Beam Global Spirits & Wine

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Beam Global Spirits & Wine Reviews

Updated August 18, 2014
Updated August 18, 2014
64 Reviews

3.3
64 Reviews
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Beam Global Spirits & Wine CEO Matt Shattock
Matt Shattock
45 Ratings

Review Highlights

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

  • The company have a few really good brands (in 3 reviews)


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

  • constant change and reorganizations (in 3 reviews)

More Highlights

24 Employee Reviews Back to all reviews

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  1.  

    Good company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Beam Global Spirits & Wine full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The Beam organization offer a great work culture

    Cons

    no cons to speak of!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very friendly and collaborative team

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - BI Analyst  in  Deerfield, IL
    Former Employee - BI Analyst in Deerfield, IL

    I worked at Beam Global Spirits & Wine full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Collaborative team, new technologies exposure and lot of free booze

    Cons

    Beam is sold to Japanese company Suntory. Corporate restructure might happen.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Finance Manager

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    Former Employee - Finance Manager  in  Deerfield, IL
    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Deerfield, IL

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

    Pros

    excellent pay and corporate culture. fun industry and co-workers who all pull together and are very team-oriented. the training is all available and the perks are lots and lots and lots to drink!

    Cons

    ill-defined goals and HR policies lead to unexpected Reductions in Force even while company is performing excellently. mobility within the company is spotty and there seem to be hires/fires suddenly and after only short tenures. odd really

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company, work hard play hard

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great company, well respected, take care of people

    Cons

    High expectations, low work-life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be specific about your expectations/priorities. We all have a lot to do.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Work hard, play hard

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance  in  Deerfield, IL
    Current Employee - Finance in Deerfield, IL

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

    Pros

    Very intelligent group of people running business. Challenging and demanding work. The projects you work on are constantly changing. Good perks for some

    Cons

    Political at the top, turnover is quick the higher you go up the ladder. This is especially true in HQ. Revolving personnel door in mid to higher level positions

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great Company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Beam Global Spirits & Wine full-time

    Pros

    Great people and great experience.

    Cons

    None that i can think of during my tenure

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Was OK, but went the Wrong Direction

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    Former Employee - Field Marketing Manager
    Former Employee - Field Marketing Manager

    I worked at Beam Global Spirits & Wine full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    At the time for my department...free alcohol, macro-managed, good people, benefits, flexible working hours.

    Cons

    Seem to have a revolving door. Since I've worked there, executive decisions have been questionable. They got laid off a lot of talented ppl. Lack of high employee morale. Company has turned into a Sales driven company, which contradicts their motto, "building brands."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire talented people who would understand your brands and consumers. Increase morale; who wants to help you increase sales if they don't feel valuable. Stop laying off people. It is not them, it is the executives making dumb decisions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Too many meetings, not enough autonomy.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Beam Global Spirits & Wine

    Pros

    Great benefits and good people.

    Cons

    Too many meetings and a lot of micromanagement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Delegate and trust your people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fantastic Career launch - If you survive the stress

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

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

    Pros

    People are great, a culture of 'work-hard, play-hard'
    Fantastic innovation platform, get to try new products before market and influence development
    Ability to control your own career development opportunities
    Recently re-designed office space, clean, bright and open
    Liquor allowance for all employees

    Cons

    Work-life balance is a joke. Expect to be glued to your blackberry, even while on vacation.
    Little to no training (systems, processes, industry) unless you're in Sales
    Job security tenuous at best - expect yearly restructures

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The talent that leaves first from burn-out is the talent you can least afford to lose. People with options won't stay in abusive environments. Hold team leaders accountable for improving engagement instead of just reviewing reports and filing them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Must be comfortable with constant change

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    • 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 for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Pay, work hours, brand ambassador program, nice perks working at Beam.

    Cons

    Bad managers; goals inconsistent across functions; lack of accountability/ownership of issues impacting the ability to meet internal and external customers expectations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in managers to be leaders; strive towards a proactive organization, not always having to put out fires. Don't take the manager's word for it; ask the teams responsible for the work. It just may save you from making some bad decisions that will later need to be retracted.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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