SGS

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SGS Reviews

Updated 24 February 2015
Updated 24 February 2015
194 Reviews
2.6
194 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.  

    Good job

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    Current Employee - Sales in London, England
    Current Employee - Sales in London, England

    I have been working at SGS part-time (less than a 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.  

    Don't work here!

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    Current Employee - Inspector in London, England
    Current Employee - Inspector in London, England

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

    Pros

    Pros...... not much work to do, if you like being bored out of your mind.

    Cons

    I don't know where to start... The whole place is a joke, which really is a massive shame because the potential is there- and it must have been OK at one point for SGS to get so big. In my time, all I have seen is that SGS employees AND managers are lazy and incompetent. They do the absolute bare minimum required to maintain the status "leader" in the Industry. The environment across SGS is unfriendly (to put it politely). Everyone is out for their own division and won't help you out- even if it means increasing their own profits. The pay is next to nothing, there are no benefits. Why am I still here? Well I'm trying to turn it around!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employ some staff who actually care about their job and are passionate about the success of their department! Pay them better salaries, give them incentives, integrate the divisions... But more importantly, keep an eye on the managers because they in turn aren't keeping an eye on their staff and the staff are running riot.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Awful. Training non existent.

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    Former Contractor - Temp
    Former Contractor - 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
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  5.  

    Very high staff turnover due to unfair treatment and poor management

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    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
  6.  

    The worst company I have ever worked for...

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    Former Employee - Due Diligence Global in London, England
    Former Employee - Due Diligence Global in London, England

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

    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

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    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
  10.  

    Business Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The management is quite open-minded

    Cons

    bad time management on meeting

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The management needs coaching

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral 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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