Diageo
3.6 of 5 225 reviews
www.diageo.com London, United Kingdom 5000+ Employees

Diageo Reviews

Updated Jul 1, 2014
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3.6 225 reviews

                             

88% Approve of the CEO

Diageo CEO and Director Paul S. Walsh

Paul S. Walsh

(96 ratings)

74% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Haphhazard company with reorganizations going on

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsYou can get exposure to different responsibilities just because everyone is so busy that they don't have time to help you out on your project. I don't mind being a jack of all trades.

    Conslots of work but make do with contractors. Manager had an immature attitude when I told them that I am leaving for a new opportunity as there was no scope for me here to move up or gain more responsibilities. Maybe it is a location thing as I have read good reviews about the east coast location, which seems to be the headquarters in NA.

    Advice to Senior ManagementValue employees and hire new people. Smaller companies hire and value their employees so they contribute a lot to their respective companies as well. You want brand and/or company loyalty then you have to hire new people.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    disconnect from emplyees

    Spec Writer (Current Employee)
    Plainfield, IL

    Proslots of work.
    approval of hours right away

    Consshort contract
    unreasonable expectations of work from manager hwo probably hasn't set foot in lab for years.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Continually cutting corners

    Supply Chain (Former Employee)

    ProsProduct Allowance
    Work/Life Balance (dependant on manager)

    ConsNo room to grow - continually reorging and cutting headcounts

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop trying to be "lean". The people that are left after every reorg are miserable.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsThe brands and most people are great.

    ConsLeadership takes a long time to make decisions and it affects peoples workload. Also the work hours are extremely long and while there is a bonus you are earning every penny of it. There is no life/work balance or consideration to your personal time. Manager is one of the worst I have had, he is improper and definitely is over demanding. While I get it is fast paced there should be a threshold of how much time we spend investigating $100, we can spend our time looking at other things that are more material. Also systems are awful and while Sales and Marketing have it good here-definitely not Finance they are always working long hours.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake decisions faster and watch your leadership carefully as they do not always behave properly.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Who you know, not what you know

    Finance Manager (Current Employee)
    Norwalk, CT

    ProsNice offices
    Decent salaries
    Good benefits package

    ConsBlame-storming environment.
    Management talks a great game and does little
    Favoritism is prevalent
    Reorganization a every 18-24 months guaranteed...not the sign of a good management team
    Managers like to send e-mails on the weekends to fein that they are working (and you are not)

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Sales Director (Current Employee)
    Miami, FL

    ProsGreat brands amazing growing industry

    ConsPoor structure
    Not enough managers to do the need jobs

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Diversity is a challenge at this company in every respect. ERGs do not solve that problem

    Director (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsIt is a social company with a good product stand in the marketplace. Flexible end of week ability to work from corporate or NY office as meetings allowed.

    ConsDiageo pretends that diversity is important,but there are no true diversity leaders and they will not invest in training, supplying resources, or increasing functions in diversity. This company is predominately run by white men in leadership roles and women leadership amongst black and hispanic women does not exist at the company. The Director level is not a big deal in the support functions so they should stop trying to skew the numbers that way for the media. There is very little growth support Diageo in terms of building on industry and functional learning. They need to invest in their people. Memberships, conferences and educational support in lacking for everyone. As non-minority it sickened me to see across groups Trade,Marketing, Sales, Finance, Supply, PR how this value was not real.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvest in 360 reviews of your " leadership" VP levels are complacent and often too long standing people who do not have the new way to drive the business forward but will take the credit. The company needs to invest in diversity and not just through ERG parties at a bar. The company is doing a horrible job with Hispanics and women which are two of the largest consumer segments. There should be watch outs for the nepotism and " jewish only" mentality that one of the Marketing directors level people there on a major brand touts.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Diageo was great at first, but now it's a different story

    (Current Employee)
    Norwalk, CT

    ProsOutstanding premium brands and great perks.

    ConsUnless you mobile and willing to relocate to the U.K., there’s not much opportunities to advance your career. I assumed going in that there would be an opportunity to advance my career, especially with a MBA. Unless you’re on the “Golden List,” well-liked by upper management, you would not succeed. Hard work doesn’t pay at Diageo. Work harder on developing relationship is only ticket to “success.” If you’re in the HR field, I repeat Diageo HR is worst department. They do not know what the hell they are doing. They promote their “Golden Childs” before they can really understand or become an expert at their former role, before moving on to the next. You have to stay in a role from 18 to 24 months, but I have seen people move around and get promoted less than a year. HR does not practice what they preach for other departments. They would hire a less qualified external candidate over current internal talent. Lead by example. I see a lot of favoritism across all functions. Very political.

    Current employees are very unhappy, but are comfortable and don't want to take the leap.

    Diageo constantly restructure and layoff every 6-12 months. Forever changing the models and not allowing the model to work before changing again. Some areas are high turnover and can't retain the best talent.

    Because they give bonus and pension, they feel the salary is competitive, but it's not. Bonus is not guarantee.

    They promote "Going Red" and being authentic, but in reality, you can't.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop promoting individuals that doesn't have "People Manager" experience and who cannot manage others. Require all People Managers go through an extensive course work on how to manage. You are losing great talent due to mismanagement. Stop listening and taking sides with the managers and figure out the root cause of the problems. If you are going to have to make them feel valued, appreciated and part of the decision making process.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good in theory. Horrible in execution.

    Salaried (Current Employee)
    Baltimore, MD

    Pros--Great values
    --"Relay" culture is family based and front line employees care about what they do

    Cons--Upper management is dishonest and only cares about their own advancement opportunities
    --Very little support for work life balance especially with Mothers
    --Union environment can be a bit tough

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your team... They know that you are more focussed on your next role than the long term condition of this site and your employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Extremely top heavy and inexperienced management at local level

    Hourly (Current Employee)
    Plainfield, IL

    Pros• Superb medical insurance, 100% employer paid premiums.
    • State off the art manufacturing facility
    • Stock options , profitable year after year
    • Employees have strong work ethics and believe in team work
    • Potential to become in the top 10 best place to work
    • Clean and safe maufacturing environment
    • Manufactures a product that is always in strong consumer demand

    Cons• Nano management, managers to hourly employee ratio very high
    • Blatant disregard and manipulation of collective bargaining agreements
    • 12 hour day/ night work shifts over 36 and 48 hour work week
    • Use of on call employees to supliment and displace regular workers
    • Nonexistent employee/ management dialog
    • Managers have little or no idustry specific experiance

    Advice to Senior ManagementExpunge duplicate mid / low level management, several posistions are redundant. Hiring more low level managers will not fix currant issues, it makes the real causes more opaque. Listen to the hourly employees: they have hundreds of years of valuable experience behind them. Promote from within, having a degree doesn’t always make a good or competent manager. Treat all employees like people and not an asset item.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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