Dart Container
2.5 of 5 30 reviews
www.dartcontainer.com Mason, MI 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Mar 13, 2014

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Robert C. Dart

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46% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Degree-worthy work for half the pay! THAT's WHY DART HAS MADE BILLIONS!

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Dart Container

ProsBenefits are easily comparable to that of McDonalds. The pay is better than minimum wage, if you've been there over 8 years. The hours outside of the shop floors, are 8-5.

ConsDart is notorious for paying pennies for degreed work, from people who aren't rewarded with title or paid as such. The company refuses to replace the last 6 employees that left (because they found an employer willing to pay them what they're worth), but the employee (doing the work of 3 men) is reprimanded for not completing work of people who are 2 payscales/experience levels above them. This place is a joke. Between the occasional cut-throat layoffs, pay that barely covers the cost of living each year, PTO that is used against them in reviews if they choose to use it, unconditional black and white rules and policies for the minions, but salaried employees come and go as they please. Taking long lunches, arriving late and leaving early every day. While the hourly staff is docked days of pay for being late on a snow day that produces 10+ inches of snow. The employees’ concerns are never addressed or taken seriously. I have never seen such total disregard for uniformed rules and regulations, employee satisfaction and appraisals that lead to promotions, in all of my life. I am gainfully employed and have a college education and would never apply to this facility or recommend that anyone apply to this facility. STAY AWAY if you want to build a future career. It will be nothing but a life among the corporate zombies, hungry for money, eating souls for nourishment. SHAME ON YOU DART! CLEAN UP YOUR ACT! The only reason this employer is successful, is because they spend their money on acquisitions of the competition, not their employees.

Advice to Senior ManagementImplement uniformed policies that apply to hourly staff, management AND corporate. Setting an example is precedence for what you expect from your staff. Develop an employee satisfaction initiative. I guarantee if you take a survey, you'd find that well over 90% of your current employees are actively seeking employment elsewhere. Offer competitive pay, benefits that aren’t used against them in reviews and opportunities to move up. Treat your employees like humans with families, that vacation, cars that break down and sick children that need to be cared for, educational opportunities that will encourage your employees to flourish, not sit stagnant stacking cups and boxes. Hire someone to head that initiative, with the hundreds of thousands of dollars that you're not paying your hard working employees.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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dart is just as bad as solo

Inspector/Packer (Current Employee)
Federalsburg, MD

I have been working at Dart Container full-time for more than 3 years

Proshealth benefits are good.can not think of 20 positive words to say.changing from 12 to 8 hour schedule is good

Conslow wages,mule work and no sick or personal days.working under the solo cup policy.we don't even know what dart's policy is.

Advice to Senior Managementopen your eyes before they close the plant.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Decent place to get some initial experience, but don't make a career at it.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Mason, MI

I have been working at Dart Container full-time for more than 10 years

ProsBenefits are pretty good. Lots of opportunity for industry learning, if you seek it out. Steady work with no fear of downsizing.

ConsWhen I started at this company more than 10 years ago, it was an International business that functioned like a small business. What I mean is that Employees were treated as valuable commodities and it was not unheard of for people to stay with the company for 35+ years. Recently, the company has taken on a 'Corporate' mindset and Employees are now treated as cogs in their money-making wheel.

Advice to Senior ManagementKnow what your Employees' jobs are and how the work is done before you change the procedures. And give the same level of Respect that you yourself expect to the Employees that you supervise.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Terrible Company to work for!

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Dart Container

ProsNot to many good things to say about the company at all....however there are some good people who work there.

ConsTypical "Big Business" corp. all they care about is lining their pockets! Horrible supervisors and management teams...just don't care about employees at all!

Advice to Senior ManagementQuit being so greedy and stop and think about your employees and their families! Don't force employees to do certain job duties that were not on their job description when they hired in! Stop being cowards and help employees with job issues!!

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Ehausting, depressing, unapreciative bunch.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Dart Container full-time for more than 8 years

ProsBenefits are so so, but starting to lose more.

