Sonoco Products Reviews

Updated 5 March, 2015
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  1. Good job for young career

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sonoco Products

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity for me

    Cons

    Unstable work environment for me

  2. Sonoco Products is a good place to work. Sonoco Products is in a small town in South Carolina.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sonoco Products full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good family work balance. Small town atmosphere. Sonoco Products has a large involvement in community activities. Encourages people to volunteer.

    Cons

    Sonoco Products is in a small town. Not very progressive when it comes to technology. Operations are typically in smaller towns.

  3. Solid Company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sonoco Products

    Pros

    Industry leader, strong leadership, solid compensation.

    Cons

    Lots and lots of bureaucracy, obsessive focus on bottom line.

    Advice to Management

    Work across divisions and functional groups to share information more often

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    Sonoco Display & Packaging in shambles

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    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.

  6. Plant Manager

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    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

  7. 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 (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.

  8. New Division Woes

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    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!

  9. 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

  10. Good job, good pay, without college degree

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Chattanooga, TN (US)
    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Chattanooga, TN (US)

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

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

    Pros

    Really enjoyed the team aspect of working here. Good vacation and insurance. Very good pay for employees compared to other companies in the area.

    Cons

    Same thing every day. Everything based on efficiency, no room to think. Management always needing the "numbers" to improve. Nothing wrong with that, just not very fulfilling as an employee.

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees as more than just a number.

  11. Good

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Dallas, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Dallas, TX (US)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good training and leadership developement

    Cons

    The work hours are excessive 12-14 hour days in busy season

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