Pernod Ricard USA

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Pernod Ricard USA Reviews

Updated September 30, 2014
Updated September 30, 2014
42 Reviews
3.1
42 Reviews
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  1.  

    Pernod Ricard is a great company to work for.

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    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales

    I worked at Pernod Ricard USA full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The brands and people at Pernod Ricard are second to none. The teamwork and bonds developed are fantastic and will last a lifetime. The pay, benefits, and perks are equal or better than beverage alcohol companies.

    Cons

    The company is heavily driven by results on a monthly and quarterly view. There is no patience and no long term vision to grow brands. This mentality creates many fire drills, duplication of efforts, and necessary work. The pace and pressure to work non stop is different from other beverage alcohol companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Slow down and look at the big picture and the future of the company in the United States. Stop the fire drills and knee jerk reactions. Take care of the people that are driving the business. Heavily invest in the brands and drive consumer awareness.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Challenging

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pernod Ricard USA full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good brands and nice perks

    Cons

    burn out, under appreciation, lack of upward mobility

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    value your people!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    I Had a Dream...........that I found a new job........

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pernod Ricard USA full-time

    Pros

    company closes between xmas and new years, good brands, product allowance, summer fridays

    Cons

    management is driving company into ground

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This place has seriously tanked since new management came on board. Executives cannot seem to figure out what they are doing wrong. My advice...look at Glassdoor and read some of the reviews.

    Morale drops lower and lower every day. There is no clear vision, strategy, or logical decision making by management. Instead, they are too focused on how "wonderful" they think they are (which is truly in the eye of the beholder) and keep patting themselves on the back for a job (not) well done. They keep saying they want to make this a great company, yet they can't seem to figure out how to do that. Seriously....they cannot figure it out. Well duh folks, to be considered a great company by "your people", you first need to have happy employees. Maybe start there. In the meantime, people are quitting daily and when they quit, other employees are high five congratulating them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    This place is one of the worst places that I have ever worked.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pernod Ricard USA

    Pros

    Thursday Happy Hours
    Summer Fridays
    Shut down week between Christmas and New Years

    Cons

    Everything else.

    PRUSA does NOT value human capital. The employees are overworked, working outside of their job description and are NEVER appreciated. The Executive team turns a blind eye to the low moral and doesn't care to hear about any truths about the current work environment.

    HR is a joke. It's adorably known as Inhuman Resources. As an employee, you are on your own. There is NO ONE in your corner. No one is ever promoted and if they are, it's almost like the person is dragged across coals before moving into the next position.

    This is not a good place to work. Diageo is probably better at this point.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up. You're people are close to a mass exodus. People are quitting their jobs at PRUSA with no job lined up. That speaks volume. Either the CEO has blinders on, or he doesn't give a crap. The HR department doesn't care about the employees. I'm really not sure what they do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Horrible Place - Forgotten how to treat its employees

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Pernod Ricard USA full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great business. Interesting and exciting to work in the field of alcohol beverage. And there are some great people who work there. Unfortunately, they are not in management. The company gives extra vacation, which is a nice bonus.

    Cons

    There is an arrogance at the leadership level that is hard to understand given that currently the business is not performing as well as the parent company wants it to. They talk about diversity, but none of the Executives are diverse. They talk about the value of people, yet just did a massive restructuring that resulted in many people losing their jobs. And if you are not French, then your growth potential is very limited. And incompetence abounds...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice, as the best thing would be for them to be replaced with competent individuals who understand the business and really believe that "people matter."

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Overall, been a great experience.

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    Current Employee - Legal Intern  in  Purchase, NY
    Current Employee - Legal Intern in Purchase, NY

    I have been working at Pernod Ricard USA as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Reasonable hours, comfortable work environment which help employee morale. Upper level managemnet is very approachable and answers questions frequently.

    Cons

    IT problems are not dealt with as promptly as they should. Oversight is not particularly ideal for a new employee, however, it fosters an ability to work independently and seek the right answers to problems.

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great employer, but be cautious if you're a leader.

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    Current Employee - Employee
    Current Employee - Employee

    I have been working at Pernod Ricard USA full-time

    Pros

    -great perks like company functions, product allotments, clothing allowances, the list goes on
    -superb salary and benefits
    -very neat product field with excellent profit margins
    -"big fish" company willing to invest capital in training and improving facilities
    -global presence means a great chance to develop relationships across national boundaries
    -many long-tenured employees that are very loyal and have helped make the company grow

    Cons

    -dearth of any bourbons in the product catalogue is worrisome given current consumer trends
    -concerned about using Absolut as a business cornerstone given the craft vodka explosion
    -LOTS of bureaucracy at times regarding decisions, efforts being made to improve but there's a lot of "dead wood" among support functions that can bog down decisions and innovation
    -seems to be something of a "Euro" bias in terms of personnel who are viewed as getting on the fast-track
    -shockingly well-privelaged hourly workforce that seems utterly convinced that upper management is "out to get them", many seem to believe that advanced age or poor training is the reason they get left behind rather than poor performance or poor attitude, can be hard to keep your leaders motivated in the face of a few bad apples
    -relatively small manufacturing footprint in the U.S.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep making the hard decisions to advance the company as a business! Continue to treat the hourly workforce with the same care that has given us such a loyal and long-tenured group, even if they don't always realize it. Develop young talent and recognize that the company as a whole can't win without PRUSA being the keystone. The best road won't be the easiest.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Started out great but turned bad over the years.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pernod Ricard USA full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good brands; good benefits. Happy hours in the office and occasional company parties. Company closes during the week of Christmas.

    Cons

    Too many restructures. No sense of loyalty for the people who helped build the company over the years. As the company has grown, its become terribly political and bureaucratic. It's more about who you know now rather than how good you are at your job. Very sad to see the culture and employee morale decline.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have no advice. They get paid enough to be able to figure it out on their own.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    If you had a choice between here and elsewhere....go elsewhere!

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

    I have been working at Pernod Ricard USA full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Time off between Christmas and New Years
    Product allotment is good

    Cons

    Constant reorganization.
    Elitist culture
    French win big and all others lose
    Diversity initiatives are bogus

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your head out of the clouds and engage people in the organization
    Act local--the USA is not France, it is a multiplicity of cultures and people
    Reduce the bureacracy and get rid of all of the layers in HR.
    Why bother having so many HR people when they do not do anything?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Most Satisfying Job I've Ever Had

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Pernod Ricard USA full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Fun and energetic, has become more relaxed over the years in terms of culture. Good compensation, great perks like product allowance, bar nights and the week between Christmas and New Years off. There are lots of wonderful people that work here.

    Cons

    Poor work-life balance, too much expectation towards continuing to work even after you've left the office. Limited flexibility in regards to working from home. Diversity is really only found at the mid to lower levels.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Extend the diversity initiatives into senior management.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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