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Beam Global Spirits & Wine Reviews

Updated February 22, 2017
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Beam Global Spirits & Wine CEO Matt Shattock
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Pros
  • Some great people left at the mid level despite the annual purges/reorganizations (in 8 reviews)

  • Great brands, great people, great perks (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Base pay, work life balance, hard to get to management position (in 6 reviews)

  • Senior management (especially the CEO) has no idea how the business works, and is arrogant (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Fake"

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    Current Contractor - Artist in Deerfield, IL
    Current Contractor - Artist in Deerfield, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Beam Global Spirits & Wine as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    When the brand teams buy lunch for a "meeting" they overbuy and leave it for the production artists. Scraps for the dogs.

    Cons

    Leadership is non-existent within the internal creative group. If you work in this group, you are seen as a joke within the company. When real money is being spent it goes to real agencies in downtown chicaog. When there's not money they make the fix-it creative group do it. Account people think they are curing cancer. Creatives are hacks and need to get a dose of reality. Its like a fraternity and you're either in the club or not. That's how the "leader" of the pack runs the shop, that is though if he shows up for work or is hiding downtown.

    Advice to Management

    Take a long hard serious look at who you promote and let run things. Take a look at what their spending and how they bill the hours. Lots of trickery going on.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Wouldn't recommend working at Beam."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deerfield, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deerfield, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Beam Global Spirits & Wine full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Coworkers were proud of their Brands

    Cons

    The company changed significantly and executive management became very self-serving.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Terrible!!!!!"

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    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Louisville, KY
    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Louisville, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Beam Global Spirits & Wine full-time

    Pros

    Compensation and benefits are very good

    Cons

    Incompetent management, perpetual restructuring, high turnover

    Advice to Management

    If I was CEO, I would terminate almost all of the corporate finance team.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "You have to kiss some senior guy's ass otherwise you will either die quickly or get stuck"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deerfield, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deerfield, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, long vacation (4 weeks for everyone evey freshmen out of college), matching 401K, free coffee, several hundred dollars allowance on alcohol purchase every year

    Cons

    Culture is very bad - became worse and worse since there is a re-org every year. All the "Old school" guys are knocked out. If you are 40+, with the company for 5+ yrs, and still not a director or just a junior director, you will be out eventually, unless you are backed by a senior executive who is normally much younger and meaner than you. The senior management have been all new faces since 2008-2009 re-org and they keep hiring new bloods to replace the old. It's not about how good you are. It's just about whose ass you are kissing. And if you are too old, even though you want to kiss their ass they would rathe hire some analysts right out of college and promote them into managers in a year or two.

    Advice to Management

    No advice - The senior management know what they are doing. They want to do it because it's in their best interest.


  5. "Famous brands run by incompetent people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Beam Global Spirits & Wine full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great brands with long history. Some great people left at the mid level despite the annual purges/reorganizations. Decent pay.

    Cons

    Senior management (especially the CEO) has no idea how the business works, and is arrogant. They do not listen to anyone below them, and they get rid of any dissenters, so the talent pool is dwindling. No succession planning or career development. Over 80% of high performing senior leaders from 2011 are gone. Culture is a wreck. Not a good place to have a career.

    Advice to Management

    Remove the CEO and his henchmen and let the Japanese take over for good. Focus on the long term. Build a culture around the brands instead of trying to make this into a big CPG company.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Poor Leadership, Deteriorated Corporate Culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Beam Global Spirits & Wine (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    They have a very strong performing portfolio and brands that are perfectly positioned to capitalize on spirit industry trends.
    Japanese ownership provides stability for now.

    Cons

    The leadership regime change post-acquisition has resulted in a highly deteriorated corporate culture and morale. New leadership has little interest in the people and is evidenced by the recent high levels of
    turnover, especially of very senior and well respected legacy Beam executives who left to go to competitors.

    Brand Marketing teams across all levels lack and field or commercial sales experience and not equipped to make decisions or develop programs that are rooted in reality.

    There's very little consistency on promotions across all functions- experience is an after thought to the politics.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Knowledge is Power with promotions given to incompetent individuals who happen to be as socially inept as management"

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    Former Employee - Brand Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Brand Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Ok Benefits, great ability to take on more work and unique projects. Great expense accounts and night outs to enjoy the perks of the industry.

    Cons

    Senior Managements is too involved in the mundane day to day aspects of the business. They are socially incapable of interacting with direct reports on a personal level. There is a constant feeling of change, and when change occurs they have not planned out the next steps to continue to drive business with the right people behind the brands.
    Reviews are 360 and often include individuals who should not have an input on your performance. Which lead to a poor and inaccurate assessment.
    Sales led organization with limited support for Marketing, leads to poor creative and less than ground breaking work.

    Advice to Management

    Take a step back and review the talent pool. Often those with similar personalities are promoted or maintained, while driven, pro-active minds are not respected.
    Continue to work on the culture and provide incentives to reengage the team to produce great work.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Everytime you think you're getting ahead you get pushed back"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    -Fun industry, it's liquor so it's exciting
    -Great coworkers, the people are what holds the company together
    -Social environment
    -Entrepreneurial

    Cons

    -Constant turnover; many rounds of layoffs and reorgs (too many to count)
    -No communication from top down, and any communication that exists is usually unclear or misdirected
    -Lack of direction and support
    -Extremely Chaotic
    -Zero accountability
    -No opportunities to advance, those who do advance often seem unjustified
    -Operate like a big company but no willingness to invest in employees
    -Salary compensation among the lowest in the industry

    Advice to Management

    Beam needs to have clearer lines of communication to their employees. There is no trust there and no sense of stability. Turnover/reorgs happen too frequently and they are constantly losing their most valuable employees. There needs to be accountability across all sector of the company and personal performance should drive personal advancement. The company needs to invest in their employees, doing so will make people want to work harder. There needs to be big changes in order for the company to succeed, opposed to crashing as it has been.


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