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Sara Lee Food & Beverage Reviews

Updated February 6, 2017
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Sara Lee Food & Beverage Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer Marcel Smits
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  1. "Training Development Manager"

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    Former Employee - Training/Development Mercandiser in Downers Grove, IL
    Former Employee - Training/Development Mercandiser in Downers Grove, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sara Lee Food & Beverage full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I like to work with people and be involved in interesting projects. I worked for Sara Lee Foods for over 10 years, and am looking for a new challenge right now. I like to do sports, especially yoga and pilates. I spend free time with my family and 2 dogs.

    Cons

    I became a road warrior with all the travel


  2. "Good Ole Times"

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    Former Employee - District Sales Manager in Knoxville, TN
    Former Employee - District Sales Manager in Knoxville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sara Lee Food & Beverage full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Freedom to be out on your own. You could drive your own sales. Flexible hours.

    Cons

    You took care of the customer anytime day or night. Corporate sold the routes off and it all went down hill from there.

    Advice to Management

    Buy the routes back and make them company routes. Employees work harder without all the stress of the self-ownership side.


  3. "I enjoyed my years at Sara Lee"

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    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Earth City, MO
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Earth City, MO

    I have been working at Sara Lee Food & Beverage full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The pay and benefits, work life.

    Cons

    Not enough growth within the company.


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  5. "Awesome company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Customer Service Account Manager in Earth City, MO
    Former Employee - Customer Service Account Manager in Earth City, MO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    very flexible wonderful benefits, I loved working for this company

    Cons

    I cannot think of any, wonderful company


  6. "Great People, Company Changed over time however, far too worried about stock price."

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

    I worked at Sara Lee Food & Beverage full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great People and Brands. Brand recognition

    Cons

    Management, hightened focus on stock price. Excessive Cost Containment focus

    Advice to Management

    Actions speak louder than words related to people. Don't loose site of quality in trying for cost containment.


  7. "Great Company!!!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - District Manager in Fayetteville, NC
    Former Employee - District Manager in Fayetteville, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Well known company with great pay, benefits and most importantly great people to work with and work for.

    Cons

    Depending upon the position you have it can take away some personal time and quality of lifestyle. I put in alot of hours to make sure the job was done.

    Advice to Management

    Listen more to your mid-level management teams and their direct reports. These are the backbone of your corporation and a happy employee will almost always generate more productivity then one who is dissatisified with upper management.


  8. "Company Review"

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    Former Employee - Production Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Production Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sara Lee Food & Beverage full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits and pay with bonuses

    Cons

    Not much family or personal time

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  9. "Decent benefits and compensation, and holiday time off."

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Johnson City, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Johnson City, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, compensation, holiday time off

    Cons

    Weak supervisors, need to talk to higher management to make a decision.

    Advice to Management

    Should have kept fresh bread division, just a matter of time before BBU dissolves Sara Lee name from fresh bread selection.


  10. "Went from great to bad in a short amount of time."

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    Former Employee - Category Insights Manager in Downers Grove, IL
    Former Employee - Category Insights Manager in Downers Grove, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A lot of access to a lot of great tools and systems. The culture as Sara Lee was wonderful, especially under the CEO Brenda Barnes. It was a work hard, play hard environment and we all worked hard. When she resigned, things went down hill.

    Cons

    It's a popularity contest to get where you need to go. In some departments, if you were a women..forget about being respected.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to manage. Take some people skills courses.


  11. "Started when it was Superior Coffee, went down hill rapidly after purchase by Sara Lee."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Route-Sales in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Route-Sales in Tampa, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Sara Lee had I thought, a solid reputation, however, in the long run it did not translate from a super market customer, to a wholesale client.

    Cons

    For some reason they were convinced that the company could be run from the office, and they would never listen, or take any advice from the field reps. They also had a habit of bringing in people from out of town, who would talk about the way we did it...fill in the blank.

    Advice to Management

    Learn your market before you become a self professed expert, get out of the office for something besides golf.


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