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Sonoco Products Reviews

Updated March 21, 2017
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Pros
  • Great people to work with, good hours, good pay, low cost of living (in 17 reviews)

  • Great people to work with and good managers; excellent pay and benefits; very respectable company to work for if you're single (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Small town, rural area, limited networking (in 15 reviews)

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

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  1. "It's ok"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Monte, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Monte, CA

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

    Pros

    Alot of ot but they burn out the good workers and let the bad ones slide

    Cons

    People here through each other under the bus


  2. "Large Wall-Street Company being run by the bean counters"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Functional Oracle EBS Trainer & Documentation Author in Hartsville, SC
    Former Employee - Functional Oracle EBS Trainer & Documentation Author in Hartsville, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sonoco Products full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Large company with opportunity for advancement.

    Cons

    Large company with all the bureaucratic inefficiencies of a large company.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Maintenance"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tullahoma, TN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tullahoma, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great pay and opportunities to work overtime

    Cons

    Poor supervisors
    Poor machine upkeep
    Poor training for leads

    Advice to Management

    Get better supervisors. Corporate should really pay more attention to what's going in at facilities.


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  5. "Good Team"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sonoco Products full-time

    Pros

    Team oriented; people band together to accomplish goals
    good health benefits etc, 401k matching, educational benefits
    recycling onsite (almost anything you can think of)

    Cons

    Pay is below market, performance is expected to be top notch for bargain basement pricing

    Advice to Management

    Pay market value, you get what you pay for


  6. "Worst place"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Spiral Winder Operator in Norwalk, CA
    Former Employee - Spiral Winder Operator in Norwalk, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sonoco Products full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Absolutely NONE, Worst place EVER!

    Cons

    Horrible management,Imbecile coworkers, crappy union, broken equipment

    Advice to Management

    Close it down, even a 3rd world country with mental retards would run better


  7. "Temp"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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

    Pros

    Possible hire full time and great, safe environment to work in

    Cons

    Low pay for work load

    Advice to Management

    Hire more full time


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Going down hill FAST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rural Hall, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rural Hall, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I can only speak for this plant, but there really arent any good reasons to work here anymore.

    Cons

    All of upper management has changed in the past year and for the most part they are all inexperienced "Yes men". They have no common sense, zero experience in dealing with personal and production issues. They seem to encourage the poor performers instead of dealing with them. Then they walk over and demean the good performers. Also, certain people in the QA department get to walk around and do whatever they want, when they want to do it and their supervisor defends them if something is ever said.

    Advice to Management

    LISTEN TO YOUR PEOPLE!!! Also, hold everyone accountable and to the same standards.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Chatham, NY
    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Chatham, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sonoco Products full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great pay for industry and area
    Challenging, not boring work
    Stellar safety rating (my specific plant in Chatham, NY)
    Supportive management
    Frequent financial and safety meetings means everyone stayed caught up on Company news as well as safety alerts

    Cons

    Some of your tooling is in terrible need of work, a job could be labeled as .5 Operator but because of all the non-conformaces that need to be dealt with by the Operator prior to boxing (Flash, DOG, etc) it turns into a 1 or 2 Operator job but is still held to the .5 benchmark
    Invest in some new secondary equipment that is less than 30 years old
    Accountability for people that cause non-conforming product or damage tooling


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Tiede and Sanders - Self absorbed with no value for Sonoco nor its people"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hartsville, SC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hartsville, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I've enjoyed my time at Sonoco especially when Harris Deloach and Charles Sullivan where at the helm. They understood the business, they truly cared about the people, and they had the vision, and long term focus that cascaded down through the organization.

    Cons

    The last 4-5 yrs at Sonoco has been a never ending circle of lies, deceit, and very poor practices. It certainly is not the same company I joined, it's culture has been decimated, and the leadership have become so far removed from the people and the core of its business and values that it has created a very un-trusting and disruptive work place where people feel constantly anxious that their employment at the company will be terminated at any time. The latest divestiture of Sonoco's blow molding business is yet another example of the very poor practices and the lack of value they put on their people. Communication to its employees was non-existent and the real kicker for the dedicated employees is Sonoco RENEGED on paying out the companies incentive bonus to all eligible employees even though it is only 7 weeks from year end for eligibility. A proverbial shot in the back on your way out of the door....and an utter disgrace.
    Shame on you Sonoco, and shame on you TIEDE, and yet another example of your self absorbed and disgraceful behavior in treating Sonoco co-workers.
    As a firm believer in Karma what goes around comes around and treating your people in this manner will come back to haunt you in some shape or form.

    Advice to Management

    Stop treading water, grow a set, and create a strategy and vision....you owe it to the people and the shareholders. People make a business, "Treat them well and everything else falls into place"
    Advice to Board of Directors, break up the good old Southern boys club and get some new blood and talent in to take the business to the next level, and a leadership team that values its people.


  11. "Excellent company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Manager in Nashville, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits, onboarding process, people focused, new employee orientation

    Cons

    Some manufacturing processes are dated and need updating

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing and remember to work in the "one page plan" as much as possible!



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