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

Sonoco Products Reviews

Updated Apr 13, 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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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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I have been working at Sonoco Products as an intern for less than a year

ProsExcellent people. Directed training. Meaningful projects.

ConsLocation. Hartsville is a tough place to live as a young professional.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Manager (Current Employee)

I have been working at Sonoco Products full-time

ProsGood work/life balance. Competitive pay. Good career/succession planning for those fit desired profiles.

ConsCompany struggling to catch up with technology advances.

Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on growing various business sectors and invest in developing customer relationships.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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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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Old mentality - But very strong and solid company.

Corporate (Current Employee)
Hartsville, SC (US)

I have been working at Sonoco Products full-time for more than 5 years

ProsThe culture is based around people building business. You are both challenged and supported by your peers. Safety is always the number one concern.

ConsHartsville is a small town with very little to do outside of work. The mindset is also old. Technology does not have a Global footprint yet. The opportunities to work abroad are there but are hard to come by. Expat program should be strengthened.

Advice to Senior ManagementSonoco has given alot of money to help revitalize Hartsvillle, but the town also needs the physical support of upper management to participate in town, community & economic development sessions in order to make Hartsville a selling point for visiting customers andnew hires.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Rewarding opportunities

Production Supervisor (Former Employee)

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

ProsSonoco really gives you a great opportunity to be a better leader, they will provide you with a variety of training to set you up for success. Their compensation and benefits packages are very rewarding!

ConsBe prepared to put in some significant hours! Some of the safety policies and procedures are a little over the top. All of their plants are setup with the very minimal salaried staff, you will wear multiple hats.

Advice to Senior ManagementBe sure to recognize those individuals who are building your business.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Sonoco has a great history of rewarding employees and shareholders.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Hartsville, SC (US)

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

ProsThe company has a great team of professionals who continue to make the company a vibrant and financially rewarding place to work.

ConsCorporate headquarters is located in a small town which may limit social activities; it is a great place for families but more challenging for singles.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep providing dividends to shareholders.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Sonoco Products

ProsStructured yet flexible program to help develop college graduates into operations management type roles.

ConsTraining/exposure is time sensitive. May be in the program a short time with minimal exposure or in the program longer than expected.

Advice to Senior ManagementStart the day to day operations exposure earlier.

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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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