SGS Reviews

Updated 8 September, 2014
Updated 8 September, 2014
153 Reviews
2.9
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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    lab assistant

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    Current Employee - Lab Assistant  in  Burnaby, BC
    Current Employee - Lab Assistant in Burnaby, BC

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

    Pros

    -excellent safety training before work
    -good laboratory environment

    Cons

    -relatively low salary compared with the same position

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Terrible Place to Work

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    Former Employee - Laboratory Technician  in  Lakefield, ON
    Former Employee - Laboratory Technician in Lakefield, ON

    I worked at SGS full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    None. There is nothing good to say about this company.

    Cons

    Bad management, management picks favorites, you are treated like a slave, impossible to get a raise. Terrible workplace morale.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Distasteful.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SGS

    Pros

    It's better than not having a job. The management will hardly acknowledge you, so you will have lots of time to search for new opportunities elsewhere. Keep your head down, don't mention any of the numerous inefficiencies, ignore the rampant politics, and you'll probably be able to stay employed until you find your new job. And I highly recommend that you do continue to look for a new job.

    Cons

    Honestly, all of the reviews on here and Indeed are true. This company (Alberta especially) doesn't value quality - it's all about seniority and favouritism. Total lack of training, ethics and support. Don't expect any type of training or reliable communication from management - company has been restructured so all of the upper management employees have multiple roles causing massive problems with allocating proper attention to the operation of the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The market is expanding and you WILL fail if you do not remain competitive, which you already are not. Not one other company charges overtime rates for three days a week and other companies actually have engineers onsite providing guidance to the technical staff (there is only one Employee that is actually a P. Eng in all of Alberta at SGS). If you were a contractor, would you hire the company that offers only two out of the ten services you need, charges more overtime than any of your competition do and sends a brand new tech (who may or may not know how to do their job/communicate in English well)? Grab the buckets cause your ship is going down fast.

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a good place to work

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    Former Employee - Senior Metallurgist  in  Lakefield, ON
    Former Employee - Senior Metallurgist in Lakefield, ON

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

    Pros

    Good work ethics and emphasis on safety.

    Cons

    The company with least respect for their employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The middle management lacks vision and have no respect for the employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    A good basic introduction to the industrial lab setting.

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    Former Employee - Lab Tech  in  Lakefield, ON
    Former Employee - Lab Tech in Lakefield, ON

    I worked at SGS full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - many good people to work with
    - some supervisors were very accommodating for time off/ shift change requests for work/life
      balance
    - appropriate PPE on hand, hearing testing available on occasion
    - enough to learn when first starting out

    Cons

    - limited options/ difficult to move laterally/ up the ladder within the company
    - after a year or two there may not be enough continuous learning
    - employees cut corners affecting quality, safety
    - sometimes a lack of communication between levels

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lab tech wages could always be higher, especially considering the hazards encountered on a daily basis. Sometimes jobs could be quoted with an unrealistically short time frame. Lab supplies were not always stocked up fast enough, a lack of back up equipment could lead to delays.

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

    SGS CANADA Lakefield Site

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Lakefield, ON
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lakefield, ON

    I have been working at SGS full-time

    Pros

    A great place to learn and improve your professional skills if you are a self driven individual and don't need support to learn and acquire knowledge from the diversity of experiences you can encounter here. Relatively flexible hours if you work outside the analytical laboratory.

    Cons

    Completely lack of manager support when it comes to personal development i.e. courses, further education etc.

    Average to low pay specially at the technician level, high turn around of people in the analytical department which the managers (specially in Geneva) don't realize affect the business on the other departments (metallurgical operation).

    There are lots of toxic senior employees that makes life and work impossible to those that want to develop on the work place.

    Managers (upper managers and to a degree group managers) show a complete lack of interest for the people that work there, you are just a number to them and when the market softens you are on a list to get fired almost immediately... how far down the list you are? ...nobody actually knows until you get the call.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advise to upper managers in Geneva (if they ever read this)

    Get rid of your upper managers at Lakefield and start from scratch ...you need people that not only understand the market situation but also what it takes to run that place and the endless amount of hours and effort the project managers goes through to get the project done on time and on budget while struggling with the bureaucracy and the nonsense of the control systems they are trying to shovel down your trough.

    And always remember money is a good thing to have and make our life better but a nice email or short conversation thanking you for your efforts and achievements goes a long way....I never heard anybody getting one from the current manager

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Good experience overall.

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    Former Employee - Laboratory Technician (Geochemistry)  in  Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Laboratory Technician (Geochemistry) in Toronto, ON

    I worked at SGS as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    - Reputable company
    - Many locations around the world.

    Cons

    - Shift work, schedule can change with short notice.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase pay for employees.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Probably the worst place to work in America.

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    Former Employee - N/A  in  Lakefield, ON
    Former Employee - N/A in Lakefield, ON

    I worked at SGS full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Pay and People. not much else.

    Cons

    Bad Management all the way down....

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quite, Learn some people skills and don't let your pride get in the way

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Interesting

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Whitehorse, KW
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Whitehorse, KW

    I have been working at SGS

    Pros

    Great Place to get experience

    Cons

    Remuneration packages are not competitive or current with industry averages. Poor communication between senior management and mid-level employees.

    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Place to Learn

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Lakefield, ON
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lakefield, ON

    I have been working at SGS

    Pros

    -work on various interesting projects at the same time
    -management is great
    -most people are friendly
    -can learn a lot of stuff in a short time
    -never lay off people

    Cons

    -some techs bully new hires
    -pay is relatively low compared to other companies
    -tight office space
    -insurance plan is not as good

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - should provide more training to new hires
    - support your people
    - hire the right type of people so that they could stay here longer

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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