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SGK Reviews

Updated April 27, 2017
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Pros
  • Good Benefits (Dental, Vision, Life, Health) (in 6 reviews)

  • Good People benefits are are as well as salary (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • They pile on work to people Don't care about work - life balance (in 4 reviews)

  • Very little room for advancement at locations with which I am familiar (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Stir Clear of Them"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production Designer in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Production Designer in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SGK full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    No pros to list here

    Cons

    The most toxic work environment I have ever worked in. No respect for their employees. A terribly run company. Compensation is way below average and the raises and bonuses were never to be seen.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to and respect your employees more. They are the lifeblood of your company.


  2. "Psychotic"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Battle Creek, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Battle Creek, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    interesting work on a daily basis

    Cons

    unrealistic deadlines, a lot of back stabbing. the boss had two heart attacks during the time i was there. an intense version of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    Advice to Management

    shut the hell up

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Over PAID CEO"

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

    I have been working at SGK full-time

    Pros

    Pre Press is dead and this is not an ad agency

    Cons

    David A. Schawk

    Executive Compensation

    As Chief Executive Officer at SCHAWK INC -CL A, David A. Schawk made $1,334,440 in total compensation. Of this total $595,000 was received as a salary, $56,858 was received as a bonus, $128,798 was received in stock options, $488,319 was awarded as stock and $65,465 came from other types of compensation. This information is according to proxy statements filed for the 2012 fiscal year.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Horrible Company to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Design Associate in Kalamazoo, MI
    Former Employee - Design Associate in Kalamazoo, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SGK full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Some of the people were amazing.

    Cons

    Management is horrible at this company, if you're not doing questionable things to get promoted, you will not get promoted. You get blamed for things you don't do and berated in front of other people and then when they find out it wasn't your fault, it's like nothing ever happened. They talk about people behind their backs as if they were in high school and treat their employees horrible. DO NOT WORK FOR THIS COMPANY!

    Advice to Management

    The only advice I have is to fire all management, fire the worthless employees who come in for overtime and do nothing but sit there, and act as respectable companies do. JUST GROW UP!


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Project Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SGK full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good people. Job was fun. Worked with great talent.

    Cons

    Compensation. "Merit" increases do not match what you hear in reviews. Management has said that "you have hit your cap for salary, do not expect any more increases unless you change positions." Why risk loosing an employee who is good at their job and enjoys their job.

    Advice to Management

    Match the merit increase to the review. There is no incentive to work for this company. They are going to start to loose clients to their biggest competitor due to the loss of good talent if they continue this way. Don't throw 60 years of business in our face thanking employees for getting you there. Your actions speak louder than words. Show your appreciation in ways that count if you want another 60 years.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "They will suck the life out of you, then let you go!!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Prepress Operator in Des Plaines, IL
    Former Employee - Prepress Operator in Des Plaines, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SGK full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Co-workers some of the best people around.

    Cons

    All levels of management at this location have no people skills. Work being sent overseas, customers like SC Johnson don't know this. Layoffs all the time, they don't bother to reassign you or offer a different job, just slash workforce so management can get a bonus.

    Advice to Management

    Running this company into the ground, as soon as Clarence W. Schawk dies, David is selling, if he doesn't go out of business first.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Bait and Switch?"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Production Artist in Cupertino, CA
    Current Employee - Production Artist in Cupertino, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at SGK full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    This company is such a scam, that I can not find a single positive thing to say about them.

    Cons

    This company is so cheap! They lure you in at a day rate that is very reasonable and then slash the pay once convert to full-time. They offer health insurance that is outrageously expensive and doesn't actually cover anything. Performance reviews that don't result in anything more than paperwork. They do not offer raises,! No cost of living increases! No advancement! This place obviously doesn't care about it's employees and it is obvious on a daily basis.

    Advice to Management

    Provide your employees a competitive wage, health insurance that isn't a scam, cost of living increases, performance based raises and provide your employees with an intranet that works.

  8. "Worst prepress environment I ever have been in"

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    Former Employee - Prepress Operator in Des Plaines, IL
    Former Employee - Prepress Operator in Des Plaines, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SGK full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good running equipment, free coffee, and popcorn on Thursday

    Cons

    Layoffs every 6 months even when there is work. Skeleton crew and mandatory overtime. No raises, no promotions and it's a horrible toxic environment. Work is being outsourced overseas. Management does not care about your career, just get the work done faster. If your Salary watch out, get ready for 60 hour weeks with no compensation for the extra hours .

    Advice to Management

    Go back to treating employees as humans, give raises.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "POOR MANAGEMENT/LEADERSHIP OVERALL"

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    Former Employee - Production Support in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Production Support in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at SGK full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Conveniently located in the heart of downtown Chicago.

    Cons

    Poor management overall with the exception of a few talented individuals - due to lack of experience. Presenting skills are horrible during meetings and not effective at all. Some of the managers do not have people skills and have problems keeping confidential information to themselves. Managers have been promoted to their positions because of who they knew not based on merit or experience. Does not have an ad agency feeling at all compared to other agencies in the Chicago area.

    Advice to Management

    Hire new managers - especially on the Kmart team.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Awful experience - Management hires relatives as direct reports"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Large global capacities with focus on technical expertise.

    Cons

    Management was allowed to have spouses, relatives and close friends as direct reports. This was NOT conducive to a healthy work environment unless, of course you were a relative, spouse or close personal friend. These related employee's were protected at all costs no matter the mistakes that were costing the reputation of the company and profit margins that could have been increased instead of decreased.

    Advice to Management

    Look closely........anonymous polls may help but the problem may stem from the top up. Your company will continue to loose business when un-related employees are forced out.


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