SGS Reviews

Updated 8 September 2014
Updated 8 September 2014
153 Reviews
2.8
153 Reviews
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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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  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 for more than a 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.  

    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)

  3. 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
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    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 for more than a 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
  6.  

    Field Service Representative

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative

    I have been working at SGS part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flex Hours free to make your schedule

    Cons

    Poor Pay stogy autocratic management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open up the check

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    It's perfect to live in balance

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    Current Employee - QHSE  in  Istanbul (Turkey)
    Current Employee - QHSE in Istanbul (Turkey)

    I have been working at SGS full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    training opportunities are good and allow to build your work-life balance

    Cons

    there is no real challanges

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    can be created attainable challanges for employees

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great Company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SGS full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Opportunity for Advancement, Care for their employees

    Cons

    Slightly fragmented structure between businesses

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Break down barriers between businesses

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good company to work for.

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    Former Employee - Laboratory Technician  in  Charleston, WV (US)
    Former Employee - Laboratory Technician in Charleston, WV (US)

    I worked at SGS full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The people are very friendly, and very accommodating. It was a low stress environment with no unreasonable deadlines that had to be meet.

    Cons

    They did testing for coal companies, and while I was there someone tried to come in and start a union. Management went to great lengths to avoid this and pretty much called a meeting and said our jobs would be lost if we signed the card supporting the union effort.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They seemed to have a very good immediate management team, although corporate seemed to be a little out of touch.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    A little too much international oversight

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    Former Employee - Commercial & Business Analysis Manager  in  Bartlesville, OK (US)
    Former Employee - Commercial & Business Analysis Manager in Bartlesville, OK (US)

    I worked at SGS full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Strong Safety Culture, lots of opportunity for clerical and inspection personnel.

    Cons

    Geneva headquarters did not understand the Bartlesville office when they bought it, couldn't figure out how to appropriately manage. Failure at US and Geneva levels to not charge an operating center for R&D activities and double charge for infrastructure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make management rewards achievable.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good Experience with an opportunity for growth

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    Former Employee - Helpdesk
    Former Employee - Helpdesk

    I worked at SGS full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The company provides a Very Good compensation to its employees. This includes Benefits, company outings, performance incentives, Flexible schedules and every now and then, free meals. The company make sure that the employees are aware of its values, mission and vision. They do this by constant, training, seminars and other activities.

    Cons

    Lacks leadership skill and biased

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    What the company can improve more is have some of its Leaders attend management leadership skill training and the company process on everything.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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