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Pros
  • Great job and unique experience (in 3 reviews)

  • some are very nice people work very hard (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • long hours and some of the management reward their friends (in 4 reviews)

  • This changed all of the corporate and senior management jobs, so most of my colleagues have now left this company (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Sr. IT SOX Compliance Manager and Sr. PMO Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior IT SOX Compliance Manager and Senior PMO Manager in Downers Grove, IL
    Former Employee - Senior IT SOX Compliance Manager and Senior PMO Manager in Downers Grove, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company had excellent value of employees, showing multiple ways of appreciation.

    Cons

    Company disbanded suddenly and caught many employees off-guard.


  2. "OK"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Downers Grove, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Downers Grove, IL

    I worked at Sara Lee (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits, 9 to 5 type of job

    Cons

    Bureaucratic; took a long time to get a decision made


  3. "Finance"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Finance in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Finance in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sara Lee full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great team and great environment for learning

    Cons

    Not much room for growth as the teams are pretty lean


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  5. "Regulatory"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Downers Grove, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Downers Grove, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    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.


  6. "Closed Productive Plant"

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    Former Employee - Data Entry in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Data Entry in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sara Lee full-time (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 Management

    Don't be snobs. Listen to your employees when they have a suggestion or complaint.


  7. "Fun Roller Coaster Ride"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - End User Services in Chicago, IL
    Current Contractor - End User Services in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sara Lee as a contractor (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 Management

    Find stability for employees


  8. "good; lots of change"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative in Downers Grove, IL
    Former Employee - Administrative in Downers Grove, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    As Sara Lee over all a good company to work for went through some major downsizing.

    Cons

    Lots of changes, but I believe overall still a good company


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Changes"

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    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Downers Grove, IL
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Downers Grove, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sara Lee full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    SLC made employees feel worthwhile. Worked close with "C" players - most valued company's vision.

    Cons

    Top management added companies that made no sense to the portfolio.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out where you want to be - and quit moving!


  10. "Transportation Supply Chain"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Transportation in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Transportation in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Empowered employees to take action and solve problems in order to help achieve corporate goals. Personal growth was attained.

    Cons

    Corporate top management unfortunately decided to outsource transportation department to third party provider of transportation management software.


  11. "Very good"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production Technician in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Production Technician in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Plenty of opportunities to progress and learn

    Cons

    Benefits not as good as other companies this size.

    Advice to Management

    Can be a "good old boys" club sometime


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