Sara Lee Reviews

Updated April 27, 2015
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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. Customer Service

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sara Lee full-time

    Pros

    Great job - Great Pay

    Cons

    Can't think of any cons

  2. Regulatory

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Downers Grove, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Downers Grove, IL

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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. Good pay for not requiring an education.

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sara Lee

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Training only takes a week or two. Decent pay.

    Cons

    Schedules can change. Night shifts can be common.

    Advice to Management

    Build more repoire with your employees.

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  5. How to run a company into the ground.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Direct line of coworkers were great and my management was good. Outside of that direct line the entire Sara Lee management staff were not capable of executing anything.

    Cons

    For a company with so many strong brands to fail is an example of how we as employees get taken for a ride while the top of the company make off like bandits. We closed more plants, spun off more companies and consolidated for the sake of it instead of working on the product side. Brenda Barns took a multi year bonus in the same year she froze all employees salaries.

    Advice to Management

    My advice is to other companies - use Sara Lee as the case study of what not to do and do not repeat these crazy mistakes.

  6. Great Benefits for employees

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Analyst in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Sara Lee full-time (More than 8 years)

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good place to work, great benefits, competitive salary

    Cons

    hard to advance without prior department experience

    Advice to Management

    Help your team members grow in their position and cross train so they can move to other departments. Do not make previous experience mandatory when an employee wants to change to another department

  7. Route sales representative

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sara Lee

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    People were the key ingredient

    Cons

    Split days off were the down side

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the sales force

  8. Personal Impression

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Route Sales Representative in Memphis, TN
    Current Contractor - Route Sales Representative in Memphis, TN

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You get the opportunity to meet new people and build relationships with your customer. You are on your own tme as long as you meet paramiters

    Cons

    You have to coddle your customer and get up early in the morning..

    Advice to Management

    Consider hiring within moreoften

  9. great

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Popeyes in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Popeyes in Silver Spring, MD

    I have been working at Sara Lee part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    co-workers were great and loved working with them

    Cons

    angry customers are never good

  10. Strong Brands Week Management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - District Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - District Manager in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Products are great and of high quality.

    Cons

    Management was very week and never consistant,

  11. Closed Productive Plant

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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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