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7 days ago

Part Time Reset Specialist (South Bay Territory)

Southern Wine & Spirits San Jose, CA

• Responsible for special reset projects as assigned. Minimum Qualifications: • Ability to drive and maintain a valid and/or current California… Southern Wine & Spirits

14 days ago

Part-Time Merchandiser (South BayTerritory)

Southern Wine & Spirits San Jose, CA

• Introduce new products, reinforce established and agreed upon case volume and display activity, and monitor in-store promotion results. • Stay… Southern Wine & Spirits

21 days ago

AWS Key Account Specialist

Southern Wine & Spirits San Jose, CA +2 locations

• Participate in sales meetings and on-site training to remain educated in company policy and industry trends/developments. • Educate account… Southern Wine & Spirits

7 days ago

Chain Sales Merchandiser (San Jose Territory)

Southern Wine & Spirits San Jose, CA

• High School Diploma or GED equivalent. • Reside within a thirty minute radius of a retail account within the… Southern Wine & Spirits

26 days ago

SWS-PRUSA Specialty Key Account Manager

Southern Wine & Spirits Union City, CA

• Develop key account relationships that deliver measurable results. • Work with key assigned teams to deliver monthly goals (work withs… Southern Wine & Spirits

15 days ago

Chain District Manager (East Bay)

Southern Wine & Spirits Union City, CA

• Provide consistent and regular communication to team through weekly meetings and working alongside of merchandising professionals in the field… Southern Wine & Spirits

23 days ago

Chain Account Director Savemart/Lucky

Southern Wine & Spirits Union City, CA

(include, but are not limited to the following. Other duties may be assigned)  Unify the sales efforts of SWS chain divisions and serve as… Southern Wine & Spirits

3 days ago

Senior Human Resources Generalist – new

Southern Wine & Spirits Union City, CA

include interpreting policies; ensuring compliance with all policies, company processes, Collective Bargaining Agreements, and state/federal… Southern Wine & Spirits

12 days ago

SSC Import Customs Specialist

Southern Wine & Spirits Union City, CA

• High School Diploma/GED and 1-2 years of relevant experience required. • Proficient MS Office (Word, Excel… Southern Wine & Spirits

19 days ago

Business Analyst - Northern CA

Southern Wine & Spirits Union City, CA

- Provide analytical and technical support to Southern Wine & Spirits senior management and sales organization. - Prepare sales presentations and… Southern Wine & Spirits

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    Current Employee - Sales Consultant in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Sales Consultant in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Southern Wine & Spirits full-time (more than an year)


    You get to sell great brands and work with some amazing accounts. Exciting supplier sponsored events and more wine and alcohol samples you could ever consume yourself. Flexible hours so you can manage your own time. Opportunities to advance your career outside of SWS through supplier contacts or within the company--a lot of internal promotions. This is a great job for someone who's in their mid-twenties, with functional alcoholism and a trust fund because you will be spending a lot of your own money to "support" your accounts and hit your goals.


    There is no structure or strategy for SWS success in WA. Each division is run completely independently it seems with sales consultants pitted against each other to sell their competing brands into the same accounts. Our compensation is primarily commission-based, so we're constantly cannibalizing each other to make sales goals. This creates a lot of friction and mistrust among sales consultants from different divisions not to mention the confusion and frustration this causes our customers. Imagine you have a restaurant and you have to send your product order to 3 different people, (from the same company).....something is bound to go wrong almost every week. Not to mention that one rep from SWS came in yesterday and was pitching New Amsterdam for your well vodka and today a different rep from SWS is coming in to pitch Smirnoff for the well...really?! SWS sells thousands of brands so its understandable that different divisions would specialize in different brands, but it doesn't make sense that there is not SOP or strategy for success for the organization as a whole. I could go on...but the other reviews from WA pretty much covered everything else. The main problem as I see it is there's no SWS leadership that's guiding the ship. We all work for the same company but it doesn't feel that way. Morale is low and turnover is high. My advice is to look elsewhere and keep your bartending gig for now. You'll make more money and have less nonsense to deal with.

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    More engagement among the different divisions. Create a SOP for how orders are shared. It shouldn't be up to each individual sales consultant to negotiate this with customers and other reps. You can't keep labeling the individuals who quit as not "having what it takes" when it's almost a monthly occurrence...It's time for SWS management to step up and lead, and re-examine the way we go to market.

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