Sonoco Products
3.2 of 5 50 reviews Hartsville, SC 5000+ Employees

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Waynesville Factory is not set up to succeed

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

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

ProsThey have a microwave and refrigerator in the lunchroom.

ConsOMG 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 Senior ManagementThere 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.

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

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

Pros: The job itself is often challenging, interesting, and it does pay the bills. The… Cons: Every year since being acquired by Sonoco compensation has decreased. Raises were skipped, 401k matching suspended and eventually partially restored in 2009 due… Advice to Senior Management: The current policies are a recipe for mediocrity. Provide a clear vision, opportunities, and incentives for employees. It seems that management is rewarded… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More

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Wrong Culture, but Great Experience

Marketing (Former Employee)
Hartsville, SC (US)

I worked at Sonoco Products

Pros: Senior Leadership excellent. Great community. Company has fantastic potential and… 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… More

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