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Sonoco Products Reviews

Updated Jul 17, 2014
Sonoco Products – Hartsville – “Sonoco Statue - People Build Businesses”

All Employees Current Employees Only

3.3 61 reviews

100% Approve of the CEO

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M. Jack Sanders

(2 ratings)

65% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Sonoco offers many positives which include opportunities for advancement, access to senior management, and good pay for the area(in 5 reviews)

  • Great management, employees are empowered, very open atmosphere, fantastic people, very competitive pay(in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Small town cliques within employee base(in 5 reviews)

  • Very disrespectful to upper management(in 3 reviews)

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

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat Benefits - medical, dental, vision, 401(k), pension, FSA and Health Incentive Account.
    Very concerned about all aspects of employee and plant operations safety.

    ConsWork 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 Senior ManagementAsk your employees for their suggestions and listen to their answers and insights.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    New Division Woes

    Plant Human Resources (Former Employee)

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to the employees!

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

     

    Not THAT bad

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat people on production floor, management team works together

    ConsHigh pressure to get things done

    Advice to Senior ManagementChange negative perception

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    Good job, good pay, without college degree

    Machine Operator (Former Employee) Chattanooga, TN

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

    ConsSame 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 Senior ManagementTreat employees as more than just a number.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good

    Production Supervisor (Former Employee) Dallas, TX

    ProsGood training and leadership developement

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

     

    Good job for young career

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsLots of opportunity for me

    ConsUnstable work environment for me

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    Rewarding opportunities

    Production Supervisor (Former Employee)

    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

     

    Management Trainee Program

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    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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    Not a critique of the entire company; worked for Sonoco on-site at another company

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsSalary/benefits package was above average.

    ConsMany companies have a salesperson "managing" employees. I have never understood this - being good at sales usually does not go well with being able to manage others. Only about 5% of any sales people I've dealt with have been decent managers. Plus, in this particular situation, the salesman was one of the poorest sales people I've worked had the misfortune of working "with" - poor understanding of the business and company we were associated with, worked off-site so usually MIA, condescending, untruthful (and bad at keeping track of his lies), etc. The other employees on-site were always worried about losing their jobs, and completely self-serving. Collaboration is a big buzz word - that's all it was there. Lots of lying and back-biting, in addition to purposeful non-sharing of information. No one wanted to work as a cohesive group.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSales people are horrible general managers. If you have employees that are not on-site, have the managers check in with employees. It is not the employee's responsibility to initiate all contact. I was once told that if my manager hadn't heard from me, the assumption was "no news is good news." Sounds like a manager who's on top of things!

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    Overall a good company

    Quality Engineer (Former Employee) Hartsville, SC

    Pros"Small town" feel as you have opportunities to get to know peers across company. Current senior leadership has an interest in the well being of employees. Opportunity to quickly get responsibilities and grow.

    ConsCompany has a history of downsizing and layoffs. The soon-to-be CEO (when current one retires) is only bottom line focused with not much regard for employees. Quality in some divisions is ignored with plant managers cutting corners. Matrix structure can be very frustrating when trying to satisfy 2 managers with competing objectives. Not a lot of opportunity to advance as company had all but stopped allowing transfers to other locations. Ok opportunities for hourly/craft personnel.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to employees.

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

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