Sonoco Products Reviews

Updated 17 July 2014
Updated 17 July 2014
64 Reviews

3.1
64 Reviews
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M. Jack Sanders
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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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  1.  

    Part of a major acquisition by Sonoco and integration into Sonoco Culture was challenging

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sonoco Products full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great Benefits - medical, dental, vision, 401(k), pension, FSA and Health Incentive Account.
    Very concerned about all aspects of employee and plant operations safety.

    Cons

    Work was not challenging - Did not allow employees to make any decisions.
    All directives came from Hartsville, SC. Very fond of using 3rd Party Vendors for everything and were not interested in hearing anything negative about these vendors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ask your employees for their suggestions and listen to their answers and insights.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Not THAT bad

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sonoco Products

    Pros

    Great people on production floor, management team works together

    Cons

    High pressure to get things done

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change negative perception

  3.  

    New Division Woes

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    Former Employee - Plant Human Resources
    Former Employee - Plant Human Resources

    I worked at Sonoco Products full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good infrastructure, but they have the money to do it.

    Cons

    Branching out into new divisions where they don't have enough knowledge

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the employees!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    Good job, good pay, without college degree

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Machine Operator  in  Chattanooga, TN (US)
    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Chattanooga, TN (US)

    I worked at Sonoco Products full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Really enjoyed the team aspect of working here. Good vacation and insurance. Very good pay for employees compared to other companies in the area.

    Cons

    Same thing every day. Everything based on efficiency, no room to think. Management always needing the "numbers" to improve. Nothing wrong with that, just not very fulfilling as an employee.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees as more than just a number.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor  in  Dallas, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Dallas, TX (US)

    I worked at Sonoco Products full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good training and leadership developement

    Cons

    The work hours are excessive 12-14 hour days in busy season

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good job for young career

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sonoco Products

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity for me

    Cons

    Unstable work environment for me

  8.  

    Rewarding opportunities

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor

    I worked at Sonoco Products full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Sonoco really gives you a great opportunity to be a better leader, they will provide you with a variety of training to set you up for success. Their compensation and benefits packages are very rewarding!

    Cons

    Be prepared to put in some significant hours! Some of the safety policies and procedures are a little over the top. All of their plants are setup with the very minimal salaried staff, you will wear multiple hats.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be sure to recognize those individuals who are building your business.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Management Trainee Program

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sonoco Products

    Pros

    Structured yet flexible program to help develop college graduates into operations management type roles.

    Cons

    Training/exposure is time sensitive. May be in the program a short time with minimal exposure or in the program longer than expected.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start the day to day operations exposure earlier.

  10.  

    Not a critique of the entire company; worked for Sonoco on-site at another company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sonoco Products full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Salary/benefits package was above average.

    Cons

    Many companies have a salesperson "managing" employees. I have never understood this - being good at sales usually does not go well with being able to manage others. Only about 5% of any sales people I've dealt with have been decent managers. Plus, in this particular situation, the salesman was one of the poorest sales people I've worked had the misfortune of working "with" - poor understanding of the business and company we were associated with, worked off-site so usually MIA, condescending, untruthful (and bad at keeping track of his lies), etc. The other employees on-site were always worried about losing their jobs, and completely self-serving. Collaboration is a big buzz word - that's all it was there. Lots of lying and back-biting, in addition to purposeful non-sharing of information. No one wanted to work as a cohesive group.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sales people are horrible general managers. If you have employees that are not on-site, have the managers check in with employees. It is not the employee's responsibility to initiate all contact. I was once told that if my manager hadn't heard from me, the assumption was "no news is good news." Sounds like a manager who's on top of things!

    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Overall a good company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer  in  Hartsville, SC (US)
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in Hartsville, SC (US)

    I worked at Sonoco Products full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    "Small town" feel as you have opportunities to get to know peers across company. Current senior leadership has an interest in the well being of employees. Opportunity to quickly get responsibilities and grow.

    Cons

    Company has a history of downsizing and layoffs. The soon-to-be CEO (when current one retires) is only bottom line focused with not much regard for employees. Quality in some divisions is ignored with plant managers cutting corners. Matrix structure can be very frustrating when trying to satisfy 2 managers with competing objectives. Not a lot of opportunity to advance as company had all but stopped allowing transfers to other locations. Ok opportunities for hourly/craft personnel.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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