Kendall-Jackson Reviews

Updated October 10, 2014
Updated October 10, 2014
14 Reviews
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14 Reviews
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  1.  

    Overall great experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kendall-Jackson full-time

    Pros

    - Compensation & Benefits
    - Opportunity for growth and career development
    - Training opportunities

    Overall, this is a great company to work for and would recommend it to a friend

    Cons

    - Older/outdated offices
    - Communication among upper management and employees
    - Old technology - need to update to more current technologies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leadership and upper management needs to work on their communication to lower level employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Terrible.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Brand Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Associate Brand Manager in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Kendall-Jackson part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Money could have been a little better

    Cons

    Workers there were a little mean

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Regal Wine off premise sales

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kendall-Jackson full-time

    Pros

    Get to sell the #1 chardonnay, some pretty good field managers, nice expense account

    Cons

    A bit of a goo ol boys club once you start talking about management that is hard to break into if you aren't accepted as part of the crew

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some younger and hungry managers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    decent job as far as labor goes

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Barrel Cellar Worker in Santa Rosa, CA
    Former Employee - Barrel Cellar Worker in Santa Rosa, CA

    I worked at Kendall-Jackson full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    good place to work as far as procedures and safety goes. Very well structured work environment

    Cons

    don't really have anything bad to say about the place. The only thing you have to watch for are other people coming in from various staffing companies with varying criminal backgrounds and gang affiliations.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Very poor management.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Communications Manager in Santa Rosa, CA
    Current Employee - Communications Manager in Santa Rosa, CA

    I have been working at Kendall-Jackson full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    --Nice wines, beautiful estates
    --Production/Labor jobs are generally secure, stable, safe
    --Big name in the business
    --Corporate drama means never a dull moment

    Cons

    --Office culture is dated and inefficient
    --Time to leave after a year
    --Many members of executive team are shockingly unprofessional - they are top offenders of gossip, rudeness and vulgarity in the workplace
    --Same problems over and over again with NO real solutions
    --Management is narrow minded and obsolete
    --Marketing and Communications departments are so frustrating to work in and with mostly because the department head is unqualified and a terrible leader.
    --Employees not appreciated
    --Lots of time wasted on internal presentations
    --Company will pretend to take action against complaints made by employees but never actually accomplish real change
    --No training provided
    --No transparency
    --So many false promises of promotions and raises that are never actually executed

    Overall this company is kind of a joke.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A true and honest audit of management would expose the highly unprofessional, ill-prepared and unqualified senior managers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Best company I have ever work at.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Santa Rosa, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Santa Rosa, CA

    I have been working at Kendall-Jackson full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Amazing Executive Team and employees. The Family all are hard workers who care about their employees. Lots of opportunity for growth. The company encourage promoting from within. Lots of employee perks. Really fun place to work.

    Cons

    OUtdated Systems and old office building

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep lines of communcation open

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Associate Brand Manager

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Brand Manager in Santa Rosa, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Brand Manager in Santa Rosa, CA

    I have been working at Kendall-Jackson full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    One of the biggest players in the space, yet still family owned using their own vineyards.

    Cons

    Most employees feel like it is time to leave after 1 year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When you preach "Promoting from within" maybe you should follow through. I have yet to see anyone promoted...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    Inefficiency, discrimination, and narrow-mindedness guarantee a frustrating and unrewarding professional experience.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kendall-Jackson full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    JFW’s self proclaimed company pillars are “Lands, Brands, and People,” and that is an accurate appraisal of the company’s most valuable assets:
    -Many beautiful vineyards that produce exceptional wines.
    -A diverse portfolio of high-quality, unique and alluring brands.
    -A staff of (mostly) wonderful, intelligent and kind people who are a pleasure to work with and vastly under appreciated.

    Cons

    -The scope of inefficiency is too large to detail as it ranges from small technical processes to large managerial strategies and everything in between. Technology and systems are laughable. An alarming amount of time is squandered on internal presentations full of smoke and mirrors that accomplish nothing but helping the senior management team hide their incompetency from ownership and protect their inflated paychecks.
    -The responsibilities between subordinate, manager and executive roles are blurred, but salary levels are clearly distinguished by enormous margins. Leadership argues that managers are not meant to be the “executors.” Regardless, a manager being paid 50-300% more than their direct reports should not be permitted to work fewer hours, attend fewer meetings, or complete far fewer projects than their teams on an ongoing basis.
    -Senior managers and the human resources department lure job candidates with false promises. New employees are often subjected to the “new toy” and “golden child” treatment from senior management until a new all-star arrives in the spotlight. Staying in favor is like balancing on a tight rope.
    -There is no formal training offered to support positions, and managers are not fully trained on the responsibilities of their employees. Most managers are “unconscious leaders” and offer no valuable instruction to their teams.
    -Managers are evaluated based almost entirely on their face time and not on their ability to achieve results or complete projects. Sacrifice is not rewarded and is, in fact, counterproductive to a successful career.
    -Initiatives like Undercover Boss, the annual Employee survey, and green initiative are false campaigns meant to look like the company is taking action but actually accomplish nothing.
    -Efficient processes and best practices do not exist.
    -Employees are vastly unappreciated and abused. Overqualified internal candidates are almost always overlooked for promotions in favor of external “new toy” candidates.

    OVERALL: Innate inefficiency, discrimination, and narrow-mindedness sanctioned by an inept leadership team guarantee a frustrating and unrewarding professional experience for employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice to Barbara Banke and Don Hartford:
    The majority of your executive team is deficient in basic leadership qualities. Your company will never operate efficiently or thrive the way you want it to because the employees in your corporate office suffer the consequences of bad leadership.
    -Your president has no breadth of experience and is unqualified to lead above the production, marketing and legal departments. He is a primary offender of office gossip and unprofessional comments.
    -Your chief communications officer wastes the time and energies of everyone below her on promoting her own power hungry agenda. Her career on JFW has been based on her keen ability to manipulate you and lie to you. Her “style” of leadership is inefficient, ineffective, and obsolete. She makes rude, inappropriate and vulgar remarks in the hallways and during meetings.
    -The legitimacy of the executive team is dependent on your Sales, Finance, Legal and Artisan team executives – their departments are generally well-organized from the top down. Yours and their reputation has been blemished by failings of the other senior leaders.

    A thorough and complete audit of the effectiveness of your executives would expose a gross amount of wasted time, money, and energy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Dysfunctional Leadership

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kendall-Jackson

    Pros

    Excellent products and beautiful wineries

    Cons

    No direction or training from management. Unwilling to consider new ideas. No teamwork or communication whatsoever.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more time discovering why there is such a large turnover of talented employees and why morale is so low.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Absolutely hated the V.P. I worked for.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kendall-Jackson full-time

    Pros

    None - management is terrible at this place.

    Cons

    Family owned, nepotism and favortism abounds.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire upper level management who truly are management material.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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