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Reap what you sow. Hard work pays off.

Wine Consultant (Current Employee)

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 Senior Management- 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.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great product, relaxed work environment, but false information about pay to lure new employees.

    Wine Consultant (Former Employee) Orlando, FL

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


    Pros: Great wine and relaxed work environment. Cons: Low pay, drive your own car to remote locations and extremely… Advice to Senior Management: Do not give false pay expectations during hiring process because employees will find out and quit because they will feel no loyalty to a dishonest… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More
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    Run Fast - Do not accept a position at this company

    Wine Sale Representative (Former Employee) Jacksonville, FL

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


    Pros: There are no pros that I can come up with. They try and work you like a… Cons: They sell a flexible schedule, however the employee handbook says 10am-8pm monday - Saturday and they are serious about this. Just wait until you… Advice to Senior Management: Start being fair to your employees and you just may… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
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