Sonoco Products Reviews

Updated July 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. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources Coordinator in O'Fallon, MO
    Former Employee - Human Resources Coordinator in O'Fallon, MO

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  2. Walks the Walk..Talks the Talk

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - South Carolina in Hartsville, SC
    Current Employee - South Carolina in Hartsville, SC

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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!


  3. Sonoco Review

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    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.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Great pay, great people, great opportunities.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Summer Intern in Hartsville, SC
    Current Employee - Summer Intern in Hartsville, SC

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lot of learning opportunities. People are friendly and helpful. Had a good experience

    Cons

    I have not noticed any major cons during my brief stay at Sonoco. I worked as an intern for 3 months.


  6. Production Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Manager in Hartsville, SC
    Current Employee - Production Manager in Hartsville, SC

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent compensation package, strong opportunity for advancement, ability to change core role within firm (i.e. Operations, Finance/Accounting, Sales, etc.).

    Cons

    Work-life balance; frequent relocation required for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Work-life balance is a legitimate benefit for a career -- it is necessary that this fact is recognized, even in Operations (!). Hiring high-quality, well-educated, successful candidates with the intention of placing them on rotating, 60-70+/hr per week shifts is simply not a viable option with regard to retaining young talent and building bench strength, rather, it encourages/prompts turnover that would otherwise not exist at such a stable company.


  7. Sonoco products, Baker wood reels division

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Section Leader/Supervisor in Hartselle, AL
    Former Employee - Section Leader/Supervisor in Hartselle, AL

    I worked at Sonoco Products

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    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.


  8. Data Specialists

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sonoco Products full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.


  9. Great Company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sonoco Products

    Pros

    The company really values the safety of it's employees and they're one of the few companies who still rewards hard working individuals.

    Cons

    I really don't have anything negative to say about Sonoco.


  10. Awesome Company to Work For!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Sonoco is a company that supports their employees. -In the management trainee program they invest interest in your learning and preparing you for success. -At corporate headquarters everyone is ultra friendly and supporting. -The pay for management trainees is really good the down side is that you get paid once a month.

    Cons

    -The downside to the management trainee program is that you do not know where the company/division is going to send you send too. I think it would be helpful if management trainees were told what city and state they will be moving too as soon as they begin the program.

    Advice to Management

    Keep treating people the way that you do!


  11. Lots of experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sonoco Products

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I learned a lot of things about being in manufacturing plant, I got projects that had me work days and nights

    Cons

    At my plant it was cool because we got real work experience and I got to work a lot of real hours doing real work. Other interns did not have the same work experience



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