Solo Cup
2.3 of 5 100 reviews
www.solocup.com Lake Forest, IL 5000+ Employees

Solo Cup Reviews

Updated Jul 4, 2014
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2.3 100 reviews

                             

25% Approve of the CEO

Solo Cup President, CEO, and Director Robert M. Korzenski

Robert M. Korzenski

(55 ratings)

19% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Good benefits(although theyare dwindling)"
    in 8 reviews
  • "good people work there, that is the best reason"
    in 7 reviews
Cons:
  • "Upper management is the dirty diaper"
    in 9 reviews
  • "Senior management is all over the place"
    in 8 reviews
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    Tough transition through economy and ownership dynamics

    Market Manager (Former Employee)
    Highland Park, IL

    ProsLots of good people
    Opportunities to get cross-functional exposure
    Interesting industry
    Great to work in or near Chicago

    ConsTough transition through economic downturn
    Change from family-owned and managed, to investor owned and managed decreased associate satisfaction levels
    Competition in the industry

    Advice to Senior ManagementImprove strategic thinking- although Dart purchase of company renders advice moot.
    Do not forget your past- long live the Red Solo Cup

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Leading by example

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsHardworking, friendly hourly workers. Some talented management. DART has taken over and will certainly shake things up which will no doubt force some old thinking out the door.

    ConsTalented management is stifled by peer managers and are not willing to stick their neck out for something they believe in. The bar is set very low and is often not reached. management does not empower their supervisors or hourlys to contribute to improvement. It all starts at the top and the top doesnt expect very much

    Advice to Senior ManagementExpect more out of yourself and your subordinates. Roll with the punches because without change you are already being out produced by Asia and other producers int he US.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    long term job

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    Prossteady job ok pay two weeks vaction in first year 9 payed holidays a year. insurance is ok I pay less then a lot of others.

    Consthe company just got bought by dart container do know what will happen. lean manufacturing is the companys way to do things

    Advice to Senior Managementvestar bk solocup shouldn't of bought sweetheart lost all your money and the company your father make robert H is a

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    The other people on the floor is the only thing that makes working at Solo tolerable

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Ada, OK

    Prosgood people work there, that is the best reason. I have made many friends there. short commute. The benefits are decent.

    ConsManagement. nobody ever tells you when you do a good job but when you make a mistake, everybody is there getting mad at you. work environment sucks. no morale. too much favortism. Its just not a good place to work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat everyone fairly and have some common decency. You gotta give respect to get it. If I do something wrong, come tell me, dont send someone else to tell me.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A terrible company to work for with no direction or competence at the top.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Lake Forest, IL

    ProsSome people are friendly and benefits are good.

    ConsLack of leadership and vision. No opportunity for growth and long term existence is doubtful.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEarn your pay and build th business rather than closing plants and laying off people.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Where Will 2012 Take Us?

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Lake Forest, IL

    ProsBenefits, Pay, Location, New Building, Flex Hours

    ConsUnfair Promotion Practices, Lack of Respect Among Ranks

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Wow!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Lake Forest, IL

    ProsGood people at Solo Cup

    ConsNothing positive to say about Solo. CEO has no idea how to run a company, lacks insight and culpability. Blames all other company functions for the companies woes to appease the dreaded vestar. Changes company strategy every six months, failing every time. He has no respect for his management team and tries to be the CFO, COO, HR, and Legal expert. Word of advise to those considering Solo Cup. Every time revenue falls, there will be corporate cuts...it's the vestar way. For some insane reason, poor revenue and earnings performance somehow is caused by the folks who have nothing to do with revenue generation or operational performance. It's the folks that do the day the day work to support his strategy that are the ones cut. I do understand cuts are part of the business, but when the CEO makes them without consulting his management team and without regard to employees performance or abilities, it just shows his inept abilities. I lost all respect for the south side boy who refuses to stand up to private equity boys. He clearly wants to make his 700k salary for as long as he can at the expense of the hard working performing employees.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAdvice to management? Are you kidding me? Consistent downward spiral since 2006, management must go.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Wonderful People, Horrible Company

    Marketing Manager (Current Employee)
    Lake Forest, IL

    ProsThe people are great - in the midst of a horrible environment there are strong friendships. Salary is pretty good and the heath benefits are great - although I am sure they will be cutting those in 2012.

    ConsThis is a company rotting from the top down. Senior Leadership has absolutely no idea what is going on and continues to make unsound business decisions based on whim vs fact. Morale is horrible - people cry at work on a daily basis. Nothing moves forward because people with 10-40 years of experience have no authority or automony. There aren't silos at Solo there are massive canyons between groups. Members of senior leadership YELL at each other in meetings - in front of subordinates - so unprofessional and demoralizing. Being mean and nasty to you co-workers gets you promoted, complete incompetence is rewarded and people who could make a positive difference are laid off.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop laying off good, comptent workers and take a hard look at the stupid business decisions you've made - purchasing Sweetheart and Innoware - DUMB, DUMB, DUMB yet you all still have jobs.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Too old of a plant with lack of wanting to move forward

    Electromechanical Technician (Current Employee)
    Augusta, GA

    Prossome great people to work with, but some are so set in their ways, they will go out of their way to make sure you do more work while they do nothing.

    Consmost maintenance personnel are more worried about what they can make you do rather than what they could help you do or make the machines run so we all have jobs.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSpread out the work load and tell everyone to worry about how much they make, not the other guy. Be a team player.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great to get your foot in the door, otherwise run for your life!

    A/R (Former Employee)
    Lake Forest, IL

    ProsGood salary and benefits, lots of opportunity for advancement IF you know the right people. Nice new location in Lake Forest.

    ConsVery low morale, and senior management doesn't do a thing to improve it. Very little transparency. Management believes highly in negative reinforcement. There is no recognition for good work unless managers favor you personally.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPositive reinforcement is the key to successful management! Employees make your company what it is, it's necessary to give back to them instead of cutting their pay and padding your own salaries.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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