SGS Reviews

Updated October 24, 2014
Updated October 24, 2014
157 Reviews
2.8
157 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.  

    Ineffective managers

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Burnaby, BC (Canada)

    I worked at SGS full-time

    Pros

    The people were friendly and new facility was ok

    Cons

    Low pay as others have mentioned.
    Managers don't know/care and are ineffective. Lots of ideas but no follow through on the managers part. Also new ideas tend to be frowned upon. To get ahead its all about favouritism.
    Best advice is to leave when you get the chance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Know what your employees are doing and get to know them.

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

    Learning

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    Former Employee - Business Manager in Moscow (Russia)
    Former Employee - Business Manager in Moscow (Russia)

    I worked at SGS full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Really international experience and possibility to execute interesting projects; good environment while you're participating in such international project or cooperate with colleagues

    Cons

    Local management in the region - hired on "relatives" principles - so no real managers / leaders.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change and to bring " new blood" with real international background

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SGS

    Pros

    Good HR Policy Good Timing... And i am happy with wht i did

    Cons

    Bad Salary Hectic Schedule. Late working hours.. blah blah blah

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No Advice

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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    Learned a lot, but supervisors are obsolete and care nothing but gaining profit.

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    Current Employee - Testing Specialist in Taipei (Taiwan)
    Current Employee - Testing Specialist in Taipei (Taiwan)

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

    Pros

    To learn, and gain experience. Instruments breaks down a lot, it is a quick way to gain experience on how to handle instruments errors. Samples are complicated and if you are willing to spend time to get a correct result, you will learn a lot to minimize sample interference. Lastly the SOP in the company is so badly written in our region's lab such that you can do a lot of things to optimize the SOP, but the supervisors would think you are wasting time.

    Cons

    Supervisors are proud to be subjective, incapable of taking advice, and compromise professionality to rush urgent samples. They take no pride in their job as to safe-guard health of consumers but only to please their customers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It needs some serious fixing. It is a corrupted place.

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

    Field Service Representative

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative

    I have been working at SGS part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flex Hours free to make your schedule

    Cons

    Poor Pay stogy autocratic management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open up the check

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

    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
  9.  

    It's perfect to live in balance

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    Current Employee - QHSE in Istanbul (Turkey)
    Current Employee - QHSE in Istanbul (Turkey)

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

    Pros

    training opportunities are good and allow to build your work-life balance

    Cons

    there is no real challanges

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    can be created attainable challanges for employees

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    A little too much international oversight

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    Former Employee - Commercial & Business Analysis Manager in Bartlesville, OK
    Former Employee - Commercial & Business Analysis Manager in Bartlesville, OK

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

    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
  11.  

    Good company to work for.

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    Former Employee - Laboratory Technician in Charleston, WV
    Former Employee - Laboratory Technician in Charleston, WV

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

    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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