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Diageo Reviews

Updated August 15, 2014
Updated August 15, 2014
232 Reviews

3.7
232 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Beware of Bullies- Even in HR! Disgusting. Level of disrespect is bottomless.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Norwalk, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norwalk, CT

    Pros

    Thursday Happy Hours
    The nice people in the cafeteria.

    Cons

    Wow. I have never seen such BULLYING in the work place. Disgusting.
    Incompetent, dumb management.
    Lots of re-orgs and layoffs.
    People have to double up in cube spaces.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    What an unprofessional environment. How do you think you're going to get on Best Places to Work List when bullying is an every day occurance... even in HR? You know it exists, yet you turn the other way. You should be ashamed of the disrespect that goes on.

    Diageo does not live by it's values. What a joke.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Good in theory. Horrible in execution.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Salaried  in  Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Salaried in Baltimore, MD

    Pros

    --Great values
    --"Relay" culture is family based and front line employees care about what they do

    Cons

    --Upper management is dishonest and only cares about their own advancement opportunities
    --Very little support for work life balance especially with Mothers
    --Union environment can be a bit tough

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your team... They know that you are more focussed on your next role than the long term condition of this site and your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Employee experience is very dependent upon line manager. Line managers vary greatly, but mentors are readily available.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Global Category Manager  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Global Category Manager in New York, NY

    Pros

    High company standards for marketing responsibly to consumers.
    Work/life balance & scheduling flexibility. Great focus on getting your work done and not so much about when.
    Truly global, opportunity to learn about other regions and meet those who have your role in those regions.

    Cons

    There is a strong people agenda, but it is not followed consistently by all line managers. HR is there to support the line manager & company, and the employee doesn't get support to make sure performance reviews, stakeholder feedback & stack-ranking processes are consistent.
    Little input to annual performance goals; very top-down. Very performance driven culture (which can also be good)
    If you hit your numbers, you get a good review, usually.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The annual employee survey doesn't ask all the right questions. If you're really interested in employee feedback, get it directly. Stop and talk to us during Happy Hours.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD

    Pros

    It was a family type atmosphere at work

    Cons

    Upper Management is not compliant with company motto or goals

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Come inline with company policies

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance Manager  in  Norwalk, CT
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Norwalk, CT

    Pros

    Interesting work, nice people to work with. Sometimes work/life balance is a challenge but overall nice place. The brands are fun and everyone is proud of the product we are working with. Each location has its own bar and Thursday happy hours are fun.

    Cons

    Headquartered in Norwalk. If you are a young person, it is not ideal area to work/live at. If you are a manager the promotion opportunities are limited due to limited number of director roles open. Take 3-5 years to move up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more praise for good work

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Extremely top heavy and inexperienced management at local level

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Hourly  in  Plainfield, IL
    Current Employee - Hourly in Plainfield, IL

    Pros

    • Superb medical insurance, 100% employer paid premiums.
    • State off the art manufacturing facility
    • Stock options , profitable year after year
    • Employees have strong work ethics and believe in team work
    • Potential to become in the top 10 best place to work
    • Clean and safe maufacturing environment
    • Manufactures a product that is always in strong consumer demand

    Cons

    • Nano management, managers to hourly employee ratio very high
    • Blatant disregard and manipulation of collective bargaining agreements
    • 12 hour day/ night work shifts over 36 and 48 hour work week
    • Use of on call employees to supliment and displace regular workers
    • Nonexistent employee/ management dialog
    • Managers have little or no idustry specific experiance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Expunge duplicate mid / low level management, several posistions are redundant. Hiring more low level managers will not fix currant issues, it makes the real causes more opaque. Listen to the hourly employees: they have hundreds of years of valuable experience behind them. Promote from within, having a degree doesn’t always make a good or competent manager. Treat all employees like people and not an asset item.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great brands, great culture, great people, great performance

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Norwalk, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norwalk, CT

    Pros

    Great talent and people all around you. Great brands, highly profitable. Great business strategy. Compensation in general is competitive. Workplace is very good. Very good recognition scheme. Strong diversity networks. Very participative. Growing feedback and talent initiatives.

    Cons

    The company needs a more formal trainning, better academy site, less complexity without reducing employee participation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't deviate the strategy and the culture we built.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    First line managers do all the work and get none of the credit, company held hostage by unions.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Team Leader  in  Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Baltimore, MD

    Pros

    Pay is excellent. Annual bonuses are usually over 100%. Company is investing a lot in North American packaging upgrades which can be both a blessing and a curse. Better equipment requires less workforce. Liquor allowance. The company likes to hire young for 1st line managers.

    Cons

    Company is held hostage by the union, at least at the Baltimore facility. Impossible to get rid of less than stellar employees. Very little to no training for the equipment for operators and machinist. New equipment upkeep is poor. Team leaders do everything but get none of the credit for their work. I have yet to see a team leader promoted to the next level in the company as a result of good performance, and their are a lot of team leaders that deserve to be promoted to the next level. Work life balance is poor. Lines run three shifts all week including Saturdays. Team leaders have to work every other Saturday. Plant has said multiple times that production on the weekend is only going to last for a while. Three years later we are still running on the weekend.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the hourly personnel that are not performing. Make a legitimate effor to promote from within. Take better care of your new equipment by cleaning and maintaining and provide proper training for your operators. Assess operator and machinist performance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Fun products but disorganized management and silo'd

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    Pros

    fun products
    great brands
    flexibile work arrangements, abbreviated fridays; work from home when appropriate
    entreprenuerial enviroment for those that don't need much training or direction
    bright and energetic employees

    Cons

    routine and excessive re-orgs and layoffs
    consultants are embedded in the leadership
    priorities are unclear and change often
    values are written down but not practised

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Live and enforce the values. Stick to a strategy and see it through. Offer more training for this very young organisation.

    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Disappointing, lack of caring and respect for employees

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Director  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Sales Director in Boston, MA

    Pros

    Great brands, good comp and benefits.

    Cons

    Little upward mobility outside HQ, lack of clear direction, frequent Mgmt turnover and org restructures.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Demonstrate respect and empathy for employees.

    Doesn't Recommend

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