SGS Reviews

Updated 30 October 2014
Updated 30 October 2014
160 Reviews
2.7
160 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance as not OT too late (in 6 reviews)

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


Cons
  • Bonuses are only for upper management level, PTO is vacation only (in 6 reviews)

  • Low pay as others have mentioned (in 5 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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    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.  

    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)

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  5. 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
  6.  

    Good experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SGS full-time

    Pros

    It is a good platform for learning and get the experience.

    Cons

    Pay does not compensate for the amount of work, long hours. There is a struggle to find a work/Life Balance.

    Doesn't Recommend
  7.  

    awesome place to work and grow

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    Former Employee - Risk Anakyst in Newark, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Risk Anakyst in Newark, NJ (US)

    I worked at SGS as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    growth opportunity as in opened to employees

    Cons

    contracts job most of the time could be challenging

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Learning

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    Former Employee - Business Manager in Moscow (Russia)
    Former Employee - Business Manager in Moscow (Russia)

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

    Pros

    Really international experience and possibility to execute interesting projects; good environment while you're participating in such international project or cooperate with colleagues

    Cons

    Local management in the region - hired on "relatives" principles - so no real managers / leaders.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change and to bring " new blood" with real international background

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SGS

    Pros

    Good HR Policy Good Timing... And i am happy with wht i did

    Cons

    Bad Salary Hectic Schedule. Late working hours.. blah blah blah

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No Advice

  10.  

    Ineffective managers

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Burnaby, BC (Canada)

    I worked at SGS full-time

    Pros

    The people were friendly and new facility was ok

    Cons

    Low pay as others have mentioned.
    Managers don't know/care and are ineffective. Lots of ideas but no follow through on the managers part. Also new ideas tend to be frowned upon. To get ahead its all about favouritism.
    Best advice is to leave when you get the chance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Know what your employees are doing and get to know them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Learned a lot, but supervisors are obsolete and care nothing but gaining profit.

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    Current Employee - Testing Specialist in Taipei (Taiwan)
    Current Employee - Testing Specialist in Taipei (Taiwan)

    I have been working at SGS full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    To learn, and gain experience. Instruments breaks down a lot, it is a quick way to gain experience on how to handle instruments errors. Samples are complicated and if you are willing to spend time to get a correct result, you will learn a lot to minimize sample interference. Lastly the SOP in the company is so badly written in our region's lab such that you can do a lot of things to optimize the SOP, but the supervisors would think you are wasting time.

    Cons

    Supervisors are proud to be subjective, incapable of taking advice, and compromise professionality to rush urgent samples. They take no pride in their job as to safe-guard health of consumers but only to please their customers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It needs some serious fixing. It is a corrupted place.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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