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Sara Lee Reviews

Updated November 12, 2017
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Sara Lee CEO Marcel Smits
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Pros
  • Upbeat fun atmosphere, great people (in 8 reviews)

  • Good people and good pay structure (in 5 reviews)

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

  • Even on supposed days off upper management is questioning why you are not out in the field working (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "I loved my time at Sara Lee, it had a great company culture and a terrific work environment."

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    Former Employee - Packaging Engineer in Downers Grove, IL
    Former Employee - Packaging Engineer in Downers Grove, IL
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You are placed on cross functional teams with many different types of people. You are treated as an equal. You are supported and tracked by your manager to see progress on existing and future products. This helps with verification of projects. My fellow employees were very helpful and willing to answer any questions I had when I first started. The company provided many fun activities for the employees to attend and gave us a chance to interact with one another on a personal level.

    Cons

    A negative factor of working with such a large corporation is the ability to expedite projects. You must go through proper steps and stages to move through a project. If you did not have to conform to company policies I feel projects could be completed at a much faster pace.

    Advice to Management

    I enjoyed the support I received from my manager. I was asked where I was at in each project to ensure progress.


  2. "The best job yet."

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    Former Employee - RSR in Statesboro, GA
    Former Employee - RSR in Statesboro, GA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  3. "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
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Global company with great ideas

    Cons

    Spin off has caused some employee frustration


  4. Helpful (1)

    "As a long term employee I was well respected and appreciated; The current environment is unfortunately morbid."

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Downers Grove, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Downers Grove, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Since I was with the company many, many years, I had established a wonderful connection with my colleagues based on respect and appreciation of everybody's skills and abilities. Early on the company was AMAZING and provided many wonderful benefits to ensure their employees were happy and motivated.

    Cons

    In the last few years, the company and its senior leadership has been nothing more than greedy and self-serving. They are running the company into the ground, cutting benefits, bonus and salary for every employee except for the senior leadership team.

    Advice to Management

    Lower costs associated with payments made to the senior leadership team and share some of the savings with employees and shareholders. The Senior Leaders should resign, and sell the business to a reputable company that knows how to successfully run the business.


  5. "Fun and Exciting"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits, Exciting and fresh place to work. Wonderful people to work with. Everyday is a new challenge to keep you focused and motivated. I plan on staying here until I retire.

    Cons

    I have no problems with this company at all. I have been here over 10 years and I enjoy everything I do.

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  6. "Awesome company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Route Sales Representative in Wichita, KS
    Former Employee - Route Sales Representative in Wichita, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working with great leaders and co-workers, the fresh bakery products aroma, great benefits and compensation. paid vacation and corp. perks, incentives to push the bar higher.

    Cons

    not having a 2 day weekend, working in extreme weather


  7. "Great sense of family in a large corporation."

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    Former Employee - Clerk in La Crosse, WI
    Former Employee - Clerk in La Crosse, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great management, really listen if you have any concerns. Included a really nice 401K package. Worked amazingly around school schedule and other job.

    Cons

    Nothing major, as with most jobs a larger pay raise would've been appreciated yearly but understandable for my position.

    Advice to Management

    Sent out a lot of fax memos and kept it's employees up-to-date with current happenings in the corporation.

  8. "Good place to work and grow"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good place to work and grow

    Cons

    Good place to work and grow and learn

    Advice to Management

    Shouldn't have sold


  9. "good; lots of change"

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    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


  10. "Plant Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This was a great place to work. Leadership was on top of things. Teamwork was all around. You had a voice and people listened.

    Cons

    I don't have anything to say on this side. All around good place to work. I would work there my whole career.


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