Southern Wine & Spirits

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Southern Wine & Spirits Reviews

Updated March 1, 2015
Updated March 1, 2015
163 Reviews
3.1
163 Reviews
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Southern Wine & Spirits Chairman and CEO Harvey R. Chaplin
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • great pay and benefits for where i live in south carolina (in 7 reviews)

  • There is opportunity for advancement even for a woman (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management clearly does not care about those working at the entry level (in 13 reviews)

  • There is a noticeable "good ole boy" network in action (in 4 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great company to begin a career in adult beverage sales

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Off Premise Sales Representative in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Off Premise Sales Representative in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at Southern Wine & Spirits full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule and good benefits. If you get a good territory you have the opportunity to make decent incentive money.

    Cons

    Extremely low base salary that you have to make up for in sales. Opportunities for growth are hard to come by unless you are a top performing seller.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase base salaries to market level.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    LOVE IT!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Sales Representative

    I have been working at Southern Wine & Spirits

    Pros

    Great company... You get out of it what you put in.

    Cons

    Huge sales goals on a terrible product... However, that is very uncommon

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Fun industry, no room for growth

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Merchandiser in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Merchandiser in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at Southern Wine & Spirits

    Pros

    Lots of OT, free merchandise and bottles, work in small groups or by self

    Cons

    Unreasonable expectations, no growth [unless know the right people]

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Promising Future

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Southern Wine & Spirits

    Pros

    There are great career opportunities

    Cons

    Many employees, easy to get lost in the mix

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give employees the benefit of the doubt

  6.  

    Ok, I've learned plenty

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Truck Driver in Bolingbrook, IL
    Current Employee - Truck Driver in Bolingbrook, IL

    I have been working at Southern Wine & Spirits

    Pros

    Great industry great customers, great experience

    Cons

    Up and down stairs for delivery

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just listen to us sometimes

    Recommends
  7.  

    Warehouse Loader

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Southern Wine & Spirits

    Pros

    There are many opportunities to get over time. Only work four days a week. Holiday pay even during probation period. They will match some of your retirement.

    Cons

    The work is at night. You do receive vacation but there are restrictions on when you can take your vacations and your personal days that you accumulate.

  8.  

    Great people, fun atmosphere but tough quotas and unmanageable workload...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Key Account Manager - On Premise in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Key Account Manager - On Premise in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Southern Wine & Spirits full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good Pay and Benefits
    Great Management- everyone is supportive and generally great people
    Many industry perks !!!
    Can get promoted quickly
    Managers recognize hard work

    Cons

    Could not take PTO in 4th quarter
    Quotas can be impossible and are perpetually increasing
    Too many brands to manage
    Must compete in your accounts with reps from your own company
    Extremely Stressful
    Month end "war/boiler-room"
    You are only as good as your last month...

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Sales Rep

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Southern Wine & Spirits

    Pros

    Great portfolio of poducts, fast pace,

    Cons

    Lack of communication, lack of training from management

  10.  

    Has been a great company thus far.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Miami, FL

    I have been working at Southern Wine & Spirits part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Pay is generous, hours are convenient. Opportunity to grow within company if you are willing to work hard to do so.

    Cons

    You must use your own car to get around. They do give you an allowance to pay for gas costs and such. I would not say that there has been much of anything to bad to write about

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More perks would be great.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great Company to work for!

    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Chain Territory Manager
    Current Employee - Chain Territory Manager

    I have been working at Southern Wine & Spirits

    Pros

    Always growing and changing. Every day has a new challenge and something new to learn

    Cons

    Result driven which does come with considerable stress at times

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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