PRP Wine Reviews

Updated June 19, 2015
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Geoff Dubbins
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  1. it's sales, you gotta think out of the box.

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

    I have been working at PRP Wine full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible schedule for the most part. Ability to work remotely half the week. Access to good wines and fun co-workers.

    Cons

    100% commission is sometimes difficult. Especially with a couple bad appts in a row. Gets frustrating. Mandatory office hours during phone sales whether you have anything to do or not. Being forced to telemarket when the job is outside sales.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to sales staff more. Beta test sales campaigns before national release. Focus on keeping our prices competitive. And managers need to focus energy into making a few successful sales people who will stay the distance. Too much turnover in person to person sales is bad.


  2. Too Good to be true

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Wine Consultant
    Former Employee - Wine Consultant

    I worked at PRP Wine

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

    Pros

    You might get to learn a lot about wine, and drink a lot of wine, maybe meet some people with more money than sense. Geoff is the nicest man ever, it's hard to believe that he's the CEO.

    Cons

    In today's economy, nobody wants to drop $200+ on 12 bottles of wine every month practically sight unseen, it's hard to sell, it's hard to earn money, and everything is commissioned base. PLUS, you're expected to be in the office from 10am-8pm for phone sales (which is cold calling, something they swear you'll never have to do), and in the office 10-5 every other day, but you won't see a penny for any of this office time.

    Advice to Management

    Offer a base salary. If everything is going to be computer based then provide enough computers for employees


  3. Assistant Brand Manager

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Brand Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Assistant Brand Manager in Chicago, IL

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

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

    Pros

    You get to drink a lot of good wines. My office had a lot of young people and so it was a fun atmosphere

    Cons

    Management knows it needs to evolve to stay in business but does not actually want to change. They were not open to new ideas and continued to force antiquated methodologies on new consultants. Also I was not given the authority to manage my client file as I saw fit (constant harassing of clients during phone sales)

    Advice to Management

    Actively engage your new consultants in development of new sales tactics. Throwing ideas at us will do very little. Also, enough with the phone sales!! Lastly, please have seminars or education or something about drinking and driving. Too many consultants have DUIs. It is not safe.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    You either make it or break it.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Wine Consultant in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Wine Consultant in Jacksonville, FL

    I have been working at PRP Wine full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Increased wine knowledge, flexible schedules, meet wonderful people, great networking opportunities, unlimited earning potential, car allowance plus commission plus bonuses can make your earnings be where you need them to be to make a living, medical insurance, training pay for the first month etc.

    Cons

    where to begin: no base pay after the first month, short training, you need to bring and use your own laptops, no customer database so often times two people have the same file and call on it angering the clients, many of the offices are very unorganized, long hours, 15% commission on your every day sales then you get 7% commission on what you have sold each quarter plus if you reach targets you get additional bonuses plus if you sell $4000 a month you get a $500 car allowance. The con is that there are too many "if's" in the equation.

    Advice to Management

    Supply your employees tablets that are easier to carry around than their laptops, actually listen to the employee in reference to advertisement, streamline the sales file into an MS Access Database so notes could be electronically captured, pay a base salary at least for the first year even if it is as low as $250 weekly plus commission.


  6. A well balanced management opportunity with unique benefits.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    Control of your own schedule, affordable health insurance, generous resources, the product

    Cons

    Slow to initiate change, lagging technology, dated marketing methods,

    Advice to Management

    Revamp sales strategies, update website, create retail sales at the local office level


  7. Long hours Little pay

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Director of Sales in Brookfield, WI
    Former Employee - Senior Director of Sales in Brookfield, WI

    I worked at PRP Wine full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    You're selling over priced wine by the case to private individuals by doing home wine tastings. You meet big money people. It's a great way to find a new job...

    Cons

    Long hours, poor commissions. No holidays, evenings or weekends with the family. Benefits were pitiful. No car allowance. No cell phone. They hire anyone with a pulse to generate leads for their existing sales force. Average new person lasts a few months. If offered this, run, don't walk away. You'll make more part-time bar tending..

    Advice to Management

    Clean up your act. Move into the 21st century. You were still using note cards in German when I worked for you.


  8. Get out what you put in

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


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

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  10. Helpful (3)

    It is all a big lie

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  11. Wine Consultant

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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



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