Pernod Ricard USA Reviews

Updated July 30, 2015
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Pros
  • Shut down week between Christmas and New Years (in 6 reviews)

  • Happy hours in the office and occasional company parties (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/life balance is non-existent (in 7 reviews)

  • Disconnect of senior management (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Prestige Lifestyle Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY

    I worked at Pernod Ricard USA (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great company culture, good career development opportunities. Solid, stable, growing business.

    Cons

    It's understaffed so employees are often stretched thin either in workload or focus areas. Roles and organizational structure is constantly changing, which is meant to be a good thing, but the pace of change takes a toll on efficiency and job satisfaction.


  2. Pretty cool gig

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Purchase, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Purchase, NY

    I have been working at Pernod Ricard USA full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    -Great products, employee friendly values, lot of perks, good benefit plan, pays well

    Cons

    Poor career planning, apparent bias towards French employees

    Advice to Management

    Succession planning, please!


  3. great company, not for everyone

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pernod Ricard USA full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    incredible portfolio global presence travel and experiences entrepreneurial culture diverse workforce great perks new global CEO is a game changer

    Cons

    life/work balance intense pace constant addition of initiatives and "change management" has become a distraction very competitive as you move up the ladder (little turnover of senior positions) becoming more bureaucratic

    Advice to Management

    slow down on the constant corporate initiatives, extra projects and structural re-do's. Very difficult and time consuming, taking focus away from core mission.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Was a Great Place to Work but not so much of late

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pernod Ricard USA full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Amazing products; Dynamic industry; Have some truly dedicated and caring people who have a passion to do more than what is expected. We could be a bigger player. Hopefully with a new Chairman on board, the course will be corrected, but numerous changes in leadership and expectations of them need to happen. We have a great culture.

    Cons

    Leadership took a big step backwards with the latest change of executives. We don't refresh our brands and don't practice anywhere near what we preach. We disregard people despite what we preach. We restructure often and hire outside parties to constantly evaluate and recommend what we should do ss, which we usually either disregard, are very slow to take action on, or hire more consultants. We ride our brand names but really don't know how to refresh them. Opportunities are based on who you know not what you know or how well you apply it. Poor diversity at the leadership levels despite what they preach in leadership ranks. Work Life Balance. It is not in balance if you spend more time working in your off days as much as you do when you are "working." We don't live our values as much as we write very large documents to show we have them. Very poor HR execution and ownership.

    Advice to Management

    Get leadership who really understands a US market; Stop changing leadership as much as you do; rely and embrace your strong resources you pay well to create vision, drive change, and utilize good people. You are losing that edge rapidly. Happy Hours and special events seem more like an opportunity to buy loyalty or defray from the lack of ownership and management. It's so very unfortunate to see how low morale is again. I really used to love working here every day.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Many problems

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pernod Ricard USA

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

    Pros

    Fun industry. Co-workers were very friendly in spite of environment.

    Cons

    The company became a real mess in my time there. Major disconnect between brand teams and the field. Poor innovation products with oversized sales quotas. Management lacks professionalism compared to other companies in the industry. Brown nosing will help you advance in spite of performance. Largest brand is poorly managed and in decline.

    Advice to Management

    Good old boy network reputation around the industry is well deserved and need addressed. Company will be stuck in neutral until that changes.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Sr. Manager

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

    I worked at Pernod Ricard USA full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great portfolio Some very lovely people

    Cons

    Bad Management Horrible Work/Life Balance Finger pointing/Office Politics No regard for employees No rewards for achievement

    Advice to Management

    Need to change the whole management team and find people that care. No more talk about how anything new is better - reward for the people that made your company great. And put in place people that know their jobs, especially at Exec level.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Horrible

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Pernod Ricard USA (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Good perks, if you can tolerate the backstabbing and huge egos

    Cons

    Dealing with huge egos and impossible expectations that are not clearly conveyed

    Advice to Management

    Communicate your expectations and treat team members with respect


  9. Intern

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

    I have been working at Pernod Ricard USA

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Awesome people to work with

    Cons

    Long interview process for interns


  10. Helpful (1)

    Consultant

    • Work/Life Balance
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Purchase, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Purchase, NY

    I worked at Pernod Ricard USA full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Weekly Happy Hours, Fun Off Site Events

    Cons

    Management, IT was a train wreck and incompetent CIO and Directors.

    Advice to Management

    Fire CIO.


  11. Helpful (3)

    Very disappointing company. Reorg's are constant. Sr. Management totally disconnected

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

    I have been working at Pernod Ricard USA full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Nice bar with pool table Off between Christmas and New Years

    Cons

    Really poor Senior Management (decision making is slow) Brand owner model is crippling Everyone has their own agenda and works in their own silos Town Hall communications are a joke--50% of it is believable Morale is very low - everyone is overworked and exhausted French get promoted everyone is a minion; French get really nice expat perks and that is where it stops Innovation is used as a gap filler not based on a consumer need Changing the Absolut bottle label inscription does nothing....try being bold instead of wimpish

    Advice to Management

    Need stronger Sr. Management who work together versus dysfunctional Stop being so elitist Come out and say hello to the minions every once in a while-we work our tail off for the benefit of your massive bonuses



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