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Great place to work

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Current Employee - Brand Manager in Louisville, KY
Current Employee - Brand Manager in Louisville, KY

I have been working at Southern Wine & Spirits full-time (more than 5 years)

Pros

Very concerned about the development of their people.

Cons

Can be a stressful work environment at times.

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    Excellent compensation and opportunities for advancement both in house and industry wide.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cerritos, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cerritos, CA

    I have been working at Southern Wine & Spirits full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent compensation
    Great incentive programs
    Get to work with and build world class brands
    Build relationships with top suppliers and key retailers
    Opportunities for advancement
    Fun industry

    Cons

    Heavy "boys club" politics
    Lackluster follow-through from Sr. Management on commitments and key initiatives to non-executive personnel
    What you know (your area of expertise) often matters less then who you know
    Relationships can often outweigh doing what is right for the business.
    Culture varies across the state. So Cal less of a "for their people" attitude, more of a CYA attitude. Nor Cal supports their people but puts too much emphasis on tenure over capability.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The driving force in your organization is your frontline, the sales and admin force (the common folk). They are your keys to success and to truly be in touch with your business you must be in touch with the frontline. When the frontline has the tools to succeed and are empowered to use them, the California business will realize greater success. You have many talented people whom will never deliver their full potential as SWS employees because you hear but do not listen, promise but do not act, direct but do not lead.

    Additionally, be open to best practices of your peers in other states and support the frontline like they support them. Consider the success recently achieved in Indiana and Florida, earning many coveted Diageo Golden Bar Awards (note to reader, Google it or read about it at: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/10/17/4918213/diageo-announces-winners-of-9th.html). The frontline in those states have the support and follow-though of senior management to rollout technologies instrumental in achieving victory. Their senior management navigated them through the bureaucratic rubbish that has prohibited an effective rollout of similar business development technologies in California. That was the difference between being nominated and winning. So, rather than compete with other states adapt and implement their best practices. The hit taken to ego for doing this will no doubt be eclipsed by the result of earning future Diageo Golden Bar Awards.

    Keep promoting from within when possible, that’s one of the reasons SWS has been so successful.

    Keep rewarding top performers for their achievements.

    Listen more, rather than just hearing your employees. All the HR surveys are great but without your support and action these surveys are an expensive waste of time.

    Acknowledge some employees with less tenure may have better insights, understanding and skills, than some of the more tenured employees. This holds true in all areas of the business, sales, operations, information technology and HR.

    Be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.

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    Positive Outlook
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    Southern Wine and Spirits Washington, learning curve.

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    Current Employee - On Premise Sales Consultant in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - On Premise Sales Consultant in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Southern Wine & Spirits full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    A decent benefits package that includes spouses.

    Cons

    Under qualified middle management.
    Operational systems that are antiquated (expense reporting)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review the basics.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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