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Solo Cup Reviews

Updated January 23, 2015
Updated January 23, 2015
24 Reviews
2.0
24 Reviews
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Solo Cup President, CEO, and Director Robert M. Korzenski
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24 Ratings

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.  

    3 Ring Circus

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    Former Employee - Quality Assurance in Federalsburg, MD
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance in Federalsburg, MD

    I worked at Solo Cup full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Production personnel, for the most part are knowledgeable in their respected areas.

    Cons

    Management shaky, High turn over rate. While I was there for 3 years they had a 60% turn over rate!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some one from Dart in the General Manager Office!!!!!!!!!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    A very challenging environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Forest, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Forest, IL

    I worked at Solo Cup full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Interesting projects. Great coworkers. Employee discount on products.

    Cons

    Cost cutting was main driver on all decisions. Management changed directions/strategy at every turn, making it difficult to be successful.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Forest, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Forest, IL

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

    Pros

    One 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.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    my 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Solo was a good company until it was bought by Dart

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Forest, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Forest, IL

    I have been working at Solo Cup full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    None since the Solo headquarters in Lake Forest are slowly getting shut down and most of the work moved to Dart in Michigan.

    Cons

    Dart 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 ManagementAdvice

    Wake up. The world of disposable packaging outside foam cups is completely different than you think.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Plant Engineering Manager in Urbana, IL
    Former Employee - Plant Engineering Manager in Urbana, IL

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

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    When 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 ManagementAdvice

    I 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.

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Work you like a dog. NO MORALE

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Solo Cup

    Pros

    Pay is decent. Good benefits .

    Cons

    Worked 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 ManagementAdvice

    Stop kissing your bosses ass.

  8.  

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

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    Former Employee - Pricing Analyst in Lake Forest, IL
    Former Employee - Pricing Analyst in Lake Forest, IL

    I worked at Solo Cup full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Since 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Needs help

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Augusta, GA
    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Augusta, GA

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

    Pros

    as long as you work your ok

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    needs new engineers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Solo Cup

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    Former Employee - Pricing Analyst in Lake Forest, IL
    Former Employee - Pricing Analyst in Lake Forest, IL

    I worked at Solo Cup full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Got 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.

    Cons

    Very 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 ManagementAdvice

    Be a positive influence, do not spread negativity

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

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

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    Former Employee - A/R in Lake Forest, IL
    Former Employee - A/R in Lake Forest, IL

    I worked at Solo Cup

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Very 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 ManagementAdvice

    Positive 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.

    Doesn't Recommend

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