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Sonoco Products Reviews

Updated October 10, 2017
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Pros
  • Good pay while working 12 hour shifts, but on 8s you work your butt off and barely scrape by (in 19 reviews)

  • Down to earth company with great people (in 17 reviews)

Cons
  • What once was a company that had a small town feel is evolving to uncaring ruthless (in 18 reviews)

  • Upper management doesn't show enough appreciation (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (4)

    "A Billion Dollar Company with Small, Collaborative feel"

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

    Pros

    Want to work for a company that will treat you with dignity and respect? A company that will do what they say? A company that believes in doing the right thing? A company that challenges you? Sonoco is the company for you!

    Cons

    Team work and collaboration are hallmarks of our culture. For those who are not collaborative or prefer working alone then Sonoco may not be the right fit for you.

    Advice to Management

    Management should continue to improve upon listening, gathering thoughts and communicating with employees across the organization- regardless of location, position, tenure, etc.


  2. "Current employee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great company, great benefits, great experience! Lots of room for advancement within the company. I believe this company truly cares about the employees.

    Cons

    The only con I can think of is that the company is so large that you never get the opportunity to know everybody.

  3. "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Shift Lead in Neenah, WI
    Current Employee - Shift Lead in Neenah, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1) We are treated very good. Even after a few layoffs at our plant, Sonoco tried hard to get displaced employees into other Sonoco locations.
    2) our management team is very open minded and works with its employees.

    Cons

    1) Insurance isn't the greatest, but who's is.
    2) I don't get to see my family during the week since we do not rotate shifts and I am on 2nd shift.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing


  4. "Shipper"

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

    I worked at Sonoco Products full-time

    Pros

    Great pay! Great work place.

    Cons

    none. Great place to work


  5. "Sonoco"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sonoco Products full-time

    Pros

    Work environment, flexibility, culture, opportunity for growth in areas outside of discipline, great managers

    Cons

    A little slow in mid-management growth within a individual discipline
    Benefits - mainly insurance
    Lean departments in certain disciplines

    Advice to Management

    Improve succession planning, more opportunities for continuing education and training


  6. "Great Pay, Limited Opps. I. enjoyed my experience."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Supervisor
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Supervisor
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Pay, Benefits, and Networking

    Cons

    The upside for young professionals is very limited. Hours can be long, Holidays can be rough. The longterm outlook of some divisions appears grim.


  7. "Architect"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sonoco Products full-time

    Pros

    Community driven company that values employees.

    Cons

    Politics between groups; slow turn-around of tasks.

  8. "It all depends on your role and where your located"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hartsville, SC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hartsville, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sonoco Products full-time

    Pros

    The people are caring and nice
    The company has a diversified portfolio of products and stable financial record
    they will try and pay for your development

    Cons

    Hartsville is small, not easy to travel to places from there and not much to do either, so it is not for everyone. The town and the area is a little run down not a lot of opportunities for people.
    Lack marketing resources Sonoco is a B2B company, so marketing is not a major component to the overall strategy of the company. Sonoco is engineering and sales company for the most part, so operations and engineering really dictate the overall plans for the company, which tend to be reactive business customer needs

    Advice to Management

    Be forward thinking and proactive. Don't be afraid to experiment, challenge your customer don't be just order takers and react to their wishes. Grow and innovate organically and stop relying on acquiring other companies to grow and innovate through. Finally, it is a little cliche, but environmentally friendly packaging, food waste, water waste are all things to really go after it the same way you invest in safety and not just talk about.


  9. "Good pay"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay while working 12 hour shifts, but on 8s you work your butt off and barely scrape by.

    Cons

    Two Tier pay scale sucks

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the two tier system and better people will be hired on and stay


  10. "Mixed feelings"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Quality Manager in Hartsville, SC
    Current Employee - Quality Manager in Hartsville, SC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sonoco Products full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Overall company culture is good.

    Cons

    Poor oversight of leadership and middle management.

    Advice to Management

    Some of the activities/ interactions with regards to the treatment of middle management needs to be better addressed.


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