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Beam Suntory Overview

Chicago, IL
1001 to 5000 employees
2014
Company - Private
Food & Beverage Manufacturing
$2 to $5 billion (USD) per year
Beam Suntory was created in 2014 by combining the world leader in bourbon and the pioneer in Japanese whisky to form a new company with centuries of heritage. Beam Suntory has an entrepreneurial culture that inspires employees to “Unleash Your Spirit.” With a ... Read more

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  • Beam Suntory Completes CEO Transition

    Chicago, IL, April 1, 2019 - Beam Suntory today completed its previously announced CEO succession plan, as Albert Baladi became President & CEO, and Matt Shattock transitioned to Non-Executive Chairman of the Board. Shattock served as leader of the company for ten years, including five years since the Beam Suntory merger as Chairman & CEO.

  • Beam Suntory Completes CEO Transition

    Chicago, IL, April 1, 2019 – Beam Suntory today completed its previously announced CEO succession plan, as Albert Baladi became President & CEO, and Matt Shattock transitioned to Non-Executive Chairman of the Board. Shattock served as leader of the company for ten years, including five years since the Beam Suntory merger as Chairman & CEO. He also remains a member of the board of Suntory Holdings, the parent company of Beam Suntory.

    Baladi, 54, joined the company eight years ago and most recently served as Chief Operating Officer.

    “I’m looking forward to building on Beam Suntory’s strong foundation and track record of sustainable, profitable long-term growth,” Baladi said.

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Beam Suntory – Why Work For Us?


More Than Spirits

Beam Suntory is Crafting the Spirits that Stir the World. Rooted in two centuries of family heritage, Beam Suntory has evolved into one of the world's leading premium spirits companies where each employee is trusted with a legacy. With our greatest assets – our brands and our people – we're driving growth through impactful marketing, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit.

We Are Beam Suntory

As the world's third largest premium spirits company, Beam Suntory is Crafting the Spirits Brands that Stir the World. Owned by Suntory Holdings Limited, Beam Suntory has a dynamic portfolio with unparalleled expertise in whisky, including world leadership in Bourbon and Japanese Whisky, and strength across many key categories including tequila, vodka, cognac, rum and cordials.

Bowmore® Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky Releases the Bowmore® Vintner’s Trilogy

A New Trilogy Of Luxury Whiskies, Crafted In One Of The World’s Oldest Scotch Maturation Warehouses, Arrives In The U.S.

Maker’s Mark Natural Water Sanctuary

Maker’s Mark has established a 33-acre Natural Water Sanctuary on its distillery grounds to preserve the land that filters the water, and to protect it as the source of our water now and in the future.

Suntory Pledges $200,000 To Support Earthquake Relief and Recovery in Mexico

Suntory provides funding to the Mexican Red Cross to help communities impacted by recent earthquake.

Why Join Our Team

Beam Suntory is a place where you can unleash your spirit and make a difference in ways you may have never thought possible.

Unleashing your spirit at Beam Suntory

We hire talented, high-performing people who (just like us) have an ambitious and entrepreneurial streak. Our employees share a commitment to their teams, a passion for our products, and above all, a bold work ethic that produces winning results.

It’s fun
Our business has long-standing roots, but don’t be fooled. Beam Suntory doesn’t look – or act – its age. From distilleries to offices to sales jobs in the field interacting with our customers on the front lines, we thrive together in a work atmosphere employees love – charged, creative, energetic, challenging, collaborative and just plain fun.

You can make a difference
Beam Suntory’s structure of minimal hierarchy gives our employees the opportunity to take personal ownership of projects that matter from day one. At Beam Suntory, the power is in your hands to learn, improve and grow both personally and professionally.

 
Corporate Headquarters - Chicago, IL

While the heart of our company lies in the distilleries that produce our world famous products, here is where we bring our brands to life. Our global corporate headquarters, located in the heart of the great city of Chicago, features a unique open collaboration concept to foster our relationship-based culture mixed with our matrixed structure.


 
Jim Beam - Clermont, KY

A trip to our Jim Beam distillery, is a transforming experience: you'll come as a friend, and leave as family. You’ll see why crafting the finest bourbon is about more than quality ingredients and a meticulous aging process—it's also about values like honestly, integrity, tradition and heritage. In 2012, we'll open our distillery doors to the public for the first time. On the brand new Jim Beam® Distillery Tour, you'll get a behind-the-scenes look at the craftsmanship and expertise that goes into every single bottle.

 
 
Maker's Mark - Loretto, KY

They say seeing is believing. If you're ever in this neck of the woods, stop by the distillery to experience Whisky Magazine’s 2011 “Visitor Attraction of the Year.” There's nothing like it. Since the first bottle sold in 1958, each bottle is still hand-dipped with the iconic red wax by people, not machines. Heck, we’ll even let you dip your own bottle!

 
 
 
 
Courvoisier - Jarnac, France

Built by our founders Felix Courvoisier and Jules Gallois in the 1840s, our magnificent Château is our home to Courvoisier to this day. It is here that our rarest and most precious cognacs are housed in the secretive Paradis cellar and Patrice Pinet, our Master Blender, conducts daily nosing and tasting sessions with his tasting team. Stop by and experience a revolutionary journey through over 200 years of Courvoisier history.

