Sonoco Products Reviews

Updated August 30, 2015
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M. Jack Sanders
25 Ratings

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. Opportunities Galore

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sonoco Products full-time

    Pros

    Relaxed work environment as long as work completed, opportunities to move locations and divisions, exceptional compensation, supportive managers, great network.

    Cons

    Certain locations aren't as appealing, if there's a need you will be expected to move for promotions which can be negative depending on your situation, the medical benefits aren't amazing but they're manageable.

    Advice to Management

    Engage young employees more often to understand their needs and increase longevity


  2. New Employee View

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Coordinator in Hartsville, SC
    Current Employee - Human Resources Coordinator in Hartsville, SC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sonoco Products full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people; strong culture of ethical behavior; trust in the employees to do the right thing

    Cons

    Difficult to change quickly; weak long term incentive program

    Advice to Management

    Continue the journey of change for the future of Sonoco. Bring the 1-page plan to the larger employee base in words that they can understand


  3. Packaging

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    Former Employee - Packaging in Winston-Salem, NC
    Former Employee - Packaging in Winston-Salem, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It was a good work place

    Cons

    Didn't like them sending home.


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  5. Director

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Hartsville, SC
    Current Employee - Director in Hartsville, SC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sonoco Products full-time

    Pros

    Great company - very fair - great values

    Cons

    Can be a little political at times

    Advice to Management

    Stay true to your values


  6. Rewarding

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Maintenance Mechanic in Beavercreek, OH
    Former Employee - Maintenance Mechanic in Beavercreek, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I am giving this company a good review because they have excellent benefits including a company matched 401k and multiple retirement options.

    Cons

    This is a customer driven company in the packaging industry. Had a hard time making any kind of plans for rest and relaxation due to the nature of the business.

    Advice to Management

    It may be a good idea to consider some type of rotating shifts in order to give employees more time off.


  7. 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.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Great place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources Coordinator in O'Fallon, MO
    Former Employee - Human Resources Coordinator in O'Fallon, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sonoco Products full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I worked at the Sonoco in Memphis and liked the great people, team atmosphere and good corporate support.

    Cons

    Nothing that I can think of, except I could not work remotely once I moved out of state.


  9. "Pretty Good company"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  10. Helpful (1)

    Some initial observations

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    *Stable company *Friendly employees *Competitive pay and benefits *Opportunities for advancement

    Cons

    *Much distrust among employees with management and corporate leadership *Have witnessed some office drama and politics *In state of restructuring so a lot of confusion and no clear direction/identity. This also has veteran and existing employees nervous (possibly contributing to the office drama) *Large company so too much red tape at times to get something accomplished

    Advice to Management

    Think about simplifying reporting structures. Too many different managers with different objectives/priorities causes conflict at the local locations. People matter. Make sure you take care of employees and not only pay attention to bottom line and metrics or you will lose good people. Should seriously consider updating some of the facilities. Those I have visited are outdated/drab looking (colors, design, lighting, flow, technology) and do not create a good first impression for customers.


  11. Walks the Walk..Talks the Talk

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - South Carolina in Hartsville, SC
    Current Employee - South Carolina in Hartsville, SC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Sonoco Products full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Abundance of opportunities, a company that genuinely cares about me and my career. Priorities on safety and "doing the right thing". There are opportunities to speak with the top management directly, even to Jack Sanders. People are very helpful and always willing to impart knowledge and advice. Lots of opportunities to step out of your comfort zone and be challenged!

    Cons

    I have no Cons at the moment.

    Advice to Management

    Great job!



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