Beam Global Spirits & Wine

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Beam Global Spirits & Wine Reviews

Updated October 11, 2014
Updated October 11, 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.  

    Busy, Busy, Busy

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - New Products Coordinator in Deerfield, IL
    Current Employee - New Products Coordinator in Deerfield, IL

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

    Pros

    Fun industry, laid back and friendly coworkers, product tastings

    Cons

    Constant new products, lack of leadership, lack of communication, high stress environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate better, slow down

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Creative Director

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Beam Global Spirits & Wine

    Pros

    Very good working hours for an agency

    Cons

    Difficult to reach suburban location

  3.  

    Great brands, fun industry, but do-everything culture often leads to burn out

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    • 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 (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    great portfolio of products and brands, good compensation and perks relative to the industry, smart people with opportunities to move up or try new things

    Cons

    lacking focus/do-everything mentality, high priority on short-term results without enough consideration on long-term impact, high turnover, somewhat political at the top, pending ownership changes means uncertainty

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Good company to work for if starting out in your career...

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Deerfield, IL
    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Deerfield, IL

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

    Pros

    Pros – Management is very focused on helping you move forward in your career. They help you set short-term and long-term goals that will increase your job satisfaction. Management is fair, understanding, trust their employee's judgment and encourage employees to take on more responsibility and leadership roles. The company is flexible, and has great benefits.

    Cons

    The work-load is demanding and can sometimes be overwhelming. The expectations are high, so you need to be alert and motivated every day. There is very little down time, so if you're not high-energy, this is not the place for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees and pay better.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Great company to work for prior to going public as Beam in 2011. Afterwards, poor management.

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

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

    Pros

    Although benefits have been reduced in recent years, still better than a lot of companies of comparable size.

    Cons

    Dramatically increased work load due to consolidation of facilities. Not many advancement opportunities for most.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management should be more engaged in what is truly happening at the site level.

    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Good Company, Growth not equal in all departments

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

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

    Pros

    People, fun enviorment, flexible work hours, product allowance

    Cons

    Low growth, pay, job duities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create growth

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great job if you want to have fun and don't care about career growth

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Territory Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Territory Sales Representative

    I worked at Beam Global Spirits & Wine full-time

    Pros

    Great salary, benefits, expense package, trips, and loads of fun

    Cons

    You live and breath booze, mentality of the company is to have you out in the field selling drink by drink as often as possible. Career growth is somewhat limited because turnover is low. Tendency to attract lazy people/coworkers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your younger staff - sales/marketing, are generally going to have more drive than your senior staff. Why not delegate more responsibility for incremental income growth? Example: Have younger sales rep be the new product specialist too for +5k annual income.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Play hard work harder

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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 an year)

    Pros

    Great brands, great people, great perks. A very fast paced environment on the cusp of social trends.

    Cons

    More work than people to get it all done. Near impossible expectations. Pushes to hire more and more women but, almost ignores the needs of pregnant and working mothers. Highly competitive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This is a great company but has some room for improvement. The methods put I. Place to increase engagement are too superficial and to not address the core issues.
    Here are a few tips: Better benefits for working parents. Hire more talented people to help achieve goals, balance out the workload so employees can take a vacation once and awhile to avoid stress and burnout. Stop scheduling meetings over lunch and let your employees take a real break once and a while. Promote from within more, especially when it comes to directors. Improve the on-boarding and training process. Promote the right people into the right jobs. Upgrade from the old clunky and outdated technology to better faster more efficient systems.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Director

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

    I worked at Beam Global Spirits & Wine full-time

    Pros

    Interesting industry to be in

    Cons

    Inconsistent follow through on strategy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Challenging Environment, Plenty of Opportunity to Lead and Advance, Great Brands

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    - Great people with a strong passion for the business
    - Opportunity to lead and motivate others
    - Great benefits
    - Great brands

    Cons

    - Constant change is hard to manage
    - Would like to see smaller levels of change vs. sweeping re-organizations
    - Many layers with approvals needed; difficult to make decisions quickly

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees and be ready for change. It is a good place to learn a business and build a career. Be as open as possible and reduce the structure and layers.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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