 
 
Laphroaig - Islay, Scotland

For nearly 200 years a small team of dedicated islanders have worked here to create what is considered to be the most distinctive single malt in the world. Over time the people change, but our traditional methods, the ancient skills and absolute dedication to quality always remains. Make the journey to visit the home of Laphroaig and you will be assured of the warmest of welcomes.

 
   
 
Yamazaki Distillery - KYOTO, JAPAN

YAMAZAKI is Japan's first and oldest distillery, established in 1923 by Suntory's founder Shinjiro Torii. Inspired by traditional Scottish whisky, Torii envisioned a Japanese approach by choosing a terrain and climate completely different to those of Scotland to create a unique kind of whisky. Yamazaki is thus the birthplace of Japanese whisky, where water and mountains offer abundance and diversity in nature and temperature - create damp conditions ideal for aging whisky in its precious casks.

 

MEET OUR TEAM

Our people are passionate, driven and diverse – and they love what they do! Hear about Beam Suntory life, straight from the source.

AMANDA HALE

Manager, On-Premise Customer

"My team is continuously finding new ways to create demand with our brands in some of the most sought-after bars and restaurants in Chicago."

ADAM HARRIS

Senior Ambassador, American Whiskey

"I love being able to have the flexibility of 220 years of heritage in my back pocket to be able to tell the same story a wide variety of ways."

OCIO DEL CARPIO

Human Resources Director

 “I’m privileged in the work that I do because I look after a large region, and with that comes different geographies, cultures, perspectives – and I think I feel very much at home trying to discover and help people tell me their stories.”

BAILEY WELLS

Associate Brand Manager

“I’m able to have a myriad of experiences from brand education to commercial development to media and marketing, that’s fueled by my enthusiasm and my excitement for the work that we’re doing.”

AOIFE CLARKE

Senior Director Corporate Affairs

“I have been given the scope that I sit with the rest of the big players on a global stage, and I’m able to contribute, input, and really influence and change decisions. That’s really powerful. Very, very powerful and that’s what I love.”

NEERAJ KUMAR

Marketing Director, Emerging Asia

"The glorious brands I have as part of the portfolio makes it so much fun when I go out to meet friends and family.”

MATT QUINNAN

Photographer/Production Specialist

“I’m maybe shooting a drink. I’m maybe shooting a bottle, but it’s always exciting because I get to see my stuff online or on a billboard.” 


JORDAN DOUGLAS

Talent Acquisition Specialist

"...the freedom to be myself here at work and find people that take this experience and run with it… that’s really cool."

DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

We are Beam Suntory … One Global Team, comprised of thousands of individuals from around the world with our own unique thoughts and perspectives, work and personal experiences, religious and cultural beliefs, as well as race, gender and age differences.

It’s this unique fabric of diversity that is the very foundation of Beam Suntory’s past, present and future success. We embrace and respect diversity in all that we do. We aim for a culture and work environment that’s all-inclusive, entrepreneurial and innovative where each of our employees, regardless of background or personal circumstance, is given the opportunity to achieve their fullest potential.

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    Pros

    - Decent benefits with 4% 401K match, 7% profit sharing and 20 PTO days to start.
    - Culture is very fast paced but never becomes contentious. Even with deadlines, everyone remains very casual, friendly and collaborative.
    - The people are very smart and genuinely take an interest in getting to know each other.
    - Brands and categories are a TON of fun to work on. Especially in marketing - spirits is a very interesting category to work in.
    - Office is in a great location for both city and suburb commuters, with a cool open (but not too open) work space.

    Cons

    - Tendency to reorg every 6-12 months makes it hard for brands to maintain continuity and for teams that work on the brands to become true experts/stewards of the brand.
    - Constant fire drills when questions or suggestions come down from upper management. Often creates unnecessary work, spinning of wheels, and contradictory direction.
    - Working teams are very lean, meaning there is often too much work to get done during the day. But as long as you can prioritize and communicate capacity, people don't expect you to work nights/weekends.
    - Middle management level is very crowded, meaning it's difficult for lower level employees to see a path upward.

    Advice to Management

    - Recognize that simple questions or suggestions from you are being taken as direction and causing unnecessary fire drills. Allow teams to push back when your suggestions aren't the right thing to do for the business.
    - Stop reorganizing the teams so often so people can build true knowledge and connection to their brands.

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Beam Suntory Interviews

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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Beam Suntory in May 2018.

    Interview

    The interview process was pretty standard. There was a phone screening with HR. There was a one-on-one Interview with the hiring manager and a final larger interview with the brand team. Overall, the process was very expedient.

    Interview Questions

    • The questions were actually very fun. The questions were marketing case questions as well as questions about how you stay up to date on marketing trends in the industry and what brand in the portfolio would you market differently and why?   1 Answer
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Beam Suntory Awards & Accolades

  • Top Places To Work, Chicago Tribune, 2018
  • America's Best Midsize Employers, Forbes, 2018

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