Sonoco Products
3.2 of 5 50 reviews
www.sonoco.com Hartsville, SC 5000+ Employees

Sonoco Products Reviews

Updated Feb 02, 2014
Sonoco Products – Hartsville – “Sonoco Statue - People Build Businesses”

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3.2 50 reviews

                             

80% Approve of the CEO

Sonoco Products Chairman, President, and CEO Harris E. DeLoach Jr.

Harris E. DeLoach Jr.

(30 ratings)

62% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Sonoco Products

ProsFlexible place to work as the Operation Manager is not on site all the time and when they are Corporate has them in so many calls and meeting they truly can not focus on managing their staff or plant. Any member of our staff can fly below the radar and get by doing very little with no true accountability for it. If someone is looking for a place to slide by, then they should look into working at the Portland facility.

ConsMinimal pay for the hours that you put in as a staff. Benefits are middle of the road at best. Leadership at the plant levels, in Portland anyway, are a joke at best. Favoritism, Sexism, Racism are then norm. Old school they say, you bet! One day our team is going one way, the next, in another direction. Just seems like little to no business plan as long as we hit the numbers. Oh and safety it is important but when incidents do occur be ready for pressure to be applied to cover it up or make sure it wasn't work related.

Advice to Senior ManagementMore like advice to Corporate here: get some help into the Portland facility to dig into what is truly going on there. Talk to former employes at both the hourly and salary levels. Do a deep dive as it is not going to be an easy task finding out what is going on and people that will talk. Still willing to give Sonoco a chance, however way too much of the former companies mentality at this facility.

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Total lack of recognition of dedication & effort. Distrust is rampant at all levels. Company lacks direction.

Production Management (Former Employee)

I worked at Sonoco Products full-time

ProsDecent pay & benefits, generally safety minded, some good people, plenty of opportunity to get involved

ConsHigh burnout rate, little support for middle management, expect senior leadership to undermine you & deflect blame your direction, low margin business model, punishes bad news & rewards office-politicers

Advice to Senior ManagementSupport the leadership in the plants that are struggling to make this happen with bare bones staffing & financing, tough work conditions & maximium hours. Reevaluate some of the low margin business segments you are in & cut them loose.

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

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By far the worst place I have ever worked

Production Supervisor (Former Employee)

I worked at Sonoco Products full-time

ProsDemanding job, chance to showcase skills
Constantly moving, never bored

ConsMicro-management to the extreme
Weak mid level management

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

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Still doing business in the dark ages.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

ProsVery good pay structure.
Excellent focus on safety.

ConsDoes not embrace technology.
Poor capital reinvestment.
They run every business as if it is a paper plant.
Most politically driven good ole' boy network I've ever been around.

Advice to Senior ManagementThere are some fundamentally bad decisions made at a very high level.
Cronyism is rampant in this company.

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

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Good place to start a career

Process Engineer (Former Employee)

I worked at Sonoco Products full-time

ProsSonoco paper mills are small operations that allow you to get to know the entire process. Great experience for an engineer just starting out. They also invest in training for their employees.

ConsThe Sonoco organization, at both a mill and corporate level, appears to be very dysfunctional. In my experience, most of the management was very two-faced and creating a negative atmosphere. Also, their benefits and salary compensation are below par in comparison to other paper mills.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great pay for the work that you do

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Sonoco Products full-time

ProsThe money is very good.

ConsMost of the factory is not air conditioned and they really don't care how hot you get in there.

Advice to Senior ManagementYou need to pay more attention to the employees that you have that do a good job for the company and you are totally clueless when it comes to your supervisors and their lack of abilities to lead people.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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You can do well - for a while.

Plant Manager (Current Employee)

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

ProsGood opportunity early in your career - gives you the opportunity to build your resume which you will need when you finally realize there is a better world outside.

ConsCulture is bizarre at times - senior management says the right things- then behave exactly the opposite of what they say. God help you if you are a manager of an operation and someone gets hurt - it's as if you held the employees hand and told him to injure himself... The witch hunts are frustrating and I've seen several very good managers fired over the years for purely political reasons - people who were excellent at their jobs, but HR people didn't like them because they voiced their opinions too openly.

Advice to Senior ManagementRealize that you phage good people working hard in your operations at all levels - and have more respect for them and what they contribute. If you want to know about a particular plant, spend more than 5 hours a year there -

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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High Burnout

Production (Current Employee)
Cincinnati, OH (US)

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

ProsBenefits good, high quality employees, people that care about doing a good job. Corporate culture is positive and some very good production environments exist in other geographic areas so it can be done.

Consexpect to give up either sleep or a family life. Unreasonable hours due to poor workforce mgmt - exempt lower level work excessive hours week after week without appreciation, compensation, or comp time. Time off is taken away with no notice or care People are so burnt out that it is impacting plant safety. Harassment is swept under the rug. Management refuses to address the issues because they themselves aren't impacted.

Advice to Senior ManagementRecognize that people won't continue to give without getting something in return. Excessive hours lead to safety violations and turnover. Harassment should never be tolerated.. Audit plants to make sure they are following company culture of making Sunoco a good place to work and advance. Make it a company policy people are treated well.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Losing it

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

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

ProsTypically top player in their market

ConsCan not compete in a competitive market

Advice to Senior ManagementYou are cutting cost at the expense of not providing service to customer

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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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