Sonoco Products Reviews
100% of the CEO
M. Jack Sanders
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)
Small town cliques within employee base (in 5 reviews)
Very disrespectful to upper management (in 3 reviews)
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 Senior Management – Ask your employees for their suggestions and listen to their answers and insights.
Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend
Pros – Great people on production floor, management team works together
Cons – High pressure to get things done
Advice to Senior Management – Change negative perception
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 Senior Management – Listen to the employees!
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company
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 Senior Management – Treat employees as more than just a number.
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend
Pros – Good training and leadership developement
Cons – The work hours are excessive 12-14 hour days in busy season
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend
Pros – Lots of opportunity for me
Cons – Unstable work environment for me
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 Senior Management – Be 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
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 Senior Management – Start the day to day operations exposure earlier.
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 Senior Management – 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!
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 Senior Management – Listen to employees.
Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company