Constellation Brands

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Constellation Brands Reviews

Updated September 20, 2014
Updated September 20, 2014
39 Reviews
3.9
39 Reviews
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  1.  

    Fast growing company with fast changing roles

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Constellation Brands (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Solid pay and growth from within

    Cons

    Growth leads to constant restructuring

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hang on to solid performers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great if your one of the beautiful people...

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    Current Employee - Fusion in Victor, NY
    Current Employee - Fusion in Victor, NY

    I have been working at Constellation Brands full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Above average pay, bonus...sinful! Lots of money thrown at problems....because they can

    Cons

    Cutthroat atmosphere, rude and often foul mouth management, not friendly to new blood. If a given area had pressure....higher paid folks get tossed aside. Poor HR practices - though documented processes are progressive and look good - behaviors by mgt (as inpsired by the top dogs) is anything but moral and ethical

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention - many great people have left because you had no checks and balances on your second level of mgt. Your loss

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Warehouse

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    Former Employee - Warehouse Supervisor in Canandaigua, NY
    Former Employee - Warehouse Supervisor in Canandaigua, NY

    I worked at Constellation Brands full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Advancement & Opportunity compensation and people you work with.

    Cons

    Upper management , no checks and balance from human resources

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More proactive and think out of the box

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Constellation Brands-former employee

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Constellation Brands full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits including stock options, profit sharing, and good bonus program. Fantastic portfolio of brands.

    Cons

    Big egos of upper management can make you feel like your opinion is not important. A little bit of an "old boys club" can make it hard to fit in, especially with sales management team.
    They reorg constantly and have taken pricing and program decisions away from Field Sales Managers. Can be hard to get promoted. Sales has become very process driven and structured.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a way to give more responsibility to Field Sales Managers. They can't get promoted to Sales Directors because they don't have pricing/programming experience but can't get that experience at Constellation. Listen to employees at lower levels more. Zone GMs are not always right, regardless of what they believe.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Great products, smart people

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Constellation Brands

    Pros

    People work really hard here to create and promote the best wine and spirits products possible.

    Cons

    Very unorganized. Company not focused on employee growth.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Meh

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Victor, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Victor, NY

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

    Pros

    There is a great group of people (middle-management and below) that you work with on a daily basis. It was these people that made it a friendly atmosphere and made it feel like a second home. The people are truly willing to help you out in any way possible. The work requires you to critically think and you have the opportunity to make many of your own decisions and do things how you want to do them. They also have an on-site gym, partial cafeteria for lunches and host events for employees (albeit, the events decreased over the past few years)!

    Cons

    There is a lack of promotional opportunities. The salary was on the low end in comparison to the "market value" for similar positions with other companies and within industry segments; In addition, you are not valued or compensated for your loyalty and dedication for the years of service you put into the company. The average employee must work 50+ hours a week to keep up with the ever increasing job demands. The company has downsized departments and headcount so people are forced to do more with less. It is a public company and there is a constant push to please Wall Street.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat everyone as if they are as important as the person in upper-management that sits in the office next to you. You should watch Undercover Boss and see that things are never as peachy as you may think at the lower levels and divisions within the company. Reward hard work with more and better opportunities for current employees!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to start out or cruise along

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Server Engineering Team Lead in Niagara Falls, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Server Engineering Team Lead in Niagara Falls, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Constellation Brands full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits, Management is mostly hands off so you can do your job, they are beginnings to implement policies that move them from a small company to the major world leader that they actually are, company values are taken seriously

    Cons

    Lots of politics, some residual small company thinking, lots and lots of CYA actions sometimes hamper doing the best thing instead of "the things I won't get fired for", culture is still developing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Demonstrate that "doing the right thing" is more valued than "the things I won't get fired for" - encourage a bit more responsibility and risk taking

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    good place to learn but opportunities are minimal and there is a lot of politics involved

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    Former Employee - Field Sales Manager
    Former Employee - Field Sales Manager

    I worked at Constellation Brands

    Pros

    Great training programs and opportunities to grow your skill set. If this is your first supplier job you will be able to transfer to any company in the industry after spending a few years with Constellation.

    Cons

    The politics involved in moving advancing through this organization are unbelievable. THere are meny talented people workignhere but they are not always the ones that get promoted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at your teams and how they are working together. This is a group of individuals not a cohesive unit.

    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Corporate culture

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Constellation Brands

    Pros

    Fair benefits packages, friendly coworkers, interesting industry. Most areas have a lot of autonomy and there is always plenty of work to do.

    Cons

    There appears to be little guidance from upper management. Projects and initiatives are started by divisions or departments without overall integration with the rest of the company, usually to pad someone's resume before they leave the company. This leads to a lot of cleanup work and integration after their departure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please spend less time on retreats creating corporate values and policies and more time leading by example. Constellation Brands has some great employees and brands that deserve better leadership.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Constellation Wines

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Constellation Brands

    Pros

    Constellation seems to have salary and benefit levels at least competitive if not better than industry average. From a corporate perspective acquisitions and sales of pieces of the business make sense giving employees a degree of security. The portfolio of owned companies is impressive. The company works to assure employees of acquisitions that it will not immediately revamp the status quo.

    Cons

    Top level executive compensation according to annual report seems high in view of the company's recent performance. There is a strong feeling that complaints and suggestions by low to mid level employees can not be heard by top management. Marketing decisions such as packaging and market research seem to be made without reference to local production units resulting in avoidable mistakes. Distribution networks have seen evidence of recent disarray resulting in some loss of sales volume. Working for a company with good compensation but truncated communications with decision makers is better than not having a job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find ways for any employee to ask questions, make suggestions or even complain without fear of retribution and with some indication that the communication was received. Lincoln Electric seems to have a way of doing this.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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