PRP Wine Reviews

Updated April 13, 2015
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  1. Get out what you put in

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PRP Wine full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Wine of course is the biggest driver of fun.
    flexibility in your schedule
    addition of new CRM systems has helped greatly
    upward mobility if you sell
    challenging day to day changes meeting people face to face
    Fun

    Cons

    not for the faint of heart when it comes to commission driven job
    there are some no sales but not many
    if you don't like night time or weekend work then not for you

    Advice to Management

    keep working on better computer system but nice start
    keep the wine program fresh and stable

  2. Awesome job to have if you enjoy meeting and talking to people about wine.

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    Current Employee - Wine Consultant in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Wine Consultant in Jacksonville, FL

    I have been working at PRP Wine full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Unique and exclusive wines make selling them really easy, plus you get to try and learn about wines and regions you don't commonly see in stores.

    Cons

    Creating repeat buying customers is easier said than done. Not everyone has the money to buy a case of wine every other month.

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to do business like we are still in the 90's.

  3. Helpful (2)

    It is all a big lie

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PRP Wine

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

    Pros

    The only real upside to this company is you get to drink on the job, and since most of the managers are basically closet alcoholics... it is actually applauded.

    Cons

    The pay is pitiful. This company is declining and failing and they havent seen a real profit in over half a decade. 80% of the offices are under target. They pay a 15% commission with all kinds of fancy sounding bonuses, that they won't give you if you quit before three months. Even after you have worked hard to earn them. If you are smart you will quit before three months.

    Here is how it works, youll be lucky to work 40 hours, and sell 2000 worth of product. Thats considered a good week. So you will make 300 bucks. for 40 hours, not to mention driving all over kingdom come and spending gas money....so essentially I was in the top ten salespeople for a week (thats for the whole company) and I cleared about 150 bucks after taxes and expenses. TOTAL SCAM!!!

     There is no base salary and they will try to work you like a dog for free. They provide no leads at all, very little accounts...and basically telemarket to their customer base once or twice a month while you sit in an office on the phone calling clients that have been called a thousand times....many of which are angry because they have repeatedly asked to be removed.

    Advice to Management

    Fire Geoff Dubbins the CEO and replace him with someone who knows what they are doing. A company that barely sees a 6% profit on each sale is doomed to fail. He is the failure of this company. If you don't fix that, every junior level business major in the country knows what they fail to grasp, your company will decline until you are nothing but an antiquated supply chain, that cant maintain modern demands.

    Also ... its called advertising. There is a reason every company in America but PRP uses it.

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  5. Wine Consultant

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    Former Employee - Wine Consultant
    Former Employee - Wine Consultant

    I worked at PRP Wine full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There are some Pros at PRP Wine... You get to try lots of amazing wines and you get to meet a ton of people while in the process..

    Cons

    Well here it goes.... This job is totally what you put into it..... And you have to put a LOT into it the first few years to get anything at all out of it..... I worked more 60 hour weeks than I have ever worked and barely made ends meat....They tell you that you can make your own schedule but be advised that this is not the job to come into when you have a single income a child or need money right away... If you have the time to put in you may be successful later down the road but it is a long road to get there

    Advice to Management

    You should tell people when they start that they will be working 60 hours a week for at least the first year to make it worthwhile at all

  6. Sales Consultant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PRP Wine

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

    Pros

    Family time whenever you want.

    Cons

    NO MONEY TO BE MADE!!

  7. Helpful (1)

    Run Fast - Do not accept a position at this company

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    Former Employee - Wine Sale Representative in Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - Wine Sale Representative in Jacksonville, FL

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

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

    Pros

    There are no pros that I can come up with. They try and work you like a dog for no pay. If you are looking to be exhausted and broke, consider that a pro

    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 get your pay. They sell you on making 20% commission but you get 15% and the last 5% after 90 days due to the turnover rate. They win! They also sell a training base of $900 for one month and won't pay that if you quit but they sure will work you hard in that first month. In order to make any kind of money - you need to sell about $20000 a month in wine. Do the math! Not doable. Crazy crazy crazy company!!

    Advice to Management

    Start being fair to your employees and you just may not have to train and retrain. Terrible management.

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

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    Former Employee - Wine Consultant in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Wine Consultant in Orlando, FL

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great wine and relaxed work environment.

    Cons

    Low pay, drive your own car to remote locations and extremely false information about pay and hours. This job cost ME money.

    Advice to 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 system. Also stream line your sales training process to be consistent and concise. My on the job sales coaching was fumbling, unclear and far below what my own skills are, and I was the trainee.

  9. Fantastic products and unique wines at reasonable prices.

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PRP Wine full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You can get paid for what you earn.
    The harder you work the more you can make.

    Cons

    Too many hours with expectations that are not reasonable.

    Advice to Management

    Show that you care about all of your people from the top to the bottom.

  10. 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)

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

    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 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.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Fun and great potential

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

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

    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.

    Advice to Management

    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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