Sonoco Products Reviews

Updated 10 October 2014
Updated 10 October 2014
67 Reviews
3.2
67 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Underbid, Lie, Stall and in the end never deliver

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sonoco Products full-time (more than an 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
  2.  

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Dallas, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Dallas, TX (US)

    I worked at Sonoco Products full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good training and leadership developement

    Cons

    The work hours are excessive 12-14 hour days in busy season

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    A truly great company to work for if you enjoy getting rewarded for hard work.

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

    I have been working at Sonoco Products part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    An excellent company to work for if you have any interest in Manufacturing, IT, or logistics.

    Cons

    I would definitely prefer a better location for their headquarters.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    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.

  6.  

    Stepford wives club

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

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

    Pros

    Sonoco has lots of cash and spends capital appropriately. Upper management is very good at financial management.

    Cons

    Middle management is very insecure based on lots of change and uses politics to position and insulate themselves out of fear. Business skills are not really valued unless you're one of the boys. Hartsville is bad place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to understand what's really happening in your business and how talent is being disenfranchised. Your one size fits all talent assessment model is EEO friendly but not serving you well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Good job for young career

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sonoco Products

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity for me

    Cons

    Unstable work environment for me

  8.  

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

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    • 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
  10.  

    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 (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
  11.  

    MBA Sourcing Internship

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

    I have been working at Sonoco Products as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent people. Directed training. Meaningful projects.

    Cons

    Location. Hartsville is a tough place to live as a young professional.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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