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Great emplyer, but lots of changes over the last year

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Current Employee - IS Department
Current Employee - IS Department

I have been working at Diageo

Pros

Great support for progression. lots of oppotunities & openess around open roles. Great offices.

Cons

Office location - in the middle of nowhere, not enough resources for the amount of work

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Hire more people!

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    Great people and work-life balance, great in advertising, arbitrary promotions, no ownership

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    Current Employee - Marketing in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Marketing in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Diageo

    Pros

    - Respect for people: the company encourages to treat colleagues with respect regardless of how you feel about them from the start. Shouting, losing your temper and not containing one's emotions is generally discouraged.
    - Work-life balance: management respects your personal commitments, no one really counts vacations and time off, can work from home at any time (as long as you get the job done)
    - Advertising edge: great place to master communicating emotional benefits, get experience with digital, RM and event-marketing. Not all classic FMCG companies are into all these disciplines. Great place to develop really break-through creative - as most brands share global communication platforms.
    - Obsessed with execution: This is THE place to learn a hands-on detailed approach to execution - mostly around BTL programs, sampling, the likes.

    Cons

    - Consensus: Making calls and getting decisions from top management is difficult. Projects require consensus from a ton of stakeholders. Slows everything down. Conflict is discouraged.
    - No ownership: Lack of bottom-up leadership, lack of total project and P&L ownership. It is not uncommon for brand managers to not know what a P&L is and how they drive it. Directors often interfere with executional detail and steal work from reports.
    - Strategy: Often drafted by an internal consulting division, or at director levels. Brand managers rarely lead on strategy vs. how it is done in P&G or RB.
    - Promotions: No consistent promotion-for-delivery culture. No stringent up-or-out culture. Some promotions seemed pretty random.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a fair and stringent up-or-out culture, promote for delivery of tangible and visible results, encourage bottom-up leadership.

    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Over-worked and underpaid

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Diageo

    Pros

    Great experience, however, that comes at the price of having absolutely no work-life balance.
    Brands are phenomenal and the company is a stable choice in this economy.

    Cons

    The leadership is extremely poor in competency and only understands how to maneuver through the politics of Diageo, rather than know how to lead a team to success. Additionally, we are so top heavy when it comes to leadership that it takes an excessive amount of time to arrive at even the simplest of decisions. This happens at most companies, however, Diageo is by far the worst I have seen. It's truly astonishing.

    Additionally, Diageo is extremely frugal with their investments to the point where it's detrimental to the longevity of the business with respect to mostly investment in people but also with infrastructure. Our computers are absolutely horrible, running off of Windows 2000 with PC's built for Vista is just a combination for complete failure. Supposedly they are upgrading our system to Vista - they must have received a very large discount since this was announced one day after Windows announced that they would be moving to Windows 7.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take out layers of leadership and ensure alignment of goals throughout all of Diageo NA.
    Ensure consistency through different functions within Diageo (ie: procurement, quality, etc).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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