Constellation Brands

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33 Reviews
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Constellation Brands CEO and Director Rob Sands
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    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 for more than 5 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    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 for 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 ManagementAdvice

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

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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?

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Constellation Brands

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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