SGS

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SGS Reviews

Updated January 23, 2015
Updated January 23, 2015
185 Reviews
2.6
185 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.  

    Great company with strong growth ahead!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Geismar, LA
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Geismar, LA

    I have been working at SGS full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    As stated, this is a great company to be with. There is plenty of growth ahead...locally and abroad. Pretty good work/life balance and the salary is good compared to the competition. If you're able to prove you're competent and capable (and patient), you'll move your way up in this company because the opportunity is there.

    Cons

    There are quite a few 'good ol boy' managers in place. These people were clearly promoted due to length of service instead of ability. Promotions should be given to those who are capable of doing the job regardless of tenure or age.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In order to retain the right workforce, you need to promote those who are capable of doing the best job, not those who have been with the company the longest

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Loader

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Loader in Baytown, TX
    Current Employee - Loader in Baytown, TX

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

    Pros

    I would say I like how flexible they are with other things you have going on in your life. It is a very easy job, the hardest part about the job is dealing with the weather.

    Cons

    The biggest challenge about working at this job is getting paid more. At this job you basically get paid $17 for the same work that operators do and make $25 a hour at most places.

    Recommends
  3.  

    Dock Operators no chance to move up in the company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at SGS

    Pros

    The job its self it not bad its pretty easy. good group of guy to work with. Get to work outside.

    Cons

    The pay is low you have to put in 20 hrs of ot a week to get a good pay check which is easy to get if your short on staff. The pay is pretty much 17 you get a dollar rasie every yr for 3yrs then your max out unless you get a shift lead spot good luck on getting that.The 410k is the only good benefit all the others the deductibleis is very high.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give employees more chances to move up in the company maybe be doing this you will keep them for longer periods. Instead of training them and they go into the refinery so they can make more money for the same job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Low morale, long hours

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Anchorage, AK
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Anchorage, AK

    I worked at SGS full-time

    Pros

    Work hours can be flexible as long as you meet deadlines. Lots of overtime available if you want it.

    Cons

    Office culture is rife with gossip and favoritism. General employee opinion of the job is negative, which can lead to a poor working atmosphere. Management does little to improve morale, instead reacting with hostility whenever negative opinions or attitudes are displayed. Management will accept any short deadline project for money regardless of existing workload and staffing. Poor work/life balance in the summer, where the workload can force you to almost live at work. Consistent good performers taken for granted, average performers who occasionally step up showered with praise, and poor performers ignored as long as someone else picks up the slack. Very little opportunity for advancement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    I made a career of it.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Anchorage, AK
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Anchorage, AK

    I have been working at SGS full-time

    Pros

    People, freedom to learn, part of a winning team. The company does alot to make people feel like they belong to a team. They take everyone to the state fair, the whole lab goes to a rented out theater for a movie and pizza once a year, etc. We really come together as a team. You must be a team player to have fun and do a good work.

    Cons

    Work can be challenging during the busy season.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    SGS is the world's largest company committed to certification, inspection and verification.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Finance & Accounting in Rutherford, NJ
    Former Employee - Finance & Accounting in Rutherford, NJ

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

    Pros

    The company offers very good benefits and an excellent 401K plan.

    Cons

    There is little room for growth or advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    the management team should put in place a formal process for career advancement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    good if not interested in career advancement

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SGS full-time

    Pros

    Stable place to be as long as you're not a contractor
    Flexible as long as you get your work done

    Cons

    not much for advancement
    Company not growing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    make time to listen to the people below

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Decided to leave

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  10.  

    Good for getting experience THAT IS ALL!!!!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Dock Operator in Corpus Christi, TX
    Current Employee - Dock Operator in Corpus Christi, TX

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

    Pros

    They will hire anyone that can pass a drug screening, physical and will work anytime

    Cons

    MANAGMENT IS VERY HARD TO TALK TO

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Its all about the bottom. Don't expect loyalty or long term commitment.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SGS full-time

    Pros

    global company, market leader, decent benefits.

    Cons

    poor work/life balance, up and down job security. frequent layoffs to meet margins

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    quit relying on the backs of your employees to make margins. believe that paying a living wage and building a strong stable is a better business model.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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