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Diageo Reviews

Updated December 17, 2014
Updated December 17, 2014
277 Reviews
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Diageo CEO Ivan Menezes
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Pros
  • They promote work life balance in the sense that - most people work from home on Fridays (in 32 reviews)

  • Great people, great benefits, global opportunities, great industry, great brands (in 36 reviews)


Cons
  • work life balance is rather difficult to manage here (in 17 reviews)

  • Sometimes decision making process is not as quick as the business need (in 12 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    100% HR Turnover

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Diageo full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great brands and marketing. Solid industry and innovative approach to expanding products.

    Cons

    Politics and personal relationships are the sole driver to success. Once you get on the "bad side" of an influential person, it is the norm for that person negatively influence all others. This appears to be the norm. Since I've worked there, almost 100% turnover within the HR group (except for the leaders).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to help people grow and get better instead of labeling and writing them off. Clearly the norm of layoffs are not only business related but a way to cull out those who weren't given the opportunity to improve.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Not the best choice

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Diageo

    Pros

    - Thrown into the fire, no down time

    Cons

    - NO training
    - Over worked
    - Many people work 12+ a day
    - Some of the worst management ever seen (lack of experience)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect all employees, not just the one's you are trying to brown nose

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not what it used to be

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance, happy hour, fun coworkers

    Cons

    No direction or leadership, no respect for current employees. Layoffs are pretty much a norm, and take place every few months. A lot of politics and a very uneasy environment with the frequent layoffs.
    A lot of politics and you have to spend a lot of time networking if you want to get promoted, hard work and being good at what you do is not good enough.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Keep Walking!!!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Trade Marketing in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Trade Marketing in Miami, FL

    I have been working at Diageo full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Globally recognized brands, hard working middle managers, quarterly liquor allowance, leverage due to size, standard benefits (pension/insurance/good vacation days/stock purchase plan but no "match" on 401k)

    Cons

    *Constant fire drills
    *Machiavellic management style (unattainable annual goals with constantly reduced resources to meet the goals)
    *Limited growth potential thanks to "secret calibration process" where one is evaluated by higher management without one's input.
    *No investment in growing people's capabilities
    *No succession planning at mid to upper management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Walk the walk! We have great values and performance ambition. Fund the programs, trust us and give us the freedom to succeed. If you don't believe in the existing talent do a good talent flush and start again but STOP putting us through the wringer!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Immature organization

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Director in Norwalk, CT
    Former Employee - IT Director in Norwalk, CT

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

    Pros

    Insurance, Quarterly liquor allotment, Pension, free coffee, nice gym.

    Cons

    *Immature organization - they struggle so hard to improve so little. The term "agile" is abused. It's code for we don't know what we're doing, so we change direction all the time.
    *Fire drill after fire drill, chronic re-orgs.
    *Did I mention chronic re-orgs? Chronic re-orgs are the first sign management doesn't know what they're doing. It would be nice to see management get swept away in the next re-org.
    *The place is riddled with old talent that grew with the organization. They learned how to do things the wrong way.
    *Smart thinking, careful planning and structured approaches are not rewarded. It's the old heroic fire fighting crew that saves the day with their tribal knowledge (that they won't share).
    *If you do get in and you want your job, fight for you life, get a kevlar vest and don't go near any buses.
    *It's an "all about me" culture. Your manager can care less about your development, because it's all about theirs. This behavior is rewarded.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do this company a favor and move on (and out) already. Get your act together or the smaller competitors are going to chip away at the 800 lb gorilla.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Haphhazard company with reorganizations going on

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Diageo as a contractor (less than an 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
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    disconnect from emplyees

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Spec Writer in Plainfield, IL
    Current Employee - Spec Writer in Plainfield, IL

    I have been working at Diageo full-time (less than an 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
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Continually cutting corners

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Supply Chain
    Former Employee - Supply Chain

    I worked at Diageo full-time (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
  10.  

    Finance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  11.  

    Who you know, not what you know

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Norwalk, CT
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Norwalk, CT

    I have been working at Diageo full-time (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

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