Constellation Brands

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Good pay and perks, politics and posturing are hard to stomach

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

I worked at Constellation Brands

Pros

Product Allowance
Strong philanthropy -- Sands family really cares about Rochester
Good pay, especially at the director level and above
Very nice facilities

Cons

The company sees itself as nimble and unafraid of bold moves and change, but this can translate into way too much turnover and fickle, capricious decision making. "Hippo" (highest paid person's opinion) always rules. Strategies that are agreed and signed off on can/do change on the whim of one person which creates uneccessary churn and waste. Lots of CYA behavior at the VP level and above which also wastes time and energy. Because of this, projects are usually not thought through or resourced correctly, which leads to junior people moving heaven and earth to clean up the mess. Some people get placed in positions they have little/no training or qualifications for; others get fired out of the blue for little/no reason which leaves the rest of the team demoralized and waiting for the other shoe to drop. Some of this goes on in all companies, but it's taken to an extreme at Constellation, which is unfortunate. With a higher-caliber leadership team, the company would be unstoppable.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Have the courage, discipline, and focus to hire and promote the best people, not just your friends. Be visible, come in earlier/stay later, don't hit the gym for 2 hours during business hours routinely, and generally work as hard as your people do. Make sure your actions match your rhetoric -- your people are watching. Ask yourselves, what have I personally done to make Constellation better today?

Doesn't Recommend
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    good place to learn but opportunities are minimal and there is a lot of politics involved

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    Former Employee - Field Sales Manager
    Former Employee - Field Sales Manager

    I worked at Constellation Brands

    Pros

    Great training programs and opportunities to grow your skill set. If this is your first supplier job you will be able to transfer to any company in the industry after spending a few years with Constellation.

    Cons

    The politics involved in moving advancing through this organization are unbelievable. THere are meny talented people workignhere but they are not always the ones that get promoted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at your teams and how they are working together. This is a group of individuals not a cohesive unit.

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  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awesome pay and benefits if you can tolerate the politics and nepotism

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Constellation Brands

    Pros

    Benefits above average for the area, even an allowance for wine purchases, pay above average for the area. Company enourages volunteering in community (with some restrictions during work hours) and contributes financially to many worthy causes. Great potential to learn about the alcoholic beverage industry.

    Cons

    Management is out of touch with those on the front line. Birthright is not a guarantee of competent leadership. When goals are not being met, pressure from upper management explodes and stress becomes horrific - plan on working extra hours, getting frowned upon for needing to leave for doctor appt's and kids' functions. Paper diplomas have a higher value than loyalty to the company, long time employment, and common sense. If you are young and hip, apply and pad your resume for 3-5 years and leave. That's the pattern now. What was a wonderful place to work has become a merely paycheck to so many. And if asked for an opinion, just smile and nod and agree with the management person asking - they don't want to hear the truth. I have seen some bright, talented, experienced people leave for simply telling the truth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    LISTEN to the front line people. Enough with the flashy parties and trying to get the company name plastered on everything imaginable. Mr. Marvin Sands was a kind, compassionate, brilliant man and truly cared for the people who worked for him. The culture today is pure business, cold and ruthless.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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