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Reap what you sow. Hard work pays off.

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Current Employee - Wine Consultant
Current Employee - Wine Consultant

I have been working at PRP Wine full-time (more than a year)

Pros

-This is a sales job, so you get out of it what you put into it. If you are willing to work hard your initial few months (with limited income during that time), it can definitely pay off.

-Very "pipeline" driven, meaning that once you get your pipeline of wine tastings developed, you'll likely keep quite busy, establish great relationships with clients who become repeat buyers. The pipeline development requires lots of networking, prospecting local businesses for private label wines, mailing out complimentary tastings to charity auctions, calling on inactive client files, and spreading the word to your own social circles. All achievable but it requires a lot of hours the first few months.

- Once your pipeline is built up, you should be able to get between 4-7 in-home wine tastings a week. Combined with various events and sales, you should be able to make a decent living. Repeat business that just comes in periodically is icing on the cake!

- Meet a lot of interesting people. This job takes an energetic personality. We try to make wine fun, while also teaching people about it. You're teacher, friend, salesman, and more to your clients!

- If you've got an entrepreneurial spirit, this is a good fit! Company is very open to new ideas to meeting new clients and promoting wines, so long as they're very low cost or free ways to do so. Requires some creativity but can be rewarding.

- You control your own schedule (aside from one or two required office days a week), so if you plan well, you can still have a social and family life.

- Commission plus bonuses. You work harder, you make more money. Bonus structure very detailed and achievable. You just need to be willing to keep track of it and plan accordingly.

- Training is good, but to really excel, it's best to seek out additional wine knowledge resources.

Cons

- Company is quite behind on technology, which means they are often leaving money on the table due to a lack of a salesforce-usable client database, scheduling system, or simply more templates. Often feels like each individual wine consultant is re-creating the wheel in terms of organizing their file.

- Long hours, with lots of weekend hours. If you're not working Friday and Saturday evenings, you're not making money. Everything else is just icing on the cake. Most weekend evening tastings are done by 9/10pm though.

- Pay isn't great. This is 100% commission, so it's up to you how much you make. That said, there's only so many hours in a day and evenings in a weekend. A gas allowance would be a huge help.

- A good amount of employee turnover, especially among newer wine consultants. This is most likely due to those new hires not working hard enough to be successful, but management could do more tha

Advice to ManagementAdvice

- Find ways to reimburse employees for gas and "no-sales".

- Get more feedback from your employees in the field and listen to it. Managers are great, but when so many decisions are made without input from those in the field, stupid decisions get made that create more work and hassle for the front line.

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    Fun and great potential

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    Former Employee - Wine Consultant in West Palm Beach, FL
    Former Employee - Wine Consultant in West Palm Beach, FL

    I worked at PRP Wine full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    -Work with wine and learn more every day.
    -Fun to do if you like wine and talking about wine.
    -Attend fun events and pour wine at them.
    -Meet new people almost every day. Go to some very nice houses to do wine tastings.
    -Hold dinner and wine tastings at some very good restaurants.
    -Unlimited income potential.

    Cons

    -Office work is tedious
    -It's sales... You have to work hard to find and get clients.
    -There is no roof on the income you can make. There is no floor either.
    -Have to sell A TON of wine to make a livable income.
    -A lot of driving around in your own car, using your own gas that you have the "potential" of getting reimbursed on IF you hit your sales goals for that month. If you're good at what you do and you know how to talk to people, you will do fine at this company.

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    Hold more and better training classes. Give the employees something to be more motivated. Making 400+ phone calls and getting 1-5 actual stop-bys/sales/contacts is very discouraging and hard to bounce back from.

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  2. Horrible company. They lie about pay, hours, job description and opportunity and are not even legal

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    Current Employee - Wine Consultant
    Current Employee - Wine Consultant

    I have been working at PRP Wine full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Not really any except that you can learn about wine, but can do that on your own.

    Cons

    Just a joke of pay structure compared to work requirements. They pay commission only, but the position is actually many jobs: promotions, marketing, branding, sales, delivery, public relations...basically everything that needs to be done to bring a new company to a new market, but they dont want to pay for it.

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