Beam Global Spirits & Wine

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Beam Global Spirits & Wine Reviews

Updated January 27, 2015
Updated January 27, 2015
69 Reviews
3.2
69 Reviews
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Beam Global Spirits & Wine CEO Matt Shattock
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48 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great people and great experience (in 6 reviews)

  • Very good working hours for an agency (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • High expectations, low work-life balance (in 5 reviews)

  • Incompetent management, perpetual restructuring, high turnover (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great Place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director, Commercial Analysis in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Director, Commercial Analysis in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Beam Global Spirits & Wine full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Mostly great people. Sexy brands, well known consumer product. Good paid time off.

    Cons

    Open workspaces are distracting. Some people don't know their roles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to lead. Get out of the way.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Wouldn't recommend working at Beam.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deerfield, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deerfield, IL

    I worked at Beam Global Spirits & Wine full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Coworkers were proud of their Brands

    Cons

    The company changed significantly and executive management became very self-serving.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Fun place to work in the field

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

    I worked at Beam Global Spirits & Wine full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fun and friendly environment with great sales for across the county. Hours could be long, but as I always felt part of a team, I was happy to put them in. HQ roles in Deerfield appeared to be more corporate, but if you got the right role (supporting sales or marketing) it could be a great experience.

    Cons

    Company would spend a ridiculous amount on consulting services to find out where they could save money by firing people. Each year there would be a new cull. They should trust their management structure more to make the right decisions on such matters. Following stock market flotation, company became less focused on workers and more on shareholders.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't let go of a positive culture. Company should be able to post strong results while also maintaining a fun working environment.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Busy, Busy, Busy

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - New Products Coordinator in Deerfield, IL
    Current Employee - New Products Coordinator in Deerfield, IL

    I have been working at Beam Global Spirits & Wine full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Fun industry, laid back and friendly coworkers, product tastings

    Cons

    Constant new products, lack of leadership, lack of communication, high stress environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate better, slow down

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Could be much better

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Divisional Controller in Deerfield, IL
    Former Employee - Divisional Controller in Deerfield, IL

    I worked at Beam Global Spirits & Wine full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    $500 annual allowance for any Beam family product, monthly gifts of Beam bottles, (by-weekly/monthly) free discontinued end-of-bins bottles. (If you are drinker) you could start drinking from yearly morning (one year anniversary party with alcohol cocktails of Beam as a publicly traded company, started at 9:30 am), "thirsty Thursday". Company is cash cow.

    Cons

    Because the company is the cash cow, it could hide plenty of infectiveness, waste and simply stupid decisions by management (announced a relocation on WD 3 of quarter close and let the employees go home to digest the news). You could smell alcohol at 11 am meetings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hope, Japanese management is what Beam needed.

    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Good company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Beam Global Spirits & Wine full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The Beam organization offer a great work culture

    Cons

    no cons to speak of!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Very friendly and collaborative team

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - BI Analyst in Deerfield, IL
    Former Employee - BI Analyst in Deerfield, IL

    I worked at Beam Global Spirits & Wine full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Collaborative team, new technologies exposure and lot of free booze

    Cons

    Beam is sold to Japanese company Suntory. Corporate restructure might happen.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Creative Director

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Beam Global Spirits & Wine

    Pros

    Very good working hours for an agency

    Cons

    Difficult to reach suburban location

  10.  

    Great brands, fun industry, but do-everything culture often leads to burn out

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

    I have been working at Beam Global Spirits & Wine full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    great portfolio of products and brands, good compensation and perks relative to the industry, smart people with opportunities to move up or try new things

    Cons

    lacking focus/do-everything mentality, high priority on short-term results without enough consideration on long-term impact, high turnover, somewhat political at the top, pending ownership changes means uncertainty

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Very challenging place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Beam Global Spirits & Wine

    Pros

    Benefits are competitive with like companies

    Cons

    Politics rule and to be in the loop you must play along

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees and their opinions

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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