Working at SGS: Company Overview and Reviews in Canada

SGS
2.3
13 reviews
SGS, CA Ratings
2.3
Average rating of 13 reviews on Indeed
3.1Work-life balance
2.4Pay & benefits
2.3Job security & advancement
2.4Management
2.5Culture
Headquarters
Employees
1
Revenue
less than $1M (USD)
Industry
Health Care

Popular jobs at SGS in Canada

 Average salarySalary range
4 salaries reported
$24.56
per hour
$10.80-$42.15
3 salaries reported
$24.27
per hour
$12.10-$36.45
3 salaries reported
$20.50
per hour
$10.25-$30.75
1 salary reported
$25.00
per hour
$12.50-$37.50
1 salary reported
$54,000
per year
$27,000-$81,000
Salary satisfaction
39%
Of the employees are satisfied about their pay, in Canada
Based on 171 reviews

SGS reviews

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Overall reviews at SGS

2.0
Pto | Edmonton, AB | Feb 1, 2022
Very demanding job, lots of work and not many breaks. Management created a negative culture.
Very demanding job, lots of work and not many breaks. Management created a negative culture. Constantly push the amount of railcars loaded with process procedures Constantly being broken. Good entry level job but keep pumping resumes out. Job looks good and gives plant experience, but be ready for some tough labor. Guys are beauties that work there.
ProsUse to get food and coffee, that's rare now lots of of ot
ConsLong hard hours, outside all day. Rare to get a break.
2.0
Technician | Lakefield, ON | Sept 21, 2021
Best of The Worst
This is an honest review. Used to be an amazing place to work until the change of management. Now the coin is flipped and stress is something frequent. People who have experience aren’t in charge of area’s when they should be, instead managers are nepotistic and choose less experienced people that they like. Work is backlogged, nothing makes sense, high turnover and rate, underpaid and overworked.
ProsBenefits, free food, no mandatory over time
ConsUnderpaid, nepotism, under appreciated, over worked
1.0
Analyst | Markham, ON | Feb 5, 2022
Horrible place to work - SGS Markham, ON
I don’t know other SGS Facilities, but SGS Markham is the worst place to work. Management is terrible and it is always trying to get more from you and that is why the turnover is high. They don’t respect even employees who has been working with them for decades, imagine the new ones. I have worked there for only six months and it was enough.
ProsPay check if you can survive
ConsLong hours, stressful, cheap infrastructure, exploit new immigrants
3.0
Technologist | Cochrane, ON | Apr 20, 2021
Lots of samples to keep you busy.
Noisy environment is most departments, not a very good schedule for rotating day/night shifts...the location of the Cochrane site isn't very appealing for most individuals.
ProsGreat to get experience
ConsLong hours, not a very good schedule for day/night rotating shifts.
1.0
Tank Car Loading | Nanticoke, ON | Dec 29, 2021
It’s awful
Do not recommend, money is absolutely trash, you never know if your going to move to a diff team each shift and change your whole schedule around it needs to be sorted out.
ProsThe crew members, The on site Manager
ConsEverything else, the upper brass is garbage
1.0
Account Executive | Remote | May 9, 2022
A good spot to learn and then leave
Great flexibility in the role. People only look put for themselves. Dog eat dog culture. Management team lacks a strategy and the ability to execute on process improvements.
2.0
Operations Technician | Canada | Dec 7, 2021
Fast paced environment
An alright place to get your foot in the door of an industrial worksite. Not much room for advancement and decent pay after a couple of years. Workers are the best part about working here.
2.0
Laboratory Technician | Lakefield, ON | Mar 10, 2022
ok.
stressful and fast paced, a lot of times you end up moving around in your position which leads to doing a higher paying job for less money.. people are friendly, tons of pressure from upper management though.
3.0
Soils Lab Techician | Guelph, ON | Feb 2, 2022
Work was easy but repetitive. The pay was very low.
The typical workday was the same every day and the job was not very exciting. The people I worked with were very nice and management was great too. Pay was very bad.
4.0
Technician | Burnaby, BC | Feb 11, 2022
Fun place
Good learning experience, fun work place. 12hour shift 80hrs biweekly, doesnt need two jobs. Everyone is friendly, even bosses and crew leads are fun.
ProsReimburse safety shoes
ConsRepetetive
1.0
Chemist | Fairfield, NJ | Mar 2, 2022
Stressful, unprofessional, disorganized workplace
