SOUTHERN GRAPHIC SYSTEMS Employee Reviews

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Good place to work.
Project Manager / Customer On-Site (Current Employee) –  Minneapolis, MNFebruary 15, 2018
Very busy place to work.
Good pay.
People in our plant was fun to work with.
Hiring a lot of people right now.
Can work as many hours you want with overtime pay.
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Long hours, bad management
Production Artist (Former Employee) –  Brooklyn Park, MNJanuary 9, 2018
Lots of overtime expected, poor management with the weakest team member's being advanced because they belong to the "boy's club." Uncompetitive pay scale.
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Watch and wait
Production (Former Employee) –  Elgin, ILJanuary 5, 2018
Company is going through significant restructuring with its relatively new management, making job security a thing of the past. A tough industry, where pennies are being pinched tighter and tighter, and clients are demanding more for less.

Will need to see if the reorganization of offices and duties is a positive. Currently, the stress levels are high.
Pros
An interesting industry, and good people
Cons
Demanding clients with short deadlines
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Fast Paced and fun
Invoicing Specialist (Former Employee) –  Louisville, KYNovember 27, 2017
It was an amazing to come to work every day and finish most of my work in a timely manner and I had great managers around me to ensure that my work was correct with little to no errors. This is a great company to work for and be a part of.
Pros
Flexible holidays
Cons
Nothing so far
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Outdated Production Environment
IT Administrator (Former Employee) –  Philadelphia, PAOctober 31, 2017
A lackluster work environment with the same dynamic for the past
10 years. Currently managed by Corporate ownership. Over the several years of my employment local management played less and less of a role in production policy with control moving to centralized corporate venture capital backed managers. Benefits such as 401k and health care reduced or eliminated.
Pros
Relaxed atmosphere
Cons
No chance for advancement
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About average
Production artist (Former Employee) –  Marietta, GASeptember 15, 2017
An adequate place to work but not very exciting. It's a very repetitive job. Once you get the basics down, you don't do much beyond that. The people are generally friendly and the management is respectful. There are always a few who treat the job as life or death but overall it's a fairly laid back environment. Certainly not the worst place I've ever worked but the monotony gets old fast. The account managers however are overworked, under trained and constantly stressed out.
Pros
Generous vacation. Clean working environment.
Cons
Boring. Repetitive.
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Sometimes difficult place to work.
Quality Control Representative (Current Employee) –  Mahwah, NJAugust 29, 2017
Somewhat difficult at times but, overall withstand able. Deal with a lot of unorganized workflow. Management tries to keep things somewhat stable but, unable to. Not as concerned with Quality, more about quantity.
Pros
Benefits & pay with the OT.
Cons
Lack of scheduling work flow.
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Fun Workplace
Plate Maker (Former Employee) –  Hickory, NCAugust 13, 2017
Southern Graphic System is an amazing place to work at. Slow-pace and relaxing. Friendly folks and willing to help you. Easy to learn and nothing complicated.
Pros
sometimes free lunch
Cons
nothing
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Good
Production Artist (Former Employee) –  Brooklyn Park, MN 55443July 31, 2017
Good place to work.
I enjoyed team work and how organized the company was. They had good managers that made the workflow as efficient as possible. I'd be happy to work there again.
Pros
Good pay
Cons
Short breaks, little vacation
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Fast pased work environment, can produce many types of products for retail, comps, mockups
Account Manager (Current Employee) –  Cincinnati, OHApril 1, 2017
Digital Printing, and Retail Mockups and Comps. Lots of fun projects and great customers. Nice facility, and nice people. Fund raising events; to support the Ronald McDonald House.
Pros
Fast paced environment, with interesting projects.
Cons
No employee raises 2+ years
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I really enjoyed working with SGS. They respected me and counted on me to continue productive busines with AWG Brands.
Account Executive (Former Employee) –  Kansas City, KSFebruary 16, 2017
Working with AWG Brands and SGS was a very positive productive group of people. There was great communication between all parties.
Pros
Learned new things about printing, plates etc
Cons
None really
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Great learning experience
Account Manager (Former Employee) –  Tampa, FLJanuary 4, 2016
The place is great to work and get thing done. The hardest part of the job was trying to fit on a team that have been working together for over 20 years. Since the place was just purchased by a big company the transition affected a lot of the way things were done and management didnt know how to handle it. That was also the hardest part of getting promoted.
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Lack of communication and no advancement
Machinist (Former Employee) –  Atlanta, GAOctober 13, 2015
If you don't mind working hard and never getting anywhere it's ok. But If you don't work hard and slack off, you still end up in same postion as everyone else.
Pros
ok pay
Cons
bad management
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Very big company atmosphere
Accounting Specialist (Former Employee) –  Louisville, KYAugust 23, 2015
Working at Southern Graphic Systems gave many opportunities for advancement and furthering your education. Benefits were great but increases and raises were minimal.
Pros
Great Benefits
Cons
Big company atmosphere with a lot of turn over
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SGS culture
Benefits Manager/HR Generalist (Former Employee) –  Louisville, KYAugust 10, 2015
SGS is a great place to work with dedicated employees in a constantly changing environment. The company is in a major growth phase and is challenging.
Pros
Great benefits
Cons
Restructuring management
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ok place to work
electronic engraver lead (Former Employee) –  richmond,vaAugust 8, 2015
It was a nice experience.The people were nice and friendly.There was a lack of communication from the managers to the departments.
Pros
nice people, good pay
Cons
health care
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Stick in the mud
Production Artist (Former Employee) –  Elgin, ILFebruary 19, 2015
This company pays well and has good benefits. But for someone young who wants to learn and grow in this industry, THIS COMPANY IS NOT THE PLACE.
Pros
wages, big name clients, benefits
Cons
no work/life balance, poor office morale, management doesn't care about employees only the clients, don't plan on a promotion EVER
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Overall Good Environment and Work Experience
Packaging Archivist & Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) –  Sandston, VADecember 5, 2014
Appreciate this company for the work experience that I have gained and the relationships build.

Learned about corporate culture and procedures and thoroughly enjoyed the environment.
Pros
Collegues, opportunities, data experience
Cons
None
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big company with lots of work
Machine Operator (Former Employee) –  Pewaukee, WISeptember 15, 2014
I would load cylinders for the printing company into a lathe with a special diamond bit that would etch a logo in tothe cylinder and if it passed and the tolerances were good it would go on to later be chrome platted and sent to the customer the hardest part of the job was setting up the machine, truing the chucks on each end of the lathe within 2 or 3 thousands of zero and getting the machine to run correctly. The easy part of the job was checking the tolerance of the cuts in the design.
Cons
12 hour shift with one break
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Professional
Engraver Operator/Leadman (Current Employee) –  Atlanta, GAApril 27, 2014
Southern Graphics has afforded me an opportunity to apply acquired Business Management Skills
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