Sonoco Products Reviews

Updated 15 August 2014
Updated 15 August 2014
64 Reviews

3.1
64 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Sonoco offers many positives which include opportunities for advancement, access to senior management, and good pay for the area (in 6 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.  

    Stepford wives club

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

    I worked at Sonoco Products full-time for 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
  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.

  3.  

    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

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

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    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
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    • 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
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    MBA Sourcing Internship

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    • 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 for less than a 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
  9.  

    Manager

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

    I have been working at Sonoco Products full-time

    Pros

    Good work/life balance. Competitive pay. Good career/succession planning for those fit desired profiles.

    Cons

    Company struggling to catch up with technology advances.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on growing various business sectors and invest in developing customer relationships.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good place to start a career

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    • 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
  11.  

    Old mentality - But very strong and solid company.

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

    I have been working at Sonoco Products full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The culture is based around people building business. You are both challenged and supported by your peers. Safety is always the number one concern.

    Cons

    Hartsville is a small town with very little to do outside of work. The mindset is also old. Technology does not have a Global footprint yet. The opportunities to work abroad are there but are hard to come by. Expat program should be strengthened.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sonoco has given alot of money to help revitalize Hartsvillle, but the town also needs the physical support of upper management to participate in town, community & economic development sessions in order to make Hartsville a selling point for visiting customers andnew hires.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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