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Tootsie Roll Reviews

Updated June 8, 2017
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  1. "Best Company Near Midway Airport"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Tootsie Roll full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Amazing, dedicated people, quality company, driven to success. They treat people so very well and care about people as individuals. Family-oriented and a place that I could work for the rest of my life!

    Cons

    Not a lot of work-life balance opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Loosen up just a bit to allow for more flexibility


  2. "Keep looking especially if you want to get into a supply chain/Distribution position!"

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    Former Employee - Distribution Group in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Distribution Group in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Tootsie Roll full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    It's hard to think of some. If you have zero ambition and you are lazy this place is a big pro for you.

    Cons

    The distribution group works off the buddy system. The rules are not upheld and you are punished if you bring up the special treatment people get. Upper management protects those that do almost nothing while others that perform are taken advantage of. People qualified to move up will not if they are not in the popular group. Initiative is not rewarded! Taking on more work due to being efficient on the computer is not rewarded.The managers are the worst group of people to manage a distribution group.Harassment seems to be tolerated if your the popular one or have seniority. Sick days are held against you at review time. Some people are permitted to work a second job from there desk if they are in the popular group. Raises are a slap in the face!
    Everything at the company is a secret, you would think they are making bombs in the basement.

    Advice to Management

    Follow the rules perhaps! Maybe even give a new position or title change to those that earn it. Take the talent you have and use it .

  3. Helpful (2)

    "If you're under 50 years old, don't bother!"

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

    Pros

    Not many, unless free candy does it for you. If you're lazy and unmotivated this would be a great place for you.

    Cons

    Management is secretive, they don't trust the very people they hire. "Seat time" is their main concern. If you're not in your seat they WILL look for you. They manage by fear. The "lifers" don't have a clue that this company is so out of touch it's almost laughable. Don't you dare take a sick day, they give you 10 but if you take 1 it's written on your review as a negative. Your yearly bonus is not based on your work performance or company sales. It's based on what the 90 year old owner feels you deserve. There is NO work/life balance. They have not a clue what that means. Associates are not even allowed the internet on their computer. You can use one of 6 older than dirt shared computers for internet access. This area is located right in the middle of the office, so privacy is not allowed either.

    Advice to Management

    Retire the dinosaurs, get some new blood in there and start looking to make new trendy candy and actually hire a real marketing department. Basically, this company is as stale as the tootsie rolls being sold at the Dollar Stores!


  4. "Quality Technician"

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    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Technician in Evergreen Park, IL
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Technician in Evergreen Park, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Tootsie Roll full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great family company to work for ! Job is fairly easy. Great people to work with.

    Cons

    No stabitly. They have layoffs for the Union workers all throughout the year. Management could learn how to talk to there employees better. As well as how to treat them. Hard to move up within the company unless you have go to school and get a degree. You can no move up within Quality and they are not willing to teach new skills unless you have a degree even though most of the tests or measurements could be learned without a degree. Job can become boring, and often you find yourself with too much time in the day and your checks are done, so you try to kill time some way without getting in trouble. As well if you have all your checks done and you take a longer lunch to kill time, you will get in trouble. Don't even think about being late or leaving early as your boss will not be understanding and will threaten to fire you. Even though you have good attendance and have hardly missed. Don't work here.

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees better and talk to them better. Do not threaten them.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Intern in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Tootsie Roll part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There is free candy at all times! Many of the people who work at Tootsie Roll are friendly.

    Cons

    As an intern, I was expected to bring my own laptop to work. We were given as many hours as possible before it reached the point of having to give insurance benefits. The company, as a whole, is very backward, elderly, and blind to the real world. With CEOs in their 80s, it can feel like work attire and business mindset is in far in the past. I would not suggest this company for creative people who want their ideas heard.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to young talent and give them benefits and a computer to work on while in the office. The best way to retain talent is to make them feel appreciated and heard.


  6. "Machine operator/prodution"

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    Current Employee - Machine Operator and Quality Control in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Machine Operator and Quality Control in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Tootsie Roll (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good pay and paid weekly

    Cons

    unsuspected lay offs, strenuous, still gets laid off after 14 years need a job that's year round


  7. "Lab Tech"

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    Current Employee - Lab Technician in Evergreen Park, IL
    Current Employee - Lab Technician in Evergreen Park, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Tootsie Roll full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    It is slow paced. Enough work for 8 hours no extra. Good work family balance.Good benefits.

    Cons

    Little overtime,if your looking to make money.

    Advice to Management

    None.

  8. "interesting"

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    Former Employee - Machine Operator/Packer in Bedford Park, IL
    Former Employee - Machine Operator/Packer in Bedford Park, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Tootsie Roll full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    pay is good. most jobs you can sit to do which is a plus you get to learn a variety of departments.

    Cons

    fingers get cramps from a lot of packing but its to be expected.

    Advice to Management

    pay attention to what job each employee does from day to day the jobs are supposed to be rotated to cut down on same job overload but some people do the same hard jobs back to back when they shouldn't some favoritism.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "As Old as the Brand"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Tootsie Roll full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great for someone who is comfortable with a calculator because that's about all the technology that is allowed.

    Cons

    Keep your smart phone on vibrate. Best they don't know you have it, but it will be the only connection you will have to the internet.
    Suits and ties for men, skirts and hose for women.
    Face time strongly encouraged.

    Advice to Management

    Its family owned and run business. They are in their 80's and 90's and still working. Their children aren't interested in the company. If there is no leadership succession plan, you're in for a rocky road, don't know how long they'll be around.


  10. "Great working environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The working environment is very laid back and people are very easy to talk too. Everyone is friendly and managers are very constructive and only want to help their subordinates,

    Cons

    Work seems to get done very slow, may be waiting on something to get done for days before can perform your task. People are on vacation frequently and may be hard to reach.

    Advice to Management

    Stress necessity for meeting deadlines more. Seemed that deadlines were always getting pushed back or extended. Seemed more worried about the bottom line then the actual process.


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