Sun Products Corporation

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Sun Products Corporation Reviews

Updated 27 February 2015
Updated 27 February 2015
54 Reviews
2.7
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Sun Products Corporation Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey P. Ansell
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great people, excellent company values, good pay and generous benefits (in 6 reviews)

  • Work/Life Balance is incredible here (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Corporate doesn't understand the needs at the plant level and often gets in the way of progress (in 10 reviews)

  • Being a union seems to have made us a red headed step-child even though we are not problematic (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good opportunity in advancing career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Temp in Bowling Green, KY (US)
    Former Employee - Temp in Bowling Green, KY (US)

    I worked at Sun Products Corporation

    Pros

    Good people, good career moves

    Cons

    Have to go through a temp agency

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make it easier to move up in career

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

    Negativity and disingenuousness run rampant

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bowling Green, KY (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bowling Green, KY (US)

    I worked at Sun Products Corporation

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits, made some good friends among associates, peers, etc

    Cons

    Confusing organizational structure, inconsistent and hypocritical implementation and enforcement of company policies by HR and middle management, 12 hour shift schedule, huge turnover

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more time on the floor investigating the disconnect between rhetoric and reality

    Doesn't Recommend
  3.  

    Ideals & Vision vs. Reality

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Bowling Green, KY (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Bowling Green, KY (US)

    I worked at Sun Products Corporation full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Sun Products is a relatively large company and frequently has internal job openings for individuals who are open to career growth and/or relocation. The benefits are above average for the geographic area which I worked in, and the starting pay for hourly associates and upper management are very competitive for the area. Some members of the leadership team are very focused on doing their jobs, developing their direct reports, and are free of self-interest on the job. Sun Products has an excellent safety record in their industry (Manufacturing) and has won some very prestigious awards in this area--safety is definitely part of the culture and is taken seriously. The Senior HR Manager and Maintenance Manager are excellent at this site, as are some of the training staff to name some of the better leaders. Sun also does a pretty decent job of actively recruiting and hiring a diverse workforce.

    Cons

    Despite paying above-market wages, Sun suffers from very high turnover. A lot of this turnover is in the hourly ranks, but some of it is within the salaried ranks as well. Sun wants to be known as the employer of choice in the area but has a reputation as being a place where cronyism and the old boy network are still firmly in place. Politics? Office/shop floor politics abound here in the leadership and professional-level employees. Initial onboarding program is not structured and peers selected to do the onboarding for new hires do not seem to be carefully screened so you may or may not be properly prepared for your new role...hope that you learn very quickly. A disheartening tendency to look at people, not the process as the cause for all failures on the floor which is an outdated and morale-killing way of 'problem-solving'.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is some potential to be the employer of choice in your area since you do offer some good things: diverse workforce, good benefits, above-market pay, and peer training for a longer time for new hires. You have some really good managers who are quietly working at their jobs and are not in the upper management's offices constantly trying to network--notice and recognize the managers who are actually DOING THE WORK rather than the ones who merely talk the talk. Increase upper management presence on the floor and have them listen to the employees; employees do like interacting with their supervisors (for the most part) but also often feel like upper management doesn't listen to them. Look at WHY there is so much turnover, since this is not normal for your industry and perhaps use an exit interview process to ID root causes and then find ways to address them. Some leadership coaching (starting at the department management level) is needed to develop the soft skills of your leadership so they can more effectively handle feedback situations, learn to periodically give praise, and handle conflict situations. Training on basic root-cause problem solving in manufacturing processes would also be helpful for both department level management and first-line supervision so they could learn about the various causes of failures and focus more on actual problem solving rather than finger-pointing which contributes to negative morale and wastes time which could be focused on actually finding the root cause of 'why' and fixing the issue so it does not happen again. Consider instituting a training program for designated peer mentors who will work with new hires to teach them the ins and outs of the company and their new jobs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Sun Products needs act like the small,

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Brand Manager
    Current Employee - Brand Manager

    I have been working at Sun Products Corporation full-time

    Pros

    -high caliber colleagues: the company mostly attracts excellent people at the associate level

    Cons

    -performance: the company is not in a strong position for growth. investment in innovation and brand building is below the levels needed to deliver short-sighted cost targets.
    -targets: business objectives are systematically unrealistic and create a negative working environment.
    -management: leadership at the director level is lacking the experience required to prioritize and win. The company wants to act like a sophisticated CPG (Unilever, P&G), but with significantly fewer resources. The leadership team is not adapting to the smaller, more nimble company that they (claim to) want to be.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    All Talk and You Must Conform

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

    I worked at Sun Products Corporation (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good money. Learned a great deal and very interesting work.

