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SGK Reviews

Updated June 28, 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)

    "Frustrating place to work!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Des Plaines, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Des Plaines, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SGK full-time

    Pros

    Good compensation and decent benefits.
    Outstanding global client base .
    Very talented workforce that produces great work for the clients.
    A few strong senior managers in Operations.

    Cons

    Executive management has a lot of poor managers who wouldn't survive in most other organizations.
    Many jobs are being outsourced to cut costs.
    Performance reviews are never done in some departments.
    No salary increases in years.

    Advice to Management

    You've hired good people but continue to make all the decisions yourselves and ignore input from your people.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Analyst in Des Plaines, IL
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Analyst in Des Plaines, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Welcoming staff, made me feel comfortable and welcome the first day. Management at my location is very involved and engaged in the daily operations and business processes. There is a very well-defined set of business processes in place that support the entire operation. Employees follow the process, and are encouraged to give feedback to help improve the process.

    Cons

    The physical facility could use some work.

    Advice to Management

    Improvements to the physical space would make many employees happy. They comment about how much they miss their old facility.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Solid Employer with which to cut your catalog production teeth"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Account Supervisor in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SGK full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Company has locations worldwide, most with similar structures. Chicago locations have amazing photography and print production operations. This company offers a great start for any interested in the catalog and print marketing arenas.

    Cons

    Poor executive involvement and hubris contribute to serious client and staff missteps. Very little room for advancement at locations with which I am familiar. Creative and Account staff feel restricted while Production staff is pressed hard.

    Advice to Management

    Employees must be coached and developed—and given opportunities to grow and advance. Executives should listen to and recognize client needs; support staff who can proactively steward accounts.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Managerial Nightmare"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kalamazoo, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kalamazoo, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SGK full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity to fine tune skills within various areas of the production art and prepress portions of the print world. Some exceptional talents at the top tier of the industry within their fields within the non-management work force ranks.

    Cons

    Do not ever expect performance review or them to ever give you a raise based off of merit. The management team consists of friends of and assistants to senior management. Management promoted to position with very few qualifications and a lack of true understanding of the positions they manage. The work environment is down right toxic at times and shows no signs of turning around anytime soon.

    Advice to Management

    Hire those you know are right and qualified for the jobs and not those who follow you around the most. Look into your incredible pool of talent available and start changes before it is too late.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "POOR MANAGEMENT/LEADERSHIP OVERALL"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Decent pay, good benefits, great office location."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    The health benefits are probably the greatest reason to work here. Potential employees are informed of feast or famine work cycles upfront, and management is usually easy about letting you take time off provided you have vacation/personal days available. The office location is GREAT... at Dearborn and Madison, so you are near many restaurants and Millennium Park!

    Cons

    The main office in Des Plaines keeps laying off people and sending the jobs overseas. No one is safe... even Group Creative Directors have been sacked. Pay scale depends completely on your willingness and ability to negotiate. Variance of upto $20,000 exists between employees of the same position!

    Advice to Management

    STOP SENDING JOBS OVERSEAS.


  7. "Freelancers expected to work unlimited overtime."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Freelance Production Artist in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Freelance Production Artist in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Casual environment, friendly co-workers, professional office space. High profile clients.

    Cons

    Managers. Company morale. Overtime hours. Turnover. Opportunities for fulltime employment.

    Advice to Management

    Stop answering questions with "That's not my job". Get off your "high-horse" and accept some responsibility.

  8. "Good place to work, but can feel isolated at times"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Everyone, no matter from what department, was very nice and willing to help. I never had a problem with the people I worked with and after I left I had connections from all the departments.

    Cons

    Although everyone was nice, there was never any time to get to really get to know the people you were working with.

    Advice to Management

    Set aside company days where employees can just hang out and get to know each other. It will definitely boost the morale in the office.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Awful experience - Management hires relatives as direct reports"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  10. "Great place to work-great people"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work life balance and enjoyable clients to service. Well respected within the advertising industry and globally with potential clients.

    Cons

    This agency needs to expand to the digital arena to remain competitive and offer clients email, web, social media, and database management options.


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