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Southern Graphic Systems Reviews

Updated October 13, 2017
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Pros
  • Great people to work with, modern computers and new building (in 7 reviews)

  • Good work-life balance, pleasant co-workers (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Often overtime is required, and while you are paid for it - it is not so great for work/life balance (in 6 reviews)

  • There have been no raises for many years and this year 401K matching has been taken away along with forced time off without pay (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Great"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Southern Graphic Systems full-time

    Pros

    Nice work environment to be in.

    Cons

    none I have no Cons


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Office"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in Louisville, KY
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Louisville, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Southern Graphic Systems part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with and flexible hours including working from home and various work schedules.
    They will work with you if you need to be off work for some reason.

    Cons

    Benefits are constantly shrinking leaving only the most basic insurance. No incentives. No raises for years. Constantly adding more work but no compensation. Job security is minimal to many. You see people coming and going constantly. It's sad.

    Advice to Management

    A raise increase for the ones that have been working for years without one would be encouraging . To spread the compensation so all employees get something from their hard work, not just management

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Production/manufacturing"

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    Former Employee - Print Production Manager in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Print Production Manager in Cincinnati, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Southern Graphic Systems full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The people you'd work with use to be there only reason besides a paycheck that was a benefit for working there. But in the end that wasn't even a good reason.

    Cons

    This location is so over managed serving the managers needs for their benefit and not your own. Recently acquired for sgs having the only printing department made for forced overtime in most production areas. Don're get in trouble by getting hurt I've seen people hung out to dry nothing like ruining people.

    Advice to Management

    Think before you act. Do not be a consumer of yellow frozen precipitation


  4. Helpful (13)

    "A Venture Capitalist Driven Company is Not Good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Louisville, KY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Louisville, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Southern Graphic Systems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Local environment has great hard working folks that are a pleasure to be around and work with.

    Cons

    It's become clear that the venture capitalist owners are only in the game for short term profitability at the expense of the employees and long term business. There have been no raises for many years and this year 401K matching has been taken away along with forced time off without pay. Many of my colleagues are becoming increasingly unhappy and disgruntled. Internal reorganizations are occurring for short term gains that are very bad for the companies long term outlook.

    Advice to Management

    What can you say when venture capitalists run a company in an industry that is being turned on edge. I don't always get the yearly profit I want in my portfolio, I must take the good with the bad. Venture capitalists have the ability to make the bad good for the short term, the long term outlook for SGS is not very good with current direction.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Account Manager"

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Florence, KY
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Florence, KY

    I worked at Southern Graphic Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The people I work with

    Cons

    No work life balance, very negative environment


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Great for customers, bad for employees"

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    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in McBee, SC
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in McBee, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Southern Graphic Systems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Relaxed office
    Local management is attentive and empathetic

    Cons

    Benefits package is constantly shrinking
    Wages are stagnant and uncompetitive


  7. "Account Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good benefits, good health insurance, fun work environment

    Cons

    Not a lot of growth potential.

    Southern Graphic Systems Response

    Jun 19, 2017 – Sr. Manager, Communications

    Thanks for your review.

    The compensation roll out should give you more clarity on how you can advance your career at sgsco.

    Thanks
    Gabriel, Communications

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Average"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Elgin, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Elgin, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Southern Graphic Systems full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The people are nice. The building is air-conditioned they have a kitchen and flush toilets at work most of the time.

    Cons

    No advancement opportunities. No raises, not for merit or for cost-of-living. There is little or no communication from the management

    Southern Graphic Systems Response

    Jun 19, 2017 – Sr. Manager, Communications

    Hello,
    We are working on your concerns. We are also working increasing the frequency and quality of communications between all levels of management. If you have any additional questions or... More


  9. "Retoucher"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Southern Graphic Systems full-time

    Pros

    In my experience at least, SGS has been pretty aggressive about bringing in new business. That's how I came into the company. They are also pretty good about staying current with hardware and software. Coming from a previous employer that wouldn't spend at all on people or technology, it was a nice change.

    Cons

    New business always has a bit of a learning curve. They weren't always ready for that.

    Southern Graphic Systems Response

    May 18, 2017 – Sr. Manager, Communications

    Thank you for your review and your comments.

    Part of our strategy is to create a framework to help onboard new clients that should address the issue you raised.

    Thanks, Gabriel, Communications


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Don't bother... employees are expendable. There are better players in the business."

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    Former Employee - Production Artist in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Production Artist in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Southern Graphic Systems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Are there? Because in retrospect, there were little, if no raises. Maybe a bit of flexibility in hours on my team but other than that... Increases in health insurance yearly, families hit the hardest. Horrible coverage ultimately putting families with children in a bind. Coworkers that mysteriously disappear or leave for better opportunities. Oh are these cons? I wish I had something good to say. I did have some pretty awesome coworkers not appropriately compensated for their effort. Some are already gone/vanished. SAD!

    Cons

    Promises made that never come to fruition. If you get a raise, it will not even cover cost of living increases. Antiquated equipment that takes forever to get repaired. My boss was barely there, and when that person was, they still weren't "there". I know several on the team looking for other work. Or disappear for hours when the boss isn't in (which is practically every day). Morale is low. I contrast my boss at my job prior to SGS (warm, caring, easy to talk to, valued her staff) to the one I had at SGS. Boss at SGS I observed was cold, if not discriminatory to chronic illness. Profits above people.

    Advice to Management

    I think it's a lost cause. So many unhappy people. You will not retain talent the road you are going down. I won't be surprised when another corporation swallows you up and the inept finally get their due.

    Southern Graphic Systems Response

    Jun 21, 2017 – Sr. Manager, Communications

    Hello,

    I agree that we have awesome employees. You were not happy at sgsco and your comments reflect this. I hope you found a position that will provide you everything you are looking for. Best... More


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