Sara Lee
3.2 of 5 105 reviews
www.saralee.com Downers Grove, IL 5000+ Employees

Sara Lee Reviews

Updated Jul 11, 2014
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3.2 105 reviews

                             

41% Approve of the CEO

Sara Lee CEO Marcel Smits

Marcel Smits

(39 ratings)

53% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Great Benefits, Exciting and fresh place to work"
    in 8 reviews
  • "Good benefits, discounted food products"
    in 7 reviews
Cons:
  • "Work/life balance is poor, working on holidays and weekends common"
    in 3 reviews
  • "The products are all in the mature phase and little to no growth is happening"
    in 3 reviews
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    The best job yet.

    RSR (Former Employee)
    Statesboro, GA

    ProsFlexible in all areas, great management. when you need help or info you get it! Sara lee is a highly respected and excellent place to make a career.

    ConsAt times the consumer demand is trying. You also need to tolerant of weather conditions, tho if you get stranded actions are taken immediately to get you moving again.

    Advice to Senior Managementnone really, its amazing with demand and merge that they keep their heads on straight. when your employed with sara lee you know your part of growing family and are never alone in your duties. Every position of the company is important and is treated so.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Immediate manager and team are excellent but senior leadership is lacking

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Downers Grove, IL

    ProsCompensation is competative and inline with suburban companies remains to be seen how they will step up to be competative with down town firms
    Big focus on career development if you want to take advantage of it

    ConsConstant state of reorganization
    Lack of decision or clarity from senior management.
    Relocation of coprorte offices seems to take place every 6 to 7 years/
    Pay freezes or capped merrit regardless of performance
    Beuocracy and process fit for a 20B company that we were have not improved for the 4B company we are about to become

    Advice to Senior ManagementJan and Marcel have exhibited a complete lack of respect for the current employees. You ask for feedback and input and then do the complete opposite. When the results of the employee survey came back overwhelimingly to keep the headquarters in the general area of Downers Grove and then announce that the preferred location is downtown shows that you have no value for your employees. You justify it by trying to compare the vision of our future to becoming the next Google or Apple...incase you got confused we make sausages and hotdogs, we should be looking to the powerhouses in the FOOD industry, what are they doing right and how we can we attract their top talent. You need a talented and experienced employee base to lead the new fresh talent that you think is lining up for us in the city.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Just the place to make a career.

    Route Sales Representative (Current Employee)
    Omaha, NE

    ProsThe union here is strong, good benefits, great people, Pay is acceptable. Excellent facilities, steady work.

    ConsNeed new trucks, the union makes it hard for new people, seniority is everything. Hard work really doesnt add up to much. Promotions are hard to come by.

    Advice to Senior Managementa little reward for hard work would be nice.

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    depends on who you ask

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    Prosdiversity good and employee competence usually rewarded

    Conslong hours and some of the management reward their friends

    Advice to Senior Managementtrain better

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Still trying to innovate

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Downers Grove, IL

    ProsPeople have integrity and are fun, creative foodies.
    Good location, easy commute (they bus from the train station)

    ConsAcquired companies never fully integrated--Silos in meat brands separate company.

    Advice to Senior Managementgrow company through real "wow" type innovations rather than--yeah kinda makes sense I'll try this, spark interest rather than just "manage" brands, Leave the meeting room with the powerpoint pats on the back and get out there--have most upper management VP/CEO's talk one to one to your lowest level empolyees who never hear from upper management to create a stir, find the really rediculous ideas that spark true innovation, have fun!

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    Good place to start a career

    Retail Planning Associate (Current Employee)
    Eden Prairie, MN

    Prosmy entry level position is being eliminated so if you have previous experience in an CPG company and want a career in one, this is the place to be. Wish I could stick around, maybe I'll be back someday.

    ConsCompany is currently "restructuring" so its not a good time to get hired.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't sell out!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Stifling

    Category Analyst (Current Employee)
    Downers Grove, IL

    ProsThe people are great to work with

    ConsNo work/life flexibility
    Too much uncertainty around future of company
    Too much on one persons plate
    The office space is stifling, dull. Squashes creativity
    Training programs are laughable
    Zero communication between groups

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire the appropriate amount of people for the workload
    Give more incentives to employees

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    Great opportunity for growth, challenging work, smart people.

    Senior Manager (Former Employee)
    Downers Grove, IL

    ProsGreat colleagues, great brands, convenient location if you live in west suburbs, decent compensation

    ConsNot an inclusive environment; very relationship driven at senior levels. Sara Lee wants to represent themselves as open to diversity, and they are in pockets, but recently have largely ignored diverse talent in favor of those "who look like me".

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe clear about the direction you are headed in as a company, shareholders may be happy, but you are losing credibility with employees.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Sara Lee has afforded me opportunities to grow professionally.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Downers Grove, IL

    Pros-People you work with are great
    -Good brands that are #1 in their categories
    -Good culture that the company is working on making a great culture

    Cons-Does not always promote from within or promote the right people at senior levels
    -Benefits are below average for the industry

    Advice to Senior Management-Continue to work on establishing a best in class culture
    -Grant stock options or RSU's to more levels within the company

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Had been a positive experience up to recently...

    Lead Analyst (Current Employee)
    Downers Grove, IL

    Pros- Great benefits
    - Great bonus structure
    - Great perks (coffee, tea, hot chocolate, etc)

    Cons- Alot of people feeling in the dark about the current situation and dismantling of a great place to work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe more transparent.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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