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Sonoco Products Reviews

Updated July 20, 2017
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Pros
  • Great people to work with, good hours, good pay, low cost of living (in 18 reviews)

  • Great people to work with and good managers; excellent pay and benefits; very respectable company to work for if you're single (in 9 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. "Management Trainee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sonoco Products full-time

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to move up

    Cons

    Manufacturing so long hours sometimes.


  2. "Good Company - needs to grow with the times"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flex time is great in the departments and jobs that can accommodate it.
    Salary is good considering the cost of living for the area. Health benefits are ok.

    Cons

    Training is available to some, but don't expect Sonoco to help you achieve it. You will need to be pushy about it. Currently the company is on cost controls so they can have cash for acquisitions and dividends so training and ergonomic changes/accommodations are not available. Vacation time given to employees is not as generous as current market conditions. Bonus does exist but not for band 6 and below. These same or similar positions at other companies would result in participation in a bonus program.
    401K program is ok, matching program was reduced several years ago and still has not been reinstated to that level.
    HR is a mystery. Never sure of who to contact with issues about compensation, health benefits, etc. Not consistent across the company on how sick time is used.
    It is still a man's company. Women are starting to make some gains, but the southern man's mentality is still hard at work here.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your people. it actually will cost you more to hire a person and bring them up to speed than it would to train and invest in them.

  3. "I love my job and my coworkers!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hartsville, SC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hartsville, SC

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

    Pros

    The people are great and the work is challenging.

    Cons

    It's in a very small town!


  4. "Process Engineer Intern"

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sonoco Products as an intern

    Pros

    Lots of experience and great people to work with.

    Cons

    Hartsville is a very small town and can be somewhat boring.


  5. "Benefits"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sonoco Products full-time

    Pros

    Pension plan
    11 Paid Holidays a year

    Cons

    Health Insurance
    high premiums and deductibles


  6. "Competitive pay and benefits"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sonoco Products full-time

    Pros

    They have Competitive pay and benefits

    Cons

    Good ole boy mentality runs rampant!!!!
    Very reluctant to change.

    Advice to Management

    Hire qualified Maint and Tooling with certification. Quit with the backyard mechanics!


  7. "Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Hands on experience in the printing industry

    Cons

    Old work force that is set in their ways

  8. "Great Company Culture"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Hartsville, SC
    Current Employee - Manager in Hartsville, SC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Collaborative work environment, supportive management team, customer focused, very capable peers.

    Cons

    Change be slower than desired, 300+ small plants so promotions often require relocation (pro or con depending on your view!)


  9. "Great benefits insurance"

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    Current Employee - Lead Line Leader in Rural Hall, NC
    Current Employee - Lead Line Leader in Rural Hall, NC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Vision and dental insurance .Shoes and vision allowance. Shoes is yearly the glasses is every two years.

    Cons

    No AC on production floor. Very hot in the summer time. Very hard to work at times when the heat is at 88 degrees or more.

    Advice to Management

    Take notice of your employees when they have a good days a little verbal praise is nice to hear.


  10. "Opinions"

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    Current Employee - Back Up Operator in Chillicothe, MO
    Current Employee - Back Up Operator in Chillicothe, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Its a really laid back job and all the employees, managers, human resource, plant manager, and supervisors are all really good people. Really good pay.

    Cons

    Its a really hot job and boring job. Also long hours because do 12 hour shifts everytime you work and its really hot and boring.

    Advice to Management

    Don't have any advice for management because they all do their job very well


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