Solo Cup

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Solo Cup Reviews

Updated May 23, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

2.3 100 reviews

25% Approve of the CEO

Solo Cup President, CEO, and Director Robert M. Korzenski

Robert M. Korzenski

(55 ratings)

19% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    My first 4 years was great there until they brought in so many different managers. I worked for Solo Cup for over 5 yrs

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Lake Forest, IL

    ProsOne of the reasons I took the position with Solo was all the managers at the time was awesome. They had great attitudes and was great in giving you directions. I was hired in when they took over sweetheart and about a year or so into the company managers after managers was leaving like running water.

    ConsThe challenges of working for Solo Cup was the fact of the under handed employees. If they could convince the manager to not like you, then there was major trouble ahead. They never took the time or energy to really get to know there employees for themselves. There was some really good and dedicated workers at Solo Cup, but once they brought in new management attitudes started to change and more people stated to leaving and it seemed like the harder you worked they didn't care. But if you was one of the pets and worked less you got praised and a really nice raise.

    Advice to Senior Managementmy advice to management is to get too know your employees for yourself and not by word of mouth. Reason being is the person the are bad mouthing good be one or more of your best workers ever. Yes, I do understand that there might come a time that an employee and a manager might bump heads. In that case if they are going to start harassing the employee and making things hard for them. You should take a look at the entire situation of employee and managers. You all at like the word of the people coming to yoy is always true and it's not. You know managers and some employees lie for just to here themselves talk and to make themselves look good. Some of them can lie so while and with a straight face it sicking. And Human Resources are just as bad should you complain about anything and at that point the situation get worse, because now upper management has got involve and the ones that lied come out looking like roses and the ones telling the truth coming stained, discredited, and black ball. That ia so sad that management of any level would just turn a blind eye and not care.

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

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    Solo was a good company until it was bought by Dart

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Lake Forest, IL

    ProsNone since the Solo headquarters in Lake Forest are slowly getting shut down and most of the work moved to Dart in Michigan.

    ConsDart replacing Solo's better processes with the mediocre way Dart has always done things in spite of proof the combined organization would benefit from implementing the Solo process corporation wide.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWake up. The world of disposable packaging outside foam cups is completely different than you think.

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

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    My home away from home - Look forward to work challenges each and every day!

    Plant Engineering Manager (Former Employee) Urbana, IL

    ProsThe original Solo Cup was a family owned business, which at one time I thought of leaving. But a Corporate Division Manager took me aside and told me that the "Family" took care of their long term employees. He voiced that I would be better off staying with the company. I heeded his advice and stayed for 36 years. During that time period the company helped 4 of my children graduate from college, and during their college years gave them a chance to work in the plant to earn money for school.

    ConsWhen Solo bought and merged Sweetheart Cup company into the fold something changed in the Corporate attitude. Upper Management decided that the Solo Cup Manageress, (who had made the company profitable) were the ones who should be terminated, and the Sweetheart Managers (from a financially strapped company) should be put in charge. Most of these same people are still working for Dart.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI hope that Dart Corporation does not follow the present way of thinking. They should take care of their long term employees, and get rid of the dead wood.

    Thank you for letting me express my opinion. I gave 36 years of my life to the firm and one day my manager said I was not meeting his expectations.

    – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Work you like a dog. NO MORALE

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsPay is decent. Good benefits .

    ConsWorked at Dallas plant 5 years. HR came in at 5am in the morning and laid off several employees with no advance notice. No severance.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop kissing your bosses ass.

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    Solo Cup was a great place to work but due to the acquisition things have changed a lot!

    Pricing Analyst (Former Employee) Lake Forest, IL

    ProsGreat salary. Good benefits. Easy to move to other departments and find a good fit to advance in your career

    ConsSince Dart took over, things have changed a lot! Dart didnt really offer any current employees a position with the company. They eliminated our position at this location and if you want to relocated to Mason, MI (where they're headquartered) you'll have to apply all over again like a new applicant.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop being so arrogant! Sometimes people in "lower" positions can be of great help to you

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

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    Needs help

    Machine Operator (Former Employee) Augusta, GA

    Prosas long as you work your ok

    ConsThey don't listen to operators and everybody up top have no accountability. reluctance to fix easy electrical problems.

    Advice to Senior Managementneeds new engineers.

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

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    Solo Cup

    Pricing Analyst (Former Employee) Lake Forest, IL

    ProsGot to interact with senior management on a daily basis. Had a great boss who was transparent in expectations and goals. Was able to interact with different departments on a daily basis.

    ConsVery negative environment. Went through a selling of the company while I still worked there. High turnover rate in an analyst role due to extremely low moral. Additionally this is located outside of the city which makes for a very long commute... and the job makes the commute not worth it.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe a positive influence, do not spread negativity

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

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    Great to get your foot in the door, otherwise run for your life!

    A/R (Former Employee) Lake Forest, IL

    ProsGood salary and benefits, lots of opportunity for advancement IF you know the right people. Nice new location in Lake Forest.

    ConsVery low morale, and senior management doesn't do a thing to improve it. Very little transparency. Management believes highly in negative reinforcement. There is no recognition for good work unless managers favor you personally.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPositive reinforcement is the key to successful management! Employees make your company what it is, it's necessary to give back to them instead of cutting their pay and padding your own salaries.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    What Solo Cup Givith, Solo Cup will eventually takeith away

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Twin Falls, ID

    ProsMEDICAL INSURANCE among the very best, Great people out on the production floor, very family like. Good amount of vacation time, with generous holiday time.

    Constwelve hour shifts, unable to leave plant for lunch, No sick time. Very little training, people often thrown into a new posistion with minimal training. Lot of outdated equipment to work with, Twin Falls is the unwanted stepchild of Solo Cup. No chance of upward advancement. The Plant management team is caring, but they are overworked just as much as regular employees. Management beyond the plant gives us the impression that ther only care is about money, and if a employee falls by the wayside. oh well, there are plenty of other bodies out there looking for work.

    Advice to Senior Managementthere are plenty of people just one headache away from walking out, and never coming back, you have many employees with many years of experience activley looking for new jobs, and when the economy come back they will find those new jobs and leave Solo Cup.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Too Little Too Late!

    Manager (Former Employee) Lake Forest, IL

    ProsBenefits are good, salary is pretty good

    ConsLack of trust from management, communication on big decisions is few and far between, promotions are handed out unfairly, and ability to cross train or grow is non-exsistent. Vacation policy is horrible, HR's engagement and support of management is laughable. With the ship going down it is every person for themselves, back stabbing, talking behind one another's backs, finger pointing and general high school mentality

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe company will never become profitable until you fix the internal processes, focus on profitable business, and rationalize that which is not making you money. Sales needs to focus on the key categories, factories shouldn't have so many substrates running in tandum (makes it very hard to be good at one substrate). Fix the moral in the company, loosen up the reins and bring back some of the perks. All functions that do not interact with customers or suppliers should be dressing casual, bring back half day Fridays, open up for a more fun atmosphere. All of your undocumented knowledge goes out the door with all the turnover and everyone else is left to pick up the pieces and start from scratch. You have to stop the hemmoraging.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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