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SGS Reviews

Updated 23 January 2015
Updated 23 January 2015
185 Reviews
2.6
185 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • training opportunities are good and allow to build your work-life balance (in 7 reviews)

  • Can learn a lot of different methods/techniques (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management communicates to employees in a way that puts employees on the defensive (in 7 reviews)

  • Poor work/life balance in the summer, where the workload can force you to almost live at work (in 4 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lab Tech

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    Former Employee - Lab Tech in Perth, Western Australia
    Former Employee - Lab Tech in Perth, Western Australia

    I worked at SGS part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The pay rate and shift work (4on/4off) allow for a balance in work and leisure. Making great working connections and experience within the mining industry.

    Cons

    Long Hours, Hard work, respiratory issues, mainly casual employment (easily dismissed without notice) and equipment malfunction.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Tedious repetitive work. Not a rewarding job at all. Empty promises of growth, pay raise etc.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Laboratory Technician in Sydney
    Current Employee - Laboratory Technician in Sydney

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

    Pros

    It's a good starting point for a Science grad not willing to embrace an academic career. Treat this like a paid internship.
    Flexible working hours.

    Cons

    Hard to get a permanent position, unbalanced workload, lack of promotion prospects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward people not just with words and good people will stay.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    A Mismanaged, Vision-less, disoriented, disorganized, Bonus driven rather then employee driven, Local family business.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Brisbane
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Brisbane

    I worked at SGS full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Huge cash reserves, Investor Confidence, Strong financial, Global presence, Diversified product portfolio

    Cons

    Local Management in the hands of Incompetent people, Brother brings brother & friends culture, Management lackls vision, Employees are treated as trash, Want to put their fingers in too many pies but then dont know what to do next, Absolutely no trainings, No hierarchy in managemt

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Stop Discriminating!
    -TOO MANY SILHOS. If an employee tries to breakdown SILHOS,,, they break that employee down.
    -Create a Vision- Todays industry works on a Vision and Mission. Stop waiting for the phone to ring! If you have a Vision and a Mission, you automatically develop patience which can help you strategise.
    -Stop running behind bonuses. Self-Centered approach as leadership chased it EOY bonus and can go to any extent to see that their coffers are filled.... something very well known within SGS.
    -Meet Customers, understanding the founding principles of SGS and associate oneself (Management is unpassionate,
    -Create a uniform Salary structure.
    -Stop Hiring family members and friends
    -Managers need to go through proper training for understanding financial statements. STOP RIGGING UP NUMBERS
    -Create a succession plan rather then pulling one from (A55) nowhere.
    -Let HR run independently- SGS is one organisation where HR works and completely relies for its jobs on the operations management and will go any extent to please the powers that may be.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    Swiss culture at its worst

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SGS

    Pros

    Friendly fun teammates, good to be there if you have good colleagues

    Cons

    Management freeloading employees, salary increment structure is non-existent, we're just numbers to them (if you don't like it, you can just quit)

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Decent rate but no chance for advancement or training, safety is disregarded

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SGS

    Pros

    Decent hourly rate, parking but thats it

    Cons

    No career progression, will promise a move to full time but won't deliver. I met a few employees who had been casual for 5+ years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great Place to Work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SGS

    Pros

    Great colleagues, meaningful work, and good benefits. I have the tools and support I need to get my work done well. I've enjoyed working here and will miss it.

    Cons

    My position is being eliminated and I will miss the work I do, the partners I collaborate with. No real complaints to share.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to value your employees as your greatest asset and promoter of the business.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Field Supervisor

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    Current Employee - Field Supervisor in Deer Park, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Field Supervisor in Deer Park, TX (US)

    I have been working at SGS

    Pros

    Plenty of internal advancement opportunity

    Cons

    Very overworked at times, the company hiring process is slow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be proactive instead of reactive

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Great Opportunities

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfield, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfield, NJ (US)

    I have been working at SGS full-time

    Pros

    Opportunity for personal advancement, movement within the company, and overall growth
    Benefits are offered: 401k, insurance package, bonus at management and sales levels, overtime for non-exempt
    Site and Upper management are invested in success of site
    Quality systems, personnel, client services/support, facility, and product (testing/data) are of excellent quality.
    Vast exposure to Pharmaceutical, Medical Device, Personal Care, and Cosmetics industries.
    Team-based, cooperative/collaborative culture.

    Cons

    Work/Life balance is to be expected for contract testing
    Fast pace and deadlines are constant (to be expected for contract testing)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue trend of continual improvement in terms of recognition/salary/benefits, collaboration, transparency, resource management, business strategy, and quality.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Neither here nor there.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Chemical Loader in Plaquemine, LA (US)
    Former Employee - Chemical Loader in Plaquemine, LA (US)

    I worked at SGS full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent 401k program the company matches dollar for dollar up to 5%. Good place to start but quickly get experience on move on.

    Cons

    Management is operated on the good ole boy system. Lots off favoritism as subordinates often hang out with the upper management. No room for advancement there is a raise a 1 year of approximately $1.00 than another 2 years of approximately $1.00 then you top out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be some policing of the way company policy and procedure is performed, especially between management and the workers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Technical/Quality heat in consumer testing service laboratory

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Head/Quality Head in Tiruppūr (India)
    Former Employee - Technical Head/Quality Head in Tiruppūr (India)

    I worked at SGS full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Freedom
    Positive Environment
    Responsibility
    Independency
    Clear roles and responsibility
    Innovations
    Sustainability/Social responsibility
    Clear management structure

    Cons

    Management objective and uniformity all over the world should more precisely uniform!
    In simple form the appraisal and evaluation have laps and uniformity of approach and perfection of evaluation must be.....
    All lead to slow increase of revenue and slow talent recognition

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hope management know well ! Its internal

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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