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SGS Reviews

Updated January 26, 2015
Updated January 26, 2015
187 Reviews
2.6
187 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.  

    Good experience

    • 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 full-time

    Pros

    It is a good platform for learning and get the experience.

    Cons

    Pay does not compensate for the amount of work, long hours. There is a struggle to find a work/Life Balance.

    Doesn't Recommend
  2.  

    awesome place to work and grow

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Risk Anakyst in Newark, NJ
    Former Employee - Risk Anakyst in Newark, NJ

    I worked at SGS as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    growth opportunity as in opened to employees

    Cons

    contracts job most of the time could be challenging

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    My experience at SGS Life Science Services in North America was disappointing.

    Former Employee - Business Manager
    Former Employee - Business Manager

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

    Pros

    The services that the SGS labs offer are excellent. The labs have efficient procedures that ensure the client receives excellent customer service and high quality results. The labs have an excellent reputation in the market place.

    Cons

    Upper management communicates to employees in a way that puts employees on the defensive. They are aggressive and confrontational and manage by intimidation. There is no training and very little investment in the success of its employees. Management communicates by threats instead of constructive advice. It is a negative atmosphere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have your upper "managers" participate in a course on professionalism in the work place.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Field Service Representative

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

    I have been working at SGS part-time (more than a 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
  6.  

    Great Company

    • 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 full-time (more than 10 years)

    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
  7.  

    A little too much international oversight

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  8.  

    Good company to work for.

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

    I worked at SGS full-time (more than a 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
  9.  

    SGS is a Great Company to Work For

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

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

    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
  10.  

    Future not too bright

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

    I have been working at SGS full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Active in promoting from within

    Cons

    Management not proactive in maintaining sustainable level of work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11.  

    Management was horrible

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Microbiology Technologist in Fairfield, NJ
    Former Employee - Microbiology Technologist in Fairfield, NJ

    I worked at SGS as a contractor (less than a 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

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