Solo Cup Reviews

Updated August 3, 2014
Updated August 3, 2014
103 Reviews
3.0
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Solo Cup President, CEO, and Director Robert M. Korzenski
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good benefits(although theyare dwindling) (in 8 reviews)

  • good people work there, that is the best reason (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management is the dirty diaper (in 9 reviews)

  • Senior management is all over the place (in 8 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good company gone bad!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous  in  Lake Forest, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Lake Forest, IL

    I worked at Solo Cup full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Some great people until company bought out. Hard working intelligent people that fortunately have gotten out of there and have found a place that better leverages their skills.

    Cons

    The New leadership has reduced the talent to order takers! They have taken the Solo brand and reduced it to nothing and there are no more raises and likely no bonuses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not much to say other than be open to the talent from Solo... Some of your dinosaurs at Dart don't hold a candle to them but instead you promote the dinosaurs and demote the stars! Way to go!

    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Worst job ever.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Pricing  in  Lake Forest, IL
    Current Employee - Pricing in Lake Forest, IL

    I have been working at Solo Cup full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    There are absolutely no pros. The pay was about average.

    Cons

    This was the worst job ever. I took it out of desperation and stayed with it for a year simply to pay student loans. Management was horrible and ran the company into the ground.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maybe if you treated your employees with just a bit of respect and paid attention to the pricing you approved at negative margins you wouldn't have been bought out by Dart.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    No expectations of accountability or excellence, especially from top management team. They had to sell the company!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Lake Forest, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Forest, IL

    I worked at Solo Cup full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Sorry, none that I can think of.

    Cons

    Very political and little vision. Employees at Solo are simply a number to the EVP club.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No, none they will consider. (I doubt you will post this review)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Horrible place to work, avoid if at all possible.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Ada, OK
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ada, OK

    I have been working at Solo Cup full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Not many pros. Its convenient, and the pay is ok.

    Cons

    Horrible management. Expectations change daily. There is alot of favoritism, the rules only apply to some people, sometimes. There is limited room for advancement and thats only if you've made friends with the right people. Hours have been cut back since being bought out by Dart. No communication about the future or when things are going to pick back up. Maintenance is horribls, things are fixed just enough to make them run. No real preventative maintenance. When you are doing well there is no recognition, but if anything goes wrong there is hell to pay. In the summer it gets HOT!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more open, know whats going on, and don't keep changing expectations.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Pay attention Dart...Solo's peole are still very unhappy

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Solo Cup full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good benefits (for now)
    Paid holidays (for now)

    Cons

    Solo Cup is like a baby...Upper management is the dirty diaper...if Dart doesn't dispose of that diaper, the baby will continue to smell bad & no one will want to stay & play with the baby. Nothing is going to change as long as the "powers that be" (and I use that term loosely) keep making crappy decisions that make no sense at all.
    Poor maintenance, 24/7 plant, but no 24/7 maintenance. And what "maintenance" we do have stinks as well. Machines down for long periods of time because cannot get ahold of any maintenance (that are on call) to come in.
    Again with upper management, poor attitudes, only care for themselves. Very closed minded. Will not listen to any ideas that are presented to them. Will not even listen to another person's point of view. And you might as well look for another job if you disagree with one of their ideas. If it is something that they think is good, it's not even open for discussion...the employees are doing it. Their response? "Well if they don't like it, they can leave!" And heaven help you if you have a life outside of work. Again, if it's something they want, "Well, you'd just better plan on changing your homelife because we're doing this?" "HOW DARE YOU HAVE A LIFE!" But they can leave in the middle of the afternoon and be gone for the rest of the day. Dart needs to (secretly) have some of their reps show up at these plants at 4:00 pm on a Friday & see how many of their upper management is still in their offices. Hell, even show up at 3:30pm!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dart needs to have an open & honest talk with all the employees. Find out their concerns & frustrations. NOT THE MANAGEMENT! If the employees are reassured that their jobs are not in jeopardy, they will open up & tell the truth about what really goes on in the plants. All management will do is put their little spin on it & then go about treating the employees as bad as before. Let the employees speak for themselves, not the management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    The other people on the floor is the only thing that makes working at Solo tolerable

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Ada, OK
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ada, OK

    I have been working at Solo Cup

    Pros

    good people work there, that is the best reason. I have made many friends there. short commute. The benefits are decent.

    Cons

    Management. nobody ever tells you when you do a good job but when you make a mistake, everybody is there getting mad at you. work environment sucks. no morale. too much favortism. Its just not a good place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat everyone fairly and have some common decency. You gotta give respect to get it. If I do something wrong, come tell me, dont send someone else to tell me.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    A terrible company to work for with no direction or competence at the top.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Lake Forest, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Forest, IL

    I have been working at Solo Cup

    Pros

    Some people are friendly and benefits are good.

    Cons

    Lack of leadership and vision. No opportunity for growth and long term existence is doubtful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Earn your pay and build th business rather than closing plants and laying off people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Wow!

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Lake Forest, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Forest, IL

    I have been working at Solo Cup

    Pros

    Good people at Solo Cup

    Cons

    Nothing positive to say about Solo. CEO has no idea how to run a company, lacks insight and culpability. Blames all other company functions for the companies woes to appease the dreaded vestar. Changes company strategy every six months, failing every time. He has no respect for his management team and tries to be the CFO, COO, HR, and Legal expert. Word of advise to those considering Solo Cup. Every time revenue falls, there will be corporate cuts...it's the vestar way. For some insane reason, poor revenue and earnings performance somehow is caused by the folks who have nothing to do with revenue generation or operational performance. It's the folks that do the day the day work to support his strategy that are the ones cut. I do understand cuts are part of the business, but when the CEO makes them without consulting his management team and without regard to employees performance or abilities, it just shows his inept abilities. I lost all respect for the south side boy who refuses to stand up to private equity boys. He clearly wants to make his 700k salary for as long as he can at the expense of the hard working performing employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice to management? Are you kidding me? Consistent downward spiral since 2006, management must go.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Wonderful People, Horrible Company

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager  in  Lake Forest, IL
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Lake Forest, IL

    I have been working at Solo Cup

    Pros

    The people are great - in the midst of a horrible environment there are strong friendships. Salary is pretty good and the heath benefits are great - although I am sure they will be cutting those in 2012.

    Cons

    This is a company rotting from the top down. Senior Leadership has absolutely no idea what is going on and continues to make unsound business decisions based on whim vs fact. Morale is horrible - people cry at work on a daily basis. Nothing moves forward because people with 10-40 years of experience have no authority or automony. There aren't silos at Solo there are massive canyons between groups. Members of senior leadership YELL at each other in meetings - in front of subordinates - so unprofessional and demoralizing. Being mean and nasty to you co-workers gets you promoted, complete incompetence is rewarded and people who could make a positive difference are laid off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop laying off good, comptent workers and take a hard look at the stupid business decisions you've made - purchasing Sweetheart and Innoware - DUMB, DUMB, DUMB yet you all still have jobs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Revolving Door!!!

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Trade Program Manager  in  Lake Forest, IL
    Former Employee - Trade Program Manager in Lake Forest, IL

    I worked at Solo Cup

    Pros

    No Pros for working for this company, this place is a revolving door!!!

    Cons

    Unstable company, senior management lack focus and direction and are only concerned with receiving their bonuses!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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