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SGS Reviews

Updated September 19, 2017
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Pros
  • great work-life balance, very relaxed management (in 14 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 28 reviews)

  • Workload very poorly managed, stressful job, deteriorated work-life balance (in 11 reviews)

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  1. "Solid Company"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SGS full-time

    Pros

    Solid company, been around a long time

    Cons

    Work Life must be the priority


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Wait a few years"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SGS full-time

    Pros

    If you are new to the field, you will learn enough to move to another company.

    Cons

    SGS just bought Accutest. Currently there are massive layoffs, and pay and hiring freezes. There are no resources, secret and unattainable goals, and random shifting priorities. It's simultaneously a race to the bottom while they throw things at a wall and see what sticks. There's pervasive fear, intimidation, and the worst top-down declarations instead of management.

    Advice to Management

    I know SGS took away your carrots. But lay off using so much stick. Inflexibility and bullying make for discontent.

  3. "Report Writer"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SGS full-time

    Pros

    This company helps you get your foot in the door. I was able to learn from my seniors and get a feel for what I actually wanted to do.

    Cons

    If you let them, they will over work you.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "What a Joke"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Auto Inspector in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Auto Inspector in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    No over the shoulder boss

    Cons

    Poor Pay, Feeble raises, dismal expense reimbursement, poor scheduling, route planning non existent, Out of date and non working software, poor communication, top heavy with over management... Plan on losing money every year rather than gain...

    Advice to Management

    Find another job like I am...


  5. Helpful (1)

    "i work there"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SGS full-time

    Pros

    nice people that are willing to help

    Cons

    hours and management are not the best.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Managed from another country."

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Wet Chemistry Lead in Church Point, LA
    Current Employee - Wet Chemistry Lead in Church Point, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The work is autonomous and we are kept extremely busy. I am able to get 20 hours of overtime some weeks.

    Cons

    Management in another country made decisions without consulting employees. These decisions don't actually work at the bench level. Workers are burning out, short-tempered, and feel extremely unappreciated and very expendable.

    Advice to Management

    Looking at numbers on spreadsheets from another country is not allowing management to make realistic decisions at the base level.


  7. "Typical Corporate Acquisition Giant"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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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.

  8. "Great company"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • 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


  9. "Review"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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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


  10. Helpful (3)

    "inspector"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Inspector
    Current Employee - Inspector
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    lets you work freely, decent hourly pay, opportunity to travel. lets you build connections with people

    Cons

    lowered driving compensation to where it barely covers cost of car and sgs wants you to have a car a maximum of 6 years old, always trying to change things and sometimes it doesn't help, unorganized, and poor communication. received a referral bonus and was taxed 25 percent and wasn't notified that until received.

    Advice to Management

    focus on employees


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