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Mired in bureaucracy and politics

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

I worked at Moët Hennessy USA

Pros

Top-notch portfolio of some of the most distinguished luxury brands in the world.

Cons

Given its French heritage, the company is extremely hierarchical and bureaucratic. Everything is dictated by Paris and everyone must march to those drums (think Ancien Regime or the days before the French Revolution). Also, it’s the alcohol industry which is dominated by veteran white males who have done business the same way since the days of Prohibition. So forget about doing anything innovative, new, or different. There is absolutely no training, however since they only recruit from within the alcohol industry there’s no need for it or the new ideas that may come occur with a new perspective. It’s a “sink or swim” mentality both in doing the job and dealing with the politics. Most of it isn’t “rocket science” so don’t expect to be surrounded by a lot of smart people. IT is a joke and even if they did get some top notch technology platforms no one would know what to do with it let alone how to use it. The younger crowd will enjoy the free booze and parties but those who are serious about their career end up leaving within 2-3 years if they can stand it. The politics is thick so watch your back.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

Other Reviews for Moët Hennessy USA

  1.  

    A company of amazing brands

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Moët Hennessy USA

    Pros

    The cachet that its portfolio of brands brings is unmatched. Perks are pretty good: car for sales people, free goods, tuition reimbursement.

    Cons

    It is an extremely hierarchical structure, based on its French parent where no one questions the king. For a luxury company, their processes are ancient and much bureaucracy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Move faster with decision making. Don't sweat the little stuff and let your employees run with the business. Get some real IT.

    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Exciting Luxury Adult Beverage Company- great image and fast paced work environment

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    Current Employee - Region Sales  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Region Sales in New York, NY

    I have been working at Moët Hennessy USA full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Prestigious brands and world class marketing make this a great company you would be proud to represent. LVMH is the world leader in luxury brands.

    Cons

    Having worked for other large adult beverage companies, the challenges are different here being a French run company. the marketing structure of separate "maisons" for each brand does make you often feel like you are reporting to several smaller companies within the whole, often with conflicting priorities that make the day to day work more difficult. The politics are often discouraging as well for career advancement as being French is an unspoken edge, that sees many good local talent become frustrated and increases turnover of good people, unfortunately. Company does run "lean" from a head count perspective, so the lazy need not apply.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More hiring of good industry talent , versus priority in recruitment of Ivy League MBA's and cross functional promotion from other parts of LVMH. Promoting from within being a priority to increase retention of good talent.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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