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SGS Reviews

Updated July 20, 2017
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Pros
  • great work-life balance, very relaxed management (in 13 reviews)

  • Fast paced work environment, Critical thinking and problem solving skills utilized daily, Team environment, (in 18 reviews)

Cons
  • Horrible work environment due to mgmt plus extremely low pay (in 25 reviews)

  • Lack of respect from the upper management (in 18 reviews)

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  1. "Typical Corporate Acquisition Giant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Management in Deer Park, TX
    Current Employee - Management in Deer Park, TX
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SGS full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, family time for office staff

    Cons

    lack of insight by leadership, too much emphasis on immediate bottom line, lack of future vision.


  2. "Great company"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Chemist in Deer Park, TX
    Current Employee - Chemist in Deer Park, TX

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

    Pros

    Individual Training and cross-training in other departments

    Cons

    Emphasis is placed on hiring management rather than hiring additional support for the lab

  3. "Review"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Former Employee - Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at SGS (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great company. Good Management. Good growth potential

    Cons

    Salary levels are low. Benefits could be improved.

    Advice to Management

    raise the salary levels


  4. Helpful (1)

    "lab tech"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lab Technician in Dayton, NJ
    Current Employee - Lab Technician in Dayton, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SGS full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    free beagel on pay day

    Cons

    pay could be better. after a year still not much raise. Good Tech leaves after a year or two. You have to train new people all over again.

    Advice to Management

    take care of your hard workers


  5. "Client Services Specialist"

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Client Services Specialist in Miamisburg, OH
    Current Employee - Client Services Specialist in Miamisburg, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SGS full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Fast paced work environment, Critical thinking and problem solving skills utilized daily, Team environment,

    Cons

    Many responsibilities to negotiate in a workday.

    Advice to Management

    improve efficiency of reporting to reduce redundancy


  6. "Don't apply"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Buffalo Grove, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Buffalo Grove, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SGS (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Flex Time
    -Friendly co-workers
    -Flexible work schedule

    Cons

    -No growth
    -Responsibility is always you, never the analyst
    -Petty things will haunt you, don't make a mistake

    Advice to Management

    Tone, posture, and eye contact is often overlooked. Employees are not a punching bag, treat them the way you would like to be treated. Management needs to take training classes. No room to change.


  7. "dispatcher"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Dispatcher in Baton Rouge, LA
    Current Employee - Dispatcher in Baton Rouge, LA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    family company feel and great lace to work

    Cons

    working nights and weekends rotating shifts

  8. "Great learning experience! They hire people straight out of college and the pay is pretty decent."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Quality in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Quality in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people are awesome. Management is pretty good as well and a great place to get started.

    Cons

    I have had horrible past work experiences so I don't have anything to complain about here. I'm sure I could find something, but why bother. They don't have education benefits. A lot of places pay for a master's degree.

    Advice to Management

    None


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Know what you're getting into"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Upstream Chemist in Saint Rose, LA
    Former Employee - Upstream Chemist in Saint Rose, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SGS full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The people with whom you work are always a pro in my opinion. A laboratory position with this company should be seen for what it it: skills building to a better job or a temporary move to hold you over until a better opportunity opens.

    Cons

    The division in which I worked (Upstream) left almost no personal time; between my hire date in June 2015 through Labor Day, I had 9 days off. Overtime was outrageous but expected by management. This may be a plus for some but I value my personal time much higher than what SGS was paying me to prioritize their needs. Vacation time would rarely be approved by management due to workload prioritization which led to the majority (~75%) of employee vacation time being lost (SGS doesn't compensate or roll over unused vacation time). Unacceptable!

    Advice to Management

    Solutions were in lab optimization, not necessarily to hire another warm body. Networking of the lab, training, repair of equipment, and adding operating shifts could easily remedy the excessive hours issues in this lab. Also some time spent in the lab listening to all four analysts issues by management could have gone a long way to showing some degree of care.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Large company that doesn't care about employees"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at SGS (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Large company with typical benefits
    Opportunities for advancement
    Opportunities for movement/transfer

    Cons

    Low pay
    High employee turnover
    Lots of corporate BS
    More concerned with appearance of safety than actual safety


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