Bronco Wine Co.

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Bronco Wine Co. Reviews

Updated December 3, 2014
Updated December 3, 2014
7 Reviews
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7 Reviews
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Fred T. Franzia
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  1.  

    I learned a lot about the real wine industry, it's a dirty job.

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    Former Employee - Manager in Ceres, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Ceres, CA

    I worked at Bronco Wine Co.

    Pros

    I had access to every aspect of the company. Everyone was approachable from the winemakers to the owners. If you want to learn about the World Wide Wine It is a great company for you. Great for independent people.

    Cons

    It's a family owned company, so there lacks transparency that you may get from other company's. If you need to be held like an infant it may not be a good fit.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Avoid working here unless you have no other option

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    Former Employee - Supervisor in Ceres, CA
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Ceres, CA

    I worked at Bronco Wine Co. full-time

    Pros

    Don't need any previous skills to work here.

    People quit so often, there is a good chance for promotions (don't expect a good pay though).

    Good place to build up some experience, but you are doing something wrong if you stay here longer than 2-3 years.

    Cons

    Education means nothing here. This could also technically be a pro if you are someone with no education.

    Pay is on the very low end when compared to other wineries of similar size.

    Supervisors tend to verbally abuse their cellar workers and treat them unfairly.

    Favoritism is definitely a factor.

    If you are going to take a salaried position, make sure you are more than satisfied with the pay, because you will definitely be overworked and likely underpaid.

    A negative environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of your old supervisors/managers and start anew.

    Pay your workers what they deserve, they are your foundation. A crappy foundation leads to a lower quality company/product/brand. No one wants to work at Walmart their entire life, but people would give an arm to work for Costco...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    I have been working at Bronco Wine Co.

    Pros

    Local area, not too much travel. Incentives, commission. Freedom to be in charge of your territory.

    Cons

    Pay is entry level. Merchandizing in grocery. Quotas seems high to reach.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the communication open. Allow more commissions or incentives.

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  5.  

    Great place to work

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    Former Employee - Maintenance Manager in Napa, CA
    Former Employee - Maintenance Manager in Napa, CA

    I worked at Bronco Wine Co. full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great work structure. Very professional. Operations Manager drives the facility to obtain and maintain good efficiencies and not afraid to jump in and help. Great HR department.

    Cons

    Sometimes very long work hours depending on your area of responsibility. Not the best pay. No bonuses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at the contributions made by your managers and supervisors and pay according to job market. Consider a structered bonus plan to drive a higher standard of performance. Acknowledge the individuals that stand out in the company as ambitious achievers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    it was an average place of employment

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    Former Employee - Cellar Operator in Ceres, CA
    Former Employee - Cellar Operator in Ceres, CA

    I worked at Bronco Wine Co. full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Only if you are an operator is when the job was good.

    Cons

    Not enough support from the senior employee and management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be a good listener if you want someone to listen to you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Profit of the back of labor

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    Former Employee - Distribution Manager in Ceres, CA
    Former Employee - Distribution Manager in Ceres, CA

    I worked at Bronco Wine Co. full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Employees have a great support structure and look out for each other. Very fun to work during harvest and peak production time.

    Cons

    Employees look out for each other because management is busy looking out for themselves. Owners are very mean spirited and view all employees as tools to line their pockets. Loyalty means nothing to ownership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Speak up and stand your ground. Look out for your employees and they will respect you and work harder and safer.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Wake up Bronco, your dirty laundry is being aired!!!

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    Current Employee - Filter Operator in Ceres, CA
    Current Employee - Filter Operator in Ceres, CA

    I have been working at Bronco Wine Co.

    Pros

    Bronco Winery is an exciting and stressful work atmosphere during the harvest time when the grapes need to go through their processing stage to become wine. If you are looking for a job to get you back on your feet they are the company to open that door for you when they roll up the hiring doors in early June. Although it has taken numerous accidents and near misses, they are on a very positive track when it comes to employee safety and for the number of hazards, they have a safety program that continues to grown and build on itself.

    Cons

    Although Bronco may make an employee feel wanted and appreciated during the harvest time, they are certainly the exact opposite when the slow season rolls around. Even though they maintain a seasonal section of employees to help cover this time period, any cellar worker agree that it's like walking on eggshells during the slow season. Rules and proceedures that are strictly enforced during the off season are overlooked or shortcutted when production is up. Due to their need for skilled workers during the harvest, there are rarely any terminations and minimal disciplinary actions taken on severe mistakes and even some safety violations.
      In one employee's case, he was terminated during the off season for making a processing error that otherwise would have resulted in a standard suspension as what has been given in the past. The problem was the company could not be compensated by their insurance for the mistake unless they terminated the employee for misconduct and insinuate he made the mistake intentionally. The insurance company not only compensated Bronco for their "loss" and since the wine was still salvageable, they sold it accordingly as if nothing ever happened. Bottem line is Bronco's owner will look for any way to squeeze an extra nickel into their multi-million dollar corporation, even if it is at the expense of a loyal employee and his family.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Anyone in management knows the way Fred T. Franzia runs his business and many of them have good intensions. However, by carrying out this money hungry style of business is not only compromising employer to employee relationship but their own integrity which has and always will be worth more than money.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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