Sara Lee

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Sara Lee Reviews

Updated October 13, 2014
Updated October 13, 2014
109 Reviews
3.1
109 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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  1.  

    very helpful for progress toward reaching future goals

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Downers Grove, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Downers Grove, IL

    I have been working at Sara Lee

    Pros

    Global company with great ideas

    Cons

    Spin off has caused some employee frustration

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    It is an okay place to work.

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    Former Employee - Network Analyst in Mason, OH
    Former Employee - Network Analyst in Mason, OH

    I worked at Sara Lee

    Pros

    The benefits were ok and the pay is okay.

    Cons

    This place is not very family oriented and upper managment only cares about how the company looks on books.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You don't know nearly as much as you think you know. The people make the company not just upper management. There is a saying that would be wise for you to learn. People don't care how much you know (or how much you don't) until they know how much you care.

    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good pay, hard hours and work life.

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    Current Employee - Route Sales Representative in San Leandro, CA
    Current Employee - Route Sales Representative in San Leandro, CA

    I have been working at Sara Lee

    Pros

    Pay can be good for highschool education. You are left alone for the most part.

    Cons

    Hours and split days off make it hard to have a social life. You are constantly tired from starting your day at 4am to begin a physical job. Wednesdays and Sundays off. No weekend. Occasionally you will have two days off in a row because of a holiday, but unfortunately the day preceding your day off and the day you return to work have much more work because you have to pound your markets before and clean up after.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have to give your reps more support in their accounts. Trust our knowledge of the territory and what sells.

    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Working at Sara Lee is a very physically and mentally demanding job that leaves very little time for family.

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    Former Employee - Route Sales Representative in Huntington, WV
    Former Employee - Route Sales Representative in Huntington, WV

    I worked at Sara Lee

    Pros

    Good benifits package and good pay form a yearly stand point but not when considering hours worked.

    Cons

    No time off. Unfair expectations for sales goals and not clear in communications.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let your workers know and show them that you think they are doing a good job. Give them a break... a weekend off wouldn't kill anyone. They would be better employees and more enthusiastic about the job at hand.

  6.  

    The best job yet.

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    Former Employee - RSR in Statesboro, GA
    Former Employee - RSR in Statesboro, GA

    I worked at Sara Lee

    Pros

    Flexible 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.

    Cons

    At 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 ManagementAdvice

    none 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.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Immediate manager and team are excellent but senior leadership is lacking

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Downers Grove, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Downers Grove, IL

    I have been working at Sara Lee

    Pros

    Compensation 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

    Cons

    Constant 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 ManagementAdvice

    Jan 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Just the place to make a career.

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    Current Employee - Route Sales Representative in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Route Sales Representative in Omaha, NE

    I have been working at Sara Lee

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Need 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 ManagementAdvice

    a little reward for hard work would be nice.

    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    depends on who you ask

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Sara Lee

    Pros

    diversity good and employee competence usually rewarded

    Cons

    long hours and some of the management reward their friends

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    train better

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Stifling

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    Current Employee - Category Analyst in Downers Grove, IL
    Current Employee - Category Analyst in Downers Grove, IL

    I have been working at Sara Lee

    Pros

    The people are great to work with

    Cons

    No 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 ManagementAdvice

    Hire the appropriate amount of people for the workload
    Give more incentives to employees

    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Still trying to innovate

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Downers Grove, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Downers Grove, IL

    I have been working at Sara Lee

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    grow 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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