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I enjoyed my time with SGS, got to travel and learn much in different methods. Worked one on one with management and watched them work in the field and in meetings.
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Not a bad job just dont go in with any expectation of advancement. At most you may be placed in a different department to fill in a workload gap. Unless you physically are unable to perform your duties you will be relegated to working the prep line and the prep line only. If you are looking for a solid job that is the exact same day in and day out, low mental stimulation but high physical demand then this would be a solid fit.
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Physical Fitness
Cons
Dull and extremely repetitive.
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management was highly disorganized. Availability of work was decided upon by favoritism. Work load was also highly irregular and uncertain. Knowing the french language was a determining factor in how you fit in with the rest of the group.
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signing bonus
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It doesn't take long to get used to the working environment here, and you can easily make a lot of overtime. This is the place for someone looking to become a good worker.
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Simple S.O.P.s
Cons
Lots of ambiguity
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there is no team. Because of the union people seem to get away doing the bare minimum over and over again. There seems to be no reproductions for poor performance, or repeated problems. Management seems almost afraid to manage the workers. They are slaves to imperial oil, and safety is just an idea. It is heavily stressed to be safe, to follow procedures, but the moment it jepordizes profits then it is overlooked.
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In my experience, I have found that there were numerous conflict of interest situations. A Branch Manager hired his own partner to be the Laboratory Supervisor and she reported to a Technical Manager who was just there as a cover for the Branch Manager, even though the organisational structure was for the Laboratory Supervisor to report to the Branch Manager. Apprehension of bias and conflict of interest was rife.
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Short Staffed leading to long hours
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I really liked working there and would be honored to work there again if i am in the area again, i was away from family in Saskatchewan when i had to leave for a funeral allthough i did hand in my two weeks notice i had to leave abruptly due to circumstances not in my control and needed to get back home to Saskatchewan asap i may be coming back in the spring and hope to start there again whrn i return i really did
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SGS say in its mission statement that they " actively welcome employees to question what they do" This I find to be untrue....question ANYTHING and you will be gone my friend.
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SGS Canada is a great place to grow and learn. Fast paced but good work life balance. People are passionate about their work and are given opportunities to prove themselves. Good Benefits and RRSP.
Pros
BBQ's in the summer
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This company is unrealistic in their job expectations. I was micro-managed daily by my manager. Run the other way if you were thinking of working in their vehicle inspection division.
Pros
Enjoyable work
Cons
Their Supervisors Micro-manage you to death
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Like working here.It’s a great place to work.Friendly staff.Get to learn new things.You get to learn and experience different areas of the lab.Only thing I would say is we don’t get any raises after being there for a year.I heard from others they have been with the company 10+ years and still no raise.
Cons
No raise.
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工作量過多 -公司以全行最低價接job,工作永遠做不完,一星期工作6天,朝9晚9, 人工和福利 -IVE畢業生$8xxx, 本地或海地大學畢業生$9xxx -每年加人工一次,大約2-3% -免費放工巴士,4個指定地點 管理層差 -管理層從來沒有幫助加快同事既工作效率, 只有不停追jobs, 呢份有未,果份有未, 有時份job實驗室未收到, 管理層或CS同事已經打電話入黎追 工作環境 -一樓有個幾大的canteen, 純提供座位,沒有餐廳,通常行出聯和墟或者粉嶺中心要15分鐘 -工作地方比較擠迫,太多test sample, 人都冇乜位行,每人只有一張小書桌 工作文化 -大部分同事學歷只有中學程度,一旦有大學生入職,舊人多數排斥比他們高薪高職位,但是工作職責一樣的大學生
Pros
下午6:45有免費公司巴士去藍田, 太子, 上水, 粉嶺, 午飯時間有一班車去聯和墟
Cons
人工低, 工時高, 幾百蚊花紅
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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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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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SGS is the worst company I have worked for and the management are useless. I have worked there for a few years now and they will try squeeze as much work out of you for as little pay as possible.
Pros
Isn’t any
Cons
Useless management, poor wage
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Made redundant,but UK manager undermined the job to ensure closure of our branch.I enjoyed the occasional out of office assignments.Other employees were easy to get along with.
Pros
Hours
Cons
Management
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Overall worse experience ever working with this company. Co workers were alright but management and supervisors lack their so called “set of skills”. Highly recommend not working here.
Pros
Able to listen to music from start of shift to finish. (Not acceptable) but they let it happen
Cons
Everything
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Wages were pathetic. Hours weren't much better. Upper management are clueless and have zero experience or knowledge of the people they manage or the work those people do. HR personnel are there to protect the company's interests... certainly not the employee. Being lied to by managers was a daily occurrence... having HR back up those lies with obviously fake statistics was especially insulting. Grossly reduced wages and benefits to "keep the dept open" turned out to be a company orchestrated cash grab, at the employees expense, that lasted 5 months and ended with with them closing the dept anyway... a month before Christmas. Don't work for these scumbags. You mean NOTHING to them and as soon as they've used you for all they can squeeze out... they'll throw you in the garbage like everything else that has no value to them.
Pros
I don't have to work there anymore.
Cons
The horrible human beings they call managers.
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I love working there. Sorry that the company did not have enough work . The people that I worked with help me become a much better person . I have learned to master safety.
Pros
The people
Cons
Not enough work.
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Just your general workplace, rather a dirty environment but the skills you learn there are very good. The work is easy but requires a high amount of concentration
Pros
Good work
Cons
Drity
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Pay wages do not match workload nor the cost of living work load grows but pay stays the same .it's a fun work environment at times but the overall feeling is like working under a dark cloud. And the yearly And review raises make many associate want to resign without a two weeks notice.
Pros
Close, relaxing fun environment
Cons
Pay is poor management doesn't care its poor and you can smell the favoritism
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