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Sonoco Products Reviews

Updated July 18, 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. "A good company to work for."

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    Current Employee - Senior Professional Scientist in Hartsville, SC
    Current Employee - Senior Professional Scientist in Hartsville, SC
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Stable job, good benefit, variety of projects that makes lift exciting.

    Cons

    Not enough technical support for high level R&D work.

    Advice to Management

    Increase budget for R&D work. This is the well worthy investment for full growth.


  2. "Great Company, Great Job, Tough Location"

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    Current Employee - Sourcing Manager in Hartsville, SC
    Current Employee - Sourcing Manager in Hartsville, SC
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great management, employees are empowered, very open atmosphere, fantastic people, very competitive pay. Employees stay a long time here because it is such a great company.

    Cons

    Only one - Location. The actual place is great, small town with Florence close by so everything you could need is here. Geography is nice because you have several places two hours from here BUT the location is not big enough or popular enough to draw good teachers and schools. The elementary schools are AWESOME in many places here, but after that you are struggling to find good schools, even private.

    Advice to Management

    Keep looking out to see what is next, stay ahead of the tough times by diversifying, and benchmarking other firms to identify best practices.

  3. "good company, safety first"

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    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Neenah, WI
    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Neenah, WI
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They pay very well and treat us good. Lots of free meals and prizes if we meet safety and productivy goals.Insurance is well priced and you can lower your premium by doing wellness exams.Filling in for vacation

    Cons

    Filling in for vacations requires a 12 hour workday. This can get tiring after 5 straight days of getting up at 2 in the morning


  4. "ok it could be better"

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    Current Employee - Shipping in Hanover, PA
    Current Employee - Shipping in Hanover, PA
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    i like my job because im left alone to perform my job

    Cons

    i think we need a whole new management team from secretarties down we just received a new general manager now we need a new production manager to complete the change

    Advice to Management

    trea the employees with respect as you expect us to treat you be fair and let us do our jobs you need to revanp the foreman leadership we do not have fair bosses they have there picks its time for some new blood there


  5. "It is a positive work environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Winston-Salem, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Winston-Salem, NC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Stable company with good training and retention. Strong policies for advancement. Managers are good at working with people and are helpful.

    Cons

    Economic downturn has hit it pretty hard. Culture is somewhat stagnated in the past. Since it is such a large company, it's very slow to react.

    Advice to Management

    Keep instituting change and things will turn around soon


  6. "Sonoco Products Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norwalk, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norwalk, CA
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Great company culture
    - Strong HR team

    Cons

    - Difficult prospects for growth

    Advice to Management

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


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Wrong Culture, but Great Experience"

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Hartsville, SC
    Former Employee - Marketing in Hartsville, SC
    Approves of CEO

    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.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Conservative Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hartsville, SC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hartsville, SC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Sonoco is a very strong, stable company.

    Cons

    The company's HQ is in a very small town.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Hard working people that feel like family"

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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 (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Even thought the company is large, team work and collaboration are the norm. people genuinely care about each other and the company takes good care of its own.

    Cons

    I hadn't worked for a company the size of Sonoco before. Sometimes the bureaucratic methods are hard to work through.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Sonoco has a great history of rewarding employees and shareholders."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hartsville, SC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hartsville, SC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company has a great team of professionals who continue to make the company a vibrant and financially rewarding place to work.

    Cons

    Corporate headquarters is located in a small town which may limit social activities; it is a great place for families but more challenging for singles.

    Advice to Management

    Keep providing dividends to shareholders.


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