Constellation Brands Reviews

Updated July 6, 2015
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  1. Marketing Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Novato, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Novato, CA

    I worked at Constellation Brands (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits, annual bonus, SF location, great wine brands.

    Cons

    Competitive environment, poor management style, lack of opportunities and/or career paths.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Questionable behavior and pervasive lack of ethics

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Victor, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Victor, NY

    I worked at Constellation Brands full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Better pay and benefits than many other companies in area

    Cons

    Vile, disgusting, obscene, bullying and illegal behavior is openly tolerated and too often rewarded. Some managers get away with rarely showing up to work and adding zero value. One former manager regularly pressured me and many others to drink and drive - not cool for a company in the beverage alcohol business. Hiring of minority candidates is a joke; hiring of the disabled is nonexistent. Company used to be ethical, but those days are over.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up to the fact that this is 2015 and Mad Men behavior is not OK. Pushing people out the door because they are no longer young, have had some health issues, have taken maternity or other family leave or are not "fun" (not interested in getting falling-down drunk at work-related social functions or having extramarital affairs with coworkers) is not OK. Neither is penalizing employees who dare to suggest that perhaps complying with federal and state laws and regulations would be in the company's best interest.


  3. Constellation allows tyrants have free reign

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Constellation Brands full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The company was a whole has good values - they try to be socially responsible, provide an employee wellness program, you start with 3 weeks of PTO (which covers both sick and vacation time). Insurance is good.

    Cons

    Winemakers are drunk in meetings and will fall asleep, if they stay awake for the meeting then they can get belligerent for no apparent reason and then will demand that someone explain the meeting items to them again after the meeting.
    They allow people to be cruel to subordinates. At times you will think that you can't do anything right.

    Advice to Management

    Promote people who deserve it. The ones who have demonstrated that they are high achieving, hard working, dedicated employees. Verify that your winemaking team does not have a drinking problem. Ask around the facilities about their behavior. Many people see the winemaking team bump into walls as they come out of "tastings". It is embarrassing, unprofessional, and should not be tolerated.


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  5. Good place to work if you want to sacrifice your life for money

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Constellation Brands full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great pay, benefits, 401K, bonus, entrepreneurial spirit depending on what functional group you are working in. The business is doing very well with the acquisition of the beer business.

    Cons

    If family is important to you, you do not want to work for this company. Unfortunately the lure of great pay and benefits comes at a price. PTO includes vacation and sick time which is challenging as it encourages co-workers to come to the office sick so they won't have to take PTO time.


  6. Very Poor Management over the facility

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    Current Employee - Maintenance Mechanic in Madera, CA
    Current Employee - Maintenance Mechanic in Madera, CA

    I have been working at Constellation Brands full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    The 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 Management

    Stop 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.


  7. Great colleagues, poor leadership and management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Constellation Brands full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    There 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 Management

    Follow through with the company's values. When actions are taken that diverge from these values, morale declines.


  8. Helpful (1)

    A good place to work but not to grow

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    Former Employee - Enologist in Napa, CA
    Former Employee - Enologist in Napa, CA

    I worked at Constellation Brands

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Poor 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 Management

    Fill 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.


  9. Bad Work Environment

    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Burnaby, BC (Canada)

    I worked at Constellation Brands

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Free Wine and other complimentary stuff

    Cons

    Demotivated co-workers, underpaid and overworked with a negative attitude

    Advice to Management

    Decrease the work load by hiring more people.


  10. Helpful (3)

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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Constellation Brands

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    The 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 Management

    Have 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?


  11. Helpful (1)

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

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Constellation Brands

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits 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.

    Cons

    Management 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 Management

    LISTEN 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.



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