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Southern Graphic Systems Reviews

Updated November 1, 2018
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Pros
  • "Great people to work with, modern computers and new building" (in 9 reviews)

  • "Decent benefits and pay package" (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • "No work life balance, very negative environment" (in 7 reviews)

  • "No raises, not for merit or for cost-of-living" (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Collaboration and Quality is #1!!!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Production Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Southern Graphic Systems (Less than a year)

    Pros

    SGS had positive values which were lived by in their operations. The teams became all close friends.

    Cons

    They needed to have a subject matter expert audit all of the improvements.

    Advice to Management

    Never stop with new and innovative processes to stay leaders in the industry.


  2. "Project Coordinator"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Project Coordinator
    Current Employee - Marketing Project Coordinator
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Southern Graphic Systems full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Company very supportive of employees

    Cons

    Very big so not always easy to get things moved through the Management chain

  3. "Onsite Project Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Southern Graphic Systems full-time

    Pros

    Systemic approach that is easy to gain knowledge of. Makes day-to-day very easy to manage and allows for ease on workload.

    Cons

    Due to the systemic approach personality in environment is lost. Operates more as a machine than a human environment. People come in, work and leave.


  4. Helpful (6)

    "More layoffs"

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    Current Employee - Production Artist in Florence, KY
    Current Employee - Production Artist in Florence, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    None . They are all gone

    Cons

    More layoffs again in Florence . Work moving to Mexico . The future looks so bright . W.O.W . One way of working , get it done cheaper elsewhere .

    Advice to Management

    What happened to all the tax money the company got from MR Trump ? The company took it and gave nothing back . They then moved jobs to Mexico . Mr Trump will not be pleased! But onex is Canadian owned and controlled . No loyalty to US jobs . Let’s make SGS great again !!


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Good people, numbers driven upper management"

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    Former Employee - Account/Project Manager
    Former Employee - Account/Project Manager
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I worked with great people, and my location had the latest and greatest flexo plate technology. If you like constant change then this is a good place for you. The pay was decent, and the vacation time was generous.

    Cons

    I spent more time than I would like dealing with penny pinching customers. I always got the vibe that these customers were only with SGS because there were no better alternatives. Also upper management seems to only care about positioning the company to sell and furloughed employees just to make the balance sheet look better to investors. Raises were also rare during my time there, so make sure you negotiate a good starting salary upfront.

    Advice to Management

    Make attracting and retaining talent a priority. Working for SGS used to be something people in the industry aspired to do but not so much so anymore.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "I've been a machinist for 21 years."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Used to be a great place to work, and they used to care about the ones making them the money.

    Cons

    No raises!!! A lot of promises with no outcome. Expected to come in and fill in with no notice. They could care less about your plans or family time, even though management is home with theirs every day and weekend.

    Advice to Management

    Get a clue and understand why you have such a big turn around of employees. KEEP YOUR PROMISES!!!! Pay your good, dedicated employees, respect the fact that we have lives too. Stop with the favoritism!!!!


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Production"

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

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

    Pros

    Good co workers who are passionate about their projects.

    Cons

    Mgt. Meltdown. People are being let go in droves

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Steady as she goes"

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

    I worked at Southern Graphic Systems full-time

    Pros

    Plenty of work here. Solid foundation with stable employment.

    Cons

    Pay and Benefits should improve.

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Dead end job from a deadbeat company"

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    Current Employee - Machinist in Waukesha, WI
    Current Employee - Machinist in Waukesha, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Southern Graphic Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Impossible to get fired: break machines, come and go, leave when you want, and or create a hostile work environment. They will not do anything about it.

    Cons

    Spineless management. No opportunity for advancement, increased demands and work loads. Very poor environment, hostile place to work with a lot of gossip and drama. Incompetent staff, makes it harder on the one or two people who do have half a brain. Awful hours, 12 hour shifts.

    Advice to Management

    Man up and start making some decisions. Get organized. Hire better people and pay them what they are worth. Hire cheap labor to grunt for them. Don’t pay idiots the same as producers.


  10. Helpful (8)

    "Terrible Terrible Company to work for"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Brooklyn Park, MN
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Brooklyn Park, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Only pro I could say is that I had good coworkers.

    Cons

    The company doesn't care about their employees even in the slightest. They keep making cutbacks and performing layoffs. If I were you I'd look elsewhere for employment. Medical benefits are terrible and they don't payout PTO once you leave. Project managers are always expected to work overtime for free. Oh, and they don't give raises.

    Advice to Management

    Act like you care about your employees. You wonder why people keep leaving it's because the company is only concerned about making money and paying the top dogs.


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