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Southern Graphic Systems Reviews

Updated June 9, 2018
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Pros
  • "Great people to work with, modern computers and new building" (in 8 reviews)

  • "Surrounded by good people who are willing to help you grow as well" (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Progressive Company"

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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 (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Adapting to the changing needs of the industry, customers and employees

    Cons

    Nor enough electric charging stations for electric cars


  2. Helpful (1)

    "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.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "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


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Steady as she goes"

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    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


  5. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Terrible Terrible Company to work for"

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    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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Production Artist"

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    Current Employee - Production Artist in Minn City, MN
    Current Employee - Production Artist in Minn City, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Coworkers are friendly. OT available. SGS does we'll in keeping accounts viable. You can make the day great depending on your attitude. Some accounts are more interesting then others. New equipment was recently put in place.

    Cons

    Advice, learn what you can. Take it with you to your next job. If you feel your worth more look somewhere else to work. Raises & vacation are hard to come by so negotiate when your opportunity is available. Working environment is sterile. Punch in do your job and punch out.

    Advice to Management

    Give raises out yearly with positive feedback. Have meetings that tell employees they are doing well. The company is making money so all employees should prosper with its success.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Project Manager"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Casual Dress Code, Flexible Schedule

    Cons

    Too many to list. Walmart treats their employees better.

    Advice to Management

    If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Need Better Management"

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

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

    Pros

    Unfortuantly there is nothing positive to write about.

    Cons

    Not a good environment, most of the older work force is unable to adapt to the new technologies, because of that they are behind competitors in the field of brand imaging.

    Advice to Management

    Stop treating the younger talent poorly. They have great ideas you just need to listen.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Stevenson Color / Southern Graphics Cincinnati"

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    Former Employee - Senior Designer/3D Illustrator in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Senior Designer/3D Illustrator in Cincinnati, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I worked for the company for 4 years and the first 3 were great.

    Cons

    Southern Graphic Systems had purchased the family owned company Stevenson Color in Cincinnati, and allowed to the company to run independently until the 4 year and they started excerting their corporate cost savings in rounds of layoffs. When it came time for my position to be eliminated, I was called into office, and told I no longer had a job, but I could apply for any open positions. The same day I was fired, a position I was qualified for appeared on their website. I applied for the position, but as I found out later, my boss wanted to offer the position, but management would not allow him. When I confronted the HR guy he acted confused that there was a position available. I told him to look at your website, and there was the open position. It turns out the President of the company and HR lied to me about applying for any open positions.

    Advice to Management

    It is not a good thing when the president of the company and HR lies to an employees face.


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