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It was alright

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It was an okay place to work, not amazing but not great. Worked half the time a year pretty much decent pay, but that's how they get you stuck working there.
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Great Coworkers - Pay low

The work environment was great but the pay was a bit low considering the cost of living these days and compared to other lab jobs . Overtime hrs expected .
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Insights into SGS

Based on 66 survey responses
What people like
  • Feeling of personal appreciation
  • Ability to learn new things
  • Inclusive work environment
Areas for improvement
  • Sense of belonging
  • Support from manager
  • General feeling of work happiness

environement toxique , trop de favoritisme

favoritisme , ya pas culture entreprise , pas entraide , pas augmentaton ,pas de prime ,la direction pense a elle .les employer bcp de travail , la direction sont pas claire pas honnete .faire attention ya pas progression de carriere .tu travail sur appel


café gratuit


pas davantage sociaux .pas augmentation de salaire .
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Shiny HellHole

Reality of the situation is SGS looks like a great job on paper but that’s all it is, a job, careers have growth, this is not that. Corruption stems from the top down, management doesn’t hold themselves or anyone else accountable, favouritism and bias are the main choice selector of moving people up, not skill and knowledge which it should be. Give it six months and you’ll be looking for the door.


Canteen, free coffee, work clothing, benefits


Nepotism, wage inequality, corruption, biases, no accountability, no integrity
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Good people

Good people, low payLots of slogans and signs, feels like a prisonNo attention to tidiness, overworked staffInsufficient parking spaceCheap company in every way
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Not that Good

Too much work load , stressful , so demanding managers. But good , very suppotive coworkers. Salary is not that bad but not comparable to workload .
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Bad hours, easy work

Always on call, long shifts, work its self was not bad. Good managment. Safety equipment was not provided but training was good. I was unexpectedly laid off.
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Ingenieur métallurgiste

Salaire bas et zero possibilité d'avancement. Équipe cool
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Good place to get lab experience

SGS Lakefield is a good place to start when trying to gain lab experience. Most people don’t last more than 2 years. The pay has gotten better (started at $16 an hour, now making $21.50), but still living paycheck to paycheck. Management is alright, but has its bad moments.


Staff BBQs


Shift work & overtime
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management not problem solving

It’s a good place to learn, but not good for growing ,people have been jumping All the time, is politics every group, not good for future, management gave stress to workers


One free lunch a year in summer


Long hours
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Not a fun place at all

Co workers are good but the management is extremely bad and non supportive salary is fairly low and expect to do overtime no team lunches or other fun activities very stressful experience
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Very busy and stressful sometimes. But you can always get support from your team

Everyone is working multitask. Busy but salary is just fine. Can get support from management, but that depends on your team. Overall good cooperation within the company and management is fare in dealing with work relationship.


Time flexibility


Too much pressure
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Annual Contract Work

Workplace - terminal work with the big three oil companies, they decide all the contract terms and change them when they feel like it. Management - management is off site and not close in proximity, atleast three hour drive from Toronto. So management only checks in when there are issues and are distant. When there is no work to be done or lack of hours they cannot help you.


Good pay and benefits


Long hours, outdoor work, manual/hard labour
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Company benefit and overtime

very exhausted work environment and shifts are another concern.physically challenging work. benefits are good. free coffee but work environment is very toxic also there is no work life balance.
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Loved working hee

No complaints! Excellent work place, helping peers, supportive management and managers. Work and life balance is there, excellent benefits. Advance technology and great Quality culture.


Flexibility and Benefits


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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.


Use to get food and coffee, that's rare now lots of of ot


Long hard hours, outside all day. Rare to get a break.
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Poor workplace

The turnover rate is very high because we are overworked and underpaid. All they care about is getting results out. There is no such thing as a work-life balance with this company.


Long hours, low pay
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Very Mentally Taxing Workplace

There were good and bad factors to working for SGS Winnipeg, also depending on your lifestyle and needs. I'll list some examples:Good: -Phone, food, mileage, travel expenses all covered-benefits were good but took over 1 year to come into effect -travel all over Canada to grain facilities, exploring and meeting clients-interesting job, learning about the grain industry and how to inspect many types of commodities. Gained a lot of skills and knowledge-co-workers for the most part were pretty cool, fun, enjoyable people to be around-Office is really nice, good-ish location (downtown, nice view)-rack up tons of banked overtime and can take most of summer offBad:-Very little control over personal life, must always be available at a moment's notice. -Scary management. Lots of lying, mental games, pressure, stress, always worrying about making them mad. Lots of backstabbing, talking behind backs. Extremely toxic culture. In the past 5 years, easily 25 people have come and gone as inspectors, on bad terms with the bosses.-Unhealthy amount of overtime between August-April. Borderline illegal amounts of hours at some times (18-22 hour shifts) _Summary:The Bottom line is, this is a cool job, very involving, and can be a lifelong career. I enjoyed traveling, bonding with people, learning a lot, but it is definitely not for everyone. The spontaneous travel and extensive overtime is not compatible for a person wanting to life a settled down family life. A perfect candidate would not be the type to celebrate christmas, birthdays, new years, or any type of weekend activity. - 


Mileage, travel, skills and knowledge


long hours, scary bosses, no work-life balance
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It's ok pay is low

8 hours shift M-FColleagues friendlyOffice environment Pay doesn't increase, not much room to grow Time card systemLots of work to do, no bonus at the end year Group benefitsMangers are nice to you
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Stressful place to work

High workloads with pathetic salary. Scope of growth is minimal unless you are well connected. You should be prepared to leave after a year. Join only if you are desperate for a job.


Good starting point for freshers to gain industry experience


High workloads, pathetically low salaries, no appreciation, analysts are just "pair of working hands"
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Can be a good starting place

SGS is a good starting block for those trying to get into the laboratory or environmental field. If your in the Geochemistry building most supervisors are good and will always try and help. Work life balance is pretty good.The pay is not the best but the benifts are good. The job itself is good, stress free and you learn lots, but SGS is still a global company there to make money.I don't regret my time spent there. They also try and provide company lunches or bbqs frequently:)


Benifts, co-workers, supervisors, Overtime if you want, extra training if wanted


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Based on 3,063 reviews

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3.4 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.2 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
3.0 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
3.1 out of 5 stars for Management
3.3 out of 5 stars for Culture

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