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factory oriented lab, you more or less do the exact same thing every day. the pay starts around minimum wage, I only made it to $16.50/hour after three years of working there which is maybe a dollar more than you would get at Tim Hortons and that doesn't feel good.
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Benefits are next to none! Absolute bare minimum.Poor time management, regarding the completion of jobs. This results in excessive OT or weekend work.The laboratories are unsafe. No one picks up their own spills, whether it be water or oil, test stands are cluttered and parts are scattered, fuel tanks are difficult to access (leaning over things to reach), and many of the test stands are thrown together with a "band-aid," fail, and the testing engineer get reprimanded. Not to mention, the place is just dirty, messy, and unorganized!
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Friday lunches, free coffee, clean bathrooms
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Minimal benefits, no work-life balance, treated inferior to the higher-ups
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Bad management You won't be happy there unless your friends with the top people. Definitely don't give raises...very rare.Don't expect a promotion unless you apply for it when people quit.Technician always quitting real quick.
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Free pizza
Cons
Micromanagement
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Brutal! Tasks are simple and repetitive, high work load, lunch and break often not taken/given. No teamwork, problem solving, or advancement, do not work here unless you are desperate or as a first job. Any chemist with any self respect left.
Pros
Reimbursed safety shoe
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long hours with no overtime, work weekends, no advancement, mundane tasks, no team aspect
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This is a really toxic company. Stressful environment and heavy workload. Worst of all, they don't care about you. None of my college was happy about the work here. They do 6-month contract with an extension which means the probation period is one year. They're doing that because they think they're a big company and will make your resume look good. Please don't get confused by their title, SGS is a big company but it's important who you're working with and what your daily job is.
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co-workers are lovely
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toxic management, heavy workload, very repetitive
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I think the lab technician should be aware about safety use of chemical reagents. for example using adecuate PPE and fume extraction, The supervisor should set an example of good laboratory practice
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Coffe display
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i would not recommend this employer. Training us inadequate, no room for advancement, benefits are below acceptable, not enough employees to cover for vacation or sickness.
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The people there are great. The pay sucks. Over 10 years invested and left making $3.00 more than i started. They need to invest more in there people.
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The work environment is efficient and productive and satisfactory to customer demands. The good training and friendliness at this location makes this job a lot less stressful than it could be.
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There where people that made working nice but overall it was very stressful. You ended up taking more stress and worry home than you needed to, you also could barley count on people to cover for you in times of need.
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Employees are underpaid, making basically minimum wage. They won’t inform you of the positions salary until you’ve scheduled an interview. I wasn’t offered any vacation, benefits, or the insignificant salary increase until after 6 gruelling months. Management has recently cancelled overtime. Everyone, no matter how long they’ve been trapped in a lab, thinks they could be laid off. I’m looking forward to quitting.
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SGS is very family friendly they understand the pressure 0f work life balance. It is a fun friendly atmosphere, and any problems upper management is easy to talk to and help problem solve.
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Good to gain initial experience. Do not expect to advance, to be given raises, have good benefits, or make a long term home. Learn what you can and then move on.
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SGS treats you like a disposable employee. The pay isn’t competitive and management is checked out. Getting off for Vacation is a struggle and your work just piles up while you’re gone.
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it's okay for those who want to gain experience but not for the long term. okay for fresh graduates who want to gain experience, the starting salary was okay, the environment was okay.
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This job teaches you a lot about chemical testing and what goes into preparing samples, but most of the positions can be done by a smart monkey. Half the workforce is temporary summer employees at $18/hr and full time doesn't get paid much better (about $19/hr). Lots of lateral movement and cross-training, but virtually no upward movement within the company. Management is alright but can be harsh and rub many the wrong way. This year about a quarter of the full time employees left for better jobs/better environments.
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Unless you are someone who enjoys being berated on a daily basis for problems that were caused by management, I would not recommend this place to work at. The manager there pretends to be "on your side", when in reality he'll stick a knife in your back if it helps to deflect blame for bad decisions from himself. The employee morale is very low due to how most employees are treated by management. The possibility for advancement is nonexistent unless you are in management's "inner circle". The work itself is not really difficult, but dealing with the office politics and other unprofessional issues is enough to drive you insane if you let it.
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The job itself is not super difficult most days
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Very poor management, no chance for advancement for most employees, low pay, most employees are treated like trash
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Management do not care about their employees. All they care about is making money. The pay is terrible, and there is no opportunity to climb the ladder.
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Ok as employers go no bonus to speak of and salary varies across the board. not much chance of progression, and few back stabbers what can I say like every other I have been employed by.
Pros
Flexibility
Cons
Lack of comunication.
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SGS is a good place to work but they need to focus on their current employees alittle more. The current employees need to be shown more appreciation if the company intends to hold on to their collective knowledge.
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I worked here for a few years right after I graduated from college. This is a fast paced job that requires a lot of OT during the summer and weekend work. During the winter it is pretty slow but this is a great time to learn and work on different things you may want to in the lab. This is a great job for new graduates looking to start a career. Your first two weeks you get to go through training in various parts of the lab and at the end your given the opportunity to voice out the areas you are most to least interested working in. There is cross training in different parts of the lab so there is room for growth. I also liked how the analysts are able to plan their workload out without the managers or project managers dictating what samples and task to work on for the day. It gives me the chance to practice how to prioritize my task based on RUSH work, hold times; number of days in house etc. It also keeps you in the loop and makes the work less boring and more challenging. Everyone works really hard and always have plenty to keep busy. Management works hard and does a great job communicating with the employees.
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Potlucks; moose’s tooth pizza; flexible hours; growth; friendly coworkers.
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