Sonoco Products
3.2 of 5 50 reviews
www.sonoco.com Hartsville, SC 5000+ Employees

Sonoco Products Reviews

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

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3.2 50 reviews

                             

80% Approve of the CEO

Sonoco Products Chairman, President, and CEO Harris E. DeLoach Jr.

Harris E. DeLoach Jr.

(30 ratings)

62% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Good job, good pay, without college degree

Machine Operator (Former Employee)
Chattanooga, TN (US)

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

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

ConsSame 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 Senior ManagementTreat employees as more than just a number.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Good

Production Supervisor (Former Employee)
Dallas, TX (US)

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

ProsGood training and leadership developement

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

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Good job for young career

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Sonoco Products

ProsLots of opportunity for me

ConsUnstable work environment for me

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Rewarding opportunities

Production Supervisor (Former Employee)

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

ProsSonoco 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!

ConsBe 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 Senior ManagementBe sure to recognize those individuals who are building your business.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Management Trainee Program

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Sonoco Products

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

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

Advice to Senior ManagementStart the day to day operations exposure earlier.

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

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

ProsSalary/benefits package was above average.

ConsMany 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 Senior ManagementSales 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!

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Overall a good company

Quality Engineer (Former Employee)
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.

ConsCompany 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 Senior ManagementListen to employees.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good Company wtih small town cliques

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Hartsville, SC (US)

I have been working at Sonoco Products full-time for more than a year

ProsStable company with good compensation

ConsSmall town cliques within employee base

Advice to Senior ManagementEncourage established employees to involve newcomers

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Sonoco

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Sonoco Products full-time for more than 10 years

ProsThe job itself is often challenging, interesting, and it does pay the bills. The commute is short. In my position I do enjoy a certain degree of autonomy.

ConsEvery year since being acquired by Sonoco compensation has decreased. Raises were skipped, 401k matching suspended and eventually partially restored in 2009 due to "difficult" times while the CEO's compensation increased by 45% to nearly 9 million dollars. Opportunities for advancement do not seem to exist. The safety program is out of control to the point of being smothering.

Advice to Senior ManagementThe current policies are a recipe for mediocrity. Provide a clear vision, opportunities, and incentives for employees. It seems that management is rewarded when we do well and receive incentives.. It would be good to give employees incentive as well. Provide clear avenues for advamcement.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Promising

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Sonoco Products

ProsPeople, benefits and overall work environment is promising. overall job is enjoyable and easily manageable to fit into life. Pay is good.

ConsPersonal growth is challenging due to blue collar entrenchment of many leaders -- this needs to be corrected. Holiday pay for those working alternate schedules is non-existent -- getting a holiday off means you make it up another day.

Advice to Senior Managementlook at long-term growth of all staff, better balance blue collar/white collar environments. No tolerance for harassment of any sort.

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