SGS Canada Employee Reviews

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Bad management. People snitch to climb the ladder
Plant terminal operator (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB20 March 2019
Horrible management, don’t defend you if anything happens. Always try to blame the worker even if it’s equipments fault. They care more about numbers then safety. Main site lead doesn’t think before he speaks you can work 60overtims hours a week and be 5mins late one day and you will get suspended
Co-workers will snitch on you to try and gain advancement. Culture gets worse and worse there . Wouldn’t recommend working there
Cons
Expects the world from you with nothing in return
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Excellent peers and colleagues
Resource Geologist QP (Former Employee) –  Boisbriand, QC6 February 2019
I loved working for SGS, there is an excellent and diverse pool of talent, it is great. I have met so many life long friend and have learned so much from the amazing people at that amazing company.

The salary was really the baseline of industry standard, or slightly less.

It seemed they often had wish lists with no clear road-map for success, which could be frustrating. But they did have enthusiasm and ambition.

Over the years they really tried to inspire stronger communication and collaboration between businesses, offices, etc, ... I think it is a work in progress still but a welcome one.

I would work there again.
Pros
Excellent people, lots of learning opportunities
Cons
If you are not part of the core business you will feel it
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Good place to start your career
Laboratory Technician/ Labourer (Former Employee) –  Lakefield, ON17 January 2019
Basically agree with every thing said in the other reviews. Expected to have nothing else to do with your life but to work to pad the the pockets of the board of governors and make the management look good.
Pros
Good people
Cons
Shift work, weekends, low pay
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Learning and Working with various equiptments such as boats, vinocholars, compasses etc.
Tailings Operator (Former Employee) –  Fort McMurray, AB8 November 2018
It was a good company to work for. There were opportunities to learn various skills and equipment. If only the pay raise was timely and available it is a good company.
Pros
Camp accomdation
Cons
Need timely pay raise.
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Materials Technologist (Former Employee) –  Alberta5 October 2018
Good place for maybe a year or two. Will provide good experience however it is limited.

Management treats people with no respect. HR does nothing for employees.

They will nickel and dime you on anything and everything.

Turn over rate is very high as the salary is garbage. There is no moral and nothing is being to do fix the problem, as mentioned before HR is doing nothing and doesn't seem to care.

