Operator (Former Employee) – Wapato, WA – May 4, 2016
every other week i would start at 5:30 AM to get production lines ready to go by 6:00 AM. this task would be rotational between myself and another Operator. Out of two Production lines i was Lead Operator of Line One. I've learned doing this position how to change diameters on Packaging cans and grow with my production line co workers to maximize production and quality.
Co-workers, hours, Safety levels
recent relocation out of state; i was going to retire there
Temporary associates are tasked with the majority of work. The full time associates are very helpful and make sure you don't fall to far behind. Typical work week is 7 days. Not the hardest job but moves at a very quick pace and the wages are rather low.
Quality Control Inspector (Former Employee) – Memphis, TN – January 11, 2016
i really enjoy working there. the work was very easy to do. you wasnt over work but was sure to have lots of work. it was a nice work place and the workers were nice and quick to help if help was needed.the hard part of the job is when the scrap ben would get full and it had to move by hand it was very heavy to do. the good part avout the job was that your lunch would be paid for and the shift time.
floorsperson (Former Employee) – Owosso, MI – March 31, 2016
they would not let you talk and work at the same time if you are at work you are suppose to do your work and nothing else. i mean i love working their cause i just love doing factory work i am a very energized and socialable person i just did not like the management their.
Line Coordinator (Former Employee) – Cinnaminson, NJ – September 9, 2015
Basically it was training for working as part of a team. Assigned a line and asked to run it over a 10 hour shift. Company employees were an excellent group of people, we worked with temps from Accu-Temp staffing. Did everything from build store displays to working with contact lenses and compact discs.
Decent company with very limited chance of promotion and rotating shift work.
Paper Machine Assistant (Former Employee) – Hutchinson, KS – July 14, 2015
Sonoco is a decent company to work for with in the Hutchinson area. However it is has weekly rotating shift hours which makes daily adjustment for sleep cycles difficult at time. Also, it is very limited in the ability of a person to advance or get promoted as it is completely based off of seniority.
Things I did enjoy about the job was that many of the Supervisors new I had previous Quality and Safety Management and were open to suggestions even with being they lowest seniority with in the company.
Packer/Inspector (Former Employee) – Tullahoma, TN – September 14, 2015
Very fast paced. Climate is very hot, working with hot water and steam. Most management very friendly. I did wish better benefits were offered and management would have not chnged. I do believe the company changed hands.
Senior marketing representative (Former Employee) – Atlanta, GA – July 30, 2015
Sonoco was a great organization to work for because of the people hired to run management and sales. Employees were encourage and empowered to offer positive as well as, negative comments. Employees were also empowered to help with new software and be a part of major decision within our department.
a typical day at work, I would come in to my office check the schedual then make cards out and make out our run sheets, then get on the forklift and bring up the lumber that we were going to need to start. after that I supervised my men and did safety audits, quality audits, and hot spot audits, but I never sacrificed safety for quanity, my employees well being were my top priority, in fact they would actually come into my office and tell me things like "my wife just left" and things like that so I had the respect of my men and I showed them respect as well.
Welder/Machine Operator (Former Employee) – Hartselle, AL – May 27, 2015
My job was hard but simple. I operated a shearing machine and a rolling machine. Always had sufficient help. Although mostly I operated machines. This is the company where I learned to weld, and decided to go to school and get certified. It was a kind of small facility therefore everyone knew everyone, a brotherhood of sorts. There was never a guess of what time we ended our day, leaving enough time in the evenings to handle personal business
Mig Welder (Former Employee) – Hartselle, AL – May 1, 2015
The day usually starts soon as the buzzer goes off. Check production sheets to find out whats on the agenda for the day. Materials were usually in position for "one" to start. Make sure welders were to acceptable conditions as well. Once all materials accounted for, welding starts and materials are usually pre-cut but re-checking them for reassurance is a must! Most jobs are done in teams, but seldomly you work alone.
It's a place that you can learn a lot from different people in the field.
Production Worker (Former Employee) – Berthoud, CO – April 6, 2015
I worked in the tube and core industry as part of Sonoco. I was hired as a temp and just worked for the summers. The people I worked with were great and the production manager was a great guy. It was just another factory job though. Boring work, long days. The pay was pretty good for still being in school. The retention rate of employees was pretty good. Most of the workers had been there over 10 years. Not a bad temporary position. Definitely don't want to get stuck in factory work for the rest of my life though.