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Losing it

Former Employee - Technical Manager  in  Hartsville, SC (US)
Former Employee - Technical Manager in Hartsville, SC (US)

I worked at Sonoco Products full-time for more than 10 years

Pros

Typically top player in their market

Cons

Can not compete in a competitive market

Advice to ManagementAdvice

You are cutting cost at the expense of not providing service to customer

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    Good Company wtih small town cliques

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

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

    Pros

    Stable company with good compensation

    Cons

    Small town cliques within employee base

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage established employees to involve newcomers

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Waynesville Factory is not set up to succeed

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Inspector/Packer  in  Waynesville, NC (US)
    Former Employee - Inspector/Packer in Waynesville, NC (US)

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