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Sonoco Products Reviews

Updated Jul 30, 2014
Sonoco Products – Hartsville – “Sonoco Statue - People Build Businesses”

Sonoco Products – Hartsville – “Sonoco Statue - People Build Businesses”
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3.3 62 reviews

100% Approve of the CEO

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M. Jack Sanders

(2 ratings)

64% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Sonoco offers many positives which include opportunities for advancement, access to senior management, and good pay for the area (in 6 reviews)

  • Great management, employees are empowered, very open atmosphere, fantastic people, very competitive pay (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Small town cliques within employee base (in 5 reviews)

  • Very disrespectful to upper management (in 3 reviews)

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    Brown Nose Heaven

    Truck Driver (Current Employee) Jackson, TN (US)

    ProsPay hours thats it it it it it it it it it it it it it it it it it it

    ConsManagement hands down buddy system is in affect here production employee's are losing they're voice cant really speak on things and insuranxe

    Advice to Senior Managementbe fair lose buddy system look out more for people that make your products and stop treating them like children

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsFlexible place to work as the Operation Manager is not on site all the time and when they are Corporate has them in so many calls and meeting they truly can not focus on managing their staff or plant. Any member of our staff can fly below the radar and get by doing very little with no true accountability for it. If someone is looking for a place to slide by, then they should look into working at the Portland facility.

    ConsMinimal pay for the hours that you put in as a staff. Benefits are middle of the road at best. Leadership at the plant levels, in Portland anyway, are a joke at best. Favoritism, Sexism, Racism are then norm. Old school they say, you bet! One day our team is going one way, the next, in another direction. Just seems like little to no business plan as long as we hit the numbers. Oh and safety it is important but when incidents do occur be ready for pressure to be applied to cover it up or make sure it wasn't work related.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore like advice to Corporate here: get some help into the Portland facility to dig into what is truly going on there. Talk to former employes at both the hourly and salary levels. Do a deep dive as it is not going to be an easy task finding out what is going on and people that will talk. Still willing to give Sonoco a chance, however way too much of the former companies mentality at this facility.

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    Total lack of recognition of dedication & effort. Distrust is rampant at all levels. Company lacks direction.

    Production Management (Former Employee)

    ProsDecent pay & benefits, generally safety minded, some good people, plenty of opportunity to get involved

    ConsHigh burnout rate, little support for middle management, expect senior leadership to undermine you & deflect blame your direction, low margin business model, punishes bad news & rewards office-politicers

    Advice to Senior ManagementSupport the leadership in the plants that are struggling to make this happen with bare bones staffing & financing, tough work conditions & maximium hours. Reevaluate some of the low margin business segments you are in & cut them loose.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    By far the worst place I have ever worked

    Production Supervisor (Former Employee)

    ProsDemanding job, chance to showcase skills
    Constantly moving, never bored

    ConsMicro-management to the extreme
    Weak mid level management

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Still doing business in the dark ages.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsVery good pay structure.
    Excellent focus on safety.

    ConsDoes not embrace technology.
    Poor capital reinvestment.
    They run every business as if it is a paper plant.
    Most politically driven good ole' boy network I've ever been around.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThere are some fundamentally bad decisions made at a very high level.
    Cronyism is rampant in this company.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good place to start a career

    Process Engineer (Former Employee)

    ProsSonoco paper mills are small operations that allow you to get to know the entire process. Great experience for an engineer just starting out. They also invest in training for their employees.

    ConsThe Sonoco organization, at both a mill and corporate level, appears to be very dysfunctional. In my experience, most of the management was very two-faced and creating a negative atmosphere. Also, their benefits and salary compensation are below par in comparison to other paper mills.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great pay for the work that you do

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe money is very good.

    ConsMost of the factory is not air conditioned and they really don't care how hot you get in there.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou need to pay more attention to the employees that you have that do a good job for the company and you are totally clueless when it comes to your supervisors and their lack of abilities to lead people.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    You can do well - for a while.

    Plant Manager (Current Employee)

    ProsGood opportunity early in your career - gives you the opportunity to build your resume which you will need when you finally realize there is a better world outside.

    ConsCulture is bizarre at times - senior management says the right things- then behave exactly the opposite of what they say. God help you if you are a manager of an operation and someone gets hurt - it's as if you held the employees hand and told him to injure himself... The witch hunts are frustrating and I've seen several very good managers fired over the years for purely political reasons - people who were excellent at their jobs, but HR people didn't like them because they voiced their opinions too openly.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRealize that you phage good people working hard in your operations at all levels - and have more respect for them and what they contribute. If you want to know about a particular plant, spend more than 5 hours a year there -

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    High Burnout

    Production (Current Employee) Cincinnati, OH (US)

    ProsBenefits good, high quality employees, people that care about doing a good job. Corporate culture is positive and some very good production environments exist in other geographic areas so it can be done.

    Consexpect to give up either sleep or a family life. Unreasonable hours due to poor workforce mgmt - exempt lower level work excessive hours week after week without appreciation, compensation, or comp time. Time off is taken away with no notice or care People are so burnt out that it is impacting plant safety. Harassment is swept under the rug. Management refuses to address the issues because they themselves aren't impacted.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRecognize that people won't continue to give without getting something in return. Excessive hours lead to safety violations and turnover. Harassment should never be tolerated.. Audit plants to make sure they are following company culture of making Sunoco a good place to work and advance. Make it a company policy people are treated well.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

     

    Losing it

    Technical Manager (Former Employee) Hartsville, SC (US)

    ProsTypically top player in their market

    ConsCan not compete in a competitive market

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou are cutting cost at the expense of not providing service to customer

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