Diageo Reviews

Updated July 1, 2014
Updated July 1, 2014
251 Reviews
3.7
251 Reviews
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Diageo CEO Ivan Menezes
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Pros
  • Work with the smart people, competitive package, work/life balance (in 25 reviews)

  • Great brands to sell, marketing support is ok, fair pay and benefits (in 28 reviews)


Cons
  • No work life balance; Limited communication and direction from the executive team (in 17 reviews)

  • Work a lot in Strategy, no work life balance (in 6 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Haphhazard company with reorganizations going on

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Diageo as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    You 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.

    Cons

    lots 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 ManagementAdvice

    Value 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    disconnect from emplyees

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Spec Writer  in  Plainfield, IL
    Current Employee - Spec Writer in Plainfield, IL

    I have been working at Diageo full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    lots of work.
    approval of hours right away

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Continually cutting corners

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Supply Chain
    Former Employee - Supply Chain

    I worked at Diageo full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Product Allowance
    Work/Life Balance (dependant on manager)

    Cons

    No room to grow - continually reorging and cutting headcounts

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop trying to be "lean". The people that are left after every reorg are miserable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Finance

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Diageo full-time

    Pros

    The brands and most people are great.

    Cons

    Leadership 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 ManagementAdvice

    Make decisions faster and watch your leadership carefully as they do not always behave properly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Who you know, not what you know

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    Current Employee - Finance Manager  in  Norwalk, CT
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Norwalk, CT

    I have been working at Diageo full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Nice offices
    Decent salaries
    Good benefits package

    Cons

    Blame-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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Sales director

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    Current Employee - Sales Director  in  Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Sales Director in Miami, FL

    I have been working at Diageo full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great brands amazing growing industry

    Cons

    Poor structure
    Not enough managers to do the need jobs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Director  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY

    I worked at Diageo full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    It 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.

    Cons

    Diageo 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 ManagementAdvice

    Invest 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Norwalk, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norwalk, CT

    I have been working at Diageo full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Outstanding premium brands and great perks.

    Cons

    Unless 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 ManagementAdvice

    Stop 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good in theory. Horrible in execution.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Salaried  in  Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Salaried in Baltimore, MD

    I have been working at Diageo full-time

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Listen 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Extremely top heavy and inexperienced management at local level

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Hourly  in  Plainfield, IL
    Current Employee - Hourly in Plainfield, IL

    I have been working at Diageo

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Expunge 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.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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