Sara Lee Reviews

Updated August 3, 2014
Updated August 3, 2014
106 Reviews

3.2
106 Reviews
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Sara Lee CEO Marcel Smits
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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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Employee Reviews

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    Plant Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sara Lee

    Pros

    This was a great place to work. Leadership was on top of things. Teamwork was all around. You had a voice and people listened.

    Cons

    I don't have anything to say on this side. All around good place to work. I would work there my whole career.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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    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 for 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
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    The company is unfair to there employees

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    Former Employee - Packout Break Release  in  Rome, GA
    Former Employee - Packout Break Release in Rome, GA

    I worked at Sara Lee full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The pay is decent and the benefits are good.

    Cons

    The people keep up a lot of mess, the supervisors don't care. the supervisors aren't interested in what you have to say. They tell you have to work over at the last minute.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get a better team in there you would have a better company. Train the supervisors how to talk and schedule people the correct way. Learn to have more compassion for their employees. Change some rules about OT and last minute call outs and the employee that does that job has to stay.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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    Sara Lee

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Manager in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at Sara Lee full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    A very simple place to work

    Cons

    Not a progressive company at all

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees and take heed.

    Recommends
  6.  

    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 for 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
  7.  

    Poor management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Winston-Salem, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Winston-Salem, NC

    I worked at Sara Lee full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Not a lot good to say. Some of the people are nice and care.

    Cons

    Meetings about meetings. No wonder nothing gets done. NO teamwork. No feeling of belonging to anything from employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop covering your own tush and start getting things done

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    Used to be a good place to work. Now they don't seem to value their employees

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sara Lee

    Pros

    Always seem to be implementing the latest and greatest technology

    Cons

    They let go of too many good people

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    Plant Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sara Lee full-time

    Pros

    Very Solid Pay and Benefits

    Cons

    Direct Manager-Crazy as a Hoot Owl!

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good company when Brenda Barnes was the CEO

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sara Lee full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Really embraced diversity and built a culture of empowerment.

    Cons

    Took a long time to get ideas into action

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    I worked for Sara Lee for a long time

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    Former Employee - Cost Accounting Technician  in  Winston-Salem, NC
    Former Employee - Cost Accounting Technician in Winston-Salem, NC

    I worked at Sara Lee full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    It's a good company to work for, good benefits, good pay. I just wish I was still working there.

    Cons

    Helping to get NAFTA passed. If that wouldn't have happened, then a lot of people would still have their jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look for another job, your days there are probably numbered.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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