Sara Lee Food & Beverage

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Sara Lee Food & Beverage Reviews

Updated November 12, 2014
Updated November 12, 2014
36 Reviews
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36 Reviews
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Sara Lee Food & Beverage Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer Marcel Smits
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  1.  

    I enjoyed my years at Sara Lee

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Earth City, MO
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Earth City, MO

    I have been working at Sara Lee Food & Beverage full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The pay and benefits, work life.

    Cons

    Not enough growth within the company.

  2.  

    Awesome company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Account Manager in Earth City, MO
    Former Employee - Customer Service Account Manager in Earth City, MO

    I worked at Sara Lee Food & Beverage full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    very flexible wonderful benefits, I loved working for this company

    Cons

    I cannot think of any, wonderful company

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good for a little while...

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    Former Employee - Production Associate
    Former Employee - Production Associate

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

    Pros

    Work was easy, basic work hours were pretty stable, overtime available, good pay for the area, and pretty good overall benefits.

    Cons

    Repetative work sometimes gets boring, overtime that was manditory was never properly relayed (find out last minute that you had to stay so many hours over or that you have to work the next day which might be a sat. or sun.), management would say one thing but do another (could never take their words as true). Changes were made to operations or paperwork by people that had no idea what was going on or how to do it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actually learn how the 'people on the ground' do their jobs before implementing new elements or changing things up. Learn to communicate.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great People, Company Changed over time however, far too worried about stock price.

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

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

    Pros

    Great People and Brands. Brand recognition

    Cons

    Management, hightened focus on stock price. Excessive Cost Containment focus

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actions speak louder than words related to people. Don't loose site of quality in trying for cost containment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Great Company!!!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - District Manager in Fayetteville, NC
    Former Employee - District Manager in Fayetteville, NC

    I worked at Sara Lee Food & Beverage full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Well known company with great pay, benefits and most importantly great people to work with and work for.

    Cons

    Depending upon the position you have it can take away some personal time and quality of lifestyle. I put in alot of hours to make sure the job was done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen more to your mid-level management teams and their direct reports. These are the backbone of your corporation and a happy employee will almost always generate more productivity then one who is dissatisified with upper management.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Company Review

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Production Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Production Manager in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and pay with bonuses

    Cons

    Not much family or personal time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Decent benefits and compensation, and holiday time off.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Johnson City, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Johnson City, NY

    I worked at Sara Lee Food & Beverage full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, compensation, holiday time off

    Cons

    Weak supervisors, need to talk to higher management to make a decision.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should have kept fresh bread division, just a matter of time before BBU dissolves Sara Lee name from fresh bread selection.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Went from great to bad in a short amount of time.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Category Insights Manager in Downers Grove, IL
    Former Employee - Category Insights Manager in Downers Grove, IL

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

    Pros

    A lot of access to a lot of great tools and systems. The culture as Sara Lee was wonderful, especially under the CEO Brenda Barnes. It was a work hard, play hard environment and we all worked hard. When she resigned, things went down hill.

    Cons

    It's a popularity contest to get where you need to go. In some departments, if you were a women..forget about being respected.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to manage. Take some people skills courses.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Good while it lasted

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sara Lee Food & Beverage full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Above average compensation
    Good benefits

    I worked for the company for 10 years until I was laid off. I hold no ill will against them, but I wasn't offered any other positions in the organization...I was just let go.

    Cons

    Little room for advancement, they like to hire from outside the organization

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote from within. I personally witness the loss of a lot of strong talent due to lay offs and downsizing measures.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Generally good experience at Sara Lee, but I feel extremely boring about my job

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sara Lee Food & Beverage

    Pros

    good pay, working hours, and flexible work hours as a internship

    Cons

    The office is a sales office. My internship is in IT department, I only talk to two managers and another intern for the whole day. So if you really like to work in team and work with people, I dont think this would be a good choice.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create more communication

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