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Updated May 8, 2017
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  1. "Horrible place to work, avoid if at all possible."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ada, OK
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ada, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Solo Cup full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Not many pros. Its convenient, and the pay is ok.

    Cons

    Horrible management. Expectations change daily. There is alot of favoritism, the rules only apply to some people, sometimes. There is limited room for advancement and thats only if you've made friends with the right people. Hours have been cut back since being bought out by Dart. No communication about the future or when things are going to pick back up. Maintenance is horribls, things are fixed just enough to make them run. No real preventative maintenance. When you are doing well there is no recognition, but if anything goes wrong there is hell to pay. In the summer it gets HOT!

    Advice to Management

    Be more open, know whats going on, and don't keep changing expectations.


  2. "Solo Cup"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Pricing Analyst in Lake Forest, IL
    Former Employee - Pricing Analyst in Lake Forest, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Solo Cup full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Got to interact with senior management on a daily basis. Had a great boss who was transparent in expectations and goals. Was able to interact with different departments on a daily basis.

    Cons

    Very negative environment. Went through a selling of the company while I still worked there. High turnover rate in an analyst role due to extremely low moral. Additionally this is located outside of the city which makes for a very long commute... and the job makes the commute not worth it.

    Advice to Management

    Be a positive influence, do not spread negativity


  3. "Excellent Company now Mediocre"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - White-Collar Professional in Lake Forest, IL
    Current Employee - White-Collar Professional in Lake Forest, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Credit and Dispute Resolution in Lincolnshire, IL
    Former Employee - Credit and Dispute Resolution in Lincolnshire, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Solo Cup full-time (More than a 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 Management

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


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

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Logistics in Highland Park, IL
    Former Employee - Logistics in Highland Park, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Solo Cup full-time (More than a 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 Management

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


  7. "Tough transition through economy and ownership dynamics"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Market Manager in Highland Park, IL
    Former Employee - Market Manager in Highland Park, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  8. "Leading by example"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  9. "long term job"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    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 Management

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


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

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ada, OK
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ada, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Forest, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Forest, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


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