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SGK Reviews

Updated Oct 22, 2019

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2.8
43%
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55%
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SGK CEO David A. Schawk
David A. Schawk
62 Ratings
Pros
  • "The job is so enjoyable and the people are great but management fails to recognize it(in 10 reviews)

  • "Good benefits are offered from the start(in 8 reviews)

Cons
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  1. "Benefits"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SGK full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great people to work with from many offices.

    Cons

    Many systems but that is ok.

    SGK2019-09-05
  2. "Overall good people but struggling company"

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    Current Employee - Account Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SGK full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    great coworkers, lots of opportunity within the organization and Matthews

    Cons

    low job security due to budget cuts

    SGK2019-10-22
  3. Helpful (2)

    "Shady place to work"

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    Former Employee - Operations Lead in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SGK full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Please go work here if you want to be lied to, slighted, disrespected, thrown under the bus and run over multiple times, work 80 hours a week, crush your goals and then get sent packing. Many lay offs because they can't keep clients, can't keep employees, wont innovate or think outside their core capabilities which are going away fast. They are in a dying business. They don't have a chance to survive if they can't get past their own pride.

    Cons

    Condescending leadership. Lack of leadership. Straight faced liars. Dysfunctional. Not innovative. The office in Chicago has changed 5 times, and 2 locations in 3 years. Went from 2 floors in downtown Chicago to a west, west side warehouse without public transportation availability and no place to park a car. Shady neighborhood and not safe after hours. Constant pressure, no culture (it literally sucks) and everyone is worried they will lose their job. Not a way to work. Stay away!!! There are much better paces to work!

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    SGK2019-08-16
  4. Helpful (3)

    "You’re a line item on a P&L sheet."

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    Former Employee - Account Supervisor in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SGK full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good people here. Honest. Hard working. Good people.

    Cons

    Leadership is a train wreck. This is a place with absolutely no direction to grow the business and no soul to cultivate talent. This is a place where you are a contributor to cost, not an opportunity to succeed. Did I say leadership here is awful? Some good clients, like Jockey, have been on the books... but they lost them. Too focused on... actually, I don’t know what. SGK/Schawk isn’t a black hole— because people escape this place. But it’s pretty close.

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    SGK2019-08-11
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Managing teams that create compelling content."

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    Current Employee - Creative Director in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at SGK full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great people to work with at SGK

    Cons

    Very corporate and account oriented structure.

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    SGK2019-05-08
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Interesting work, corporate environment"

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    I have been working at SGK

    Pros

    Work on high profile projects

    Cons

    Little opportunity for a voice or creativity

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    SGK2019-04-19
  7. Helpful (2)

    "Some good people just so many changes"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at SGK full-time

    Pros

    Professional work environment Benefits Understand company direction

    Cons

    Financial changes due to restructuring Not a lot of room for advancement

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    SGK2019-04-28
  8. Helpful (3)

    "Toxic culture and mentality"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at SGK full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Trying to turn things around. Verbally they are trying to change the culture.

    Cons

    Poor mentality around innovation and culture. They constantly lay off people when clients are lost and the need to rehire when clients are gained. Many people don’t like their jobs and there’s not many opportunities to move up. Has a very “manufacturing” mindset where they say what goes and what their employees need don’t matter.

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    SGK2019-02-15
  9. "Sales"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at SGK full-time

    Pros

    Decent benefits and room for growth if your boss is in good standing with leadership

    Cons

    volatility and very political, hard to navigate if your not taken under someone's wing

    SGK2019-01-09
  10. "So-so within industry"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SGK full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Large company, global teams, extended capabilities within industry

    Cons

    Management only cares after themselves, long working hours, non-competitive pay within shrinking industry

    SGK2018-12-19
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