If you value your mental health avoid at all costs. If you like being treated like garbage and a number this is the place for you.
Pros
Limited good experience
Cons
Everything
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Dedicated staff with a high value to ethics and customer service
Lead, External Quality Systems (Current Employee) –  4027, 14th street S.E. Calgary Alberta2 October 2018
In the time that I have been working for SGS, I have found that there is an unsurpassed drive to serve their clients to the best of their abilities given the amount of staff and management restrictions put onto the teams.
SGS caters to a special niche within the pressure equipment industry that ensures that this part of the construction industry is equipped with the knowledge and informational tools required to succeed in safely constructing all of the various areas in the pressure equipment industry. I am very proud to have contributed to this organizations success to date.
Pros
Birthday cake celebrations, summer BBQ's
Cons
Working with older equipment and in an older building
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Fast paced
Project Specialist (Current Employee) –  Lakefield, ON28 September 2018
SGS is a high volume, fast paced work environment. You work closely with others Independent work is expected and encouraged. It is a production facility
Pros
BBQ lunches in summer
Cons
Upward movement is slow
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SGS is a great company
PTO Technician (Current Employee) –  Prentiss, AB10 September 2018
I've had the pleasure of working with SGS for the last 4 years, I feel safe everyday when I am at work, and would like to stay with this company. I love the culture and the schedule is great.
Pros
Safe, company treats you well, great schedule
Cons
Hard to get certified in other areas/experience
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Bad
Shipping and Receiving (Former Employee) –  Cochrane, ON18 August 2018
Worst work environment I have ever worked in. No leadership or proper training. Wages do not do justice to the amount and type of work you do. Schedual hours are way too long for the type of manual work you do.
Pros
Free bbq
Cons
Extremely pourly managed
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Great job if you don't like your life
Inspector (Current Employee) –  Montréal, QC14 August 2018
Hourly wage is getting pretty close to the minimum wage (You make a decent pay as you work 80 hrs/week). You are NEVER home during high season and you don't know your schedule in advance. Managers treat you like they own you and you are nothing more than a tool for them. Depressing and toxic work environment at the main office. Favoritism and nepotism are the key to advance in the company.
Cons
Long hours, repetitive/mindless/boring work
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Dysfunctional management, terrible salaries,
Technical Welding Associate (Current Employee) –  Calgary, AB30 July 2018
(Specific to the Ludwig Welding Consulting Group)
Management treats every employee as disposable trash. Communication throughout management is inexistent. Be aware that you will NEVER receive a raise above 2%, and the odds of receiving them are slim to none. Facilities are poor and outdated. Daily work tasks are a struggle to keep up with on regular time, and company will not pay for employees overtime. Constantly dealing with dissatisfied customers and clients.
Pros
Company pays/reimburses for certificates and training
Cons
Management, Salary, Benefits, Career Advancement, Facility
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Environement de travail possitif
Ingenieur métallurgiste (Current Employee) –  Québec City, QC23 July 2018
Dans mon métier, on est toujours entrain d'apprendre et cet aspect qui me fascine et permet de chercher plus. Travailler en métallurgie c'est un défi et il faut l'aimer pour le faire. C’est ma passion.
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SGS Canada has no organization in the company
Finance/Payroll Analyst (Former Employee) –  Lakefield, ON20 July 2018
People can get fired after years of services if they feel they can save money somehow. Very poor management. Most staff do not stay too long. A few staff have stayed for years due to a secure job. My job was moved to Mississauga without much notice. Be careful
Pros
Money ok Bar B Q lunches
Cons
Long hours, poor management, poor company structure
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Corporate Slavery
Oil, Gas and Chemical - Site Lead (Former Employee) –  Halifax, NS29 June 2018
Extremely poor management that goes against corporate values.

If your french and have no morals, don't value human life (your own or coworkers) SGS might be the place for you.

Management will do everything they can do avoid being productive and when they do "accomplish" something it's a total disaster for you and your clients.

If you need assistance or direction on the disaster they created no one will get back to you, best luck would be to call the Montreal Airport and ask for Raf.
Pros
30, 000 if they get you killed on the job
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Horrible place to work
Quality Control Manager (Current Employee) –  Edmonton, AB19 June 2018
Typical day is doing welder testing, procedure development and consulting.
Management is horrible, raises are never more than $0.40/hr. Horrible work environment with a sky high turn over rate
Pros
None
Cons
Everything
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Terrible experience
Tech/specialist (Current Employee) –  Edmonton, AB30 May 2018
This place is a terrible work environment. Management is extremely inefficient and childish. Coworkers are great, guy gave little motivation. Good place to learn the basics but basically a small stepping stone for a career. Do yourself a favour and avoid this place , it's an STD.
Pros
Parking
Cons
Operations manager is petty and ignorant
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Great job security, good people. Benefits are terrible
Terminal Operator (Current Employee) –  Toronto, ON27 May 2018
Worst benefits imaginable. Pay is a lot better in Western Canada for the same position. Overall the safety aspect of the job is amazing. Management is terrible and there’s not much room to move up within the company.
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Arrogant Senior Management and Incompetent HR
Operations Specialist (Former Employee) –  Sarnia, ON19 May 2018
OGC Management is completely out of touch with the workforce and will only tell the customers what they want to hear, but all the time lying to them
Pros
None.
Cons
Unskilled Management.
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Worst company in the Maritimes.
Lead Hand/Supervisor (Former Employee) –  Dartmouth, NS24 April 2018
This company is a joke. No benefits, shady work practices and safety is no ones concern. Wouldn't recommend this place to anyone. Saw alot of human rights violations as well.
Pros
Free travel
Cons
Everything else
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Good
Crew Leader (Current Employee) –  Lakefield, ON17 April 2018
This place is a good and decent place to work at but expect to work and not be valued for the work you put into this company. Have a great day and may peace be with you.
Pros
none
Cons
lifeforce drained
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