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Waynesville Factory is not set up to succeed

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Former Employee - Inspector/Packer  in  Waynesville, NC
Former Employee - Inspector/Packer in Waynesville, NC

I worked at Sonoco Products full-time for less than a year

Pros

They have a microwave and refrigerator in the lunchroom.

Cons

OMG where do I start. Due to the environmental standards (HACCP) the protective equipment is extensive. Protective uniform (shirt) hard hat (bump cap) goggles/safety glasses, long, wool arm protectors (HOT!) , hair nets, beard nets, and gloves. One of the worst parts is they expect you to use a sweat-soaked bump cap that just came off someone else's head to start your shift! YUK! The people there have very little social skills. Most have been there for around ten years and are not helpful to new people. Been there for 7yrs and still only getting around $10.50/hr. And did I mention it was HOT! But that can't really be avoided as machines that are designed to melt plastic do create an incredible amount of heat.
             They cannot keep their machines running, with no apparent solutions, day after day. They are spending half their time either running a machine for nothing, or grinding half/most of the parts being produced. The mechanics make like $60,000/yr and you see 5 of them staring at a machine like 5 monkeys opening a banana. And the "good 'ol boy" system is alive and well in this part of the 'holler.
            It is supposed to be a non-smoking environment, but many people walking around that obviously just smoked at least one cig.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

There is very little support on the floor, most people are lazy as hell (the further you go up, the worse it gets, except for MOST of the shift supervisors). Anybody that is not physically running a machine (packers) are walking around with their head up their butt.

Doesn't Recommend
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    Wrong Culture, but Great Experience

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    Former Employee - Marketing  in  Hartsville, SC
    Former Employee - Marketing in Hartsville, SC

    I worked at Sonoco Products

    Pros

    Senior Leadership excellent. Great community. Company has fantastic potential and will continue to be successful.

    Cons

    Understaffed. Does not welcome "outsiders" into their "culture." It is great if born and raised in Hartsville or if parents/family members have worked for the company. Also, HR department, benefits, etc. VERY antiquated. Senior management strong, but lots of turf fighting among middle managers - which leads to bad decision making.

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    Sonoco Products Company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Norwalk, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norwalk, CA

    I have been working at Sonoco Products

    Pros

    - Great company culture
    - Strong HR team

    Cons

    - Difficult prospects for growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Diversify the business to go after new opportunities more aggressively. Take larger risks, in order to propel higher growth rates.

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