Sonoco Products Reviews

Updated 19 April 2015
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M. Jack Sanders
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Pros
  • Very good pay for employees compared to other companies in the area (in 7 reviews)

  • Great people and work enviroment (in 4 reviews)

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

  • Very disrespectful to upper management (in 3 reviews)

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  1. A great place to work if you don

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edinburgh, IN (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edinburgh, IN (US)

    I have been working at Sonoco Products

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Challenging work, great employees in hourly and salaried areas, excellent safety culture, great benefits, perks such as company paid meals, gift cards for safety/quality/productivity milestones.

    Cons

    Very little time for a home life, hourly or salaried. Open positions are not filled in a timely manner. Very little accountability from plant management on down. Union plant.

    Advice to Management

    Hold people accountable whether they are union or salaried employees. If they aren't doing the job they are being paid to do, find out how to motivate them for change or get someone who will do the job right.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Sonoco was a great place to work and manage an operation, employees were regarded as the most important resource.

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    Former Employee - Plant Manager in Iowa City, IA (US)
    Former Employee - Plant Manager in Iowa City, IA (US)

    I worked at Sonoco Products full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - talent management program is employee driven
    - committed to long-term success
    - invested in continuous improvement
    - strong, focused vision for the future

    Cons

    - Senior management is not visible in the remote operations
    - Centralized HR, Benefits and Accounting caused some headaches for local operations

    Advice to Management

    - Continue to manage toward growth, continuous improvement, and reinvestment in the organization
    - Every year I spent with this company was better than the year prior.

  3. Plant Manager

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    Former Employee - Supervisor in Neenah, WI (US)
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Neenah, WI (US)

    I worked at Sonoco Products

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Safety culture is top notch. As a company they invest in their people; they have created a great culture of developing leaders. Great community and teamwork among leaders in same business unit divisions.

    Cons

    Lack of ability to grow career outside of primary division you hire into.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing. It appears the company continues to grow and prosper. I enjoyed my time with the team.

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  5. Getting experience & getting paid

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    Former Employee - Intern in Morristown, TN (US)
    Former Employee - Intern in Morristown, TN (US)

    I worked at Sonoco Products

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay, food, experience, career advancement

    Cons

    smells & difficult new product lines.

    Extreme emphasis on safety

    Advice to Management

    Keep paying & feeding your employees well

  6. Helpful (1)

    Was a very good place to work when I started 10 years ago.

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    Current Employee - Maintenance Mechanic in Rural Hall, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Maintenance Mechanic in Rural Hall, NC (US)

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

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

    Pros

    Competitive pay, decent benefits (though getting worse by the year),

    Cons

    Lots of favortism, unknown work schedules, poor HR team and no concern coming from management these days. Bad as I have seen it in my 10 yrs.

    Advice to Management

    Start having employee meetings where you discuss issues related to personal and shift complaints. Just act a little like you care.

  7. Sonoco Products is a good place to work. Sonoco Products is in a small town in South Carolina.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good family work balance. Small town atmosphere. Sonoco Products has a large involvement in community activities. Encourages people to volunteer.

    Cons

    Sonoco Products is in a small town. Not very progressive when it comes to technology. Operations are typically in smaller towns.

  8. Solid Company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sonoco Products

    Pros

    Industry leader, strong leadership, solid compensation.

    Cons

    Lots and lots of bureaucracy, obsessive focus on bottom line.

    Advice to Management

    Work across divisions and functional groups to share information more often

  9. Intern

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Sonoco Products as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    - The great opportunity to see how big companies work
    - Nice salary

    Cons

    - The intern can not use benefit package

  10. Helpful (1)

    Good group of people, lots of regulations

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    Former Contractor - Factory Worker in Berthoud, CO (US)
    Former Contractor - Factory Worker in Berthoud, CO (US)

    I worked at Sonoco Products as a contractor (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The factory where I worked was really good because all the workers were pretty cool.
    Great manager
    Good pay

    Cons

    Corporate rules and regulations
    Hot working conditions
    Temp position so no benefits

    Advice to Management

    If you find good temp workers then hire them. Good workers are hard to find and you will run off workers by not hiring them.

  11. Great place to work.

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Sales Representative

    I have been working at Sonoco Products

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay, good benefits, nice corporate culture.

    Cons

    Management style could be improved.

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