Sonoco Products Reviews

Updated 16 September 2014
Updated 16 September 2014
66 Reviews
3.0
66 Reviews
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4 Ratings

Review Highlights

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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  1.  

    Not THAT bad

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sonoco Products

    Pros

    Great people on production floor, management team works together

    Cons

    High pressure to get things done

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change negative perception

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    I love working here!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Hartsville, SC (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hartsville, SC (US)

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

    Pros

    Strong culture of collaboration. Everyone is friendly. Offers challenging opportunties if you are willing to put in the effort. I've been full time for more than 26 years. We have lots of long tenured employees.

    Cons

    There are no perfect companies but I cant think of anything significant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dont loose touch with our culture as we grow.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sonoco Products part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great people and good pay.

    Cons

    I can't say I found any cons working here

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very Employee centric company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sonoco Products full-time

    Pros

    I have been working with Sonoco for sometime now. This is a very employee oriented company. They take of their employees well. Benefits are good and over all a good company to work for.

    Cons

    Sometimes work atmosphere can get very negative

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great experience for me. Have to be willing to go, do, learn, risk.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager

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

    Pros

    In operations, you have great opportunities to learn multiple facets of management and technology. Wear many hats. Have to focus, prioritize. Learn to juggle.

    Cons

    Same as the pros if the challenge is not to your liking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not enough appreciation for the field. Co is at risk of freezing up decision making at the lowest level because of too constant micro managing.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Awful. Simply awful. The kicker is it doesn't have to be this way.

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

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

    Pros

    Pay is above average. Great if you enjoy a lot of overtime hours. Safety is important to the company.

    Cons

    In a single word. Management. I have a very hard time believing and trusting just about anything I hear from upper management down to plant level management. Loads of overtime and bosses who seem to enjoy issuing write ups and punishment for minor infractions and some cases no infraction at all other than filling a quota. I regret every day of my life i spend in this place. Yes I know then find a new job. I'm working on it...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce overtime. You're killing us. If safety is so important why am I and my do workers working 7 days a week with 12s peppered in? Hire competent managers and supervisors. Have some sort of system for raises. More transparency. Everything is a big secret that "came from corporate".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Good Internship

    Former Employee - Student Intern
    Former Employee - Student Intern

    I worked at Sonoco Products as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    I had a great work environment for my first engineering related work experience. I was able to work directly with the scientists and felt like part of the team.

    Cons

    Sometimes there wasn't much work for the interns to do which resulted in slow work days. Not as high paying as similar engineering internships.

    Recommends
  9.  

    Crappy place to work for the most part

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Press Operator  in  Franklin, OH (US)
    Current Employee - Press Operator in Franklin, OH (US)

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and good pay. People I work with are pretty friendly, Practice safety and really seem to follow through when you come up with ways to do it better.

    Cons

    This place has no culture or morality policies. The supervisor's are two faced and there always seems to be some drama going on, mainly started by the supervisors who talk about things they shouldn't be talking about to other employees about other peoples situations. Very disrespectful to upper management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start doing your job, deal with things you know are happening.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Underbid, Lie, Stall and in the end never deliver

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    • 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 a year

    Pros

    Good opportunity early in your career - but once you have started to learn the difference between wrong (Sonoco way) and right - you will find it is time to move on.

    Cons

    From day one - Sonoco sets its employees up to fail. They won a contract at a large CPG company by underbidding the competition - knowing full well that they could not deliver on what that contract without hiring additional staff to service this major account. This never happened, so the entire time the management is saying - yes we can deliver X on that schedule, they know it is impossible.

    When that rubber meets the road and the client calls them on their inability to deliver on time on budget - those same senior managers take responsibility for the issue and simply hang the lower level employees out to dry

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start being honest with your clients - and spend what it takes to hire enough people to do the job properly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good job, good pay, without college degree

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Machine Operator  in  Chattanooga, TN (US)
    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Chattanooga, TN (US)

    I worked at Sonoco Products full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Really enjoyed the team aspect of working here. Good vacation and insurance. Very good pay for employees compared to other companies in the area.

    Cons

    Same thing every day. Everything based on efficiency, no room to think. Management always needing the "numbers" to improve. Nothing wrong with that, just not very fulfilling as an employee.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees as more than just a number.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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