Southern Wine & Spirits

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Southern Wine & Spirits Reviews

Updated February 21, 2015
Updated February 21, 2015
162 Reviews
3.1
162 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 13 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Warehouse Loader

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Southern Wine & Spirits

    Pros

    There are many opportunities to get over time. Only work four days a week. Holiday pay even during probation period. They will match some of your retirement.

    Cons

    The work is at night. You do receive vacation but there are restrictions on when you can take your vacations and your personal days that you accumulate.

  2.  

    Great company to begin a career in adult beverage sales

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Off Premise Sales Representative in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Off Premise Sales Representative in Phoenix, AZ

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule and good benefits. If you get a good territory you have the opportunity to make decent incentive money.

    Cons

    Extremely low base salary that you have to make up for in sales. Opportunities for growth are hard to come by unless you are a top performing seller.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase base salaries to market level.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Don't fall for their tricks

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    Former Employee - Sales in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales in New York, NY

    I worked at Southern Wine & Spirits

    Pros

    Free booze
    You get a budget to spend in bars.

    Cons

    Old Boy's Club.
    They lure young people in with free booze but pay them very little, are consistently late with their bonuses (if they even decide to pay them out despite what's promised)
    Definitely an unsafe environment for women, I would never want my sister or wife to work here.
    They will take the team out once or twice a year to ridiculous dinners and booze-filled nights, spending nearly $15k but seem to have no money when bonuses are due.
    This place is a disaster looming on the horizon: I can see a massive sexual harassment lawsuit or a DUI related fatality happening any day now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Adopt meritocracy
    Stop using alcohol to bait and lull your employees, they are aware and would preferred to be paid.
    Be respectful of a work and life balance.
    Is the CEO alive? You never see or hear from him. Most companies the CEO is proud to interact and engage the company. This guy is a shadow.

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

    Consultant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Southern Wine & Spirits

    Pros

    learn about wine and meet a lot of people in the industry

    Cons

    managers are callaous, minimal education with car sales type experience and attitudes

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    LOVE IT!

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7.  

    Fun industry, no room for growth

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Merchandiser in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Merchandiser in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at Southern Wine & Spirits

    Pros

    Lots of OT, free merchandise and bottles, work in small groups or by self

    Cons

    Unreasonable expectations, no growth [unless know the right people]

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    poorly managed

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    Current Employee - IT Support in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - IT Support in Miami, FL

    I have been working at Southern Wine & Spirits

    Pros

    Can't think of any pros to working for this company

    Cons

    highly political, poor communication, management issues threats in meetings

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    hire leaders with true experience

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Great people, fun atmosphere but tough quotas and unmanageable workload...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Key Account Manager - On Premise in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Key Account Manager - On Premise in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    Good Pay and Benefits
    Great Management- everyone is supportive and generally great people
    Many industry perks !!!
    Can get promoted quickly
    Managers recognize hard work

    Cons

    Could not take PTO in 4th quarter
    Quotas can be impossible and are perpetually increasing
    Too many brands to manage
    Must compete in your accounts with reps from your own company
    Extremely Stressful
    Month end "war/boiler-room"
    You are only as good as your last month...

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Promising Future

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Southern Wine & Spirits

    Pros

    There are great career opportunities

    Cons

    Many employees, easy to get lost in the mix

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give employees the benefit of the doubt

  11.  

    Sales Rep

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Southern Wine & Spirits

    Pros

    Great portfolio of poducts, fast pace,

    Cons

    Lack of communication, lack of training from management

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