    Cons

    Treats you like an outsider. No one really talks to you unless its work related. Everyone must act and conform as they are told or they are out. Senior management is only concerned about how it looks rather that what is actually is and most of the senior management can't even handle the copy machine or pull together a report from excel.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open you eyes to the hard workers you have in the rank and file. There is great talent there that is just waiting to shine and if you don't encourage that you are going to lose talent and gain a poor reputation.

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

    No formal organized training/ High stress environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Supply Chain Specialist in Salt Lake City, UT (US)
    Former Employee - Customer Supply Chain Specialist in Salt Lake City, UT (US)

    I worked at Sun Products Corporation full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some employees in the office were really sweet/ thoughtful. You can learn how to manipulate Microsoft Office like a champ by collaborating with skilled co-workers. Tuition reimbursement and retirement matching plan were great.

    Cons

    Health benefits and training are terrible/embarrassing. Also, you will not experience freedom on the weekends. As required, I had to carry the company laptop home on weekends and to church on Sundays to answer emails and make sure that trucks were delivering as expected. Most of the managers are arrogant and need to learn humility.

    My biggest disappointment: This is an environment in which people love to gossip and make you look at fault for their problems by "throwing you under the bus" without first checking the facts. Co-workers/people in other departments assume the worst and try to cover their apples by writing an email to your manager/ manager's manager. On these emails, they are trying to get you fired without furnishing proof. Many times, I had to provide proof to managers that the Traffic Department or sales staff were at fault for the very mistakes that they were blaming me. I started experiencing heart pains from all the stress that I was encountering.

    In conclusion, if you want to advance here and fit into the culture properly, then you should 1. gossip a lot 2. blame other people 3. Not believe in yourself or you will be labeled as arrogant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I am not holding any ill feelings toward anyone. The severed relationship between me and SPC was one of the best things that ever happened to me. Shortly after, I found another company that treated me respectfully and now I have the best manager that I could ever ask for.

    If you are experiencing the same problems, you might also want to sever the relationship with SPC and enjoy freedom again.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    My management is unappreciative and condescending, hindering results with unneccsary processes.

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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 Sun Products Corporation

    Pros

    Great benefits and a good wellness program .

    Cons

    There is no consistency with n processes, they seem to make them up as they go. NO merit increases last year. High turnover rate and they are losing long time employees. No career development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show your employees they are valued, show employees they are respected. Listen to them when they tell you waht works instead of dismissing them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    When private equity acquires a business and doesn't trust the people that got the company to where it was, nobody wins.

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

    I worked at Sun Products Corporation (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits. Decent wages (depending on the job). Friendly coworkers.

    Cons

    New management unwilling to properly assess existing processes, products, people and systems. Inevitable fallout in sales, people and productivity due to short-sightedness. East coast vs. West coast mentality doesn't build unity. The slogan, "One Sun" was not practiced by senior management. Dress code for business personnel was ridiculous. (No docker type pants for instance)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do more due diligence on your next acquisition. Trust existing management more instead of pulling your buddies out of early retirement to replace them at 2x or more cost.
    A successful company doesn't have to be headquartered in NY or CT. There are far more effective and cheaper places to run a business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Private Company with potential but morale struggles

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Salt Lake City, UT (US)
    Current Employee - Manager in Salt Lake City, UT (US)

    I have been working at Sun Products Corporation full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    pay is good, work-life balance varies by department, strong cultural values, team members support each other, brand names and products you can be proud of.

    Cons

    staffing is so lean at this point that it's exposed to execution slip-ups; multiple years of struggling to achieve a decent bonus is disheartening to the loyal and dedicated employees. "next year..." is starting to fall on deaf ears.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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