Southern Graphic Systems Reviews

Updated April 8, 2015
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  1. Q.A.

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    Current Employee - Prepress Operator in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Prepress Operator in Dallas, TX

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    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.

  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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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!

  3. Helpful (5)

    Becoming more savvy day by day

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Louisville, KY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Louisville, KY

    I have been working at Southern Graphic Systems full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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.

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  5. 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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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.

  6. Not going any where

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Southern Graphic Systems

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    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.

  7. World Leader

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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

  8. Helpful (2)

    Loved the job and people I worked with, but management was another story.

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    Former Contractor - Quality Control in Florence, KY
    Former Contractor - Quality Control in Florence, KY

    I worked at Southern Graphic Systems as a contractor (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I found that the non-management employees were great to work with, dedicated, driven and generally awesome people.

    Cons

    Deadlines are utterly unattainable given work load. Management waffled on overtime, either not allowed or required. Raises were frozen. I spent a year waiting to be brought on staff, being told it would just be a little longer until they got approval. All the while making less than half what my position and experience warranted.
    Although they were voted one of the best places to work by employees (2010), by the time I came along the staff had given up hope that things would get better and employees were jumping ship left and right. Most staff were so under-payed they depended on the overtime, which could be cut-off or required depending on the week.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees like the human beings they are. Pay them what they deserve. Stop lying to contractors and other employees.

  9. Helpful (2)

    Place to work if you want a dead end career

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mahwah, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mahwah, NJ

    I worked at Southern Graphic Systems

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits and 401k. That's pretty much the only positive thing.

    Cons

    Where do I begin? Employees are overworked and underpaid with no hope of a raise or promotion no matter how hard they work themselves. Deadlines are unattainable because upper management allows the clients to believe they have 10+ people working on their account when in reality the team is probably made up of 4 or less and cannot handle the workload. Just as easily as work piles up it also disappears in the same fashion. Those underpaid employees who relied on overtime regularly to have somewhat of a decent paycheck are then out of luck when they are sent home before 5pm and have barely made a full 8 hour day. It's unlikely you will ever have a quarterly or annual review. Hence no raise or promotion. Management does nothing to boost team morale and most employees lose motivation as there is no reward for hard work.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees like valued individuals. And stop lying to clients about how many people are working on their account, they're going to figure it out eventually

  10. Helpful (2)

    Decent company, unless you're stationed on-site at one of their client locations

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Southern Graphic Systems full-time (more than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Great benefits. Decent work-life balance. Employees are treated well.

    Cons

    Poor recognition of good job performance & increased workload (i.e.: salary increases). Treatment of their employees, that are stationed on-site at client locations, is mediocre (at best)...especially when there is no contract, with the client, for the employee that is stationed at the client's location.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Too many managers, some of the people don't know what they are doing, and no one cares

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Retoucher in Mahwah, NJ
    Former Employee - Retoucher in Mahwah, NJ

    I worked at Southern Graphic Systems full-time (more than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Benefits are great, health 401K, all nine yard. Once a 2 weeks you get free donuts and cafe, Free food and drinks at christmas...

    Cons

    This company is very big, if you play the game and be politic with managers (which they have a lot) you can survive long time, even you don't do much work, but if you don't play games, they will keep you very busy, there is tons of work, even thug you work as hard as you could and do whatever you have been told to do still most probably will be fired (or laid-off) with no reason.
    Traditionally there is now re-views in this company, you will get a race when it snows red
    I have been witnessed many times they fire 6-7 people and next week hire 6-7 people (get cheaper work force)
    there is no serious training, you are on your own to learn, some people scared to teach you a thing, because they think as soon as you trained someone you'll get fired, (which is not wrong) ...

    Advice to Management

    Lock of recognition, compensation, motivation ... Management should have an idea who does what! ... Instead of hiring managers from outside, let your own people grow to this position ...

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