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SGS Reviews

Updated 1 March 2015
Updated 1 March 2015
195 Reviews
2.6
195 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 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.  

    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.  

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

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    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Brisbane
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Brisbane

    I worked at SGS full-time (more than a 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.  

    I had a wonderful experiences there and learned alot.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SGS

    Pros

    You can attend in training courses of the company and be certified.

    Cons

    they don't exchange nor recommend employees to other branches.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more flexible for hiring/ rehiring the candidates.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Big International Company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SGS full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    offices around the world..if you like to travel, good place to start.

    Cons

    none that I can really think of

  9.  

    Need an upgrade

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    Current Employee - IT Support Analyst in Lakefield, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - IT Support Analyst in Lakefield, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    country club life...No one inspired to anything different. If you give an new idea you look good

    Cons

    old technologies... there is no SMS server... Don't even get me started...Dinosaurs as managers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get with the time

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    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
  11.  

    Lab Tech

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Job security very nice coworkers

    Cons

    Pay is not vey good

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more money

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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