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Sonoco Products Reviews

Updated 16 April 2015
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  1. Overall great and safe company

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Quality Manager
    Former Employee - Quality Manager

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    flexible hours, respect for employees.

    Cons

    long distance commute, benefits package good be better

  2. Program Manager

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Manager
    Former Employee - Program Manager

    I worked at Sonoco Products full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Sonoco is a solid company with a conservative leadership. They are very calculated in all that they do and are relatively risk adverse.

    Cons

    As a result of a being a large company whose been around the block for over 100 years they are slow to change with the current trends. There are a considerable amount of "lifers" that do not look beyond what they have always done.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Could be better

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Maintenance Technician
    Current Employee - Maintenance Technician

    I have been working at Sonoco Products full-time

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

    Pros

    Other hourly employees are great to work with. Pay is ok but only because of overtime. Very little weekend work.

    Cons

    Supervisors need to be "leaders" instead of "bosses", spend less time on petty write ups and more time being part of a team.
    Techs expected to take after hours calls to troubleshoot faults over the phone (without pay) but will be disciplined and docked pay for being thirty seconds late in the morning. Techs are expected to be "experts" in multiple crafts but pay level doesn't reflect this.
    Company claims to be "family friendly" but expects overtime with little or no notice. Time off for medical reasons or family emergencies is frowned upon.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the "occurrence system of points. The few bad employees play the system and good employees get tired of being treated like naughty school children.
    Stop giving plant managers a month's notice of impending corporate visits, giving them time to whitewash the place. Drop in unannounced and find out what's really happening at plant level.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    :D

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    Former Employee - Palletizer Operator in Orlando, FL (US)
    Former Employee - Palletizer Operator in Orlando, FL (US)

    I worked at Sonoco Products full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Money. Medical, dental, vision, life Insurance. 401k. Opportunity to advance. Yep.

    Cons

    Working many weekends, you can be forced to work overtime 12 hrs a day, 7 days a week if need-be. Working with some people who just don't give a turd and do the bare minimum. Growing distant from your family, growing old making money without enjoying life. Financial compensation isn't worth that, to me at least.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the hipocracy, ya'll.

  6. Fantastic Job

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative
    Current Employee - Administrative

    I have been working at Sonoco Products full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great People to work with

    Cons

    Cant think of any cons

  7. Helpful (1)

    Sonoco Display & Packaging in shambles

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

    I worked at Sonoco Products full-time

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

    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 Management

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

  8. Plant Manager

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

    I worked at Sonoco Products

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good pay, good management. Good opportunities for advancement.

    Cons

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

  9. Good Company!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Route Driver in Fayetteville, NC (US)
    Former Employee - Route Driver in Fayetteville, NC (US)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  10. Brown Nose Heaven

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (more than a year)

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

    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 Management

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

  11. 80 + hours a week with unrealistic expectations. Drove me to the breaking point.

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

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

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

    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 Management

    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.

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