Diageo Reviews in United Kingdom

Updated October 23, 2014
Updated October 23, 2014
266 Reviews
3.7
266 Reviews
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Pros
  • They promote work life balance in the sense that - most people work from home on Fridays (in 32 reviews)

  • Great brands to sell, marketing support is ok, fair pay and benefits (in 29 reviews)


Cons
  • work life balance is rather difficult to manage here (in 18 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Great work-life balance and company culture

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    • 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
  2.  

    Walhalla for personal development

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    • 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
  3.  

    Disappointing for FTSE 10

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    • 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
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  5.  

    Fun, great place to work although cost consciousness becoming tiring

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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
  6.  

    DIAGEO, A GREAT PLACE TO WORK

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    • 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
  7.  

    Three blind mice - Lacks all standards of leadership and strategy

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    • 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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    Great career opportunities but not very well paid

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    • 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 5 years)

    Pros

    - good work will be rewarded eventually being promoted
    - cross-functional moves at same possible are possible
    - international career opportunities
    - great brands
    - good atmosphere and frequent events linked to the nature of the brands we are selling
    - nice (head)office
    - very flexible working hours and working location (good work life balance)

    Cons

    - not very well paid (I guess because of all the cons)
    - reorganization every 2-3 years (as is most multinationals) causing a period of disturbance
    - expensive meals in company restaurant
    - don't always walk the talk

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - do more effort in keeping your best talents - be proactive in this rather than reactive!
    - even though international moves happen a lot more than before, L3 and above roles are still mostly taken by British (and some American/Irish)
    - as many international people move to headoffice, HR could maybe consider to organize some bi-weekly after work activities

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great company culture poor pay

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

    I have been working at Diageo full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    People, brands, culture, career development

    Cons

    Pay does not reflect effort or output

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review reward

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior Director

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Huge diversity in roles available; international opportunities abundant; great fun industry

    Cons

    Hugely political at senior levels; lack of appreciation of the value of diversity within commercial/sales function; constant reorganisations de motivating

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your staff lower down the organisation to get true insight

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Felt valued and respected

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK)

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

    Pros

    Work , home life balance culture encouraged. some great management development courses

    Cons

    Long hours at certain times, more interaction and better communication between departments

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat every member of staff with respect for their contribution to companies success

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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