Beam Global Spirits & Wine Reviews

Updated January 27, 2015
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  1. Great Place

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director, Commercial Analysis in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Director, Commercial Analysis in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Beam Global Spirits & Wine full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Mostly great people. Sexy brands, well known consumer product. Good paid time off.

    Cons

    Open workspaces are distracting. Some people don't know their roles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to lead. Get out of the way.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Fun place to work in the field

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Fun and friendly environment with great sales for across the county. Hours could be long, but as I always felt part of a team, I was happy to put them in. HQ roles in Deerfield appeared to be more corporate, but if you got the right role (supporting sales or marketing) it could be a great experience.

    Cons

    Company would spend a ridiculous amount on consulting services to find out where they could save money by firing people. Each year there would be a new cull. They should trust their management structure more to make the right decisions on such matters. Following stock market flotation, company became less focused on workers and more on shareholders.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't let go of a positive culture. Company should be able to post strong results while also maintaining a fun working environment.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3. Good company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Beam Global Spirits & Wine full-time (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
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    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 (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
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    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 (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
  7. 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
  8. 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 (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
  9. Great Company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  10. Was OK, but went the Wrong Direction

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Field Marketing Manager
    Former Employee - Field Marketing Manager

    I worked at Beam Global Spirits & Wine full-time (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
  11. Too many meetings, not enough autonomy.

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    • Senior Management
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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

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