Sonoco Products Reviews

Updated July 1, 2015
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Pros
  • Very good pay for employees compared to other companies in the area (in 7 reviews)

  • Great people and work enviroment (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Very disrespectful to upper management (in 3 reviews)

  • All directives came from Hartsville, SC (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Supervisor

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    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Andover, MA
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Andover, MA

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

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

    Pros

    offered lots of training
    promoted from within
    pay was good
    very safe plant

    Cons

    language barrier
    workers all made the same pay
    not too many cons really

    Advice to Management

    More floor presence
    Listen to the people


  2. Sr Quality Enginer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hartsville, SC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hartsville, SC

    I worked at Sonoco Products (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very safety focused company. It is firmly embedded into their culture. Good employees who want to work together.

    Cons

    Culture is dramatically changing and the atmosphere is unsettled. Increased health care costs are negatively impacting benefits.


  3. Production Lead

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sonoco Products full-time

    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great safety program, probably the best out there.

    Cons

    Not to great at recognizing what talent they have, and how the talent they don't utilize is so much better than the talent or "lack there of" that they do choose to use.

    Advice to Management

    Bring in the right people to your team.


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  5. A great place to work if you don

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edinburgh, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edinburgh, IN

    I have been working at Sonoco Products

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

    Pros

    Challenging work, great employees in hourly and salaried areas, excellent safety culture, great benefits, perks such as company paid meals, gift cards for safety/quality/productivity milestones.

    Cons

    Very little time for a home life, hourly or salaried. Open positions are not filled in a timely manner. Very little accountability from plant management on down. Union plant.

    Advice to Management

    Hold people accountable whether they are union or salaried employees. If they aren't doing the job they are being paid to do, find out how to motivate them for change or get someone who will do the job right.


  6. Plant Manager

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    Former Employee - Supervisor in Neenah, WI
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Neenah, WI

    I worked at Sonoco Products

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

    Pros

    Safety culture is top notch. As a company they invest in their people; they have created a great culture of developing leaders. Great community and teamwork among leaders in same business unit divisions.

    Cons

    Lack of ability to grow career outside of primary division you hire into.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing. It appears the company continues to grow and prosper. I enjoyed my time with the team.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Sonoco was a great place to work and manage an operation, employees were regarded as the most important resource.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Plant Manager in Iowa City, IA
    Former Employee - Plant Manager in Iowa City, IA

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

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

    Pros

    - talent management program is employee driven
    - committed to long-term success
    - invested in continuous improvement
    - strong, focused vision for the future

    Cons

    - Senior management is not visible in the remote operations
    - Centralized HR, Benefits and Accounting caused some headaches for local operations

    Advice to Management

    - Continue to manage toward growth, continuous improvement, and reinvestment in the organization
    - Every year I spent with this company was better than the year prior.


  8. Getting experience & getting paid

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Morristown, TN
    Former Employee - Intern in Morristown, TN

    I worked at Sonoco Products

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

    Pros

    Pay, food, experience, career advancement

    Cons

    smells & difficult new product lines.

    Extreme emphasis on safety

    Advice to Management

    Keep paying & feeding your employees well


  9. Intern

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Sonoco Products as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    - The great opportunity to see how big companies work
    - Nice salary

    Cons

    - The intern can not use benefit package


  10. Helpful (1)

    Good group of people, lots of regulations

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    Former Contractor - Factory Worker in Berthoud, CO
    Former Contractor - Factory Worker in Berthoud, CO

    I worked at Sonoco Products as a contractor (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    The factory where I worked was really good because all the workers were pretty cool.
    Great manager
    Good pay

    Cons

    Corporate rules and regulations
    Hot working conditions
    Temp position so no benefits

    Advice to Management

    If you find good temp workers then hire them. Good workers are hard to find and you will run off workers by not hiring them.


  11. Good Company

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Setup in Morristown, TN
    Current Employee - Setup in Morristown, TN

    I have been working at Sonoco Products

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

    Pros

    good company, excellent benefits GREAT

    Cons

    dirty job, solvent exposure nasty



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