Dart Container Reviews

Updated February 18, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Never ceases to amaze me (and not in a good way)

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Machine Operator
    Current Employee - Machine Operator

    I have been working at Dart Container

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    NONE. It's a job until something else comes along.

    Cons

    Where to begin...Senior management sucks. Don't care one single bit about the employees. Favortism runs rampant. If they like you, you could set the place on fire and still have a job. If they don't like you, you could extinguish a fire and save lives & they'd find a reason to fire you. Attitudes and morale at the lowest I've ever seen. No one wants to help anybody. They cram safety meetings down our throats to please the corporate gods, but then they let us run machines that leak oil, pipes that leak water (around electrical boxes) and say, "oh, we'll take care of that at the next shutdown. Extra help for every other job position except production. Production runs on a skeletal crew. Yet when numbers are reached, it's due to all these other departments, not production. Maintenance is a joke. 24/7 plant, ALL maintenance is tucked into their little beddies by 8pm. Need to call one in? Kind of hard to do when company phones are left at the plant. Excuses for maintenance, daily. Production can't get a break. Back to wonderful (gag) senior management. All management gone by 3:00pm on a Friday. Poor ethic values. Sneak behind middle management's back to get what they want. employees just viewed videos by the Dart family about their "Core Values", honesty, integrity...etc. I thought the employees were going to vomit. What hypocracy. Wages the lowest in the area. Temp services send their good people to other manufacturing plants because they pay better. we get the ones on drugs, on probation, or facing criminal charges.

    Advice to Management

    Do an "Undercover Boss" episode at some of your plants. You'd get an earful. Better yet, just come to one of your plants on a Friday night, stay the weekend and talk to your employees. Make sure it is an unannounced visit, or the senior management fools will be crawling all over your backside putting their spin on how the plant is. Our numbers look good & it's NOT because of the senior management team. It's your workers. Give them a reason to want to stay here. Pay them a decent wage. Quit slapping them in the face & start patting them on the back!

  2. Treat the employees very poorly

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dart Container

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The money is decent and the work is at base level easy enough.

    Cons

    There is no help where its needed, nothing is organized, and racial tensions are high.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the employees truely and not only when corporate comes down

  3. garbage company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dart Container

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    wouldnt spit on the plant if it was burning benefits suck not a good company to work for

    Cons

    none wouldnt work for them

    Advice to Management

    loose your attitude

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  5. Going down hill

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Maintenance in Leola, PA
    Current Employee - Maintenance in Leola, PA

    I have been working at Dart Container full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good pay, when they aren't taking pay away from you

    Cons

    Management has no clue what they're doing. No room for advancement. Skeleton crews in maintenance. Always taking things away. Modern day slaverary

    Advice to Management

    Need better training programs, and some management that knows what they are doing

  6. Unfortunate Experience, Did not live up to Professionalism or Guidelines

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dart Container full-time

    Pros

    Not all departments, facilities, or personnel had issues: support, efforts to do the best and a positive job, intelligence/experience, and ethics do exist. Not always easy to find.
    Some introduction and programs were introduced for updating issues, but no accountability when not applied or learned.

    Cons

    In Engineering Department - Lack of Integrity and Honesty, and Bullying, and Abuse was enabled rather than corrected.
    Old model, outdated management style exists that does not take into account or is respectful of employee value, the value of communications, or of working together. Greater emphasis on putting up obstacles and excuses than on successful outcomes.
    Many examples where the listed procedures or guidelines or training were not followed.
    Missing long term planning.
    Not sure if the Dart family is aware of the problems.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Degree-worthy work for half the pay! THAT's WHY DART HAS MADE BILLIONS!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dart Container

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits 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.

    Cons

    Dart 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 Management

    Implement 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.

  8. Helpful (1)

    dart is just as bad as solo

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inspector/Packer in Federalsburg, MD
    Current Employee - Inspector/Packer in Federalsburg, MD

    I have been working at Dart Container full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    low 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 Management

    open your eyes before they close the plant.

  9. Helpful (1)

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mason, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mason, MI

    I have been working at Dart Container full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    When 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 Management

    Know 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.

  10. Terrible Company to work for!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Dart Container

    Pros

    Not to many good things to say about the company at all....however there are some good people who work there.

    Cons

    Typical "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 Management

    Quit 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!!

  11. Helpful (1)

    Going down hill

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Undisclosed in Mason, MI
    Former Employee - Undisclosed in Mason, MI

    I worked at Dart Container full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good 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.

    Cons

    Since 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 Management

    You 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.

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