Diageo Reviews

Updated September 8, 2014
Updated September 8, 2014
255 Reviews
3.7
255 Reviews
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Diageo CEO Ivan Menezes
Ivan Menezes
18 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • They promote work life balance in the sense that - most people work from home on Fridays (in 28 reviews)

  • Great brands to sell, marketing support is ok, fair pay and benefits (in 29 reviews)


Cons
  • work life balance is rather difficult to manage here (in 18 reviews)

  • Salaries, pain to get to, cost cutting and decision making poor (in 11 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work

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

    I worked at Diageo as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Good leadership and fast learning environment.

    Cons

    salary could be better for the long hours of work.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Supply Manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Perks are great and culture on freedom to succeed is great for those looking to create and innovate instead of being micromanaged.

    Cons

    Too many Re-orgs in the last few years. Lack of job security feelings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Drive value to the company instead of focusing on a single financial year.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to work if you work for the right people

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance Manager  in  Norwalk, CT
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Norwalk, CT

    I have been working at Diageo full-time

    Pros

    Nice perks; product allowance, healthcare benefits are pretty reasonable, pension is great, vacation time is fair, bar on 7th floor fun, and overall compensation is pretty Competitive. People (co-workers) are generally really nice and easy to work with.

    Cons

    Upper management doesn't do a great job of coaching or taking time to understand what lower levels are doing. Decisions are being made without truly understand the impact it will have on the teams and employees. Seems to be a reorg every year without an end in sight. Good people are let go and workload increases. Work life balancing is ok. Not great if you are in Finance. But generally feels like everyone is overworked as we have cut to the bone on staff. If you work for the right person, it’s great, but recent leadership changes have made the Finance function a tough and stressful work environment. I had no thoughts of leaving up until this past year. I stuck it out and hoped it would get better, but I feel it’s just another tough year ahead. It’s unfortunate, because we are at risk of losing some really great talent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect your talent and employees more. Align on expectations early on and ensure these are clear in your organization. Leadership needs to communicate with lower levels better and truly understand the amount of work that is being done and rework due to unclear expectations. Diageo's external reputaion used to be one of the best and is now slowly taking a turn for the worse. Offshoring all of the work isn't the answer to driving efficenicies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Overall a pretty good company

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous in New York, NY

    I have been working at Diageo full-time

    Pros

    The company has great values - they are all about celebrating life everyday, everywhere and it permeates the culture. They promote work life balance in the sense that - most people work from home on Fridays.

    Cons

    The company does a terrible job at talent management and succession planning. Also, people rarely leave and that makes it really difficult to move up within the organization.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Stagnating

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

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

    Pros

    The business side tends to be fun, lots of free liquor, and bars at the main offices

    Cons

    The company is making some major changes, going from a growth mindset to taking margins

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Diageo NA Headquarters - Norwalk

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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 less than a year

    Pros

    The benefits are great and it's a fun environment to work in.

    Cons

    Constant re-orgs which result in lay offs. Only those who fit the "culture" remain for the long-term haul.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Dedicated marketing organization where you learn how to build strong business cases for your ideas.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Director  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Marketing Director in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    You learn how to navigate a complex organization and sell/win over key stakeholders through numerous meetings and presentations. Great consumer understanding.

    Cons

    Very politically driven organization, which can mean a lot of opinion offsetting facts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is an opportunity to better understand what truly motivates people in their careers, and drive engagement and loyalty through that.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Constantly changing and moving atmosphere where 'stretching' goals take a strong precedence.

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    Current Employee - Supplier Performance Manager  in  Norwalk, CT
    Current Employee - Supplier Performance Manager in Norwalk, CT

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

    Pros

    Great benefits & perks come with the job.

    Cons

    Consistent annual restructuring of the company's supply functions have left those remaining holding the bag with consolidated positions and heavier workloads. There have been 3 restructuring efforts in Diageo North America within the last 3 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Process improvement might be a strong consideration in terms of cutting costs as opposed to reducing headcount.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    HR team needs to change

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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 3 years

    Pros

    Great Company benefits, great company culture and if you are in a different department than HR you will have work life balance.

    Cons

    There are organizational redesign every year, that is too much, you don't even have time to see if what you just implemented may work. The favoritism is amazing, if you belong to the people they love you will have a brilliant career, if the HR Leaedership team or your LM doesn't like you, forget it! start looking. The HR Management team is very unpolished, they even have people working in HR without related degrees or experience..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    LIsten to all levels of the organization, look beyond the "inner Circle" there are more people than the "golden" or untouchable people...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ratings ok

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

    I have been working at Diageo

    Pros

    Benefits/ Salary are both very good.

    Cons

    They talk about being first in class but they do not develop the right systems to make it happen.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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