Sara Lee Reviews

Updated August 23, 2015
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Pros
  • It's a good company to work for, good benefits, good pay (in 10 reviews)

  • they have great benefits, they give you a chance to grow within the company, and the hr team is there to help you if you get in a bind or have problems (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Company turmoil affected job security (in 3 reviews)

  • it's cold, it took a while to get use to working in a freezer (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Finance

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Finance in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Finance in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sara Lee full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great team and great environment for learning

    Cons

    Not much room for growth as the teams are pretty lean


  2. Regulatory

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Downers Grove, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Downers Grove, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sara Lee full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Had some great experienced people with good experience. There was some training.

    Cons

    Company was sold piece by piece, upper leadership was lacking at the time, only goat was to make money for the stock

    Advice to Management

    Company was run awhile by people who cared only for their stock options.


  3. Closed Productive Plant

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    Former Employee - Data Entry in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Data Entry in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sara Lee full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Nice place to work in the neighborhood. They were not afraid to take an office clerk and cross train them to know all positions.

    Cons

    Managers were awful. They felt that they knew everything going on, but they didn't care about anything and didn't want to be bothered.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be snobs. Listen to your employees when they have a suggestion or complaint.


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  5. Fun Roller Coaster Ride

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    Current Contractor - End User Services in Chicago, IL
    Current Contractor - End User Services in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sara Lee as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fun place to work. More of a marketing company with R&D

    Cons

    Company turmoil affected job security

    Advice to Management

    Find stability for employees


  6. good; lots of change

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    Former Employee - Administrative in Downers Grove, IL
    Former Employee - Administrative in Downers Grove, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sara Lee full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    As Sara Lee over all a good company to work for went through some major downsizing.

    Cons

    Lots of changes, but I believe overall still a good company


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    Changes

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    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Downers Grove, IL
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Downers Grove, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sara Lee full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    SLC made employees feel worthwhile. Worked close with "C" players - most valued company's vision.

    Cons

    Top management added companies that made no sense to the portfolio.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out where you want to be - and quit moving!


  8. Transportation Supply Chain

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Transportation in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Transportation in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sara Lee full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Empowered employees to take action and solve problems in order to help achieve corporate goals. Personal growth was attained.

    Cons

    Corporate top management unfortunately decided to outsource transportation department to third party provider of transportation management software.


  9. Very good

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production Technician in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Production Technician in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sara Lee full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Plenty of opportunities to progress and learn

    Cons

    Benefits not as good as other companies this size.

    Advice to Management

    Can be a "good old boys" club sometime


  10. I had a very good experience at Sara Lee until the CEO decided to close down all of the outlets.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sara Lee full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Big company with a lot of recognition. Will look good on resume when your division gets bought out.

    Cons

    Company has gone into a completely different direction. They are becoming a meat company and it really just seems like they are selling off everything one brand at a time. If you are looking into this company, it might not be long term.

    Advice to Management

    Not letting employees have a clue as to what you are doing was hard to take. If you are going to lay off a whole division, some notice would be nice.


  11. Constant change is a way of life here. Never reach an ROI of a project.

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    Current Employee - IT Service Manager in Downers Grove, IL
    Current Employee - IT Service Manager in Downers Grove, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Sara Lee full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Never a shortage of work implementing new systems. Although the split-up of the company was probably good for shareholders, the two waves of staff turnovers (2006 & 2012) is extremely disruptive to productivity in a role.

    Cons

    Lack of leadership. Many managers are analytic in nature and really don't know how to lead and inspire staff. Direction tends to come from the top in the form of directives with little selling. Then, when leadership turns over, many are left wondering why they are working on a project. As a result, more projects are drawn up, leaving barely utilized systems abandoned.

    Advice to Management

    Build better plans and include IT early. IT is always 3 years behind the business.



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