Diageo Reviews

Updated September 8, 2014
Updated September 8, 2014
247 Reviews
3.7
247 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  

    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

    I worked at Diageo full-time for more than a year

    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
  2.  

    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

    I have been working at Diageo full-time for more than 10 years

    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
  3.  

    Beverage industry leader with global brands

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Director  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Director in New York, NY

    I worked at Diageo full-time for more than 8 years

    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
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  5.  

    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

    I worked at Diageo full-time for more than 5 years

    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
  6.  

    My career

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

    I have been working at Diageo full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good benefits, good retirement, excellent health insurance

    Cons

    business depends on the drinking habits of people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Norwalk, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norwalk, CT

    I worked at Diageo full-time

    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
  8.  

    Good in theory. Horrible in execution.

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    Current Employee - Salaried  in  Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Salaried in Baltimore, MD

    I have been working at Diageo full-time

    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
  9. 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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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Global Category Manager  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Global Category Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at Diageo full-time for more than 3 years

    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
  10.  

    Great

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

    I have been working at Diageo

    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
  11.  

    Good place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance Manager  in  Norwalk, CT
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Norwalk, CT

    I have been working at Diageo

    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

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