Kendall-Jackson

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5 people found this helpful  

Inefficiency, discrimination, and narrow-mindedness guarantee a frustrating and unrewarding professional experience.

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at Kendall-Jackson full-time (more than 3 years)

Pros

JFW’s self proclaimed company pillars are “Lands, Brands, and People,” and that is an accurate appraisal of the company’s most valuable assets:
-Many beautiful vineyards that produce exceptional wines.
-A diverse portfolio of high-quality, unique and alluring brands.
-A staff of (mostly) wonderful, intelligent and kind people who are a pleasure to work with and vastly under appreciated.

Cons

-The scope of inefficiency is too large to detail as it ranges from small technical processes to large managerial strategies and everything in between. Technology and systems are laughable. An alarming amount of time is squandered on internal presentations full of smoke and mirrors that accomplish nothing but helping the senior management team hide their incompetency from ownership and protect their inflated paychecks.
-The responsibilities between subordinate, manager and executive roles are blurred, but salary levels are clearly distinguished by enormous margins. Leadership argues that managers are not meant to be the “executors.” Regardless, a manager being paid 50-300% more than their direct reports should not be permitted to work fewer hours, attend fewer meetings, or complete far fewer projects than their teams on an ongoing basis.
-Senior managers and the human resources department lure job candidates with false promises. New employees are often subjected to the “new toy” and “golden child” treatment from senior management until a new all-star arrives in the spotlight. Staying in favor is like balancing on a tight rope.
-There is no formal training offered to support positions, and managers are not fully trained on the responsibilities of their employees. Most managers are “unconscious leaders” and offer no valuable instruction to their teams.
-Managers are evaluated based almost entirely on their face time and not on their ability to achieve results or complete projects. Sacrifice is not rewarded and is, in fact, counterproductive to a successful career.
-Initiatives like Undercover Boss, the annual Employee survey, and green initiative are false campaigns meant to look like the company is taking action but actually accomplish nothing.
-Efficient processes and best practices do not exist.
-Employees are vastly unappreciated and abused. Overqualified internal candidates are almost always overlooked for promotions in favor of external “new toy” candidates.

OVERALL: Innate inefficiency, discrimination, and narrow-mindedness sanctioned by an inept leadership team guarantee a frustrating and unrewarding professional experience for employees.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Advice to Barbara Banke and Don Hartford:
The majority of your executive team is deficient in basic leadership qualities. Your company will never operate efficiently or thrive the way you want it to because the employees in your corporate office suffer the consequences of bad leadership.
-Your president has no breadth of experience and is unqualified to lead above the production, marketing and legal departments. He is a primary offender of office gossip and unprofessional comments.
-Your chief communications officer wastes the time and energies of everyone below her on promoting her own power hungry agenda. Her career on JFW has been based on her keen ability to manipulate you and lie to you. Her “style” of leadership is inefficient, ineffective, and obsolete. She makes rude, inappropriate and vulgar remarks in the hallways and during meetings.
-The legitimacy of the executive team is dependent on your Sales, Finance, Legal and Artisan team executives – their departments are generally well-organized from the top down. Yours and their reputation has been blemished by failings of the other senior leaders.

A thorough and complete audit of the effectiveness of your executives would expose a gross amount of wasted time, money, and energy.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

14 Other Employee Reviews for Kendall-Jackson (View Most Recent)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Dysfunctional Leadership

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kendall-Jackson

    Pros

    Excellent products and beautiful wineries

    Cons

    No direction or training from management. Unwilling to consider new ideas. No teamwork or communication whatsoever.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more time discovering why there is such a large turnover of talented employees and why morale is so low.

    Doesn't Recommend
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Absolutely hated the V.P. I worked for.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kendall-Jackson full-time

    Pros

    None - management is terrible at this place.

    Cons

    Family owned, nepotism and favortism abounds.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire upper level management who truly are management material.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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