Solo Cup Reviews

Updated February 25, 2015
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Solo Cup President, CEO, and Director Robert M. Korzenski
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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 needs a lesson in humanity (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Solo Cup

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Solo Cup

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good people, good pay, nice office

    Cons

    Poor Management, Poor decisions, lack of accountability, high turnover in key departments

    Advice to Management

    None


  2. Good pay if permanent

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Solo Cup

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Co-workers, Breaks, Fresh cold water/ice on the floor

    Cons

    No growth, No growth, No growth, Need better atmosphere, No growth

    Advice to Management

    Consider the workers more and opportunity for advancement


  3. Solo Cup offered me some great experience in my field.

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    Former Employee - Pricing Analyst
    Former Employee - Pricing Analyst

    I worked at Solo Cup full-time

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

    Pros

    Their health insurance was awesome. The best I have seen yet. Decent vacation time, holidays, etc. I also enjoyed my co-workers since they brought joy to my work days. Salary was competitive but please note that is for Solo Cup and not for Dart. If you want a fair salary now that Dart is the owner, then you have a better chance at waiting for pigs to fly.

    Cons

    My work environment towards the end reminded me of a black hole of negativity from which there was no escape. Very negative morale and it got to the point where most of the people in my department no longer cared about the work we did. Executive management would either micromanage or pretend to know how to manage. Also, they only viewed your performance based on how many hours you put in each day. If you work an 8-hr work day then you aren't putting in enough effort. If you take a 2-hr lunch everyday and then stay until 6pm, you are considered a dedicated employee. My manager (not executive level) taught me a lot and I do credit him for where I am in my career now.

    Advice to Management

    To executive management: be more involved in what your employees do so that when you change policies/procedures, you do so knowing all the facts. The managers who report to you know more about whats really going on. A wise leader understands the value of counsel.


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  5. Great people/positive attitudes through integration

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Solo Cup

    Pros

    The people are great. I am very happy with my team and manager.

    Cons

    No direction, no long-term growth


  6. Not a bad company until it got purchased.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Solo Cup

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

    Pros

    Flexible Work Hours, Decent Benefits Package, Visible Well-Known Company, Limited Travel, Still Some Good People There, Pretty Easy Commute From The City

    Cons

    Purchased By A Company That's Not Very Current or Modern, Lack Of Consistency From Management Standpoint, High Rate of Turnover

    Advice to Management

    Strengthen Attention on Integration Efforts, New Ownership Needs to Encourage More "Cross the Lake" Cohesiveness, It's Definitely Obvious That The Two Companies Don't Work Well Together.


  7. Worked here for about 2 years

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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 a year)

    Negative Outlook
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great co-workers, long lunches, flexible, good place for recent grads

    Cons

    Senior management is all over the place...no structure


  8. Stereotypical Corporate Atmosphere

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    Current Employee - Analyst
    Current Employee - Analyst

    I have been working at Solo Cup full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Compensated fairly Low Stress Job Most Employees are Friendly Solid Benefits

    Cons

    Outside trying to get a raise, nothing is done to motivate employees. Upper management is never seen Poor communication between departments Lots of employees that don't carry their weight Boring

    Advice to Management

    Understand your employees and their jobs better. I have never been asked for any input about anything by anyone outside of my immediate supervisor. How do you know how well my supervisor is doing if his/her employees are never asked about his/her performance?


  9. Excellent Company now Mediocre

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    Current Employee - White-Collar Professional in Lake Forest, IL
    Current Employee - White-Collar Professional in Lake Forest, IL

    I have been working at Solo Cup full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Competitive pay, affordable benefits, excellent location easily reachable via interstate or train, tried to keep as many people on as possible during the economic meltdown, 10 paid holidays per year, 38.5 hour work week but paid for 40.

    Cons

    Front-line management. No praise when you do a good job, but when you make a mistake, there is hell to pay. Micromanagement, no chance to think on your own. The place is awash in favoritism. If you don't go to lunch or out for cocktails with the "right" people, you will not get ahead, no matter how smart you are or how many academic degrees you have.

    Advice to Management

    Empower employess to make operational decisions on a day-to-day basis to run the business, cut back on managers. Promote the people who are truly the most talented, not the ones who are your Facebook friends.


  10. The company made a bad acquisition and after that it was all downhill.

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    Former Employee - Logistics in Highland Park, IL
    Former Employee - Logistics in Highland Park, IL

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

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

    Pros

    They have a culture of giving back to the community with all the volunteer work they participate in. The work was well defined and you knew who you were reporting to. I was on the track to getting a promotion after two years of working there.

    Cons

    They took away all 401 k match and reduced the amount they paid you from 40 hours a week to 38 even though you still worked the same. They closed about 4 locations in the two years I worked there. I interviewed and was given another job in another location when my plant closed, and then it was taken away two months later.

    Advice to Management

    Make sounder business plans so that you don't purchase another company with huge debt.


  11. Leading by example

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Solo Cup full-time

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

    Pros

    Hardworking, friendly hourly workers. Some talented management. DART has taken over and will certainly shake things up which will no doubt force some old thinking out the door.

    Cons

    Talented management is stifled by peer managers and are not willing to stick their neck out for something they believe in. The bar is set very low and is often not reached. management does not empower their supervisors or hourlys to contribute to improvement. It all starts at the top and the top doesnt expect very much

    Advice to Management

    Expect more out of yourself and your subordinates. Roll with the punches because without change you are already being out produced by Asia and other producers int he US.



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