Sonoco Products Reviews

Updated 30 July 2014
Updated 30 July 2014
66 Reviews
3.0
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Pros
  • Very good pay for employees compared to other companies in the area (in 8 reviews)

  • Great management, employees are empowered, very open atmosphere, fantastic people, very competitive pay (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Small town cliques within employee base (in 5 reviews)

  • Very disrespectful to upper management (in 3 reviews)

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    Brown Nose Heaven

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Truck Driver  in  Jackson, TN (US)
    Current Employee - Truck Driver in Jackson, TN (US)

    I have been working at Sonoco Products full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Pay hours thats it it it it it it it it it it it it it it it it it it

    Cons

    Management hands down buddy system is in affect here production employee's are losing they're voice cant really speak on things and insuranxe

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be fair lose buddy system look out more for people that make your products and stop treating them like children

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Manager

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sonoco Products

    Pros

    Flexible place to work as the Operation Manager is not on site all the time and when they are Corporate has them in so many calls and meeting they truly can not focus on managing their staff or plant. Any member of our staff can fly below the radar and get by doing very little with no true accountability for it. If someone is looking for a place to slide by, then they should look into working at the Portland facility.

    Cons

    Minimal pay for the hours that you put in as a staff. Benefits are middle of the road at best. Leadership at the plant levels, in Portland anyway, are a joke at best. Favoritism, Sexism, Racism are then norm. Old school they say, you bet! One day our team is going one way, the next, in another direction. Just seems like little to no business plan as long as we hit the numbers. Oh and safety it is important but when incidents do occur be ready for pressure to be applied to cover it up or make sure it wasn't work related.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More like advice to Corporate here: get some help into the Portland facility to dig into what is truly going on there. Talk to former employes at both the hourly and salary levels. Do a deep dive as it is not going to be an easy task finding out what is going on and people that will talk. Still willing to give Sonoco a chance, however way too much of the former companies mentality at this facility.

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    Total lack of recognition of dedication & effort. Distrust is rampant at all levels. Company lacks direction.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Production Management
    Former Employee - Production Management

    I worked at Sonoco Products full-time

    Pros

    Decent pay & benefits, generally safety minded, some good people, plenty of opportunity to get involved

    Cons

    High burnout rate, little support for middle management, expect senior leadership to undermine you & deflect blame your direction, low margin business model, punishes bad news & rewards office-politicers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Support the leadership in the plants that are struggling to make this happen with bare bones staffing & financing, tough work conditions & maximium hours. Reevaluate some of the low margin business segments you are in & cut them loose.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    By far the worst place I have ever worked

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor

    I worked at Sonoco Products full-time

    Pros

    Demanding job, chance to showcase skills
    Constantly moving, never bored

    Cons

    Micro-management to the extreme
    Weak mid level management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Still doing business in the dark ages.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sonoco Products full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Very good pay structure.
    Excellent focus on safety.

    Cons

    Does not embrace technology.
    Poor capital reinvestment.
    They run every business as if it is a paper plant.
    Most politically driven good ole' boy network I've ever been around.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are some fundamentally bad decisions made at a very high level.
    Cronyism is rampant in this company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good place to start a career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Process Engineer
    Former Employee - Process Engineer

    I worked at Sonoco Products full-time

    Pros

    Sonoco paper mills are small operations that allow you to get to know the entire process. Great experience for an engineer just starting out. They also invest in training for their employees.

    Cons

    The Sonoco organization, at both a mill and corporate level, appears to be very dysfunctional. In my experience, most of the management was very two-faced and creating a negative atmosphere. Also, their benefits and salary compensation are below par in comparison to other paper mills.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great pay for the work that you do

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sonoco Products full-time

    Pros

    The money is very good.

    Cons

    Most of the factory is not air conditioned and they really don't care how hot you get in there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to pay more attention to the employees that you have that do a good job for the company and you are totally clueless when it comes to your supervisors and their lack of abilities to lead people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    You can do well - for a while.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Plant Manager
    Current Employee - Plant Manager

    I have been working at Sonoco Products full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good opportunity early in your career - gives you the opportunity to build your resume which you will need when you finally realize there is a better world outside.

    Cons

    Culture is bizarre at times - senior management says the right things- then behave exactly the opposite of what they say. God help you if you are a manager of an operation and someone gets hurt - it's as if you held the employees hand and told him to injure himself... The witch hunts are frustrating and I've seen several very good managers fired over the years for purely political reasons - people who were excellent at their jobs, but HR people didn't like them because they voiced their opinions too openly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize that you phage good people working hard in your operations at all levels - and have more respect for them and what they contribute. If you want to know about a particular plant, spend more than 5 hours a year there -

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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    High Burnout

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production  in  Cincinnati, OH (US)
    Current Employee - Production in Cincinnati, OH (US)

    I have been working at Sonoco Products full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Benefits good, high quality employees, people that care about doing a good job. Corporate culture is positive and some very good production environments exist in other geographic areas so it can be done.

    Cons

    expect to give up either sleep or a family life. Unreasonable hours due to poor workforce mgmt - exempt lower level work excessive hours week after week without appreciation, compensation, or comp time. Time off is taken away with no notice or care People are so burnt out that it is impacting plant safety. Harassment is swept under the rug. Management refuses to address the issues because they themselves aren't impacted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize that people won't continue to give without getting something in return. Excessive hours lead to safety violations and turnover. Harassment should never be tolerated.. Audit plants to make sure they are following company culture of making Sunoco a good place to work and advance. Make it a company policy people are treated well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Losing it

    Former Employee - Technical Manager  in  Hartsville, SC (US)
    Former Employee - Technical Manager in Hartsville, SC (US)

    I worked at Sonoco Products full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Typically top player in their market

    Cons

    Can not compete in a competitive market

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are cutting cost at the expense of not providing service to customer

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