Wine Group Reviews

Updated June 5, 2015
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  1. Great Culture and Opportunities for Growth

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

    I have been working at Wine Group

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Management leads by example. The organization feels very flat and each executive is approachable, following the company mantra of "we don't work with jerks". CEO and CSO know everyone's name and thank them for their work. Each individual is given the opportunity to make meaningful contributions from day 1 and managers recognize and reward achievements. The product portfolio is strong and the company is well positioned. You have the opportunity to develop newer, better ways of doing things and make your mark. Compensation is very good.

    Cons

    Not a lot of fixed best-practices and little formal training. Some of the systems are antiquated. This is a lean organization, which can cut both ways. It sometimes feels like there is a lack of resources, but that is probably better than being a bloated organization. Ownership feels a little like a secret society. The path to achieving this status should be more clear.

    Advice to Management

    Institute more formal training, both during on-boarding and on a continuing basis. Instead of being the biggest wine company that no one has ever heard of, TWG should strive to be well known as best-in-class for quality, efficiency, professionalism and culture.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Ask a lot of questions and get everything in writing.

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

    I worked at Wine Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You are introduced to various aspects of the wine business and can help create corporate brands. Best to gain experience here and move on to further your career. There are good people in the field - passionate. You will learn many things because of the lean structure.

    Cons

    No clear direction within culture. Promises are left unfulfilled which leads to frustration and trust barriers. Integrity is an issue. Not a team environment for females. Can be left off emails and out of the loop to your counterparts which leads to confusion and setup for failure. Not a good environment. No bonus structure. If the company has a good year, the management team wins, not the employees.

    Advice to Management

    Culture must start at the top and be reinforced every day with integrity. Don't make promises to customers that you can't keep and leave the field out there to have to deal with the aftermath. Again, it kills integrity for your field managers and the company. Embrace the team culture with positivity. Don't leave certain individuals out of emails, communication or meetings because they don't fit the "male dominated" culture. Truly listen to your employees and make change. Saying it with arrogance is not inspiring.


  3. The company has a way to go.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production in Central Valley, CA
    Current Employee - Production in Central Valley, CA

    I have been working at Wine Group full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Management is accessible. Some pretty good people in the working ranks. Fair compensation in some areas. Freedom to try new things in production (within reason).

    Cons

    There is too many accountant type company officers. The leaders lack leadership skills; too many yes men. Company values are not practiced. Nepotism makes working conditions uncomfortable. Career paths are certainly not defined.

    Advice to Management

    Instill leadership qualities in your leaders. Live the TWG values you profess. Define the vision and direction the company is heading. Don't allow nepotism in production or any other areas. Define and execute healthy career paths for all employees.if management is uncomfortable in dealing with personnel issues that hire someone who can deal with it fairly and constructively.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    In With the New, Out With the Old

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

    I worked at Wine Group full-time

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

    Pros

    Used to be a large company that felt like a small company. Previously had a strong leader and visionary as CEO. Great benefits and profit sharing.

    Cons

    No opportunity for growth unless you play politics, company hires from outside before looking to promote within, and arrogance among management makes for a horrible culture. New management from big companies brought corporate culture along with them.

    Advice to Management

    Reward hard work and loyalty over arrogance and politics.


  6. Big wine - sad people

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Field Sales Organization in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Field Sales Organization in Livermore, CA

    I have been working at Wine Group full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Carry a big stick and use it. You can get a lot done when you do so much volume and will do whatever it takes. Free wine. David Kent is no longer the CEO.

    Cons

    Distributors loath the company because we are unreasonable and arrogant. Opportunities for advancement are limited because we hire from outside rather than promoting from within.

    Advice to Management

    Management does not encourage opinions from the field.


  7. Great Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Level I Quality Tech in Ripon, CA
    Former Employee - Level I Quality Tech in Ripon, CA

    I worked at Wine Group full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    All levels of management respect all levels of employees Always has employees best interest in mind Fair Always giving employees gifts Always having employee luncheons All Shifts are treated fairly

    Cons

    Can be demanding of time during harvest. During harvest you will probably work 6 days a week for 3-6 months.

    Advice to Management

    keep up the good work


  8. Helpful (3)

    A rudderless ship.

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

    I have been working at Wine Group full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    If they recruit you into the LLC you can make millions.

    Cons

    All the Gallo people have changed the culture. The company has no attention span - They call it fast to fail. The brands are all price driven with quality constantly dumbed down for the sake of margin.

    Advice to Management

    CEO Brian Vos is focused solely on operations. David Kent the former CEO left unceremoniously two years ago. There are big problems here.


  9. Intern

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Wine Group

    Pros

    Good people Gave me the chance to gain experience Understanding of new hires

    Cons

    Management Always On a busy schedule


  10. Old world mentality clash with inexperienced management

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations in Central Valley, CA
    Current Employee - Operations in Central Valley, CA

    I have been working at Wine Group full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Not a lot of layers of management

    Cons

    Lack of opportunities for advancement

    Advice to Management

    Create a professional environment. Actually empower employees instead of merely talking about it.


  11. Great for 5 years until new CEO took over and company/business went to crap

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Territory Manager in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Territory Manager in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Wine Group 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

    Was a great family type company and then changed to a corporate atmosphere where they cut out everyone that had been there for 5+ years

    Cons

    Awful benefits, poor management, no appreciation for employees

    Advice to Management

    Look at who you have leading the team and not who is on your team.



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