SGS

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SGS Reviews

Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
178 Reviews
2.7
178 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.  

    A little too much international oversight

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    • 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
  2.  

    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

    I have been working at SGS full-time (more than an 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
  3.  

    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

    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
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  5.  

    Management was horrible

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    • 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 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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not what I expected at all

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Key Account Manager
    Former Employee - Key Account Manager

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

    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
  7.  

    They tell you how to succeed! Who does that?

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Support Staff
    Current Employee - Support Staff

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

    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
  8.  

    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

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

    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
  9.  

    Honest

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    Boss was demeaning

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    • Career Opportunities
    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

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