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Diageo Reviews in United Kingdom

Updated November 27, 2014
Updated November 27, 2014
277 Reviews
3.5
277 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • They promote work life balance in the sense that - most people work from home on Fridays (in 32 reviews)

  • Great people, great benefits, global opportunities, great industry, great brands (in 36 reviews)


Cons
  • work life balance is rather difficult to manage here (in 17 reviews)

  • Sometimes decision making process is not as quick as the business need (in 12 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company to work with but has lost magic in the last 2-3 years

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Brand Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Brand Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Most amazing brands to works for, nice people and flexible work environment

    Cons

    Decision taking takes ages. Many projects did not materialise simply because of prioritisation / resourcing issues. I do not think business could resolve global / regional / local marketing matrix.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take decisions and be acountable

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    contented stable employment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Relations Executive in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Customer Relations Executive in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Diageo full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good corporate values, great people, great working environment.

    Cons

    Management not following company values, lack of training and development for advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Double standards need to be dropped, more respect given to employees.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great work-life balance and company culture

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Diageo

    Pros

    -Great company culture - friendly and collaborative.
    -Amazing office with gym, fantastic food, product shop etc.
    -Good work-life balance with opportunities to work fridays from home.
    -Young, energetic and inspiring people to work with.
    -More senior staff very happy to mentor and help junior staff.
    -Working with some of the world's most well known and loved consumer brands.

    Cons

    -London office slightly far out in Park Royal, but fine if you live in West London.
    -Pay is less than other similar firms.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Best Company to work for Not so sure

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Diageo full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people, excellent culture, amazing benefits

    Cons

    Leadership lack basic leadership skills. Most leadership don't have people skills and only think about their own careers. This is a major block for career progression for talented people. Too much restructuring

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop thinking short term and don't throw money at everything because you have the liquidity. Think about the best and cost effective way of doing something. Make sure you don't get into the situation where you don't have to restructure because you thought about the problem at a tactical level. Regular Restructuring will avoid talented people joining or leaving the organisation. Wake up Ivan

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not what is used to be!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Diageo full-time

    Pros

    Good, cool brands, great head office with bar on site. 3-5 years earlier and this review would be far more positive as the business has really changes its principals and values.

    Cons

    Too many gaps in the business, no real training plans and no emphasis on getting industry standard training. The review scheme is unfair and manipulated by management to meet averages. Too much based on who you know and not what you know.

    Wages are low and unless you join into middle management the HR teams will ensure you are not paid industry standards. No support from any HR teams in the GB business at all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the talent you have, move the business in the right direction by making decisions that better the business as a whole and not just for a career move. To many decisions made without due diligence and to make someone stand out instead of making the business a success. Don't loss any further talent!!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Disappointing for FTSE 10

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Diageo full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great brands, some very good people, bar on site, flexible working arrangements, gym, good compensation schemes

    Cons

    London HQ in the middle of nowhere, lots of talk but no action to back it up, rotating senior teams with no clue what they should be doing in their jobs sometimes, invisible management with little leadership despite talking about it all the time, very little appetite for improvement, massive waste of funds and inefficiency, frequent reorganisations, career adavncemnt supposedly based on appraisal process but in relaity based on networking only, appraisal process extensive but vague and ultimately not adding any value

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Walk the talk, be more balanced in your communications - putting a positive spin on things is not going to fix them

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Walhalla for personal development

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Diageo full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Development opportunities through international network, on the job training, great emphasis on work life balance, great buzz in most offices, sexy brands to work for, cultural diversity, informal, great secondary benefits

    Cons

    Speeding up decision making, primary benefits could be a little better

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Finally crack the nut of speeding up decision making and agility, make the company name as an overall brand covering all the individual brands more known

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Fun, great place to work although cost consciousness becoming tiring

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Diageo

    Pros

    Great facilities, spirit, opportunities, culture good. Excellent office site, tolerance for work life balance, options for international roles good but financially attractive only for most senior

    Cons

    Salaries, pain to get to, cost cutting and decision making poor. Travel budgets insufficient, tho lots of people spread around in odd places means remote working is common

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    DIAGEO, A GREAT PLACE TO WORK

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Logistics Administrative in Newtownabbey, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Current Employee - Logistics Administrative in Newtownabbey, Northern Ireland (UK)

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

    Pros

    diageo has a great package, great pension, great share options and a great sick scheme

    Cons

    very target based culture in diageo

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    ?

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Three blind mice - Lacks all standards of leadership and strategy

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Procurement Category Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Procurement Category Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    The brands, flexy working etc

    Cons

    -HR processes are unbelievably weak
    -Leadership standards
    -Employee Engagement (verified by dismal (and decreasing) internal engagement survey)
    -Direction (there is a re-org every two years resulting in talent flush outs, and no one left to do the job afterwards)
    -Pay is average at best
    -Actively discriminates against males (another great HR process to hire more females)
    .... ugh i could go on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Doesn't matter. 99% chance they will hire another consultant to make their internal decisions (performance ambition much Diageo )

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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