Solo Cup Reviews

Updated October 1, 2014
Updated October 1, 2014
104 Reviews
2.8
104 Reviews
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Solo Cup President, CEO, and Director Robert M. Korzenski
Robert M. Korzenski
57 Ratings

Review Highlights

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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  1.  

    Excellent Company now Mediocre

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - White-Collar Professional in Lake Forest, IL
    Current Employee - White-Collar Professional in Lake Forest, IL

    I have been working at Solo Cup full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Competitive pay, affordable benefits, excellent location easily reachable via interstate or train, tried to keep as many people on as possible during the economic meltdown, 10 paid holidays per year, 38.5 hour work week but paid for 40.

    Cons

    Front-line management. No praise when you do a good job, but when you make a mistake, there is hell to pay. Micromanagement, no chance to think on your own. The place is awash in favoritism. If you don't go to lunch or out for cocktails with the "right" people, you will not get ahead, no matter how smart you are or how many academic degrees you have.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower employess to make operational decisions on a day-to-day basis to run the business, cut back on managers. Promote the people who are truly the most talented, not the ones who are your Facebook friends.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Pay attention Dart...Solo's peole are still very unhappy

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Solo Cup full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits (for now)
    Paid holidays (for now)

    Cons

    Solo Cup is like a baby...Upper management is the dirty diaper...if Dart doesn't dispose of that diaper, the baby will continue to smell bad & no one will want to stay & play with the baby. Nothing is going to change as long as the "powers that be" (and I use that term loosely) keep making crappy decisions that make no sense at all.
    Poor maintenance, 24/7 plant, but no 24/7 maintenance. And what "maintenance" we do have stinks as well. Machines down for long periods of time because cannot get ahold of any maintenance (that are on call) to come in.
    Again with upper management, poor attitudes, only care for themselves. Very closed minded. Will not listen to any ideas that are presented to them. Will not even listen to another person's point of view. And you might as well look for another job if you disagree with one of their ideas. If it is something that they think is good, it's not even open for discussion...the employees are doing it. Their response? "Well if they don't like it, they can leave!" And heaven help you if you have a life outside of work. Again, if it's something they want, "Well, you'd just better plan on changing your homelife because we're doing this?" "HOW DARE YOU HAVE A LIFE!" But they can leave in the middle of the afternoon and be gone for the rest of the day. Dart needs to (secretly) have some of their reps show up at these plants at 4:00 pm on a Friday & see how many of their upper management is still in their offices. Hell, even show up at 3:30pm!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dart needs to have an open & honest talk with all the employees. Find out their concerns & frustrations. NOT THE MANAGEMENT! If the employees are reassured that their jobs are not in jeopardy, they will open up & tell the truth about what really goes on in the plants. All management will do is put their little spin on it & then go about treating the employees as bad as before. Let the employees speak for themselves, not the management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    I enjoyed the time that I worked at Solo, even though they were going through a reorganization at the time.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Credit and Dispute Resolution in Lincolnshire, IL
    Former Employee - Credit and Dispute Resolution in Lincolnshire, IL

    I worked at Solo Cup full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Solo Cup offered a more than competitive salary. The first three months that I was there were rather hectic, but enjoyable, as they were trying to do an internal reorganization. When that didn't work, they brought in outside help, and everything changed...

    Cons

    During the "reorganization", management was poor at best. The actual Credit Manager was not allowed to do her job, and was eventually replaced by an outside person, trained in reorganizations - not good for morale, or workflow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the "little guy" - sometimes they have much more insight than management does.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    The company made a bad acquisition and after that it was all downhill.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Logistics in Highland Park, IL
    Former Employee - Logistics in Highland Park, IL

    I worked at Solo Cup full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    They have a culture of giving back to the community with all the volunteer work they participate in.
    The work was well defined and you knew who you were reporting to.
    I was on the track to getting a promotion after two years of working there.

    Cons

    They took away all 401 k match and reduced the amount they paid you from 40 hours a week to 38 even though you still worked the same.
    They closed about 4 locations in the two years I worked there.
    I interviewed and was given another job in another location when my plant closed, and then it was taken away two months later.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sounder business plans so that you don't purchase another company with huge debt.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Tough transition through economy and ownership dynamics

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Market Manager in Highland Park, IL
    Former Employee - Market Manager in Highland Park, IL

    I worked at Solo Cup full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Tough 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Leading by example

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Solo Cup full-time

    Pros

    Hardworking, 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.

    Cons

    Talented 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 ManagementAdvice

    Expect 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    long term job

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Solo Cup

    Pros

    steady 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

  9.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ada, OK
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ada, OK

    I have been working at Solo Cup

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Management. 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 ManagementAdvice

    Treat 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Forest, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Forest, IL

    I have been working at Solo Cup

    Pros

    Some people are friendly and benefits are good.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Earn your pay and build th business rather than closing plants and laying off people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Where Will 2012 Take Us?

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Forest, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Forest, IL

    I have been working at Solo Cup

    Pros

    Benefits, Pay, Location, New Building, Flex Hours

    Cons

    Unfair Promotion Practices, Lack of Respect Among Ranks

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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