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.  

    Terrible Place to Work

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Distasteful.

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

  3.  

    Decided to leave

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
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  5.  

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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6.  

    Very high staff turnover due to unfair treatment and poor management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I worked at SGS full-time

    Pros

    Overall, the team members were very friendly and supportive of each other. Good location of the office in a close proximity to the main shopping center.

    Cons

    Missold 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....

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please investigate closely the management style at SGS Ealing office. It is ironic that a company that specialises in social compliance does not treat their own employees fairly.

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

    Automotive Field Inspector

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Auto Inspector in Newark, NJ
    Former Employee - Auto Inspector in Newark, NJ

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

    Pros

    there is really Nothing more to say about this Company Its All bad the only Way to make money is to travel working in another state making overtime. but you expense all food gas ext. To get reimbursed 4 weeks later. Not cool.

    Cons

    Pay,Travel,Supervisor,Job.there is really Nothing more to say about this Company Its All bad the only Way to make money is to travel working in another state making overtime. but you expense all food gas ext. To get reimbursed 4 weeks later. Not cool.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay More And Don't push for more work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    The worst company I have ever worked for...

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Due Diligence Global in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Due Diligence Global in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Good salary but that is about all :-(

    Cons

    The company culture is awful. They treat staff really badly. Do not work there!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Swiss culture at its worst

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SGS

    Pros

    Friendly fun teammates, good to be there if you have good colleagues

    Cons

    Management freeloading employees, salary increment structure is non-existent, we're just numbers to them (if you don't like it, you can just quit)

  10.  

    terrible, very terrible experiance

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Adviser in Zagreb (Croatia)
    Current Employee - Technical Adviser in Zagreb (Croatia)

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

    Pros

    It has not any reasen to work for sgs

    Cons

    very, very bad atmosphere, all people there are very sad

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    do not go to work for sgs in any case

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Get OUT!! Run as fast as you can ...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Laboratory Technician in Deer Park, TX
    Former Employee - Laboratory Technician in Deer Park, TX

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

    Pros

    Gated parking lot and large restrooms.

    Cons

    No bonuses. No pay raise in last 5 years. People are quitting like crazy. At one point there wasnt enough staff to cover the shifts. Very high turn-over. By the time you finish training someone they are sick of the way the company and managers treat them and they quit. They do not keep anything private. You will find out who gets fired or written up 2-3 days in advance!!! There is too much mess, backstabbing, gossip, and trouble. Don't get me started on the amount of accidents that have occurred and the integrity of the results reported. If you do decide to work here make sure you ask exactly for the money you want or x5 more, because you will get it because no one wants to work here.They hire people with no experience because no one is willing to work here or stay long enough before they have time to fill another position. Doesn't matter how much you get paid you not be able to endure the way things work around here. Someone threaten to come to work and blow up the facility because he was too stressed about the job. Everyone was scared!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give Raises. Make employees feel appreciated and maybe the turn over will not be so high. Fire the assistant managers and maybe people will be a little Happier. Also, teach the managers how to talk to the employees, stop being rude, and spreading mess around the workplace.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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