Southern Wine & Spirits Reviews

Updated March 26, 2015
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Southern Wine & Spirits Chairman and CEO Harvey R. Chaplin
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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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  1. Great Company and Great People

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    So much opportunity and room for growth. Now in 35 states, employees have the unique opportunity to expand their careers regardless of whether or not they wish to stay in their same area or move.

    Cons

    Entry-level employees are not compensated very well and it's a tough job. Those who stick it out are rewarded with higher salaries and much opportunity to pursue their own professional growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to invest in training and development; providing your people the opportunities and tools necessary for professional growth is extremely motivating for pro-active professionals.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. Top notch people and benefits. Much better than Alliance, maybe on par with Youngs Market, from what reps ITK said.

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    Former Employee - Merchandiser in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Merchandiser in Phoenix, AZ

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

    Pros

    VERY good benefits (PTO, vacation, health, eye, dental, life, etc) raise 15-20% of effective pay if you paid for all benefits yourself. For me at least.
    No unreasonable sales goals or gustapo threats, I heard at least. Unlike Alliance Bev. They just move low "producers" to appropriate divisions, as long as they're honest, hard working and "on the ball" people, which I respect a lot.
    Great people. My manager Chris Roberts, trainer Josh Gerrard and district manager Bruce Deneweth were honestly the best people I've ever worked for. Also, Chris Coleman and Michael something of HR were great even though Michael, the director was juggling NM and AZ. These peoples great attitudes made this the most enjoyable company I've ever worked for. Professional but fun, on the ball, but not jerks, they really could run the company. They're that good.

    Cons

    Drug testing= 1 location FAR from my house and in a BAD neighborhood. Every other company I've worked for had many locations, MUCH closer to my home.
    Also, not enough stress was given as to the importance of getting to the facility in 24 hours from initial request. Lots of emphasis on other things, but that one almost cost me the job! And I only delayed going because it was SO far away, busy the Friday I got it and I didn't want to get mugged going there at night and they were closed over weekend.
    So after I'm waiting and waiting for job offer I was asked to do extraordinary things ASAP. Not the best, first impression.
    I almost said no thanks.
    Very sore and tired during OND, at least if you're over 30.
    Pay for Merchandisers and Sales is 10-25% less than other companies doing similar jobs, with similar benefits (ie Nestle, Frito Lay, Nabisco, Hensley etc.) although pay is higher than Alliance Beverage and same as Youngs Market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Support your field better by getting new hires they know they want through the red tape faster. If that means hiring a separate HR director for NM, do it. Good people have many options and shouldn't be left to wonder. And Sales Managers/DM's shouldn't have to work so darn hard to make up for the employees they're waiting to be hired.
    Also, try to ease up on the "display charade" somehow. It'd save a lot of backs, and turnover. The "survey" people know the deal/did it before, so, come to some better agreements/plans.
    Lastly, get some waterjet massage tables at HQ and vouchers to Massage envy or something during OND. Moving 1,000 boxes of champagne a week hurts anyone and that would make your employees feel appreciated and less sore.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Very good company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Southern Wine & Spirits

    Pros

    Pay and benifits are good

    Cons

    Lots of driving and long hours

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. LOVE IT!

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    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
  6. It's been great so far.

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    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
  7. Great partner to work with!

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    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
  8. it is great

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Southern Wine & Spirits

    Pros

    great place to work for.

    Cons

    nothing that I can think of.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep it up

  9. Excellent

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Inventory Assistant in Monroe, NJ
    Former Employee - Inventory Assistant in Monroe, NJ

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

    Pros

    Great structure and great people

    Cons

    Too Far from urban areas

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep It Up!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. When you work here, you are part of the family

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    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
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    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

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