E. & J. Gallo

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A large IS department with stodgy tech initiative weak mid-tier management

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Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst IT in Modesto, CA
Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst IT in Modesto, CA

I have been working at E. & J. Gallo

Pros

Compensation relative to the cost of living is strong. Gallo is a private company influenced less by short term performance than long term performance. Predictable business cycle is based on grape harvest.

Cons

Gallo IS department has adopted bureaucratic blend of: 1) non-technical "analysts" that "face" with the customer but are many times technically under-skilled to make a strong impact and usually end-up "in the way" of people actually getting things done, 2) frustrated developers and technical experts, and 3) low-initiative and fairly clueless mid-level management selected more for their "diverse" gender and race, rather than their "diverse" competency in the IT field. I guess somebody would rather have a department that looks good in a photo rather that one which is aggressive, competent, and garners confidence from its customers.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

To many of you, please stop charading as IT managers. Get behind real innovation and not just what's spoon fed to you or forced on you.

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    Current Employee - Sen Business Analyst in Modesto, CA
    Current Employee - Sen Business Analyst in Modesto, CA

    I have been working at E. & J. Gallo

    Pros

    Gallo pay average compensation for the central valley area
    Low Cost of living area, it very cheap to live in Modesto

    Cons

    Gallo runs on an extremely silo'ed bureaucracy where selected MBA's are given preferential treatment for advancement. There are a lot of technical tools but very few of them leverage effectivly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Flatten the reporting structure. Force every manager to have 5 direct reports or more. Cut do nothing paper pushers out of the organization. Senior management seems to know a lot about wine, but IT is not their primary thing.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Modesto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Modesto, CA

    I have been working at E. & J. Gallo

    Pros

    Well run company. Financially strong
    Best paying employer in the region
    Family business with long tradition
    Strong product portfolio
    Decent opportunities for advancement...if

    Cons

    Political corporate culture, must know the right people
    Lack of innovative culture, do what the boss says instead of what should be done.
    Top-down driven, little opportunity for making a difference from the bottom-up
    Executive habit of chewing up employees.

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    Need better communication on pay and advancement decision making.
    Need better exposure to senior leadership

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