Management is willing to give up integrity and safety of employees to satisfy certain "big" clients. The workload can get incredibly stressful, the constant micromanagement is ridiculous yet the training is almost nonexistent and testing supplies are scarce. Analysts are always expected to deliver results on time regardless of lack of training, supply shortage, staff shortage, instrument calibrations taking too long or sample management not providing the information they're supposed to provide. To make matters worse, client services team constantly accepts expedited test requests for tests that no analyst is trained on or tests that the lab doesn't even have the equipment for. Analysts are frequently asked to significantly cut down the turnaround time if a client is willing to pay a hefty surcharge, regardless of testing backlogs or any other issues in the lab. The communication between departments is terrible. The right hand doesn't know what the left hand is doing. The building is poorly constructed and has a terrible HVAC system that would frequently malfunction and would sometimes make working conditions unbearable. There has been numerous ceiling leaks inside the lab and bathrooms, ceiling panels falling off, sickening natural gas smell, jetfuel smell from the nearby airport, chemical waste smell and rotten food smell from the food lab. This lab is the definition of a toxic work environment in every sense of the word. It is not surprising that the employee morale is so l
1.0
Clinical Research Coordinator | Richardson, TX | Jul 27, 2021
Worst company I have ever worked for
SGS is only focused on meeting numbers for their studies. They enroll disrespectful subjects, people who do not speak English, people who are hours late to their appointments. Many of the staff have been yelled and even cursed at by panelists and upper management does nothing about it. Clinic manager is nonexistent and is never present when needed in tough situations. The regional manager undermines staff in front of panelists and never supports the staff. You work long hours, often until 7 or 8 at night and a couple weekends a month. The pay is well below the average for a CRO. The majority of the instruments never work properly including the outdated computer systems. The PI’s treat clinic staff like children, often embarrassing us in front of panelists by speaking to us like we are imbeciles. The turnover rate is ridiculously high because they cannot keep good staff due to the low pay, long hours, and lack of support from management. I have never worked for a company that allowed it’s staff to be treated so disrespectfully and manages to place the blame on them. I would never recommend this company to anyone I know. The only reason I managed to stay for as long as I did was because of the support of my coworkers.
ProsCoworkers
ConsNo breaks, low pay, long hours, nonexistent management
1.0
Technicien (H/F) | Le Mans (72) | Apr 21, 2022
La pire entreprise dans laquelle j'ai travaillé
Direction : Pas la peine de demander quelque chose, soit il ne seront pas vous répondre, soit il vous répondrons 2 semaine plus tard. Travail : Travail intéressant mais au vu du salaire, on ne peux pas s'investir pleinement, même si il y a des chose à développer. Salaire : On frôle le SMIC pour un poste Bac+3 avec responsabilité. Pas d'augmentation en 3 ans, malgré un parcours irréprochable. Ambiance : Entre collègue c'est top, très bonne entente. Avec la direction,.. beaucoup moins. Évolution : L'évolution de carrière est possible, mais sans augmentation de salaire... Conclusion : Après 3 ans passé chez SGS en tant que Technicien de bureau d'étude, la seule chose positive que je garde c'est d'avoir développé mon savoir sur mon poste. Il n'ont même pas accepté ma rupture conventionnelle, obligé de démissionné... La politique de SGS ne changeras pas, cela fait des années que c'est comme ça, il y a énormément de turn over. Chaque mois des dizaines de personnes sont embauchées et des dizaines d'autres partent.
ProsTravail intéressant
ConsSalaire, Prime, Direction, Culture d'entreprise, Evolution
2.0
Clinical Research Coordinator | Richardson, TX | Dec 22, 2021
Lots of work/not enough staff/not enough pay
Dallas/Richardson SGS Stephens location. This place is good to get your foot in the door for clinical research, but there is little to no work life balance and low pay. The supervisors are angels and help you through anything and everything, but most management above that cares about your work output and not you. PI’s do their job and get out, only 1-2 PI’s are supportive. Training is good but once you’re good at one thing they keep you there. Company cannot hold onto their employees, so constantly understaffed. Management does not care if panelists are rude or badly behaved. You can move up only to CRC II (still at a wildly low pay for industry standard). After that there is little opportunity to move up.
ProsCoworkers are all in the same boat so close culture with other coordinators and assistants
Consno work/life balance, low pay, capped growth
2.0
Laboratory Technician | Lincolnshire, IL | Aug 7, 2021
Negative Workplace: Stressful, Underpaid, Underappreciated
I would highly suggest avoiding this place. Management has no clue what they are doing and are very disorganized. Employees are overworked due to short staff and forced to complete tasks way out of their job description (ex: completing management level work as entry level). Employees leave and are never replaced, meaning staff is inexperienced, overworked, and hours are very long. Pay is low as well with no room for raises nor promotions/job advancement. Only positive is you will gain a lot of experience in a short amount of time that is a great resume builder for when you quickly look for a new job.
