Binny's Beverage Depot

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Updated Jun 15, 2014

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3.6 9 reviews

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Michael Binstein

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71% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Very good place to learn the industry and very respected company

    Sales Associate (Current Employee) Glencoe, IL

    ProsIt is a respectable company to work for with an endless amount of knowledge to be gained learning the liquor industry and always fun to take on the challenge of helping all different customers.

    ConsPhysically demanding can drain you very easily heavy lifting and you have to scrape for ever dime you make with the company. Anyone reading this I had to dig deep to think of these Binny's is a great company to work for.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great work experience

    Cashier/Stock (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsYou learn a lot about liquor. Teamwork and friendly co-workers. Potential to move up from within company.

    ConsThey don't teach you much on the products they carry. Go out and learn on your own. Their technology is way behind compared to other retails (registers, computers, etc).

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Sexist

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsYou get free liquor items such as hats and shirts randomly.

    ConsThe company is sexist and only men move up in the company.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Best Experience I've Had In Retail Thus Far

    Head Cashier (Former Employee)

    ProsFriendly Environment, Great Teamwork, Career Advancement (promotions within company), Widespread throughout Illinois.

    ConsCan be difficult to advance if you're unable to work full-time

    Advice to Senior ManagementShould be open to allowing CSMs work part-time.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Typical retail with some opportunities for advancement.

    Sales Associate (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsPotential to learn about wine and liqour
    Growing business with many locations statewide

    ConsLow pay
    Limited training. must be willing to learn on your own to possibly get ahead

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Money hungry, fast expansion, low technology, not much appreciation for the little guys

    Money Handler Stocker (Current Employee)

    ProsIf you love your spirits beer or wine, its a good place to be in the know about new products and try new things. If drinking is your passion it might be a good idea, especially if you love wine its the way to move up in the company.

    ConsA little higher than minimum wage to start off as a cashier, Raises come yearly and are usually 25 cents which is something. Low low low technology. Binnys wastes paper and time like no other. Compared to say Jewel, the process to make shelf labels or sale signs is long and meticulous. Binnys doesnt' seem to know about wireless hand scanners for the register. Had one company meeting like a Q & A session but nothing came of it. It was basically a consultant coming in to talk about his "Binnys Way" and see our questions and concerns. A high paid business man just there to get paid and report some questions.
       At the registers, binnys uses mdf board and foam board for Register number signs, they're cheap and have slide out OPEN and CLOSED signs. It's 2013, how about some Numbers with lights so customers can easier see where to go. They use a DOS based register program, very little user friendly features for a cashier. Anything that goes wrong needs to be fixed by a manager or tech support from some far off office. Sometimes during heavy use or not, the registers will slow down or even freeze. Imagine a customer giving you cash and itll take over a minuet for the till to open to give them change. It's happened a few times once when it was busy; this never happened at other retail stores I've worked for.
        The open and closed sign for the store is a office max $2 sign. People have complained they sometimes think the store is closed. Why not get a electronic Open sign with bright lights. Binnys makes plenty of money at least enough for some improved electronics.
       Being a cashier is the lowest position in the company yet you make the least pay and your the last person a customer sees. You can be the difference between theyre bad/good experience going from worse to better. The cashier can be written up for company warnings the most out of any position. So its the easiest to get canned, not to mention with liquor laws, the one you could most get in trouble for with the law. Variances over two dollars gives you a warning. When people sign up for a binnys club card, it can take 1 to 4 MONTHS to get that into the system, that is sad.
        But you can move up, into a wine stocker/consultant job, and from there become someone with a key card to do voids and look ups for cashiers. From there you can be trained if they like you and you want to, to be come a assistant manager, and if they like you maybe one day a store manager.
    This is a boys club, meaning not too many women around and if so, not too many make it past wine consultant. Sure there are woman managers and such, but it seems like the preference is men. Customers get points on wine and eventually get ten dollars off for over a five hundred points or five hundred dollars. Really? ten dollars for five hundred spent, wow thats so sad to tell people. So many customers laugh and joke or have pathetic looks on their faces when they learn that. You dont get points or half points on any spirits or beer. Binnys is a wine lovers place, if you love wine youll get the most benefit.
        So yes if you love to drink, it may be a long road, to put in 5 years or more to get into upper management.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYour cashiers are your front line, pay more and maybe the turn over wouldn't be so high.
    Look around at other retail stores at their technology; Technology is an investmant, when your using tech from over 10-15 years ago in some cases. You say it saves you money, but your not seeing how this slows down work and customers time. Give half points(even quarter points) to customers who buy spirits and beer, you're basically slapping them in the face when they learn points only go to wine, come on binnys are you that cheap you just leave non wine drinkers in the street? Get a job at jewel, yes they have more stores, but look at how they use technology to simplify and speed up work, they blaze past us, making more time for other things. One day you'll find your tech is too old and your cheapness will hurt you. If you have to use windows or microsoft based tech then do it, how many other companies use it? Your systems are so ancient is sad, but it seems all you care about is the bottom line and that money in your upper management pocket. You have some hard workers in lower management, maybe promote them give them a temporary chance to run a store, and if they do well make them general manager. Key words: UPDATE YOUR TECHNOLOGY. Also let workers enter binnys club memberships at the register it would make things faster and less frustrating for customers. DSW shoe warehouse does this check it out, its fast and easy. Did you know Target uses a machine where you slide your credit card in it before the transaction is finished...its saves money and time. Did you know Walgreens, uses a machine to dispense change to the customer....that would save time and money and cut down on varainces. Did you know some companies have wireless blue tooth hand scanners? OPEN YOUR EYES and your wallets.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Another round

    Customer Service Manager (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsPotential to move up, laid back work environment, and you learn about alcohol.

    ConsNot necessarily paid accordingly and constantly hiring new peole

    Advice to Senior ManagementDrink more

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    Hard to beat in world of retail, FT and benefits and support for growth and education within the field.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsEven upper management make themselves easily accessible.
    Health benefits have been sufficient over the years.
    They help pay for relevant education expenses.
    Livable wages even for sub-manager positions.

    ConsStandard retail woes mostly still apply including occasionally difficult customers. No getting around evenings and weekend work. Have heard the health benefits aren't what they used to be. Somewhat slow pace to replace exiting employees, leading to understaffing.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf the health benefits aren't what they used to be

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Steady job, Good for Retail

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsExpanding
    FT Benefits (health and dental)
    Laid back atmosphere

    ConsEducation (you have to learn anything about the products you sell on your own).
    Advancement (still a family business, so you need a family name)
    Pay (lower than other comparable retailers)

    Advice to Senior ManagementPosting opportunities and having interviews for advancement.
    Really promote from within (not from within the family).
    Increase staffing, customer service is only obtainable if someone is there to give it.

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