in 10 years experience i learn a lot through my carrier in sgs as a lab technician
SGS Lab technician (Current Employee) – Fort McMurray, AB – 24 April 2017
how to deal with stress full situations when you are working lonely time management safely work environment you are analysing samples plant operations depend on your results and your instrumentation giving problems working alone that is the real tough situation i enjoy the team work
going for launches with customers
if team is good you don't feel 12 hours shift as a long day
A once great lab, now just a souless all for profit production lab.
Chemist (Former Employee) – Sidney, BC – 11 June 2017
There are some great people working at the location I was at, but they are being weeded out for the most part. The work life is trash, unhappy workers, incompetent middle management, and garbage pay even after years of service. Tons of health hazards and old systems cobbled together.
The company only cares about profits now. Which is very unfortunate. Was working 6 day weeks.
Run while you can.
Its a job, not a career.
Pay, workload, health hazards, middle management is some of the worst I have ever seen.
Machine Operator (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 7 June 2017
You would have to be an idiot to work here brainless lacking any self respect just plain stupid and willing to be treated worse than a homeless dog. Plant manager is a complete a hole and should be behind bars not messing with people's lives. Avoid this place at all costs even if you have to flip burgers you will be better off and happier. Do not work here.
Crew Lead (Former Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 2 February 2017
The workers (railcar loaders) at my former site were great people and most of them were good workers. Management however was another story, employees were promoted to management positions because of the friendship they had with the promoting manager. Upper management and HR were never there when needed. Our HR rep always said "I am only a phone call away" however they never picked up their phone so no issues could ever be resolved or figured out. I was with the company for a long time and enjoyed working at the Imperial Oil site, but SGS as a company is awful. I would not recommend it to anyone or ever think of working for them again. There is ZERO support from upper managers and HR, not the way a company should conduct their business... As a first level supervisor, I was not allowed to discipline our railcar loaders because my manager did not want to upset the customer (Imperial Oil) and did not want to follow up with his manager on any issues/problems. Completely backwards way of running a site. If you want to work for a company that doesn't care about you, and is using you to get the job done then SGS is the place for you.
Fellow employees were nice
Poor management, No discipline, Do not value their employees, Disorganized
Sales Representative (Former Employee) – Fort McMurray, AB – 6 January 2017
SGS in Fort Mac has shut down. Congrats to all the folks in Calgary who managed to turn a $50m a year business in 2014 to an empty office with a handful of techs left to fend for themselves in the field. Well done boys!
Engineer (Current Employee) – Markham,On – 1 November 2016
Markham Location is not well structured. some employees are inundated with work and are going above and beyond their responsibilities, however managers take credit for their works and do not even appreciate them. unfair salaries and toxic work culture. incompetent managers who would do anything and i mean anything to save their jobs.
Environmental Technologist - Short term contract (Former Employee) – Fort McMurray, AB – 3 October 2016
For this position I was also required to travel out to site. The shifts were 12 hours a day, seven days on, seven days off, seven nights on, and seven nights off. I worked in a remote lab at the Suncor site. I was part of a team of three people. I was able to train new employees in the lab. I enjoyed the repetitiveness of the work. All of the laboratory equipment had to be calibrated before any work was done. Samples were brought to the lab by another contractor, I was required to organize and properly label each sample and then perform the required analysis. My work was accurate, efficient, and yielded the highest quality of results. I enjoyed being a part of my team, and work well with others. The hardest part of the job was being away for a week at a time.
Manager (Former Employee) – Fort McMurray, AB – 13 July 2016
Worked in Industrial business line in Alberta. Interesting work, great coworkers and technicians. Management in Calgary lack industry knowledge and competency. The VP is surrounded by yes men who don't have a clue. Definitely a company on the decline.
Team Manager/Supervisor/Trainer (Former Employee) – Vernon, BC – 9 July 2015
Wonderful place to work, lots of room to advance, travel and expand your knowledge if you are willing to put in the work. The time I spent at this company was absolutely amazing and one of the best jobs I have ever had.
loader (Current Employee) – Sarnia, on – 16 June 2015
I have been on strike with Sgs in Sarnia on since March 21. They are an awful company that treat their employees like garbage. They have incompetent management that are hired because they are friends and family with no experience at their job. If you work in Sarnia you will be crossing a picket line.
negligent, irresponsible, ignorant and incompetent leadership
Railcar Loader/Dock Technician (Current Employee) – Sarnia, On – 14 June 2015
I've read all the reviews and you can tell which ones were submitted by management personnel to combat the negativity. This company is a farce! People are in operations roles with no professional schooling or background and no one to control them. There's no accountability at an operations level as long as there are profits being made. I've dealt with many companies over the years and this one is by far the worst in every perspective. A company like this thrives off the despiration of their workers to get the job done at lower than industry standard compensation and treatment.
incompetent operation & hr group, no job stability
Railcar Loader/Dock Technician (Current Employee) – Sarnia, ON – 7 May 2015
Management makes working for this company a terrible experience. Untrained and inexperienced. They harrass, bully and intimidate in order tovget their way. The jobs themselves are good jobs and would be great if they were for a better run company. At my location we have a workforce of about 35 employees most of whom actively seek new employment. There is too many lies from management to keep track of. If thinking of applying for a job with SGS, don't do it. You will regret working here.
dock tech/rail car loader (Current Employee) – sarnia – 24 April 2015
Nothing but lies from this company I wasted 7 years of my life to end up further behind in wage then my previous job.Managers half of my management staff is related by marriage and have no idea how to do the jobs that their employee's are doing. Just getting proper safety equipment is a chore. Favoritism and harassment seem to be the common management style as well as bulling tactics. The pay is well below industry standard.Everyone I work with is seeking other job opportunities.
welding examiner (Former Employee) – Edmonton Ludwig – 22 April 2015
very cheap company to work for was promised benefits when I was hired on never did get them. Had to complete all my new hire sign on documentation on my own time. Had work through coffee and lunch breaks never got any extra pay for it.Welding shop has nothing for tools. Had to supply all my own ppe company has bad attitude about safety.
Junior Metallurgist (Former Employee) – Lakefield, ON – 21 March 2015
SGS was a place of innovation that tackled many different types of projects. The equipment available was world class. It was enjoyable to have such a diverese work experience as it was on a project by project bases. There was a wealth of knowledge ready to be shared. SGS though could improve on organization and planning.
Control Panel Operator (Current Employee) – Red Deer, AB – 16 October 2014
Very busy work environment. It's a great company however it is new to operations at this location and is still trying to get all the fine details worked out. Once they are, they will thrive. Management is great, but will continue to get better as the company gets used to the work flow at this location. A lot of the staff are very new, but are eager and show great potential with the right leadership. This means there is a lot of time dedicated to training. All in all it's a good place to be.