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SGS Reviews

Updated 16 December 2014
Updated 16 December 2014
178 Reviews
2.8
178 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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    • 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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  5.  

    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.  

    Technical/Quality heat in consumer testing service laboratory

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    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
  8.  

    Good Place to learn -very interesting industry - surprisingly low degree of standardisation

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SGS full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great opportunity to explore various divisions and industry exposures
    Well know on the market and seen as THE experts in their fields
    good people focus

    Cons

    surprisingly low degree of standardisation around basic corporate functions (Finance, HR, Orga, IT).
    IT infrastructure is very aged and would ramp up the services levels if there would be a better system supported workflow infrastructure in place (Report writing automation, sample tracking etc). still very manual.
    Salary is not industry leading and a bit behind

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    tends to have to much politics in place that stops the management team to act on really important client focused matters

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good but with frequent unexpected changes

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SGS

    Pros

    Lots of guidance from the Group. Lots of training with help readily available.

    Cons

    Pushing more on bottom line that turn the company into not a pleasant place to work in; too cost conscious & staffs overwork

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Re-design the work structure so that the staffs can have a better work-life balance

  10.  

    Good company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Inspector in Baton Rouge, LA (US)
    Former Employee - Inspector in Baton Rouge, LA (US)

    I worked at SGS full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Professional environment caring company with great benefits.

    Cons

    Need better supervisors more open house policy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open relationship between you and employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Hr are very accomodating

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    Current Employee - Accounting Assistant in Manila, Manila (Philippines)
    Current Employee - Accounting Assistant in Manila, Manila (Philippines)

    I have been working at SGS as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    I can say is they are very accomadating to applicants.they even ask to offer you coffee or water..and they just make you wait for a couple of minutes.

    Cons

    They work monday to saturday..and overtime is required until 10 pm..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They really say the type of work you will be asign and also the reason of past employee why she resign

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