Southern Wine & Spirits of America

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Southern Wine & Spirits of America Reviews

Updated July 31, 2015
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Southern Wine & Spirits of America Chairman and CEO Harvey R. Chaplin
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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. Great Company

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

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

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

    Pros

    Pay, security, fun industry, opportunities to move up

    Cons

    None, it is a great job with potential.


  2. Satisfying.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Union City, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Union City, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Great opportunity for advancement, especially if you're willing to relocate.

    Cons

    Difficult to pinpoint since I am very satisfied in my position. A lot depends on who your direct manager is since he or she is the one impacting your quality of work-life on a daily basis.


  3. SWS Combo Off-Premise Sales Representative

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - SWS Off-Premise Sales Representative in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - SWS Off-Premise Sales Representative in Chicago, IL

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunity to distribute great brands for great suppliers.

    Cons

    The company has too many in-house issues.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management needs to monitor lower management better.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Sales Rep- on premise

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - On Premise Sales Consultant in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - On Premise Sales Consultant in Seattle, WA

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

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

    Pros

    Flex work schedule, learning about wine and spirits

    Cons

    Old boys club HR is joke and doesn't take complaints seriously-in fact they complain about too many complaints Top down management- you never know what ridiculous change is happening next- ALWAYS pulling the rug out from under you

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees with respect or they will continue to leave


  6. Good Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


  7. Sales

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Auburn, AL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Auburn, AL

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

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

    Pros

    SWS has the best wine and spirits brands making it one of the strongest distributor in the country. Its a fun business and like any sales job you get out of it what you put in and the same applies at Southern, you can have a good career if put the time in. If you are passionate about wine and spirits Southern is where its at.

    Cons

    IT and business development tools are archaic. The wages for new sales reps is low and has hardly gone up in the last decade making it hard to attract/retain good people.

    Advice to Management

    Work with other CPG companies to see what kind of tools can be used internally to improve sales. The sales reps for Coke, Phillip Morris, Pepsi, Kraft use tools and presentations that are light years ahead of what we had at SWS.


  8. Sales - 5 years

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales

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

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

    Pros

    Meet great people Great benefits- education, medical, dental Free booze? Ha!

    Cons

    Poor management training Long hours No work/life balance Encouraged to trick customers into buying what they don't want Good old boy network No reimbursement for expenses, car or phone Harassment from middle management Threats of HR or write ups in order to achieve goals No acknowledgement from upper management Blame game if and when anything goes wrong Wacky pay structure that can't be explained by the people that designed it

    Advice to Management

    Have a REAL town hall meeting where your entry level employees can actually tell you what's happening on the streets. Treat your employees with the respect they deserve or you'll keep burning through money training inadequate replacements.


  9. Pushed out after 12 years

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Orlando, FL

    I worked at Southern Wine & Spirits of America full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Somehow the company has been still in business sense 1969..I guess because they still have some of the best brands in the market.Great local Managers but with no power.They keep good air condition in the office.They have great leftovers after lunch in the break room.They don't jump up and down if you come in to use the copy machine.After 12 years I'm now having trouble thinking of some Pros........ If you do go to work for them just enjoy the time they will give you there to work..

    Cons

    Don't appreciate your hard work...All the Hours that you put in for the company.They love to cut bonuses from you.The free trips that you work hard for ,go to upper management..You are like an outside contractor ,all expenses are on you..They use to say the sky is your limit on what money you could make,but they really don't want you to make over what they want you to make.They have great suppliers , they just demand too much.. And the company bends over to keep them happy..

    Advice to Management

    You say at every meeting ,if it wouldn't be for the great sales team we have the company wouldn't be here today..Well how about showing the sales team you do appreciate them..


  10. Good Company to work and retire from

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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!


  11. Helpful (1)

    Vice President Sales

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.



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