SGS Reviews

Updated 10 October 2014
Updated 10 October 2014
156 Reviews
2.8
156 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)

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

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  1.  

    Good job

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales in London, England
    Current Employee - Sales in London, England

    I have been working at SGS part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    the ambience is good and the people are quite nice. The management takes care of interns and i learnt a lot during this internship.

    Cons

    Sometimes there isnt work enough so you can get bored and some managers can be sometimes annoying but st=ill a good job

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Awful. Training non existent.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Temp
    Former Employee - Temp

    I worked at SGS as a contractor

    Pros

    Friendly staff, but that was it,

    Cons

    Was a temp. They were so short staffed I did not have an actual trainer who could have sat with me to make sure I was getting things done correctly. Instead I was shown by other members of staff how to do something once, and then left to get on with it. Consequently made tons of serious errors. Manager took no part in any of it, and frequently was very unhelpful, expecting me to answer the phone and deal with people she did not want to deal with when I was trying to get my head around something I was struggling with. Left after 3 weeks.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    Very high staff turnover due to unfair treatment and poor management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

    I worked at SGS full-time

    Pros

    Overall, the team members were very friendly and supportive of each other. Good location of the office in a close proximity to the main shopping center.

    Cons

    Missold jobs, loss of opportunities for the employees. No training or career progression offered as promised during initial hiring interview. Highly educated people are getting hired with a promise of training and development, however get thrown 'at a deep end' from day one, and refused any sort of external training. In addition, the quality of internal training is very poor. The only focus is on the actual revenue. Employees are bullied by managers, and are regarded as 'disposable'. As a result of this, the team morale is very low. People are simply unhappy, and given the right opportunity would leave SGS at any time....

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please investigate closely the management style at SGS Ealing office. It is ironic that a company that specialises in social compliance does not treat their own employees fairly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    The worst company I have ever worked for...

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Due Diligence Global in London, England
    Former Employee - Due Diligence Global in London, England

    I worked at SGS full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good salary but that is about all :-(

    Cons

    The company culture is awful. They treat staff really badly. Do not work there!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to think of your staff as human beings. A system for staff to feedback would be useful.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    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

  7.  

    Good for getting Canadian Experience.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lab Technician II in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Lab Technician II in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Provide a friendly and structured work environment for recent immigrants and young graduates. The routine and daily requirements change with seasonal layoffs and allows for a decent work-life balance when you get to transition temporary collect EI for a couple of months during the quiet season.

    Cons

    Poor future growth. Poverty Wages working in the City of Vancouver area. Wage increases are measured in pennies, not dollars. Lots of stress in middle-management due to mid-life crisis or lack of upward mobility or wage growth. Definitely a top-down management style with a focus on costs and liabilities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide better retirement benefits and increase wages.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

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

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  9.  

    Field Service Representative

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative

    I have been working at SGS part-time (more than an 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
  10.  

    A little too much international oversight

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (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.  

    It's perfect to live in balance

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - QHSE in Istanbul (Turkey)
    Current Employee - QHSE in Istanbul (Turkey)

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

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