Sonoco Products Company Employee Reviews

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Favoritism/Nepotism, Bad Management, and last minute overtime.
Packer/Inspector (Former Employee) –  Findlay, OH7 September 2016
Given that most general labor positions start at the slave wage of $10 or less, starting at $13.42 wasn't that bad. Buy after that, you will be put on whatever shift they please while 1st shift is reserved for the manager's sons. Definite favoritism at play here by the manager, supervisor, and even human resources. Certain workers are more often assigned easier tasks while you are stretched thin. You'll run up to 3 or 4 presses at a time (up to 9 parts) and while you struggle to keep up, other workers and especially the lazy supervisor will lounge around. The supervisor, who can be often seen sitting in his office chatting with one of the more favored employees, will scold you for not keeping up with the inhuman task that you have been assigned. He will even tell you to your face to not stand around and do nothing when only he was the one doing so. This is a decent job when you know it is temporary, but don't stay longer than you have to.
Pros
You are lifting plastic
Cons
Inhuman tasks, Favoritism/Nepotism, Dirty Management
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A great place to work!
Process Engineer (Former Employee) –  Richmond, VA17 July 2016
The team there works well together and are great people. They really care about their employees! If I worked in the same field I would love to still work there.
Pros
Good pay, great people, great work/life balance
Cons
none!
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Graduated but stuck
Accounts Receivable Clerk (Former Employee) –  Hartselle, AL16 May 2016
Great learning experience with a lot of difference accounting tasks. Great benefits as well. Following completion of bachelors in accounting, I was told no job advancement.
Pros
401K, INSURANCE, ADDITIONAL BENEFITS
Cons
NO JOB ADVANCEMENT
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Great Southern Corporate Company
Intern (Former Employee) –  Hartsville, SC11 April 2016
I had the privilege to intern with this company for 6 months paid. This was a stellar company top to bottom that really cares about their people and the company. Very low turn over rate. Company is growing with a lot more younger people. Small town is evolving with a lot of various stores and attractions.
Pros
Great Work Life Balance
Cons
Nothing
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Very Prodcutive Company
Production Team Leader, Program Coordinator (Former Employee) –  Baton Rouge, LA8 December 2015
Work place was a very energetic and caring environment. Employees always eager to learn knew skills. I managed a crew of Ten or more on the daily basis. From day to day basis I performed a variety of skills and task which lead to a great production report.
Pros
healthcare, salary, and supportive administration
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Productive
Factory Worker (Current Employee) –  Rural Hall, NC22 November 2015
We always had a busy day. Constantly moving and staying busy. the hardest part about the job is standing there for nine hours. The most enjoyable part of the job is knowing that at the end of the day, I worked hard and will get good money.
Pros
Breaks
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Productive
Machine Operator (Current Employee) –  Beavercreek, OH21 October 2015
Long hours, Great pay. Somewhat good health package. Some management was good to work for. Monthly bonuses. More for a single person due to long work hours
Pros
Monthly bonus
Cons
long hours
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Fun work place
Inspector/Packer (Former Employee) –  Spartanburg, SC9 September 2015
Great job... friendly and fast paced environment. The hours were good how ever its closing down without notice and I really liked the job.
Pros
Great Hours
Cons
Slow at times
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Good summer job
General Office Assistant (Former Employee) –  Winston-Salem, NC29 July 2015
I was a temp for the summer and enjoyed my time. It had a good work environment and fun people to work with. Wasn't too stressful and the hours were perfect for a good balance of work and personal life.
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Good company
Quality Engineer (Former Employee) –  Hartsville, SC29 July 2015
People genuinely work together to solve problems. Large company that attempts to share information across locations. Sometimes politics gets in the way of progress and growth.
Pros
Organization tries to help you develop and grow professionally.
Cons
Culture is changing. Benefits are being reduced.
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Secure, stable, innovating
Line Lead/ Winder Operator (Current Employee) –  Beavercreek, OH3 July 2015
Sonoco remains competitive by adapting to the market, a strong safety culture, and continuously driving cost out of business. They do this while fairly compensating their employees.
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Good place to work at with proper management personel
Production/Quality Employee at Memphis (Former Employee) –  Memphis, TN11 June 2015
A typical work day here consisted of loading metal into a press, sleeving product and stacking finished product onto finished pallet. Required quality checks of finished products were also performed at required hours. Work with the quality department to properly diagnose customer complaints and defects found at process. Properly putting the finished product and raw material into oracle throughout the shift was required. Here I learned how to use Oracle, which is a much more effective way of keeping track of finished product and raw material in real time. I caught on and learned Oracle so quickly that management made me an Oracle super user, where I would help out co-workers when they had problems with Oracle or when the supervisors were busy with other tasks. Management here was horrible, the decisions that were made on a daily basis were horrible and made no sense in the long run. It was poorly run and management treated employees very poorly. To me, they didn't seem to know much about successfully running a business.
Pros
Health insurance and 401k plan
Cons
Poor management
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Productive and professional. Great environment and great employees.
Data Entry/Analyst (Current Employee) –  Hartsville, SC22 April 2015
• Worked as a team and individually to meet sales and production goals set by management.
• Worked in marketing for each product group and minor to categorize items into proper placement.
• Worked in the Master Estimates of products to correct the packaging process.
• Update and change information from old system to convert into new system.
• Used Microsoft Excel to create product lists for items needing updates or corrections
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Great compensation , horrible job work/life balance
Assistant Operator (Current Employee) –  Suffolk, VA9 March 2015
Start equipment to start production process
Lift raw materials manually or with hoists
Operate machinery used in the production process , assisting operator
Clean equipment
Observe equipment operations to inform the operator of any malfunctions
Examine products to ensure good quality cans are being shipped
Change machine gears for different can sizes
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was beautiful to work for Sonoco
Lead Material Handler (Former Employee) –  Andover, MA24 February 2015
was a very good company I loved to work for Sonoco.
people were very nice I,m sad that they have to close after 14 year.
working for them,
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Uncaring Management and Uncaring Corporate Support
Former Employee (Former Employee) –  Waynesville, North Carolina4 December 2014
Does not matter how long you worked there or how hard/good you did your job. More like "popularity" contest. Like being back in high school. Not a "yes man" so did not go over well with new management. They say they want to "grow employees" NOT true.
Pros
NONE
Cons
They tell you GREAT things to get you in the door but NEVER follow through with them.
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work was very hard
fotklift oper yardjockey (Former Employee) –  robesonia pa 1955110 October 2014
great co-workers days went fast very fast paced worked there 36yrs
Pros
days went fast lots of ot
Cons
did follow company policies
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Productive
Lab Assistant (Former Employee) –  Hartsville, SC11 August 2014
Given many opportunities to further my experiences and field work.
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Great employees(co-workers). Great benefits. Very Poor Management.
Forklift (Former Employee) –  Newport, TN27 July 2014
Sonoco overall was a great place to work. When I started in 1996 it was an awesome job with exceptional management. Then over the years the management of the company declined drastically. They quit caring about the employees and started treating them as just another number. This was a culture change that myself along with many others found unacceptable for which the reason we decided to pursue other job opportunities.
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Excellent company
Finishing Leader / Setup Attendant (Former Employee) –  Montville, NJ28 June 2014
- good benefit
- 401K
- good vacation pay
- company stocks
- safety focus
- good pay
- stop auditor
- good supervisor
- good management
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3.7
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