Southern Wine & Spirits

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Southern Wine & Spirits Reviews

Updated January 25, 2015
Updated January 25, 2015
152 Reviews
3.0
152 Reviews
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Southern Wine & Spirits Chairman and CEO Harvey R. Chaplin
Harvey R. Chaplin
74 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 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.  

    It's been great so far.

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

    I have been working at Southern Wine & Spirits

    Pros

    Good hours, decent pay, and my boss is pretty awesome.

    Cons

    It is a lot of physical labor, and they don't allow overtime.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    Great partner to work with!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    From proactive communication to emergency stock replenishing, we always strive to provide our valued customers with the finest, reliable and respectful service and consideration Southern Wine & Spirits can deliver!

    Cons

    It is a FULL TIME JOB...but that goes with the territory, that you know going into it. There is not much else to complain about.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to create ways for the employees to excel, be promoted and maybe some additional, after hours team building events.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company to sale for!!!

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

    I have been working at Southern Wine & Spirits

    Pros

    They take care of their own! Once you are in they tend to promote within and they pay very generously!

    Cons

    More of an industry con than a company con, lots of current changes in some states.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Enjoyable

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Credit Correction in Lakeland, FL
    Current Employee - Credit Correction in Lakeland, FL

    I have been working at Southern Wine & Spirits

    Pros

    Great people. Friendly environment.

    Cons

    Job opportunities limited to certain areas. No real SOP. Learn as you go vs actually being taught.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Everyone one needs to be on the same page I clouding soctware.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great environment, poor management

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

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

    Pros

    The people, besides the management are nice. The environment is fun and energetic. There are many perks such as event tickets, free samples, and others. Health insurance is very affordable through the company.

    Cons

    Management needs to be trained. They treat their employees unfairly which makes it very hard to work under them and it brings down moral.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    A great place to start if you see yourself building a career in the wine and spirits industry.

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

    I have been working at Southern Wine & Spirits

    Pros

    Job security, great benefits, can work independently, flexible hours

    Cons

    Below average compensation, minimal job training, difficult to advance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Establish a clear-cut progression for new employees looking to advance with the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Sales

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Southern Wine & Spirits

    Pros

    Great place to work and grow

    Cons

    long hours and late nights

  10.  

    Good family company to work for and very happy here

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits are outstanding. Employees here are really treated like family. I have been at two large public companies in my career and this is my first family company. After working at SWS for 2 years now, I still feel happy coming to work every day. People treat each other with respect here and you can't beat the products being delivered.

    Cons

    Being a family company, there are some employees that have kept their jobs out of loyalty rather than being the most qualified for the job. Lots of opportunity to upgrade talent here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Matching of the 401(k) is extremely weak here which is a contributing factor to low participation rate. I would be more invested long term in this company with greater investment match rates and opportunity for growth.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Worst Job I Ever Had!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Administrator in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Sales Administrator in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Southern Wine & Spirits full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Health, dental, and vision benefits. Pay was decent.

    Cons

    Terrible raises. I had four people that I supported while others had one or two. Yet, I wasn't given a raise last year! The performance reviews are done backwards. The people you support give input into your review and the review is done by someone else who doesn't understand your job and has no clue about the industry. Constant change, never stable. The job isn't an admin assistant, it's more like a sales analyst position without the pay. Hardly any time off around Christmas and New Year's. Nobody was happy there and there is high turnover. Treated like second class citizens by upper management who hide in their locked section of the building while having lunch delivered to them every day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Check out what the managers below you are doing or not doing. Treat everyone as you would like to be treated. Get rid of the dedicated parking spaces for upper management. Quit spending so much on lunch for meetings! You all put your pants on the same way as everyone else, so don't act as if you're Gods.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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