Southern Wine & Spirits

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Southern Wine & Spirits Reviews

Updated October 13, 2014
Updated October 13, 2014
133 Reviews
2.9
133 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 12 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Great company lacking opportunities for minorities

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

    I worked at Southern Wine & Spirits full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good company that provides a challenging environment and rewards accordingly. Health benefits, union and in house educational resources available to all employees.

    Cons

    Its sad to see a company operating in IL with a core accounts in Chicago not reflect the diversity of this great city. Competition has them beat on hiring and retaining minorities. Little to none women in management positions and those who are pull the ladder right up with them. Elitist environment, not a company that welcomes diversity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take notes from your suppliers and competition on hiring and retaining employees of diverse backgrounds. Customers and consumers represent a range of different ethnicities . SWS IL should enforce what they advertise. Opportunities for all qualified candidates.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    When you work here, you are part of the family

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Southern Wine & Spirits full-time

    Pros

    Family run company, albeit 14k employees. Will provide you with technology and invest in high performing employees.
    Largest in the industry for a reason, we make our numbers and ship the cases out the door on time. Pleasure working here. Paycheck every two weeks, never late.

    Cons

    I like it here... no complaints

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep investing in leadership development, promoting from within and getting your employees involved in national decisions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good for a job, horrible for a career

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Southern Wine & Spirits full-time

    Pros

    Stable employment with decent pay and good benefits. Fairly relaxed environment

    Cons

    Complete lack of training or interest in your development. Nepotism is rampant in the company which results in completely unqualified leadership and poor management of people and resources. Expectations are high and recognition is non existent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your people with training and recognition. Promote internally and recognize the people who give their lives to the place.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Inefficient, Poor communication, catty!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Indianapolis, IN

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

    Pros

    The salary is a little above average; benefits are good. The industry is fun and exciting, always changing. There are opportunities to train, learn and receive certifications.

    Cons

    The work load is unreasonable; especially if you take pride in a job well done. Communication is dreadful.. There is a lot of turnover. People are forced into positions that they do not qualify or want, which leads to resignation or termination. Management is most concerned with image!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Skills and talents should be reviewed to ensure people are in proper positions. Take time to listen to those on the front lines before making assumptions and jumping to conclusions. In addition to outside sales, inside teams should be meeting to improve communication and animosity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company, love working here

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Southern Wine & Spirits

    Pros

    Great pay, friendly staff, awesome

    Cons

    Love my job so much I don't spend enough time with my wife.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    back breaking job not extremely bad for the youth

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    Former Employee - Driver in Albuquerque, NM
    Former Employee - Driver in Albuquerque, NM

    I worked at Southern Wine & Spirits full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    4 working days a week

    Cons

    leaving the warehouse at midnight for 3:30 am appointments, twice a week !

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    breathing on your drivers neck is very anoying !

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Literally "work hard, play hard" atmosphere but very educational.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Chain Territory Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Chain Territory Manager in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Upper management is friendly and helpful.
    Growing company that is willing to invest on its employees.
    You'll learn how to balance work and personal time.

    Cons

    Very political if you want to get promoted.
    The physical labor you have to endure daily is exhausting.
    Your car will be taking a toll and there is no mileage reimbursement.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great perks, no work life balance

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Sales Representative

    I worked at Southern Wine & Spirits full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    no micro management because you work in the field managing your own territory, you work with wine & spirits so you get a lot of free samples/perks. Decent opportunity for bonuses.

    Cons

    no work life balance, over worked, job went from sales rep to glorified shelf stocker.

    Doesn't Recommend
  10.  

    Loved the job, not the company

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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 (less than an 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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 (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

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