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SGS Reviews

Updated August 18, 2014
Updated August 18, 2014
147 Reviews

2.9
147 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • I now speak and work with other affiliates around the world (in 4 reviews)

  • Can learn a lot of different methods/techniques (in 4 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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Learn a lot, but little pay and little advancement

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    Current Employee - Quality Assurance  in  Lincolnshire, IL
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance in Lincolnshire, IL

    Pros

    The ability to gain experience is plentiful. There is a ton of overtime.

    Cons

    The pay is ridiculous. Other companies pay nearly double. The employee turn over is hammering the constand employees because they still have to workload but they also have to complete the training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay adequately. Most people have advanced degrees in science.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to get experience...but there's not much more to SGS

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Friendly coworkers and flex time. Good company to work for straight out of college. Great place to learn about the industry and gain experience to add to your resume.

    Cons

    Compensation is below industry standards and not competitive. Feels as though overtime is more of a requirement rather than an option.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good place to start career and get experience but nothing more.

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    Current Employee - Lab Tech  in  Lincolnshire, IL
    Current Employee - Lab Tech in Lincolnshire, IL

    Pros

    Flexibility, no need to travel, was able to take classes and keep full-time working

    Cons

    Small salary, no overtime pay, terrible benefits and management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should care a little bit more about employes need, improve management skills.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Terrible company

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    Former Employee - Petroleum Inspector  in  Freeport, TX
    Former Employee - Petroleum Inspector in Freeport, TX

    Pros

    Freedom within schedule allows you to work unsupervised most of the time. For those that like working in small scale offices(2-3 employees) it's great.

    Cons

    Terrible pay and compensation. Ask far too much for the pay they offer. Often time scheduled for 48+hours and then on-call scheduling during off days. Major disconnect between field workers and management. Relatively low "glass ceiling" if you're not in a major metropolitan area, promotions are hard to come by.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay employees what they're worth. Most field workers make the company quite a bit of profit and rarely ever see and appreciation in return. Stick to company goals instead of just offering lip service.

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Probably the worst place to work in America.

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    Former Employee - N/A  in  Lakefield, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - N/A in Lakefield, ON (Canada)

    Pros

    Pay and People. not much else.

    Cons

    Bad Management all the way down....

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quite, Learn some people skills and don't let your pride get in the way

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Peter Principle at Work.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The fact that we have three proficient lead persons in our office quite often saves the day. I'm not sure how many times their knowledge and quick thinking have kept the wheels on the bus. They are good intelligent people who consistently get it right the first time. Given free reign and quality leadership they could make this a fantastic company to work for.

    Cons

    Manager has risen above his level of ability. Manager does not take care of his people. Manager misrepresents company policy in meetings. I have worked here for nearly two years without a raise. I recently asked for a raise and was told that the company could not afford to give me a raise. WHAT? I have been told twice now that I MUST choose between my family, and my job! I have never heard such callous B.S. from any other employer I have ever worked for!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your people in the field are the source of the companies profits. Take care of them. Watch your managers a bit closer. Some of them do not consistently put in a full days work. This is a bit demoralizing to those of us who work twelve hour shifts and at times seven day weeks.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Poorly Managed Customer Dis-Service

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    Former Employee - Service Representative  in  Malta, NY
    Former Employee - Service Representative in Malta, NY

    Pros

    10 days of paid vacation per year, 401K, paid sick time, health benefits, mostly non-stressful work environment

    Cons

    This company suffers greatly from poor management and often does the opposite of servicing the customer by exaggerating minor issues into bigger problems. Employees are often forced to give customers vague and incomplete solutions to problems in absence of information that they do not have access to, or are not allowed to divulge. Certain individuals in mid-level management are disrespectful to employees. Numerous complaints have been made by several employees about the lack of respect that these individuals possess toward lower level employees and no action has been taken. Lower level employees are rarely given a chance for advancement, and the company often hires from outside of the company instead of promoting qualified current employees from within. On the job training is almost non-existent. New employees are often forced to teach themselves most of what they need to do in order to preform their jobs effectively and have to "learn by doing" a job that they do not know how to do. For some of the programs that this company services, some members of management openly admit that they do not know anything about how some aspects of the program are supposed to be serviced. Lower level employees are often given tasks that are the responsibility of Mid-level management to complete themselves, because these individuals do not wish to work on certain days of the week. Employees are asked by these individuals to do the instructed tasks under their supervisor's log-ins, to make it appear that the supervisors did the tasks, not the employees. This is not only unethical, but it may be in breach of contract with other associated parties.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to respect your employees and treat them as equals instead of taking down to them. Hire adequate managers with actual supervisory experience. Invest in adequate training for new employees and on-going training for current employees. SOLVE YOUR CUSTOMER'S PROBLEMS INSTEAD OF MAKING THEM WORSE.

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

    Diversity with no substance, poor leadership from the top

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    Current Employee - Chemist
    Current Employee - Chemist

    Pros

    A great variety of global employment opportunities across all the busniess lines.

    Cons

    No clear growth strategy except to put pressure on employees to do more with less.
    Business model seems to be to assimilate small, profitable companies to support a burdensome, inefficient corporate bureaucracy.
    High potential for unethical behavior.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the boots on the ground - they are the ones that make your roles possible.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Sales Rep

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    Former Employee - Sales  in  East Rutherford, NJ
    Former Employee - Sales in East Rutherford, NJ

    Pros

    No one looking over your shoulder

    Cons

    No direction
    No training
    No management
    Other divisions and rep stealing your sales

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    PUT SOMETHING IN PLACE. YOU SEEM NO EXISTENT. EMPLOYEES THINK YOU ARE DOING NOTHING

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    VERY DISSAFIED

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    Former Employee - Receptionist  in  Suwanee, GA
    Former Employee - Receptionist in Suwanee, GA

    Pros

    The best place to work as far as employee sticking together.And getting the job done.

    Cons

    Mangment was horrible.Did not want you to take no time off .Always time Mangement made you feel like nothing you did was right.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please take time to hire someone who has the expeience to guide their employees.And not yell and curse at theme.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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