SGS Reviews

Updated October 22, 2014
Updated October 22, 2014
156 Reviews
2.8
156 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance as not OT too late (in 6 reviews)

  • Can learn a lot of different methods/techniques (in 5 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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  1.  

    Good for getting Canadian Experience.

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    Current Employee - Lab Technician II in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Lab Technician II in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Provide a friendly and structured work environment for recent immigrants and young graduates. The routine and daily requirements change with seasonal layoffs and allows for a decent work-life balance when you get to transition temporary collect EI for a couple of months during the quiet season.

    Cons

    Poor future growth. Poverty Wages working in the City of Vancouver area. Wage increases are measured in pennies, not dollars. Lots of stress in middle-management due to mid-life crisis or lack of upward mobility or wage growth. Definitely a top-down management style with a focus on costs and liabilities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide better retirement benefits and increase wages.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Management was horrible

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    Former Employee - Microbiology Technologist in Fairfield, NJ
    Former Employee - Microbiology Technologist in Fairfield, NJ

    I worked at SGS as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    -good coworkers who are young for the most part and easy to get along with

    Cons

    -incompetent management
    -I had a manager who did not know my name after 6 months of working here
    -trickle down stress, company was losing money. corporate manger pressure on department manager lead to high stress environment
    -too much work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -treat your employees like humans

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    Awful. Training non existent.

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    Former Employee - Temp
    Former Employee - Temp

    I worked at SGS as a contractor

    Pros

    Friendly staff, but that was it,

    Cons

    Was a temp. They were so short staffed I did not have an actual trainer who could have sat with me to make sure I was getting things done correctly. Instead I was shown by other members of staff how to do something once, and then left to get on with it. Consequently made tons of serious errors. Manager took no part in any of it, and frequently was very unhelpful, expecting me to answer the phone and deal with people she did not want to deal with when I was trying to get my head around something I was struggling with. Left after 3 weeks.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    Honest

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SGS full-time (more than an year)

    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
  6.  

    Chemist II Analyst

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    Former Employee - Chemist II Analyst
    Former Employee - Chemist II Analyst

    I worked at SGS as a contractor

    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
  7.  

    Boss was demeaning

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    Former Employee - Auto Inspector in New Haven, CT
    Former Employee - Auto Inspector in New Haven, CT

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

    Pros

    Introduced to a New Career. Good Training.

    Cons

    Inadequate pay. Posted Job hours and actual hours differ dramatically. My worst experience with any company!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to you workers. Don't let personal feelings about employee's cloud your view of there work. Work with integrity.

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

    Terrible Place to Work

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    Former Employee - Laboratory Technician in Lakefield, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Laboratory Technician in Lakefield, ON (Canada)

    I worked at SGS full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    None. There is nothing good to say about this company.

    Cons

    Bad management, management picks favorites, you are treated like a slave, impossible to get a raise. Terrible workplace morale.

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

    Distasteful.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SGS

    Pros

    It's better than not having a job. The management will hardly acknowledge you, so you will have lots of time to search for new opportunities elsewhere. Keep your head down, don't mention any of the numerous inefficiencies, ignore the rampant politics, and you'll probably be able to stay employed until you find your new job. And I highly recommend that you do continue to look for a new job.

    Cons

    Honestly, all of the reviews on here and Indeed are true. This company (Alberta especially) doesn't value quality - it's all about seniority and favouritism. Total lack of training, ethics and support. Don't expect any type of training or reliable communication from management - company has been restructured so all of the upper management employees have multiple roles causing massive problems with allocating proper attention to the operation of the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The market is expanding and you WILL fail if you do not remain competitive, which you already are not. Not one other company charges overtime rates for three days a week and other companies actually have engineers onsite providing guidance to the technical staff (there is only one Employee that is actually a P. Eng in all of Alberta at SGS). If you were a contractor, would you hire the company that offers only two out of the ten services you need, charges more overtime than any of your competition do and sends a brand new tech (who may or may not know how to do their job/communicate in English well)? Grab the buckets cause your ship is going down fast.

  10.  

    Decided to leave

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    Former Employee - Lab Technician
    Former Employee - Lab Technician

    I worked at SGS full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don'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.

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

    “The unprofessional company I have ever worked for...”

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    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia)
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia)

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

    Pros

    Overall, the team members were very friendly and supportive of each other.

    Cons

    Miss old jobs, loss of opportunities for the employees. No training or career progression offered as promised during initial hiring interview. Highly educated people are getting hired with a promise of training and development, however get thrown 'at a deep end' from day one, and refused any sort of external training. In addition, the quality of internal training is very poor. The only focus is on the actual revenue. Employees are bullied by managers, and are regarded as 'disposable'. As a result of this, the team morale is very low. People are simply unhappy, and given the right opportunity would leave SGS at any time....

    Far too slow to adapt to quickly changing business environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please investigate closely the management style at SGS Saudi office. It is ironic that a company that specializes in social compliance does not treat their own employees fairly. Organisation filled with relatives...

    Try to think of your staff as human beings. A system for staff to feedback would be useful.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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