Sonoco Products

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Waynesville Factory is not set up to succeed

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Former Employee - Inspector/Packer in Waynesville, NC (US)
Former Employee - Inspector/Packer in Waynesville, NC (US)

I worked at Sonoco Products full-time (less than an year)

Pros

They have a microwave and refrigerator in the lunchroom.

Cons

OMG where do I start. Due to the environmental standards (HACCP) the protective equipment is extensive. Protective uniform (shirt) hard hat (bump cap) goggles/safety glasses, long, wool arm protectors (HOT!) , hair nets, beard nets, and gloves. One of the worst parts is they expect you to use a sweat-soaked bump cap that just came off someone else's head to start your shift! YUK! The people there have very little social skills. Most have been there for around ten years and are not helpful to new people. Been there for 7yrs and still only getting around $10.50/hr. And did I mention it was HOT! But that can't really be avoided as machines that are designed to melt plastic do create an incredible amount of heat.
             They cannot keep their machines running, with no apparent solutions, day after day. They are spending half their time either running a machine for nothing, or grinding half/most of the parts being produced. The mechanics make like $60,000/yr and you see 5 of them staring at a machine like 5 monkeys opening a banana. And the "good 'ol boy" system is alive and well in this part of the 'holler.
            It is supposed to be a non-smoking environment, but many people walking around that obviously just smoked at least one cig.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

There is very little support on the floor, most people are lazy as hell (the further you go up, the worse it gets, except for MOST of the shift supervisors). Anybody that is not physically running a machine (packers) are walking around with their head up their butt.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook

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    Sonoco

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    Every 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 ManagementAdvice

    The 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Wrong Culture, but Great Experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing in Hartsville, SC (US)
    Former Employee - Marketing in Hartsville, SC (US)

    I worked at Sonoco Products

    Pros

    Senior Leadership excellent. Great community. Company has fantastic potential and will continue to be successful.

    Cons

    Understaffed. Does not welcome "outsiders" into their "culture." It is great if born and raised in Hartsville or if parents/family members have worked for the company. Also, HR department, benefits, etc. VERY antiquated. Senior management strong, but lots of turf fighting among middle managers - which leads to bad decision making.

    Approves of CEO
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