Southern Graphic Systems Reviews

Updated August 11, 2015
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  1. Account Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Florence, KY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Florence, KY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Southern Graphic Systems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Loyal coworkers and a team environment.

    Cons

    Little room for career advancement

    Advice to Management

    Start a profit sharing program to engage employees in achieving company goals.


  2. Great in NE

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great benefits and great talented people to work with and for. 2nd largest globally I believe. Stable company not going anywhere.

    Cons

    Slow upward movement within the company. large corporation so you are distant from the senior executives.


  3. Brighter skies on the horizon?

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There is new senior leadership in place; something that should have happened long ago.

    Cons

    Highly political and self serving; no common vision among different locations.

    Advice to Management

    Understand that you have inherited an organization that is not used to working together; this will take some time.


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    Run...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Southern Graphic Systems full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are decent, for now. Pretty low expectations so you could probably get away with working here for a while and provide zero value until they fire you without notice a few months later.

    Cons

    Worst company I have ever worked for - this place is a mess with incompetency from the top down. If you manage to find a few talented professionals, you're lucky if their voice is ever heard to make real change. Major boys club culture - including one event where I was preached to on why they didnt understand why women want to be in the workplace anyway. Talked down to on a regular basis. They'll fire you without notice or reason. No performance reviews or annual compensation review. Cant count how many times I heard "Because that's the way we've always done it" while meaningful tried & true suggestions (based on applying best practices known in your field) were made from employee's to better the company. I can go on and on - but the basics are, run. Don't work here.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up - some of the people who work for you actually want to do meaningful work and your lackluster leadership is demotivating.


  6. Q.A.

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    Current Employee - Prepress Operator in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Prepress Operator in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Southern Graphic Systems full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Medical benefits. Four oh 1 k.dental insurance, some people, One manager

    Cons

    Little training on anything new, not enough qualified people to do amount of work.

    Advice to Management

    Better training, more people to handle workload, it quantity before quality,and some how they pull it off. Lucky to have the personnel they do since everyone's been there long periods of time.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Worse company I have ever worked for

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Louisville, KY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Louisville, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Southern Graphic Systems full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    If you like working in chaos, then this is the place to be.

    Cons

    Everything is a fire, stop, drop and roll each day which promotes a hostile work environment No teamwork and accountability 50+ hour work week including weekends The company is not design for educated career professionals they resonate from a mom and pop shop mentality Expect too much from educated career professionals to clean up chaotic mess

    Advice to Management

    If the true goal of the company is to become an international globalize entity, upper management needs to ditch the old school non- educated IT infrastructure employees including Management and bring in highly educated IT professionals who will NOT support the chaos and help implement new highly effective and efficient ways to conduct an Information Technology on a global and international business platform. Remove the "Old School Mentality” There is a right way to implement and grow an Global Infrastructure but education and experience is key!


  8. Helpful (5)

    Becoming more savvy day by day

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Louisville, KY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Louisville, KY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Southern Graphic Systems full-time

    Pros

    SGS is splitting at the seams with the potential to be an even better employer and is making steady steps toward that end. Work/life balance is valued. Benefits are exceptional. Several people throughout the company are truly inspiring to work with. The company is on an upward swing. It's fun to talk about what we do as a company and how quickly we're growing and shifting to maintain a cutting edge with friends and family. It's a fascinating place to work.

    Cons

    The culture of the company is steadily shifting into a more global, well organized realm; there have been, and in some cases continue to be, sometimes significant growing pains along the way.

    Advice to Management

    Press harder toward a truly global mindset. Push for more open and meaningful communication throughout the system. Seek out the plethora of talent and drive teeming in your lower ranks.


  9. Helpful (1)

    The Confederated States of SGS...

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    Current Employee - Prepress Manager in Battle Creek, MI
    Current Employee - Prepress Manager in Battle Creek, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Southern Graphic Systems full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Work Ethic, at least at my facility, is high. Folks focused on quality output and meeting deadlines. Benefits: insurance about average for industry at this point; 401K partial match; sick time (salaried only). Management at my facility is flexible with time and personal needs.

    Cons

    Corporate management is basically isolated from the local shops. SGS is more of a feudal confederacy than a united federation. In some ways that's good, and some bad. Folks are generally left to solve problems their own way. Not a lot of micro management from on high. However, sharing work between plants can be painful due to vast differences in workflows and techniques used. Standardization is a continual work in progress and is only given token consideration to appease upper management. Penny-wise and pound-foolish. This company continually tries to do too much with too few people. Most employees wear at least two hats but work for one wage. Equipment is almost always old and out of date. Overloading of responsibilities results in poorly executed solutions and "make it work for now" short term thinking. Training is thin on the ground. There is little "learning ethic." There's a lot of mental inertia to overcome with any initiative. Staff barely proficient in many cases with the information systems they have to work with on a daily basis, with little to no desire to learn.

    Advice to Management

    Attack the mental inertia in your corporate culture. Simplify your standardization attempts so that all plants can adopt them with the minimal effort. Invest in your tech infrastructure and in learning material that supports it. I'm thinking mandatory tech training with competence testing.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Not going any where

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Big name clients Benefits Overtime Pay Work from home (sometimes)

    Cons

    Poor office moral. No work/life balance. No annual reviews or feed back to help you grow.


  11. World Leader

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Southern Graphic Systems full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    SGS International is the 'Best in Class' Graphic Service provider with a blue chip list of clients.

    Cons

    Like every company, there are the challenges of staying number one



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