Beam Global Spirits & Wine

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Beam Global Spirits & Wine Reviews

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Beam Global Spirits & Wine CEO Matt Shattock
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great people and great experience (in 6 reviews)

  • Very good working hours for an agency (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • High expectations, low work-life balance (in 5 reviews)

  • Incompetent management, perpetual restructuring, high turnover (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Terrible!!!!!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Louisville, KY
    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Louisville, KY

    I worked at Beam Global Spirits & Wine full-time

    Pros

    Compensation and benefits are very good

    Cons

    Incompetent management, perpetual restructuring, high turnover

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If I was CEO, I would terminate almost all of the corporate finance team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    You have to kiss some senior guy's ass otherwise you will either die quickly or get stuck

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deerfield, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deerfield, IL

    I worked at Beam Global Spirits & Wine

    Pros

    Good benefits, long vacation (4 weeks for everyone evey freshmen out of college), matching 401K, free coffee, several hundred dollars allowance on alcohol purchase every year

    Cons

    Culture is very bad - became worse and worse since there is a re-org every year. All the "Old school" guys are knocked out. If you are 40+, with the company for 5+ yrs, and still not a director or just a junior director, you will be out eventually, unless you are backed by a senior executive who is normally much younger and meaner than you. The senior management have been all new faces since 2008-2009 re-org and they keep hiring new bloods to replace the old. It's not about how good you are. It's just about whose ass you are kissing. And if you are too old, even though you want to kiss their ass they would rathe hire some analysts right out of college and promote them into managers in a year or two.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice - The senior management know what they are doing. They want to do it because it's in their best interest.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Knowledge is Power with promotions given to incompetent individuals who happen to be as socially inept as management

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Brand Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Brand Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Beam Global Spirits & Wine

    Pros

    Ok Benefits, great ability to take on more work and unique projects. Great expense accounts and night outs to enjoy the perks of the industry.

    Cons

    Senior Managements is too involved in the mundane day to day aspects of the business. They are socially incapable of interacting with direct reports on a personal level. There is a constant feeling of change, and when change occurs they have not planned out the next steps to continue to drive business with the right people behind the brands.
    Reviews are 360 and often include individuals who should not have an input on your performance. Which lead to a poor and inaccurate assessment.
    Sales led organization with limited support for Marketing, leads to poor creative and less than ground breaking work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a step back and review the talent pool. Often those with similar personalities are promoted or maintained, while driven, pro-active minds are not respected.
    Continue to work on the culture and provide incentives to reengage the team to produce great work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Everytime you think you're getting ahead you get pushed back

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Beam Global Spirits & Wine

    Pros

    -Fun industry, it's liquor so it's exciting
    -Great coworkers, the people are what holds the company together
    -Social environment
    -Entrepreneurial

    Cons

    -Constant turnover; many rounds of layoffs and reorgs (too many to count)
    -No communication from top down, and any communication that exists is usually unclear or misdirected
    -Lack of direction and support
    -Extremely Chaotic
    -Zero accountability
    -No opportunities to advance, those who do advance often seem unjustified
    -Operate like a big company but no willingness to invest in employees
    -Salary compensation among the lowest in the industry

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Beam needs to have clearer lines of communication to their employees. There is no trust there and no sense of stability. Turnover/reorgs happen too frequently and they are constantly losing their most valuable employees. There needs to be accountability across all sector of the company and personal performance should drive personal advancement. The company needs to invest in their employees, doing so will make people want to work harder. There needs to be big changes in order for the company to succeed, opposed to crashing as it has been.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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