Beam Global Spirits & Wine

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Beam Global Spirits & Wine Reviews

Updated October 10, 2014
Updated October 10, 2014
68 Reviews
3.2
68 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.  

    Could be much better

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Divisional Controller in Deerfield, IL
    Former Employee - Divisional Controller in Deerfield, IL

    I worked at Beam Global Spirits & Wine full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    $500 annual allowance for any Beam family product, monthly gifts of Beam bottles, (by-weekly/monthly) free discontinued end-of-bins bottles. (If you are drinker) you could start drinking from yearly morning (one year anniversary party with alcohol cocktails of Beam as a publicly traded company, started at 9:30 am), "thirsty Thursday". Company is cash cow.

    Cons

    Because the company is the cash cow, it could hide plenty of infectiveness, waste and simply stupid decisions by management (announced a relocation on WD 3 of quarter close and let the employees go home to digest the news). You could smell alcohol at 11 am meetings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hope, Japanese management is what Beam needed.

    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Very challenging place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Beam Global Spirits & Wine

    Pros

    Benefits are competitive with like companies

    Cons

    Politics rule and to be in the loop you must play along

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees and their opinions

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Culture of shooting from the hip.

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

    I worked at Beam Global Spirits & Wine full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Small organization, makes quick decisions.

    Cons

    Decisions made quickly, but many important ones are poorly made.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Mixed

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

    I worked at Beam Global Spirits & Wine full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Was given spirits as rewards for good performance - then downsized as "did not fit in"? No description of performance problems?

    Cons

    No job description - somewhat turmoil.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Solve middle management impasse - define training, objectives and goals.

    Doesn't Recommend
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    This company needs some work to improve employee satisfaction

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Brand Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Brand Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Beam Global Spirits & Wine full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    We have some great products. Hours are flexible when life happens. some fun people working there. Pay is only decent, but they do promote from within and across certain functions. Summer hours (for those who have the time to take them).

    Cons

    WORK LIFE BALANCE- major imbalance for a lot of people; this company is understaffed in many departments (with no hope for filling out the staff in the near future). the "perks" of working for this liquor company really comes down to free liquor, which one can simply go to another company for higher salary and buy their own liquor (no other perks here as Beam doesn't sponsor many events or teams). The only real perk is the "cool factor" of saying you work for Jim Beam. Health benefits need a relook.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop acting like we are a small company. You are squeezing every last bit of energy out of your employees which will backfire in lower productivity and higher turnover rate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Interesting industry, but lots of politics to deal with

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deerfield, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deerfield, IL

    I have been working at Beam Global Spirits & Wine full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good brands; interesting categories; some great people work there; global business; company is expanding and growing in importance in industry

    Cons

    I found it to be extremely political. Your success there will depend greatly on who you know, and whether that person remains in power or not.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward people based on their work, not on their connections.

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Racial Favortism

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior IT Architect in Deerfield, IL
    Current Employee - Senior IT Architect in Deerfield, IL

    I have been working at Beam Global Spirits & Wine full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Opportunities to get a lot of responsibilities if you are good at what you do. Specially in IT.

    Cons

    IT Team is full of racial favortism and management is to blame for it. Join the IT team if you are Spanish or at leash know how to speak it. Problem with job security if you show even the slightest sign of slacking. Forget about moving up the ladder if you are not racially inclined with the management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees of all origins equally and respectfully.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    All Depends On How You Enter This Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deerfield, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deerfield, IL

    I have been working at Beam Global Spirits & Wine full-time

    Pros

    This one is no brainer you get the pleasure of working for a spirits company and all the benefits that come with it.

    Cons

    It's not as progressive as the company tries to make you believe. Depending on the manager you have it could be a very micro managing experience. If you are in mind career or out of your 20s this experience would be frustrating as they treat everyone like you are fresh out of college.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to address why you have such a high employee turnover rate. It really doesn't take a genius to figure it out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Subpar experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deerfield, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deerfield, IL

    I worked at Beam Global Spirits & Wine (more than an year)

    Pros

    The beverage alcohol business is a fun one to work on, and many employees enjoy good "social perks"
    Compensation is decent

    Cons

    Generally speaking the culture can feel very poltical and cut-throat at times
    Not a lot of work life balance as hours and expectations can unreasonable
    High turnover

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a closer look at the competency of middle management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lots of internal politics

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

    I worked at Beam Global Spirits & Wine full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Exciting brands; lots of innovations

    Cons

    Internal politics nightmare; no creative ability; constantly changing budgets; zero accountability

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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