Constellation Brands
3.3 of 5 29 reviews
www.cbrands.com Victor, NY 5000+ Employees

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Constellation Brands CEO and Director Rob Sands

Rob Sands

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    Very Poor Management over the facility

    Maintenance Mechanic (Current Employee)
    Madera, CA

    ProsDescent pay for what we do on a daily basis. Good people to work with on the union level.

    ConsThe companies core value policy of taking care of its people first is a SHAME!
    Upper management "New York" is oblivious to what is going on at its facilities in California.
    No path for advancement in the company.
    Current policy is to NOT hire relatives of current employees what kind of company does that?

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop treating your employees like cattle.
    Listen to their concerns and ideas with an open mind.
    Stop letting important business decisions be made by inexperienced fresh out of collage or military 20 something KIDS.
    That alone is the biggest mistake that will Mission Bell winery out of business.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great colleagues, poor leadership and management

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThere is a good cadre of people you work with on a daily basis.

    ConsThere is a dearth of true leadership. The company touts these aspirational values such as employees being their great assets to building brands. Yet, the actions of the company never seem to follow (and are often inverse to these stated objectives).

    Advice to Senior ManagementFollow through with the company's values. When actions are taken that diverge from these values, morale declines.

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    A good place to work but not to grow

    Enologist (Former Employee)
    Napa, CA

    ProsGood pay and benefits relative to other wine industry employers. Many individual managers are committed to creating a good product and a positive environment.

    ConsPoor communication from management, poor advancement opportunities, overemphasis on short-term growth rather than long-term stability. There is very little importance placed on developing employees as a long-term investment; people are expected to move on rather than to grow into new positions.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFill upper management positions with people who understand the beverage business, including wine, rather than with people who are primarily sales or HR managers. Consider decentralizing senior management so that employees around the world have more contact with and communication from you and can better understand your goals.

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    Good pay and perks, politics and posturing are hard to stomach

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsProduct Allowance
    Strong philanthropy -- Sands family really cares about Rochester
    Good pay, especially at the director level and above
    Very nice facilities

    ConsThe company sees itself as nimble and unafraid of bold moves and change, but this can translate into way too much turnover and fickle, capricious decision making. "Hippo" (highest paid person's opinion) always rules. Strategies that are agreed and signed off on can/do change on the whim of one person which creates uneccessary churn and waste. Lots of CYA behavior at the VP level and above which also wastes time and energy. Because of this, projects are usually not thought through or resourced correctly, which leads to junior people moving heaven and earth to clean up the mess. Some people get placed in positions they have little/no training or qualifications for; others get fired out of the blue for little/no reason which leaves the rest of the team demoralized and waiting for the other shoe to drop. Some of this goes on in all companies, but it's taken to an extreme at Constellation, which is unfortunate. With a higher-caliber leadership team, the company would be unstoppable.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHave the courage, discipline, and focus to hire and promote the best people, not just your friends. Be visible, come in earlier/stay later, don't hit the gym for 2 hours during business hours routinely, and generally work as hard as your people do. Make sure your actions match your rhetoric -- your people are watching. Ask yourselves, what have I personally done to make Constellation better today?

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Awesome pay and benefits if you can tolerate the politics and nepotism

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsBenefits above average for the area, even an allowance for wine purchases, pay above average for the area. Company enourages volunteering in community (with some restrictions during work hours) and contributes financially to many worthy causes. Great potential to learn about the alcoholic beverage industry.

    ConsManagement is out of touch with those on the front line. Birthright is not a guarantee of competent leadership. When goals are not being met, pressure from upper management explodes and stress becomes horrific - plan on working extra hours, getting frowned upon for needing to leave for doctor appt's and kids' functions. Paper diplomas have a higher value than loyalty to the company, long time employment, and common sense. If you are young and hip, apply and pad your resume for 3-5 years and leave. That's the pattern now. What was a wonderful place to work has become a merely paycheck to so many. And if asked for an opinion, just smile and nod and agree with the management person asking - they don't want to hear the truth. I have seen some bright, talented, experienced people leave for simply telling the truth.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLISTEN to the front line people. Enough with the flashy parties and trying to get the company name plastered on everything imaginable. Mr. Marvin Sands was a kind, compassionate, brilliant man and truly cared for the people who worked for him. The culture today is pure business, cold and ruthless.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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