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No Frills but Effective

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Current Employee - Finance Manager in New York, NY
Current Employee - Finance Manager in New York, NY

I have been working at Southern Wine & Spirits full-time (more than 3 years)

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

Generally a good place to work. People are focused and work hard, generally get along. Nothing fancy in terms of working environment but it's fine.

Cons

Some inconsistencies due to being built from series of acquisitions.

Advice to Management

Lighten up a bit - do a bit more of the softer stuff for the employees, throw a picnic now and again.

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  1. Exhausting but educational.

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    Former Employee - Manager in Jamesburg, NJ
    Former Employee - Manager in Jamesburg, NJ

    I worked at Southern Wine & Spirits full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    This is a growing company with eyes towards the future. I was exposed to all aspects of warehousing during my time there, and feel that the experience I gained there has helped me understand how to balance a dedication to hard work with the importance of personal time.

    Cons

    This company will work you to death if you let it. Absolutely the longest hours I've ever endured. 36 hour long days with barely any breaks were common during inventories and special projects.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize KEY employees as the lifeblood of your company rather than disposable heros. I saw far too many good employees leave for better jobs because Upper Management viewed them simply as a "Necessary Evil".

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    SWS Career Choice

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Southern Wine & Spirits full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    High paying jobs/opportunity for advancement/recession resistant industry

    Cons

    Poor/unprofessional leadership/lack of portfolio strategy/too many suppliers and brands to manage effectively

    Advice to Management

    Too many old timers with lack of leadership that have been "grandfathered in". Managment lacking outside experience to help elevate performance and execution. Grossly inefficient business model/retail execution is extremely weak and customer service is not a priority

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