Wine Group Reviews

Updated March 11, 2015
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  1. Good company to work for.

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    Former Contractor - Sugar Tester in Sanger, CA
    Former Contractor - Sugar Tester in Sanger, CA

    I worked at Wine Group as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Coworkers are amazing.You are your own boss.

    Cons

    Can get lonely . Not recommended for people who do not like long distance driving.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Great Culture and Opportunities for Growth

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    Current Employee - Sales in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Sales in Livermore, CA

    I have been working at Wine Group

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. The company has a way to go.

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful

    In With the New, Out With the Old

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Wine Group full-time

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Reward hard work and loyalty over arrogance and politics.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. Big wine - sad people

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Management does not encourage opinions from the field.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. Great Company

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful

    A rudderless ship.

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    Current Employee - Vice President Sales
    Current Employee - Vice President Sales

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  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. Intern

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    Former Intern - Intern in Ripon, CA
    Former Intern - Intern in Ripon, CA

    I worked at Wine Group as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good company, Good people,

    Cons

    Was not related to field. Ask people to wear many hats. Management was weird.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. Old world mentality clash with inexperienced management

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    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)

    Pros

    Not a lot of layers of management

    Cons

    Lack of opportunities for advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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