ProsExperience, flexible work hours
ConsLow pay, unreasonable management, unappreciated employees
1.0
Sales | Aetna, IN | Feb 7, 2022
SGS was by far the worst company I had ever worked for.
People were horrible to work with. Mostly everyone was irritated and over worked. People were rude and unprofessional. It was the worst experience I've ever had in a job.At first things were great and it seemed as if I had a promising out look and possibility for career advancement. However as the months passed my manager became less and less involved and it seemed as if all the opportunities we had talked about and discussed were disappearing. My position was "reshaped" while I had been working, so my hours and pay were changed. Manager became much less friendly (I'm still unsure why) but it made me dread work and my life was much more unpleasant.
1.0
Chargé de Clientèle (H/F) | Arcueil (94) | Sept 28, 2021
Une multinationale comme tant d'autres !
Si vous désirez être harcelé et fatigué par des pseudo responsables incompétentes,idiotes et en manque d'amies ou de gosses à gerer allez-y. Elle va vous appeler tous les matins et vous soûler pendant 4h,donc 4h de perdu pour bosser au tel avec les clients ou les auditeurs Une pseudo responsable encore en apprentissage et qui s'entend bien avec les leches bottes et il y en a un paquet. Societe d'hypocrite . 2Ème multinationales ou je vois autant de depart volontaire ou non en si peu de temps. L'inspection du travail devrait aller y faire un tour vus le nombre de salariés qui se font "maltraités" et harcelés
ProsLes horaires
ConsTOUT
4.0
E-commerce Specialist | Chino, CA | Jan 8, 2022
This was an e-Commerce job, shooting speed is more important than making a beauty.
typical an e-Commerce operation. Go to the studio on time and get whatever merchandise on the shelves to shoot . After a while, the jobs becomes a routine. Over all the job is more or less like a assembly line. The photographer needs to open the box then shoot 5-8 shots and put the merchandise back in the box. Too much time spent on some situation, which can be done moire efficiently.
ProsColleague are all photographers, most are nice people.
ConsThe studio is in a warehouse, Short breaks and bathroom is very far from the office.
4.0
Quality Assurance Technician | Fairfield, NJ | Nov 23, 2020
Everyone is very nice and helpful. But the days tend to get repetitive and boring especially starting out
Work-life balance Work-life balance at SGS is great Pay & benefits My pay and benefits at SGS are fair Job security and advancement In terms of job security at SGS, I think it's fair Management In general, managers at SGS very helpful and nice whenever you have a question or need help Culture Collaboration with my colleagues at SGS is not really needed but they are very helpful in explaining any questions you have Overall My experience working at SGS a nice place to start
2.0
Specialist | Fairfield, NJ | Sept 12, 2020
It's an okay workplace
This company is a great beginner job for someone who is fresh out of college or fairly new in the field of pharmaceuticals. I only had one year of experience. I learned a lot about the industry and gained a lot of experience. However, because of the lack of good management, the lack of employees, and the bad job culture you wouldn't want to stay there long to build your career. You'll notice that the company has a high turnover rate within a month or two of working there, also. So, basically after about a year start looking for something new.

Questions and answers about SGS

What is the work environment and culture like at SGS?
Asked Jun 11, 2017
Awful , cancerous and all around hard to leave things at work , it tends to come home with you
Answered Dec 29, 2021
Awful , cancerous and all around hard to leave things at work , it tends to come home with you.
Answered Dec 3, 2021
What is the most stressful part about working at SGS?
Asked Jul 29, 2020
Management money everything always changing The upper brass doesn’t care about you or your views of the work site .
Answered Dec 29, 2021
Management money everything always changing
Answered Dec 3, 2021
What are the working hours at SGS?
Asked Jan 30, 2019
A la sgs on travail 7 jours sur 7 jours on a pas de jour fixe de travail.
Answered Sept 27, 2021
40 working hours
Answered Aug 5, 2021
How do you feel about the future of SGS?
Asked Nov 1, 2018
It's good company
Answered Mar 6, 2020
Not promising, quality is severely dropping as more work is required with no additional support. Do more with less, and improvise
Answered Dec 17, 2019
Are there any jobs with NO WORK PERMIT.
Asked Aug 11, 2017
Aucun travail ne peux être effectué sans permis de travail
Answered May 22, 2022
Yes they are some jobs that doesn't require a job permit.
Answered Nov 28, 2019