Southern Wine & Spirits

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Southern Wine & Spirits Reviews

Updated September 15, 2014
Updated September 15, 2014
130 Reviews
2.9
130 Reviews
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Southern Wine & Spirits Chairman and CEO Harvey R. Chaplin
Harvey R. Chaplin
65 Ratings

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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Employee Reviews

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  1. 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
  2.  

    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 for less than a 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
  3.  

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

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    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 for more than a 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
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  5.  

    Great perks, no work life balance

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Sales Representative

    I worked at Southern Wine & Spirits full-time for more than a 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
  6.  

    Loved the job, not the company

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    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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    High rate of employee retention

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    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
  8.  

    Business Analyst

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    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
  9.  

    Room to grow if located in the right area

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    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
  10.  

    Family owned and contributes to community

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    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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Cowards/Bullies dressed in suits

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    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

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