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Diageo Reviews

Updated August 21, 2014
Updated August 21, 2014
235 Reviews

3.7
235 Reviews
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Diageo CEO Ivan Menezes
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work with the smart people, competitive package, work/life balance (in 25 reviews)

  • Great brands to sell, marketing support is ok, fair pay and benefits (in 28 reviews)


Cons
  • No work life balance; Limited communication and direction from the executive team (in 17 reviews)

  • Work a lot in Strategy, no work life balance (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    A powerful industry monster with lots of process

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Many industry perks, great co benefits. Having DIAGEO on your résumé opens many other doors within the industry

    Cons

    Decision making is long and tedious, career advance could be challenging due to process, but you are "good" if you know someone.
    Yearly company re-organization, has people wondering for their future constantly

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve HR, make it more limber and accessible
    Recognize people as individuals
    Be flexible, loose the ends and make more decisions based on circumstances not always process

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Who you know, not what you know

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    Current Employee - Finance Manager  in  Norwalk, CT
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Norwalk, CT

    Pros

    Nice offices
    Decent salaries
    Good benefits package

    Cons

    Blame-storming environment.
    Management talks a great game and does little
    Favoritism is prevalent
    Reorganization a every 18-24 months guaranteed...not the sign of a good management team
    Managers like to send e-mails on the weekends to fein that they are working (and you are not)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Sales director

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    Current Employee - Sales Director  in  Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Sales Director in Miami, FL

    Pros

    Great brands amazing growing industry

    Cons

    Poor structure
    Not enough managers to do the need jobs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great experience, love everything about this job

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Diageo is a great company to gain real experience especially for those seeking a marketing career

    Cons

    Sometimes there is a lack of communication between management and employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Diversity is a challenge at this company in every respect. ERGs do not solve that problem

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    Former Employee - Director  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY

    Pros

    It is a social company with a good product stand in the marketplace. Flexible end of week ability to work from corporate or NY office as meetings allowed.

    Cons

    Diageo pretends that diversity is important,but there are no true diversity leaders and they will not invest in training, supplying resources, or increasing functions in diversity. This company is predominately run by white men in leadership roles and women leadership amongst black and hispanic women does not exist at the company. The Director level is not a big deal in the support functions so they should stop trying to skew the numbers that way for the media. There is very little growth support Diageo in terms of building on industry and functional learning. They need to invest in their people. Memberships, conferences and educational support in lacking for everyone. As non-minority it sickened me to see across groups Trade,Marketing, Sales, Finance, Supply, PR how this value was not real.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in 360 reviews of your " leadership" VP levels are complacent and often too long standing people who do not have the new way to drive the business forward but will take the credit. The company needs to invest in diversity and not just through ERG parties at a bar. The company is doing a horrible job with Hispanics and women which are two of the largest consumer segments. There should be watch outs for the nepotism and " jewish only" mentality that one of the Marketing directors level people there on a major brand touts.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall, a great place to learn, grow and advance your career.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Norwalk, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norwalk, CT

    Pros

    Internal Mobility, Market-level compensation and benefits, work-life balance promoted throughout the company, a lot of highly skilled managers from which to learn.

    Cons

    Lack of accountability for higher level executives who exhibit inappropriate behavior, sometimes can feel like a "boys-club".

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Diageo was great at first, but now it's a different story

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Norwalk, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norwalk, CT

    Pros

    Outstanding premium brands and great perks.

    Cons

    Unless you mobile and willing to relocate to the U.K., there’s not much opportunities to advance your career. I assumed going in that there would be an opportunity to advance my career, especially with a MBA. Unless you’re on the “Golden List,” well-liked by upper management, you would not succeed. Hard work doesn’t pay at Diageo. Work harder on developing relationship is only ticket to “success.” If you’re in the HR field, I repeat Diageo HR is worst department. They do not know what the hell they are doing. They promote their “Golden Childs” before they can really understand or become an expert at their former role, before moving on to the next. You have to stay in a role from 18 to 24 months, but I have seen people move around and get promoted less than a year. HR does not practice what they preach for other departments. They would hire a less qualified external candidate over current internal talent. Lead by example. I see a lot of favoritism across all functions. Very political.

    Current employees are very unhappy, but are comfortable and don't want to take the leap.

    Diageo constantly restructure and layoff every 6-12 months. Forever changing the models and not allowing the model to work before changing again. Some areas are high turnover and can't retain the best talent.

    Because they give bonus and pension, they feel the salary is competitive, but it's not. Bonus is not guarantee.

    They promote "Going Red" and being authentic, but in reality, you can't.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop promoting individuals that doesn't have "People Manager" experience and who cannot manage others. Require all People Managers go through an extensive course work on how to manage. You are losing great talent due to mismanagement. Stop listening and taking sides with the managers and figure out the root cause of the problems. If you are going to have to make them feel valued, appreciated and part of the decision making process.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Beverage industry leader with global brands

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    Former Employee - Sales Director  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Director in New York, NY

    Pros

    Amazing Brands, great core of workers, stable company with plenty of $

    Cons

    Management changes, limited career growth at more senior level

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remove the clicky culture that exist, it starts from the top

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Dynamic environment to work in

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Norwalk, CT
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Norwalk, CT

    Pros

    work/life balance a plus! Very comfortable work environment in the office. People are helpful and approachable. Company offers many benefits to employees. Great prices on health insurance and many other benefits. Great x-mas party in the NY area.

    Cons

    Very difficult to move up the ladder. HR processes to not work on the employees side. Managers are not properly managing their employees to succeed. Company over working and over loading employees with too many tasks and responsibilities that don't even belong to the position. No loyalty or respect to employees. Glass ceiling environment as well as younger professionals environment. Diageo does not promote employees to stay in one position for more than 2 years they like people moving around and if they don't, Diageo moves you out of the company without cause.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More loyalty to employees. Offer training programs again.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    My career

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    Current Employee - Chief of Security  in  Louisville, KY
    Current Employee - Chief of Security in Louisville, KY

    Pros

    Good benefits, good retirement, excellent health insurance

    Cons

    business depends on the drinking habits of people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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