Beam Global Spirits & Wine

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Beam Global Spirits & Wine Reviews

Updated November 17, 2014
Updated November 17, 2014
68 Reviews
3.2
68 Reviews
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Beam Global Spirits & Wine CEO Matt Shattock
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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 Career and Life experience

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

    I have been working at Beam Global Spirits & Wine full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Employee growth, good salary, Tuition reimbursement, growing company, Lots of networking opportunities, good product education.

    Cons

    Communication needs improvement, and Safety needs to be #1 concern. Disconnect between salary and hourly, need to find a way to create a total team concept.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lead by example, and follow through on commitments

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Mixed

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

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

    Pros

    Was given spirits as rewards for good performance - then downsized as "did not fit in"? No description of performance problems?

    Cons

    No job description - somewhat turmoil.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Solve middle management impasse - define training, objectives and goals.

    Doesn't Recommend
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fantastic Career launch - If you survive the stress

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 5 years)

    Pros

    People are great, a culture of 'work-hard, play-hard'
    Fantastic innovation platform, get to try new products before market and influence development
    Ability to control your own career development opportunities
    Recently re-designed office space, clean, bright and open
    Liquor allowance for all employees

    Cons

    Work-life balance is a joke. Expect to be glued to your blackberry, even while on vacation.
    Little to no training (systems, processes, industry) unless you're in Sales
    Job security tenuous at best - expect yearly restructures

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The talent that leaves first from burn-out is the talent you can least afford to lose. People with options won't stay in abusive environments. Hold team leaders accountable for improving engagement instead of just reviewing reports and filing them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great job if you want to have fun and don't care about career growth

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

    I worked at Beam Global Spirits & Wine full-time

    Pros

    Great salary, benefits, expense package, trips, and loads of fun

    Cons

    You live and breath booze, mentality of the company is to have you out in the field selling drink by drink as often as possible. Career growth is somewhat limited because turnover is low. Tendency to attract lazy people/coworkers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your younger staff - sales/marketing, are generally going to have more drive than your senior staff. Why not delegate more responsibility for incremental income growth? Example: Have younger sales rep be the new product specialist too for +5k annual income.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Play hard work harder

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

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

    Pros

    Great brands, great people, great perks. A very fast paced environment on the cusp of social trends.

    Cons

    More work than people to get it all done. Near impossible expectations. Pushes to hire more and more women but, almost ignores the needs of pregnant and working mothers. Highly competitive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This is a great company but has some room for improvement. The methods put I. Place to increase engagement are too superficial and to not address the core issues.
    Here are a few tips: Better benefits for working parents. Hire more talented people to help achieve goals, balance out the workload so employees can take a vacation once and awhile to avoid stress and burnout. Stop scheduling meetings over lunch and let your employees take a real break once and a while. Promote from within more, especially when it comes to directors. Improve the on-boarding and training process. Promote the right people into the right jobs. Upgrade from the old clunky and outdated technology to better faster more efficient systems.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Must be comfortable with constant change

    • 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

    Pay, work hours, brand ambassador program, nice perks working at Beam.

    Cons

    Bad managers; goals inconsistent across functions; lack of accountability/ownership of issues impacting the ability to meet internal and external customers expectations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in managers to be leaders; strive towards a proactive organization, not always having to put out fires. Don't take the manager's word for it; ask the teams responsible for the work. It just may save you from making some bad decisions that will later need to be retracted.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    This company needs some work to improve employee satisfaction

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

    I have been working at Beam Global Spirits & Wine full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    We have some great products. Hours are flexible when life happens. some fun people working there. Pay is only decent, but they do promote from within and across certain functions. Summer hours (for those who have the time to take them).

    Cons

    WORK LIFE BALANCE- major imbalance for a lot of people; this company is understaffed in many departments (with no hope for filling out the staff in the near future). the "perks" of working for this liquor company really comes down to free liquor, which one can simply go to another company for higher salary and buy their own liquor (no other perks here as Beam doesn't sponsor many events or teams). The only real perk is the "cool factor" of saying you work for Jim Beam. Health benefits need a relook.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop acting like we are a small company. You are squeezing every last bit of energy out of your employees which will backfire in lower productivity and higher turnover rate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Interesting industry, but lots of politics to deal with

    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

    Good brands; interesting categories; some great people work there; global business; company is expanding and growing in importance in industry

    Cons

    I found it to be extremely political. Your success there will depend greatly on who you know, and whether that person remains in power or not.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward people based on their work, not on their connections.

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Racial Favortism

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

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

    Pros

    Opportunities to get a lot of responsibilities if you are good at what you do. Specially in IT.

    Cons

    IT Team is full of racial favortism and management is to blame for it. Join the IT team if you are Spanish or at leash know how to speak it. Problem with job security if you show even the slightest sign of slacking. Forget about moving up the ladder if you are not racially inclined with the management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees of all origins equally and respectfully.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Director

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

    I worked at Beam Global Spirits & Wine full-time

    Pros

    Interesting industry to be in

    Cons

    Inconsistent follow through on strategy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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