrating and pointless

Instrumentation Specialist (Former Employee)
Lincolnshire, IL

I worked at SGS full-time for more than 5 years

ProsAn excellent example of a dysfunctional company. Individual departments are working against each other.
A paycheck (small, but consistent)
Free mediocre coffee
Flexible scheduling

ConsDuplicitous management. I understand the difference between not having access to information because of seniority and being actively lied to.
Not opportunity for growth or advancement.
No communication from management.
Unreliable communication from management.
Low pay and no bonuses.

Advice to Senior ManagementRe-evaluate your management processes and training. Your middle managers are destroying the morale and productivity of their staff.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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