Southern Graphic Systems

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Southern Graphic Systems Reviews

Updated August 15, 2014
Updated August 15, 2014
22 Reviews

2.5
22 Reviews
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  1.  

    Pretty good company for upper management

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    Former Employee - Tooling Coordinator  in  Conyers, GA
    Former Employee - Tooling Coordinator in Conyers, GA

    I worked at Southern Graphic Systems full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good health benefits and good 401 k.

    Cons

    A lot of work for very little pay. They have a high turnover rate because the pay isn't great but there is a lot of work to do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your employees better. You don't have to make them rich but at least pay them a little bit better then you pay them now. Someone can make the same amount working at a job where they have to do a lot less.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Middle Management incompetent

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Southern Graphic Systems full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Friendly employees and most are great workers; relaxed, casual workplace; able to produce a huge volume of work.

    Cons

    Very poor middle management > he has had a few formal complaints against him from employees, has explicitly been told to back off a few employees, in reviews it is obvious that he has no idea what the employees he manages do and have done. There have been 2 waves of recent lay-offs that have been handled very poorly. Becoming a tense environment. Many people took lower opening pay with promise of overtime; when that overtime has vanished, these people are in financial trouble. No raises that I've been present for even though have received excellent reviews.
    Old-fashioned workplace that needs dragging into the future.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If a large portion of your employees (the ones who do the actual work) raise red flags about a manager, believe them. I know many people are looking for a different workplace because this manager has changed the environment from a positive one to a negative one. Also makes me doubt upper managements ability to lead and judge character if they keep a manger who has been called out many times and still has a job there.

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

    Partiality Above Good Discernment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richardson, TX

    I worked at Southern Graphic Systems full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    benefits, flexible schedule, good social network

    Cons

    Management plays favorites to longest employed individuals. Regardless of costly work ethics addressed about specific employees, management is more willing to act bias to those specific individuals decisions instead of openly weighing the best choice which would benefit the company profit margin.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't allow your long time friendships with your employees sway your good judgement in any area. Don't immediately place priority in decision making towards those people, weigh the comments based on content, not by the one who said it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    Great team players

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    Former Employee - Proofer  in  Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Proofer in Richmond, VA

    I worked at Southern Graphic Systems full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great team to work with. Extremely helpful towards one another.

    Cons

    Management expect one to learn and do more and more skills for the same salary.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Local Management does not have a clue how to handle clients or employees.

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

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

    Pros

    Pay is competitive. Coworkers work hard and get things done inspire of management.

    Cons

    Local management does not know how to handle clients or employees. Working the employees 14 -16 hours a day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop lying to the clients. Hire enough people to get the job done, instead of working the employees 14 -16 hours a day.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Favoritism

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Brooklyn Park, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn Park, MN

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

    Pros

    Nice facility. Benefits are average. Lots of variety and a good place to learn if you work with the right people. Co-workers can be friendly, but pick and choose wisely.

    Cons

    There is a lot of favortism. I have witnessed how they handled one employee over another for the same situation and one was patted on the hand and the other got written up. The hours are very long (10-12hrs a day). Limited training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be fair in hearing concerns of employees. There are employees in production and accounting that are frequently incompetent, but they keep them because they are friends with management. Be fair in the pay structure and work load. Get rid of the commission - it only causes problems between employees and it causes the customers to leave. Develop better cross training.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    Stay away

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits,some really great and talented co-workers

    Cons

    Everything else. The manager I worked under was the epitome of how NOT to manage - petty, selfish, immature, short-sighted with no people or leadership skills. We'd have regular "sunshiny, everything is great!" plant meetings on a Friday, then several people would be laid off on Monday. And they wondered why morale is low

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit constantly lying to your employees, they've long since figured out what really goes on.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Project Manager

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    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Pittsburgh, PA

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

    Pros

    Management does not micro manage

    Cons

    Lack of direction and supervision

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to captain the ship and provide some type of direction

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    This is a decent company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Southern Graphic Systems full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Health Benefits are pretty good, 401 K is better then most company, contributing %50
    Some time to time they allow to work from home ... work is not too stressful

    Cons

    There is no reviews at this company, so meaning is no races at all... they might fire 5 people today and hire 10 people tomorrow, when you hired be sure you get what you asked for and be aware you wont get race for a long time (3 or 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good company.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Southern Graphic Systems full-time

    Pros

    Solid upper management. Company moving in the right direction.

    Cons

    Limited openings for upward mobility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create and encourage career development, as opposed to job development.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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