E. & J. Gallo Reviews

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
96 Reviews
4.2
96 Reviews
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E. & J. Gallo Co-President and CEO Joe Gallo
Joe Gallo
67 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good creative environment, encouragement of work-life balance (in 4 reviews)

  • Everyone is hard working and willing to help each other out, great people to work with (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Very hard to have work life balance (in 4 reviews)

  • Heavy lifting and long hours and weekends (in 5 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    QC

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at E. & J. Gallo as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Great place to work. Everyone including Management is very easy to get along with. Willing to teach you plenty.

    Cons

    They have rotating shifts every Four months. This is hard on the family. The same people get the same seasons every year. Ex; you can have the day shift for Thanksgiving, X mas New years....etc. but, the same people are always on the swing shift during that time as well.........not a great system. it needs to be rotated every 2-3 months to be fair to everyone so the same people don't get the "best deal" or the "worst deal" every season.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    you"re doing great

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Fine

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    Former Employee - Quality Technician  in  Merced, CA
    Former Employee - Quality Technician in Merced, CA

    I worked at E. & J. Gallo full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    professional, initiative, happy, leadership, growth

    Cons

    too many hours worked and little pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    interact with lower-line employees more often and incentivize them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great Employer

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    Former Employee - IT Manager  in  Modesto, CA
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Modesto, CA

    I worked at E. & J. Gallo full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    People, opportunities to take on different roles inside of the organziation

    Cons

    politics, work life balance, Modesto

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Strong, growing company with great culture, lots of good people, great products, and variety of opportunities

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at E. & J. Gallo full-time

    Pros

    The private (family) ownership allows management to invest in company and employees and maintain strategic long-term view. Met and learned from a lot of great people. Good sense of teamwork and rewarding work. Employees can chart a path through a variety of opportunities and learn a lot about the company while picking up valuable skills. Employees can take pride in the great portfolio of extremely successful products that friends and family enjoy.

    Cons

    Work-life balance can be tricky in roles relating to operations, due in large part to seasonal nature of the business. Managers seem to understand this though and company rewards employees for their efforts and celebrates successes with employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    good place

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    Current Employee - Investor  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Investor in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at E. & J. Gallo full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    the bosses were the best ever

    Cons

    the hours were a bit too long on some days

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    May be the biggest, but they don't live up to what they claim to be.

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    Former Employee - Team Leader  in  Modesto, CA
    Former Employee - Team Leader in Modesto, CA

    I worked at E. & J. Gallo full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good starting salary & benefits

    Cons

    No structured on-boarding and training program, new employees are given an overloaded plateful of assignments that are added to virtually every week if not daily. They preach job/life balance but expect 24/7 if that's what it takes! Poor management that doesn't do their job then throws others under the bus to pass blame. I witnessed and was a victim of what can only be described as age discrimination - after 2008 great recession the then current manager of our department (as all others) was given a mandate to cut costs, did all we could operationally but it wasn't enough and he was too good of a man to do what was wanted to senior staff. He was removed and retired and a younger manager with no ties (or heart) came in and over next 18 months removed 8 of 12 salaried department positions, replacing a couple with younger people who were paid much less.

    I understand this is business, but the way it was done was terrible. Senior salaried members with 25, 30 & 40 years of loyal service with no blemishes on their records were suddenly told they had unacceptable defects in their performance reviews and were basically shown the door with the choice of taking early retirement/quitting with their integrity intact or being fired on some trumped up unacceptable performance charge! Noticeably, every one was over 50 years of age, which meant they had the most tenure and highest salaries. Several were planning on retiring soon until the great depression lost half of their retirement income and hoped to work long enough to regain it. This was also done to senior salaried personnel in wine making, HR and others. A number of newer/younger employees who one would think would make it to top management abruptly quit, why invest your career in a company who treats other so callously. It's either walk in lockstep like a soulless robot or not being true to yourself. Unequivocally the worst job experience I've had in 40 years of employment. I even heard that many Gallo folks have left to go work for their competitors in the area and the people there have heard all this and more and those that get a job say it's like a different world.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you're going to have pep rallys and post huge banners and stickers all over the campus claiming 'We're All Family', then you need to understand that most people don't treat their families the way the Gallo's do!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great people, a lot of opportunities

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst

    I have been working at E. & J. Gallo full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The industry is fun and interesting
    Gives a lot of trainings
    Very organized, lets you take a lot of responsibility and learn and develop

    Cons

    To develop you need to move to Modesto CA, which is not a very desirable city.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More options for career in other cities or free location

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great company, great people, great products....great place to work

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    Current Employee - Finance  in  Modesto, CA
    Current Employee - Finance in Modesto, CA

    I have been working at E. & J. Gallo full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    There are lots of opportunities in a wide variety of areas. Many positions allow for rotations in different positions or department. People are down to earth and enjoyable to work with. The work is challenging and rewarding.

    Cons

    Expectations are high and people work hard. Employees need to take a leadership role in managing career paths, but managers are good at career discussions and helping employees develop.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Associate Engineer

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    Current Employee - Associate Engineer  in  Modesto, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Engineer in Modesto, CA

    I have been working at E. & J. Gallo full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Family atmosphere, mentor mentality from more senior co-workers, direct hire lots of interns

    Cons

    City of modesto
    Management structure
    Instances of unclear communication of projects

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Tough Job

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Sales Representative

    I have been working at E. & J. Gallo full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Freedom to run your own portfolio of accounts. Good opportunity to get outside sales experience.

    Cons

    Selling to grocery stores was a horrible. No actual selling was involved- the people you attempted To "sell" to weren't about increasing profits of their store.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't turn and burn your employees. Value the hard working employees more.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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