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Updated Jul 15, 2014

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2.7 143 reviews

80% Approve of the CEO

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Christopher (Chris) Kirk

(41 ratings)

46% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • I now speak and work with other affiliates around the world(in 4 reviews)

  • Can learn a lot of different methods/techniques(in 4 reviews)


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

  • No training or career progression offered as promised during initial hiring interview(in 5 reviews)

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    Lab Tech

    Lab Tech (Former Employee) Perth, Western Australia

    ProsThe 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.

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    Swiss culture at its worst

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

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

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsDecent hourly rate, parking but thats it

    ConsNo 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    SGS is a Great Company to Work For

    Vice President of Business Development (Current Employee)

    ProsGlobal opportunities - rewards employees who take initiative. I now speak and work with other affiliates around the world.

    ConsLearning to adjust on how a big company makes decisions.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep interviewing and hiring technical staff

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Not what I expected at all

    Key Account Manager (Former Employee)

    ProsDecent compensation overall, good bonus (if it was humanly possible to hit the target), good direct manager, good technical direction from mothership

    ConsUpper management out of touch with reality, lack of compliance from affiliates and overseas managers, over promising and under delivering, lack of technological resources, lots of manual reporting due to sad technology within the company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSupport your employees. Sometimes the customer is crazy and not always right. Listen to the situation and help them. Don't leave them out in the cold to defend themselves. Push internally for more technology to be competitive with other labs. Your lack of engagement is embarrassing.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Wide exposure to diverse business, but fragmented structure

    Business Development Manager (Current Employee) Singapore (Singapore)

    ProsStrong suite of services for oil & gas, industrial and consumer segments. Lots to learn about market demands of various territories, given worldwide scope of service delivery.

    ConsOne of the most decentralized and fragmented corporate culture I've ever seen. That means decisions take a long time, if at all, especially for scope outside the norm. An autonomous decision making structure at employee level would benefit such circumstances, but SGS is quite risk adverse and prefer to manage top-down.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSort out the gray area between various business and territorial management. Else loads of resources will waste in shooting shifting internal goalposts.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    They tell you how to succeed! Who does that?

    Support Staff (Current Employee)

    ProsWe are encouraged to connect with our peers across the company. I have been introduced to folks in several countries and can't wait to visit or transfer. Looking at the company as a whole, I believe in the same ideals. We do important stuff around the world. I feel good about what we do and I want others to know too.

    ConsA few people are afraid to tell management how to fix things. People ask me, "What is SGS?", everyday. No one knows who we are.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTrust the people closest to the issue to fix it. Be creative on rewarding their input. Sometimes it's not about money. Sometimes people just want more control over their world, and trust you to have their back. Could we get more out to the USA about SGS. I want people to know we are bigger than IBM and been around since forever. Billboards, tv commercials like BASF. Black and orange, black and organge, everywhere please.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    lab assistant

    Lab Assistant (Current Employee) Burnaby, BC (Canada)

    Pros-excellent safety training before work
    -good laboratory environment

    Cons-relatively low salary compared with the same position

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good

    Quality Manager (Former Employee) Fairfield, NJ (US)

    ProsRelaxed environment, good culture and very nice system

    ConsSilo mentality. People next cube had no idea who you are and what you do

    Advice to Senior ManagementLeave things to the experts

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Honest

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsNot working there anymore. The amount of experience.

    ConsManagement only listens to men. If you come in early and leave late daily you get written up for coming in late and leaving early. If you take the hour lunch that you are given you get written up for taking excessive lunches. You get scrutinized for following SOPs methods especially when it comes to calibration and verifying equipment. You get called sexist names behind your back.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of the sexist pigs, stop taking clients/co-workers to strip clubs.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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