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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. "Incredible People, Good Pay, Boring Industry depending on Division"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Key Account Manager in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Key Account Manager in Cincinnati, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Sonoco has a very family-oriented culture, driven from its small-town roots in Hartsville, SC
    Pay is very competitive for the industry
    Product line and day-to-day work is dependent on job function and division within Sonoco
    Some divisions are very innovative and jobs customer facing, some divisions are old manufacturing environments and drab day-to-day work

    Cons

    Very conservative company and views

    Advice to Management

    Increase retention of young talent, they are the future of your company
    The culture of the company is incredible, however, continue to improve and change with the times
    Learn to market your products and our offerings
    Find a way to keep employees more up-to-date on industry trends and insights
    Maintain manufacturing excellence but do not forget to invest in growth


  2. "Management Trainee"

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    • 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

    Lots of opportunity to move up

    Cons

    Manufacturing so long hours sometimes.

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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!


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Downhill after Sonoco aquisition"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, safety, benefits ok, vacation time, hours are ok.

    Cons

    If you work for a company that has been acquired by Sonoco, they will replace middle management. So, start looking for another job. The Sonoco culture preaches safety, but the plant managers are only looking at the bottom line. Replacing management with Sonoco yes men and if you are not a "yes" man or woman, your out. Toe the line or you'll find yourself on the unemployment line.

    Advice to Management

    Treat you people better.


  6. "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


  7. "Competitive pay and benefits"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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!

  8. "Review"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  9. Helpful (2)

    "A "Good" Company---not a "Great" Company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sonoco Products full-time

    Pros

    Very conservative and cash / dividend focused company. Probably a very good company to have in your investment portfolio if you are looking for consistent dividend returns.

    Cons

    A very insulated and inwardly focused company. Some of the company's leaders also have a tendency to be quite arrogant and have a belief that the company does everything right and does not need to change a thing. The company has not grown organically---only via acquisitions that are disparate in their own right.

    Advice to Management

    Wake-up to the needs to change, be competitive and grow organically. Get better in touch with your employees, suppliers and customers.


  10. "Great Company Culture"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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!)


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