Diageo Reviews

Updated June 30, 2015
47 reviews filtered by
  • Any Location
  • Any Job Title
  • Any Status
Employment Status

Reset
2.0
Rating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Diageo CEO Ivan Menezes
Ivan Menezes
6 Ratings

Pros
  • Work/Life Balance (dependant on manager) (in 32 reviews)

  • great brands and great marketing (in 36 reviews)

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

  • Speeding up decision making, primary benefits could be a little better (in 12 reviews)

More Pros and Cons

47 Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1. Manager

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

    I worked at Diageo full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Company has great benefits including brand ambassador program that provides $225 per quarter of alcohol and branded material to all salaried employees.

    Cons

    Culture is intense with cronyism running rampant. People are often promoted primarily based on who you know and who likes you versus merit. The current environment has resulted in a lot of strong contributors being let go or leaving. If you are from the US the likelihood that you will be retained in senior management in North America is low, with global leadership preferring to bring in European leaders who struggle understanding US culture. In their quest to increase profitability they really don't understand how to do it, instead relying on the "flavor of the month" model.


  2. IT

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

    I have been working at Diageo full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great brands, cool atmosphere, good pay, most people truly care about the company and work their hardest

    Cons

    Reorganization after reorganization. Management changes galore. Important to tow the party line and not ruffle anyones feathers as it may give off the wrong perception. People are afraid to give their opinions and are often held accountable for other peoples decisions.

    Advice to Management

    Tell the truth, accept the facts, build some stability in a vision, plan and execution approach.


  3. Would not recommend if you are a woman

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

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, good salary, good products

    Cons

    Upper management was very stuck in their ways. Refused to look outside of the box and try something new. In addition, this company is very much a old boys network. Woman are not welcome, and upper management made sure I was aware of that. HR didn't care that my VP had been reported more than three times due to his mind set towards women, they continued to allow this person work in a roll he had no business working in. Not only was he sexist, but he didn't know what he was doing and his team turned over 2 times in one year. People don't quit companies, they quit leaders. Clearly the case with Diageo.

    Advice to Management

    Step out of the box. Start looking for new talent. Don't stay loyal to people who are hurting your business.


  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5. Helpful (1)

    Looks better from the outside

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

    I worked at Diageo full-time

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

    Pros

    work/life balance, posh office surroundings, quarterly alcohol allowance,

    Cons

    This company was more about who you know than what you know (very high school like). Layoffs were a constant threat and a part of regular operations. Build 'em up and knock 'em down mentality permeates the culture. Upward mobility non-existent. I once applied to an internal position to move upward and was told I didn't have enough business knowledge after working there for almost 3 years. HR is completely useless and functions very under-handedly, working against those who are targeted or whose time is up. Management are not respected leaders, but rather henchmen. No surprise they are losing market share. The game is up Diageo.

    Advice to Management

    Games up. Start leading and setting honorable examples of what being a leader truly means.


  6. Not the best choice

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

    I worked at Diageo

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  7. Helpful (5)

    Not what it used to be

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  8. Helpful (2)

    100% HR Turnover

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  9. Helpful (5)

    Keep Walking!!!!

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

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

    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 Management

    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!


  10. Helpful (4)

    Immature organization

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Director in Norwalk, CT
    Former Employee - IT Director in Norwalk, CT

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

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

    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 Management

    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.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Haphhazard company with reorganizations going on

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

    I have been working at Diageo as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.



Showing 47 of 346 reviews
Reset Filters
RSS Feed </> Embed

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.