Southern Wine & Spirits of America

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Updated July 2, 2015
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Southern Wine & Spirits of America Chairman and CEO Harvey R. Chaplin
Harvey R. Chaplin
94 Ratings

Pros
  • Great pay, friendly staff, awesome (in 7 reviews)

  • Many locations around the United states offer great benefits (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • No person should be treated like upper management treats their employees (in 13 reviews)

  • Long hours, good ole boy network (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Good Company

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Chain Sales Merchandiser in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Chain Sales Merchandiser in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Southern Wine & Spirits of America full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Awesome perks, people that work for Southern are very passionate, company is a family company that cares about their employees.

    Cons

    Low pay for entry level position but have the ability to make more when getting promoted. Chain Sales Merchandiser is solely a labor intensive job NOT sales


  2. Good Company to work and retire from

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    Current Employee - Delivery Driver in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Delivery Driver in Sacramento, CA

    I have been working at Southern Wine & Spirits of America

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Excellent Benefits, pay and pension plan. Not micromanaged. You are treated like adults and with a lot of respect. 4 day weeks off Sat, Sun & Mon.

    Cons

    VERY long hours. A lot of stops and at times your first stop can be 1 1 /2 - 2 hours away.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  3. Helpful (1)

    sales

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    Former Employee - Territory Sales Representative in Glendale, CA
    Former Employee - Territory Sales Representative in Glendale, CA

    I worked at Southern Wine & Spirits of America full-time (Less than a year)

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great company many opportunities for management and growth

    Cons

    early mornings for sales reps, do all the work earn somebody else all the money


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  5. Vice President Sales

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Southern Wine & Spirits of America

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great portfolio of brands and a long time leader in the industry.

    Cons

    I prefer not to comment.


  6. Review

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL

    I have been working at Southern Wine & Spirits of America (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Great atmosphere
    -Compensation is fair
    -Love the people I work with

    Cons

    I really cannot think of any as both my co-workers and supervisors have all be fantastic.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Southern

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    Current Employee - District Manager in Union City, CA
    Current Employee - District Manager in Union City, CA

    I have been working at Southern Wine & Spirits of America

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

    Pros

    Your immediate coworkers help you get through each day because you all endure the same hardships. They are the reasons you stay as long as you do.

    Cons

    upper management doesn't really have a grasp on what happens on the ground level and are unappreciative and disengaged. thanks is rarely given, and when you do hear anything its generally to criticize. Morale is low and its created an environment of general distrust and unhappiness.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Your mental health down the drain

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Denver, CO

    I worked at Southern Wine & Spirits of America full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Insurance and decent pay. Industry connections. Outside sales means no cubicle.

    Cons

    Dreadful culture! They treat you like you are a dispensable machine. Consistently beat you down in an attempt to make you feel like you're never doing good enough. It's their way of getting results out of you. Don't expect to ever be praised. No matter what you do the things that you're not doing tip top will be what's pointed out. The entire sales staff is suffering from stress over load and you can tell by looking around. People are bald, overweight and have bags under their eyes. It's just an incredibly unhealthily environment. Apart from that…….they don't pay you anything to use your personal vehicle. Quotas are mostly unobtainable, the average is around 30-40%. Managers will absolutely hound you for bonuses that THEY have money on. You have three quota sheets, your managers, the division managers and then yours!

    Advice to Management

    They know what they are doing and they couldn't care less. Apparently for them they have found that they get better results with consistent turnover due to making the sales staff fear for their jobs and treating them like dirt than they would if they treated their employees great so they would stick around and work harder. Use and abuse and then on to the next! Seems backwards but if you talk to the vets of 20 years this is the way it has been. So stay away!!!!!!!


  9. Fun job, horrible managment

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Sales Representative

    I worked at Southern Wine & Spirits of America full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Fun, fast paced job. Loads of training on products . Great pay (if you do your job) you earn good commisions and bonus's .

    Cons

    Management does ot care about you at all , you have no life as far as they are concerned . They are condesending and flat out rude at times . If you enjoy being scolded and treated like a fist grader than do for it. Managment does ot embrace your personality , they try to mold you to the way they want you to be. Just hire robots if that's what you really want !

    Advice to Management

    Work with your sales reps , not against them . They are the face that the accounts see , if they are not happy do you really think the accounts are going to enjoy seeing and meeting with them ?


  10. Development Lead

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Company is very pro employee.
    Good benefits
    Good working environment

    Cons

    Too many employyes that don't pull their weight


  11. Social Media Coordinator

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Social Media Coordinator in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Social Media Coordinator in Las Vegas, NV

    I worked at Southern Wine & Spirits of America full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Family-owned business. I learned a lot about alcohol.

    Cons

    Low attrition rate so there's little room for advancement. People just don't leave.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the guys in the frontline. They know their customers and the trend in the street.



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