Constellation Wines

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Good company...but with a few exceptions...like advancement

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Former Employee - Winemaker
Former Employee - Winemaker

I worked at Constellation Wines

Pros

For the most part, winemakers wear a lot of hats so there is a lot of variety. They also get good exposure to what is happening internally as well as in other parts of the company so they understand the 'big picture' as well as the day to day operations. Excellent opportunities for management training, ongoing education and ability to participate in industry events. They are also finally working on new product development, utilizing fresh ideas, good label design and marketing...very exciting.

Cons

There tends to be a lot of bias and favoritism when it comes to promoting. Working hard and doing an excellent job seem to be secondary to how well you schmooze your manager. Like anywhere, there are some people in management who simply are not good at or qualified for what they do which can be frustrating. It's kind of a fraternity so if you aren't part of the club, don't expect recognition or advancement. If you are the kind of person who doesn't need ANY recognition and can be satisfied simply by knowing, for yourself, that you've done a good job then you should be fine.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Would suggest doing annual or bi-annual reviews of management by subordinates (anonymously) to ensure that employees feel good about the leadership they are receiving and have an opportunity for them to point out shortcomings that could be addressed to make the teams more coherent, efficient and productive if needed.

Also, figure out a way to maintain relationships with growers and lock in good fruit sources. Too many vineyards of high quality are being let go for cheaper, seriously inferior, fruit. Work smarter, try to build customer loyalty rather than selling wine at th cheapest price with the most profitability.

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    Dissatisfied

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    Former Employee - Brand Manager
    Former Employee - Brand Manager

    I worked at Constellation Wines

    Pros

    Good benifits packages is above average for industry.

    Cons

    Poor choices in managers. Lacked industry experience and understanding

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review management performance against realistic company goals more closely. There are quite a few underperforming managers that probably should not be in the position they have.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Culture of constant Insecurity

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Brand Manager
    Former Employee - Brand Manager

    I worked at Constellation Wines

    Pros

    Top of the acquisition ladder. Can't lose your job because Constellation buys your winery, because you work for Constellation already.
    Generally good benefits.
    Part of a sometimes glamorous industry--wine perks, etc.
    Generally supports further education and training if you can find the time.

    Cons

    Your experience will vary greatly depending on your manager--make sure who is hiring you is currently in favor upstream.
    Very political. Sense of being in constant competition with everyone around you.
    Endlessly restructuring and reorganizing departments. Company seems to feel that keeping staff in a state of constant insecurity is the best way to get them to go above and beyond in their jobs.
    Company has grown too large to competently do justice to its entire portfolio--only a few brands get the attention they need.
    Lots of corporate driven compromises to quality with no end in sight.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have good people, make them feel appreciated and secure in their jobs. Stop reorganizing just for the sake of it. Remember that wine is not a widget, you can only "optimize" so much before your 50 brands start becoming completely interchangeable and ultimately irrelevant.

    Doesn't Recommend
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