Sonoco Products Reviews

Updated 16 September 2014
Updated 16 September 2014
66 Reviews
3.0
66 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Very good pay for employees compared to other companies in the area (in 8 reviews)

  • Great management, employees are empowered, very open atmosphere, fantastic people, very competitive pay (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Small town cliques within employee base (in 5 reviews)

  • Very disrespectful to upper management (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Sonoco Display & Packaging in shambles

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sonoco Products full-time

    Pros

    Stable company over all, Time-off, Good coworkers

    Cons

    Leadership in Sonoco Display & Packaging is myopic. Cutting pay for dedicated salespeople who toil to get and maintain accounts. Freezing designer pay and outsourcing IT lowering morale and inhibiting effectiveness of staff. 100% turnover in sales leadership and 80% churn in over all sales due to cuts in pay and politics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You cannot right a ship by throwing your experienced crew overboard.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Plant Manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sonoco Products

    Pros

    good pay, good management. Good opportunities for advancement.

    Cons

    Did not have enough budget to keep the plant up to spec

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to work!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mechanic  in  Arlington, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Mechanic in Arlington, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    Sonoco, tube division, steady work ,long hours, good pay, plenty opportunities for growth in production. Very stringent safety program. Expect 56 to 70 hours a week, most Saturdays. This company has many locations and the people are very different plant to plant.

    Cons

    Extremely stringent safety program to the point of 2 mistakes and you are fired. After the first mistake you have the possibility of being terminated hanging over your head forever.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop worrying about the little things, concentrate on what is most important. Analyze problems at the source, don't have knee-jerk reaction just to what a gossiper tells you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good Company!

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    Former Employee - Route Driver  in  Fayetteville, NC (US)
    Former Employee - Route Driver in Fayetteville, NC (US)

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

    Pros

    Good pay, and benefits! Overall company has solid foundation. Strong growth.

    Cons

    Chattery ladies who like to gossip, and no chain of command.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Support leaders or support those who are in charge and know how to run the plant.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great company with few negatives

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 10 years

    Pros

    Sonoco offers many positives which include opportunities for advancement, access to senior management, and good pay for the area. If you are a strong performer and have decent soft skills you will be recognized and rewarded. Training and development programs are very good, and corporate employees have access to many opportunities for personal development.

    Cons

    Benefits are not great, with big cuts to many of the perks (e.g. 401K match & tuition reimbursement) in recent years. Health insurance deductibles and out of pocket max are very high compared to others in the industry.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    80 + hours a week with unrealistic expectations. Drove me to the breaking point.

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    Former Employee - Quality Manager  in  Franklin, OH (US)
    Former Employee - Quality Manager in Franklin, OH (US)

    I worked at Sonoco Products full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The hourly workforce was great and supportive when working on projects and investigations.

    Cons

    "manager" didn't understand my role with the organization. Publically threw me under the bus multiple times. Expected to miss children's events with zero notice. Never trusted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit trying to force people to relocate to take a different position. Some people are happy with their location and family life. Work to live, not live to work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Brown Nose Heaven

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    Current Employee - Truck Driver  in  Jackson, TN (US)
    Current Employee - Truck Driver in Jackson, TN (US)

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

    Pros

    Pay hours thats it it it it it it it it it it it it it it it it it it

    Cons

    Management hands down buddy system is in affect here production employee's are losing they're voice cant really speak on things and insuranxe

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be fair lose buddy system look out more for people that make your products and stop treating them like children

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Part of a major acquisition by Sonoco and integration into Sonoco Culture was challenging

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sonoco Products full-time for more than 3 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Ask your employees for their suggestions and listen to their answers and insights.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good place to work and lots of opportunities to grow.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great people and work enviroment.

    Cons

    Working swing shift is hard to do, but everyone does it weekly.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Not THAT bad

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sonoco Products

    Pros

    Great people on production floor, management team works together

    Cons

    High pressure to get things done

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change negative perception

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