ConsWhere to begin? Poor upper management. Double standards, unfair practices, favortism, uneducated, closed minded. And that's their good points. Management does not care in the least about the production staff. The plant may as well run Monday thru Friday, because weekends & ALL nights, staff is on their own. Cannot even reach any management if there is any kind of emergency. E-mails sent asking questions, never answered. Constantly running out of raw materials. Short handed all the time, but since we manage to get our schedule adherences, "Let them be short handed". Employees are exhausted at end of work week. 24/7 plant, no maintenance on nights whatsoever. 5 minute fixes take hours, if they even come in at all to fix something when they are called. excuses made right & left for them. Production can't catch any kind of break. Upper management takes off whenever they see fit. Whether it's a baseball game or a shopping trip! But ask them if you can take off because you don't feel well?? Yeah, right...Favortism runs rampant. Morale at the lowest I've ever seen. Employees trying to figure out a way to contact the "Ethics Hotlone" & still remain anonymous. Don't trust the fact that they say it's anonymous.

Advice to Senior ManagementClean out front offices, start over & listen to the ones who are actually doing the jobs & making money for the company.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Going down hill

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Mason, MI

I worked at Dart Container full-time for more than 5 years

ProsGood product lines. Brand recognition. Sizable company. Some potential for movement within the company (but getting less as Solo people fill them). Good health benefits when most companies are tightening budgets. Decent retirement plan.

ConsSince the Solo acquisition, it's become hostile and doesn't follow the core culture. People from the acquisition are unnecessarily desperate to save their jobs and manipulate the trusting nature of existing management with ideas or concepts that are not in the best long term interest of the company. Many of these legacy people have an attitude that Dart has money to waste so they push wasteful spending.

Advice to Senior ManagementYou got a decent fire sale of your competitor. Don't dilute your management structure with the people, they are the same culture that pushed their company to bleed the books red.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Favoritism running rampant. Different rules for different people. Incompetency found everywhere.

Warehousing Supervisor (Former Employee)
Leola, PA

I worked at Dart Container full-time for more than 10 years

ProsGood pay. nice parking lot, clean bathrooms, air conditioned break rooms,great vending machines, thirst quencher is provided for free on hot days.

Cons17 years of my life down the toilet. Definitely a good ol' boy network running things in Leola PA, If you get a job here, you had better get your self some rental property and a side business because you will need it. Don't expect to retire from here unless you are an excellent brown nose er.

Safety is a joke.

Advice to Senior ManagementStop ignoring this problem, I'm not saying anything that most folks don't already know about the Leola plant.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Fired while in training because I said the word "Cute".

Pricing Analyst/Account Manager (Former Employee)
Mason, MI

I worked at Dart Container full-time for less than a year

ProsBenefit package looked decent, but never got a chance to receive any benefits.

ConsThey watch every move you make and what time you did it.
I was told that dress code is business casual, ie: khakis, polo shirts, dress shoes, but other people got to wear jeans and/or t-shirts like Nike and Under Armour EVERY day.
Can't say the word "cute" about anyone or anything as it's constured as sexual harrasment. Can't comment on a baby picture, someone's hairstyle or shirt, etc. And if you even refer to someone working there or NOT even working there as 'cute', you're fired.

Advice to Senior ManagementLIGHTEN UP and BACK OFF!
Enforce your company policy either to EVERYONE or NO ONE!

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Elitest, egotistical, judgmental and racist!

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Mason, MI

I have been working at Dart Container full-time for less than a year

ProsNone, although a few of the employees are good people. And the pay is decent.

ConsJudgmental Managment and inhuman resources department. Only hire white people and are think there excrement smells of roses, love to judge but have many flaws themselves.

Advice to Senior ManagementThose of you in Managment who Are without sin, cast the first stone!

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Once an engineering playground, now quite miserable

Engineering Staff (Former Employee)
Mason, MI

I worked at Dart Container

ProsThis is a family owned business, which can be a benefit. Generally speaking, projects that have visibility of the owners can be fast-tracked and avoid the usual bureaucracy of a public company. Most of the engineering staff are pleasant people, although not the 'cream of the crop' given the low compensation.

ConsThe morale is very poor among most of the engineering staff. Creativity is usually stifled by the oppressive management style. The structure of the engineering department is quite top-heavy. If you are concerned about salary, don't bother with Dart. The M.O. seems to be focused on filling positions with people who are not qualified to go elsewhere, and thus cannot demand competitive salaries. There are individuals who are exceptions to this rule at Dart (talented and not concerned with compensation), and Dart is lucky to have had them on staff for 20-30 years. For most others with any real expertise, tenure seems to be about 2-5 years at best.

Advice to Senior ManagementMorale is very important in an engineering driven company. If an engineer is not rewarded for his accomplishments, he will learn to choose the easiest solution instead of the best solution. You have forgotten the legacy of this company, and the inventive entrepreneurial spirit is slipping away. Better do something to catch it, or your competitive advantage will slip away with it.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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