Solo Cup

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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

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 ManagementAdvice

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.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

Other reviews for Solo Cup

  1.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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
  2.  

    I enjoyed the time that I worked at Solo, even though they were going through a reorganization at the time.

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    Former Employee - Credit and Dispute Resolution  in  Lincolnshire, IL
    Former Employee - Credit and Dispute Resolution in Lincolnshire, IL

    Pros

    Solo Cup offered a more than competitive salary. The first three months that I was there were rather hectic, but enjoyable, as they were trying to do an internal reorganization. When that didn't work, they brought in outside help, and everything changed...

    Cons

    During the "reorganization", management was poor at best. The actual Credit Manager was not allowed to do her job, and was eventually replaced by an outside person, trained in reorganizations - not good for morale, or workflow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the "little guy" - sometimes they have much more insight than management does.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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