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Sonoco Products Reviews

Updated 16 April 2015
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  1. Great company with few negatives

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (more than 10 years)

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

    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.

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    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 Management

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

  3. Good place to work and lots of opportunities to grow.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    Great people and work enviroment.

    Cons

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

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  5. New Division Woes

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Plant Human Resources
    Former Employee - Plant Human Resources

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good infrastructure, but they have the money to do it.

    Cons

    Branching out into new divisions where they don't have enough knowledge

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the employees!

  6. 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 Management

    Change negative perception

  7. Helpful (1)

    I love working here!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (more than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Strong culture of collaboration. Everyone is friendly. Offers challenging opportunties if you are willing to put in the effort. I've been full time for more than 26 years. We have lots of long tenured employees.

    Cons

    There are no perfect companies but I cant think of anything significant.

    Advice to Management

    Dont loose touch with our culture as we grow.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Great company.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sonoco Products part-time (less than a year)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people and good pay.

    Cons

    I can't say I found any cons working here

    Advice to Management

    None

  9. Great experience for me. Have to be willing to go, do, learn, risk.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    In operations, you have great opportunities to learn multiple facets of management and technology. Wear many hats. Have to focus, prioritize. Learn to juggle.

    Cons

    Same as the pros if the challenge is not to your liking.

    Advice to Management

    Not enough appreciation for the field. Co is at risk of freezing up decision making at the lowest level because of too constant micro managing.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Very Employee centric company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sonoco Products full-time

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I have been working with Sonoco for sometime now. This is a very employee oriented company. They take of their employees well. Benefits are good and over all a good company to work for.

    Cons

    Sometimes work atmosphere can get very negative

  11. Awful. Simply awful. The kicker is it doesn't have to be this way.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technician in Canton, OH (US)
    Current Employee - Technician in Canton, OH (US)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay is above average. Great if you enjoy a lot of overtime hours. Safety is important to the company.

    Cons

    In a single word. Management. I have a very hard time believing and trusting just about anything I hear from upper management down to plant level management. Loads of overtime and bosses who seem to enjoy issuing write ups and punishment for minor infractions and some cases no infraction at all other than filling a quota. I regret every day of my life i spend in this place. Yes I know then find a new job. I'm working on it...

    Advice to Management

    Reduce overtime. You're killing us. If safety is so important why am I and my do workers working 7 days a week with 12s peppered in? Hire competent managers and supervisors. Have some sort of system for raises. More transparency. Everything is a big secret that "came from corporate".

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