Sun Products Corporation
3.0 of 5 29 reviews
www.sunproductscorp.com Wilton, CT 1000 to 5000 Employees

Sun Products Corporation Reviews

Updated Nov 8, 2013
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3.0 29 reviews

                             

67% Approve of the CEO

Sun Products Corporation Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey P. Ansell

Jeffrey P. Ansell

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46% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Disconnect Between Management and Hourly Employees

Team Manager (Former Employee)
Bowling Green, KY

I worked at Sun Products Corporation full-time for more than 3 years

ProsPays decent wages for the marketplaces it is in, frequent job opportunities which are posted internally first, ample opportunities to be involved in cross-functional projects, and some of the leaders are decent.

ConsManagement layers are extensive, and turnover on the hourly side is quite high for manufacturing. A great deal of lip service is given to 'listening to the employees' but very little is actually done and the company culture is very much one of management entitlement.

Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your employees; some of them are probably just complaining but there are also some who do have some valid concerns and/or great ideas which could be implemented.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Use to be a fun place to work

Material Handler (Current Employee)
Baltimore, MD

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

ProsA lot of good people to work with. Place is clean and for the most part a safe place to work.

ConsNo preventive maintenance. Garbage for packing material. Makes doing your job difficult. Billion dollar a year company but they claim we are not making a money. No year end bonus. At least not for the hourly employees who are doing all the real work. No pay raise in 6 years.

Advice to Senior ManagementYou say you are a family oriented company. Stop eliminating jobs and putting people out of work. Do you really care about people or are we just numbers to you?

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

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Its a friendly place to work but you have to be ready to work till you fade out

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Sun Products Corporation full-time

ProsFriendly employees and clean environment to work

ConsMicro management, high demand and unreasonable request

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great job turned, Dead End Job

Material Handler (Current Employee)
Baltimore, MD

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

ProsClean Work Place, Friendly Atmosphere, Hourly Wage, Located within diving distance of Tri State area, Safety is top priority at Sun Products!

ConsNo Advancement = Union, Forced Overtime, Promised Shift but never get it due to weekly job cuts, Lower and Upper Management skills lacking to the point of hindering production. In addition, 50 + employees are being laid off due to production loss occurring from low wages and new plant just recently built out mid west.

Advice to Senior ManagementThere is no advice to provide as they will not listen nor do they care.

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

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A reliable full-time job

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Bowling Green, KY

I have been working at Sun Products Corporation full-time for more than a year

ProsOnce you get hired, you are pretty much guaranteed a job until you decide to move on.
This company seems to do well even in a down economy.
Many of the coworkers and management are easy to get along with.

ConsIt is very difficult to move up within this company without a college degree.
There are many temp employees working at the warehouses who have applied to get hired multiple times, but cannot get an interview. I have seen several instances where a full-time temp employee has been doing their job very well for over a year, but the company's hiring process does not favor that experience over a new applicant walking in from the street.
The top performers at the warehouses are not given enough reward for their high performance, and it seems like the low performers are allowed to continue their low performance indefinitely, so there is little incentive for anyone to strive for excellent person performance. This gets frustrating for the top performers who constantly have to deal with other associates who obviously don't care about the quality of their work.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Laid-back working environment

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Sun Products Corporation

ProsLaid-back working environment. Easy going management

ConsLot of politics. Disorganized. No opportunity to promote. Lack communication between management and employees

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Inconsistency between the message and the action

Leadership (Current Employee)

I have been working at Sun Products Corporation

ProsSun is one of the larger employers in the area, and pays a decent wage for the Bowling Green market. If you don't mind the long hours (12 hour shifts) and rotating days off, the schedule actually works out pretty well for a lot of people. The benefits offered are above average, starting on the first day of work--for everyone, not just management--and everyone starts with 2 weeks of vacation. The majority of the department managers are good and know what they are doing and will treat you fairly if you do your job and are fair to them. The factory itself is clean and the work itself is not difficult or heavy. Sun sometimes posts job openings internally first before recruiting externally, so if you are interested in moving laterally or upwards, it's possible since it is a large organization.

ConsOne of the major downsides is that the night shifts receive very little support or communication from the management, save for a couple of department managers who will make the effort to stay late and/or come in early to touch base with the night shifts. HR support is nil, and employee advocacy is a concept that is foreign to HR at Sun--management is always right no matter what the facts of the situation might be. I hope that this turns around since I have seen other companies unionize when employees feel that nobody is on their side.

The other major downside that I have seen is that there is a great deal of promotions being given based on politics and favortism, and not necessarily one's ability to do the job. This has created a lot of talk and some resentment among the mid-level leadership, and it isn't fair to those who are qualified and quietly come in and do their jobs without grandstanding and playing the political games. It's also worth noting that there are few women in the upper leadership roles at this facility.

There is a major disconnect between the Lean initiatives the company is saying they embrace and the continual creation of more middle-management jobs, which are jobs duplicating or even tripling the efforts of jobs they already have in place and filled...just don't get this part!!!

Advice to Senior Management1) Provide support to all shifts/departments equally. With the top-heavy staffing at the location, there is definitely the leadership manpower to do this.

2) Networking is great, we all like to promote those we know, but there has to be a balance. Implement 360 degree reviews, talk to more than one person, do some serious looking at the merits of each candidate before deciding on who to promote. It should be based on merit.

3) More balanced role for HR--Someone has muzzled the HR department but they really should be allowed to be more objective in management-employee conflicts. I've been wrong as a manager, and I'm sure that I am not the only one.

4) Too much middle management being added, and too much duplication of efforts at the location--we don't need any more duplicate jobs here.

5) What works for corporate does not necessarily work for other locations, and this includes here. Go ahead and do what they say so you don't get in trouble, but adapt it to fit Bowling Green.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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