Southern Wine & Spirits Reviews

Updated August 19, 2014
Updated August 19, 2014
129 Reviews

2.8
129 Reviews
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Southern Wine & Spirits Chairman and CEO Harvey R. Chaplin
Harvey R. Chaplin
65 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Many locations around the United states offer great benefits (in 7 reviews)

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


Cons
  • Upper management clearly does not care about those working at the entry level (in 12 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.  

    Loved the job, not the company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Representative  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Southern Wine & Spirits full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Fun job with lots of benefits. I loved the other employees and the accounts I worked with. The money was decent and commission allowed for a lot of extra income.

    Cons

    The company failed when times got tough. I expected much more from such a large company. It can be a 24/7 job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help your employees to succeed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    High rate of employee retention

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

    I have been working at Southern Wine & Spirits full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    New leadership style has improved route to market and overall employee morale. No longer the "good old boys" club

    Cons

    Improve time off policies. Should be able to rollover vacation days. Employes need 10 yrs of service before they earn 3 weeks vacation a year

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to invest in your employees to earn their trust

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Business Analyst

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst  in  King of Prussia, PA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in King of Prussia, PA

    I have been working at Southern Wine & Spirits full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Autonomy, free samples, and short work week

    Cons

    sometimes there is nothing to do. Lots of cursing in the office. Very little training, luckily I'm a natural.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up the good work. Maybe hire some more sales people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Room to grow if located in the right area

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Chain Sales Merchandiser  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Chain Sales Merchandiser in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Southern Wine & Spirits full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    You are your own manager. Gain knowledge of wine and spirits. Not stuck in an office with a boring routine. Opportunity for growth for those that work extremely hard.

    Cons

    Promotions are limited to a particular number. Company headquarters are in OC, so if not willing to relocate things can be difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Training was great. However i feel as if new hire training should be more realistic, not how things ideally would be

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Family owned and contributes to community

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Management
    Current Employee - Management

    I have been working at Southern Wine & Spirits full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Care about giving back to community, quick expansion country wide, good benefits

    Cons

    could spend more time on succession planning

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Cowards/Bullies dressed in suits

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Off-premise Chain Sales Representative  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Off-premise Chain Sales Representative in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Southern Wine & Spirits full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Money. You can earn a comfortable living working with this company.

    Cons

    Everything else. In all honesty there are decent hardworking people employed by this joke of a company. I feel sorry for some of them for being manipulated and mistreated for any extended period of time. No person should be treated like upper management treats their employees. I lost 7 years of my life, but am much happier working for individuals who treat members of their workforce fairly. A common business practice with Southern is for members of management to pick out new reps and label them as outcasts of this company. No joke! I've seen this happen to multiple people while I worked for this company. They turn the entire division against them. To be completely objective and fair, I've seen one individual meet this result just for not allowing the manager in question to berate him in public. Guess what pal, your out of the circle of trust! In order to advance within this company you will need to learn how to intimidate others. Upper management looks at you as weak and pathetic if you are unable to be brutal towards your employees. And believe me, if they feel that way about you your reputation is gone. I've seen female employees cry, reps so uncomfortable they shake in team meetings, heard stories of employees urinating on other employees cars, reps who got in a fight on a winery trip, .....it goes on. I'm not writing this to give unfair criticism. Everything I've said is true and i have nothing to gain from it. For those of you considering employment in this company, especially straight out of college as i did, think carefully. Because work shouldn't cost you your happiness and there is a real possibility working for this company might.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    professional help

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worst company to work for in the history of mankind.

    Former Employee - Sales Representative  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Southern Wine & Spirits full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    There is absolutly nothing good about working for this company that pleagued with upper management greed and unrealistic expectations. Every single employee is miserable, at least the sales force, and I advise you to speak to any of the sales force and they will concur, if they are comfortable with giving you an honest truth.

    Cons

    Absurd stress pressure, unrealistic sales goals, incompetent management, illegal business practices expected of the sales force, no compensation provided for travel, which is a very considerable expense.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Misery

    Former Employee - Sales  in  Los Banos, CA
    Former Employee - Sales in Los Banos, CA

    I worked at Southern Wine & Spirits full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Nice weather and warm sun

    Cons

    Ignorant managers with no manners

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to high school

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not for everyone, but fine for those that develop a thick skin

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  Hollywood, FL
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Hollywood, FL

    I have been working at Southern Wine & Spirits full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great benefits (401k, Health/Dental/Vision), the "new" SWS vision is emerging and most of the "old" SWS employees that practiced bad work ethics are beginning to retire and/or be terminated. I am very hopeful I will still be employed to see that new vision finally take place.

    Cons

    Very few advancement opportunities for women. If you are offended by curse words, look elsewhere, these words are a staple inside the office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start valuing the hard work, ideas and time put in by lower level employees. Give up a few incentive trips and expensive dinners and share the wealth with people below your pay grade. Those are the employees that really make this company run smoothly. Give the same perks (time off without using a personal day) as you do to yourself.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good Ole Boy Mentality

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL

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

    Pros

    Gaining experience and Networking opportunities

    Cons

    Basically think of them as the Mobsters of Wines & Spirits. Everything you would expect from that statement of being true is true. Such as... Not a place for a woman to advance in her career. Typical corporate backdoor handshaking atmosphere coupled with the good ole boy mentality.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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