Sara Lee Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated August 3, 2014
Updated August 3, 2014
109 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good benefits, discounted food products (in 10 reviews)

  • Great Benefits, Exciting and fresh place to work (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • The products are all in the mature phase and little to no growth is happening (in 3 reviews)

  • Work/life balance is poor, working on holidays and weekends common (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    good; lots of change

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    Former Employee - Administrative in Downers Grove, IL
    Former Employee - Administrative in Downers Grove, IL

    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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Closed Productive Plant

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    Former Employee - Data Entry in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Data Entry in Chicago, IL

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Fun Roller Coaster Ride

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    Current Employee - End User Services in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - End User Services in Chicago, IL

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Find stability for employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Transportation Supply Chain

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    Former Employee - Transportation in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Transportation in Chicago, IL

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Very good

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    Former Employee - Production Technician in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Production Technician in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Sara Lee full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Plenty of opportunities to progress and learn

    Cons

    Benefits not as good as other companies this size.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Can be a "good old boys" club sometime

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

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

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    Former Employee - Store Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Chicago, IL

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Great time working with muliptle locations to implement lean manufacturing

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    Current Employee - CI Change Agent in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - CI Change Agent in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Sara Lee full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good prior management in lean group, exceptional skills in the lean group

    Cons

    Cutbacks every year from April to June.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    New management - use your people's ideas with your guidance to deliver results

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Fun and Exciting

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    Former Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits, Exciting and fresh place to work. Wonderful people to work with. Everyday is a new challenge to keep you focused and motivated. I plan on staying here until I retire.

    Cons

    I have no problems with this company at all. I have been here over 10 years and I enjoy everything I do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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