Sonoco Products Reviews

Updated August 28, 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. Formal

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    Former Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer in Hartsville, SC
    Former Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer in Hartsville, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Sonoco Products (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Intelligent people. Diversifed. Can advance if willing to move around the country.

    Cons

    Very formal. Class system evident.

    Advice to Management

    Try substance vs style. Less formality. Show appreciation to all levels.


  2. Meh its okay

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    Former Employee - Press Make Ready in Waco, TX
    Former Employee - Press Make Ready in Waco, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Its stable enough to pay the bills and buy groceries.

    Cons

    Low pay rate unless you work loads of overtime. All increases will go straight to the top.

    Advice to Management

    Spread the wealth.


  3. "Pretty Good company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Very family oriented place to work

    Cons

    Lots of red tape with mangment


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    Sonoco Review

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    There are a lot of good people working at Sonoco. The company pays competitively. There are a lot of locations if you are interested in relocation.

    Cons

    There are few opportunities for training and no development of bench-strength. New people are brought in only to replace vacancies.

    Advice to Management

    Quit worrying about making the dividend payment so high and start investing in new capital for your manufacturing.


  6. Sonoco products, Baker wood reels division

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    Former Employee - Section Leader/Supervisor in Hartselle, AL
    Former Employee - Section Leader/Supervisor in Hartselle, AL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Well first of all, the people are for the most part wonderful, they kid with you a lot, my fellow supervisors are some of the best people in the world, the train and get you cross trained as soon as possible.

    Cons

    The cons are, that is a very high stress job for us supervisors and section leaders. They brought in these guys fresh out of college to basically shake up every thing we have been for the past 50 years.

    Advice to Management

    Take back control of your plant.


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    Data Specialists

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sonoco Products full-time

    Pros

    The company is undergoing a large ERP implementation project that spans the entire globe, which gives you a chance to learn and develop a lot of new data management techniques.

    Cons

    There's a lot of bureaucracy and the pay is not competitive. The pace of decision making can also be painfully slow.


  8. long time employee

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    Current Employee - Long Time Employee in Hartsville, SC
    Current Employee - Long Time Employee in Hartsville, SC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Sonoco Products full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Stable company that has been around a long time. Lots of great people to work with and around. Decent pay, safety oriented, and promotes from within. Generations of families employed with the company since the beginning over 100 years ago.

    Cons

    Like the rest of corporate America, the distance between top management and employees has continually grown, benefits and incentives that used to drive production, maintain morale, and give employees a reason to want to come to work have virtually disappeared. Annual wage increases are almost completely consumed by benefit cost increases year after year.

    Advice to Management

    Get in touch with reality, employees, and what really drives the company. Stop following the trend and do the right thing.


  9. Great pay, decent benefits

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sumner, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sumner, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sonoco Products (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great pay Safe working environment Decent bens 4 on 4 off Free lunches

    Cons

    Crappy hours No job recognition Nepotism Maintenance dept. blows

    Advice to Management

    Great perks if you kiss up or are related to management. Show up to work everyday and bust butt not so much.


  10. Worked way too much

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    Former Employee - Electro-Mechanic in Alpha, OH
    Former Employee - Electro-Mechanic in Alpha, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    great pay great people. Great benefits

    Cons

    dirty environment. Managers do not car about family life.

    Advice to Management

    Be more compassionate toward employees n work home life balance


  11. Review

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Support Specialist in Hartsville, SC
    Current Employee - Systems Support Specialist in Hartsville, SC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Sonoco Products full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Ability to work from home if needed.

    Cons

    Lack of talent among colleagues.



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