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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
  • Not a lot of work life balance as hours and expectations can unreasonable (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. Helpful (1)

    "Sales Manager"

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

    I worked at Beam Global Spirits & Wine (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great brands. Brand training excellent.

    Cons

    Constant reorganizations. Few promotional opportunities outside of the corporate office.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Senior Reserach Manager"

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    Former Employee - Senior Research Manager in Racine, WI
    Former Employee - Senior Research Manager in Racine, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Beam Global Spirits & Wine full-time

    Pros

    Good thinking
    Strategic planning a plus

    Cons

    Little training or growth opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Think hard before hiring and then laying people off due to restructuring.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "leadership???"

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    Current Employee - Bottling Maintenance Supervisor in Louisville, KY
    Current Employee - Bottling Maintenance Supervisor in Louisville, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The words best bourbon. Great front line supervisors and workers

    Cons

    Upper management needs to learn Bourbon

    Advice to Management

    Learn The Jim Beam Heritage


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Could be much better"

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    Former Employee - Divisional Controller in Deerfield, IL
    Former Employee - Divisional Controller in Deerfield, IL
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Beam Global Spirits & Wine full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    $500 annual allowance for any Beam family product, monthly gifts of Beam bottles, (by-weekly/monthly) free discontinued end-of-bins bottles. (If you are drinker) you could start drinking from yearly morning (one year anniversary party with alcohol cocktails of Beam as a publicly traded company, started at 9:30 am), "thirsty Thursday". Company is cash cow.

    Cons

    Because the company is the cash cow, it could hide plenty of infectiveness, waste and simply stupid decisions by management (announced a relocation on WD 3 of quarter close and let the employees go home to digest the news). You could smell alcohol at 11 am meetings.

    Advice to Management

    Hope, Japanese management is what Beam needed.


  6. "Culture of shooting from the hip."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deerfield, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deerfield, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Small organization, makes quick decisions.

    Cons

    Decisions made quickly, but many important ones are poorly made.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "This company needs some work to improve employee satisfaction"

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    Current Employee - Brand Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Brand Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Beam Global Spirits & Wine full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    We have some great products. Hours are flexible when life happens. some fun people working there. Pay is only decent, but they do promote from within and across certain functions. Summer hours (for those who have the time to take them).

    Cons

    WORK LIFE BALANCE- major imbalance for a lot of people; this company is understaffed in many departments (with no hope for filling out the staff in the near future). the "perks" of working for this liquor company really comes down to free liquor, which one can simply go to another company for higher salary and buy their own liquor (no other perks here as Beam doesn't sponsor many events or teams). The only real perk is the "cool factor" of saying you work for Jim Beam. Health benefits need a relook.

    Advice to Management

    Stop acting like we are a small company. You are squeezing every last bit of energy out of your employees which will backfire in lower productivity and higher turnover rate.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Interesting industry, but lots of politics to deal with"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deerfield, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deerfield, IL

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

    Pros

    Good brands; interesting categories; some great people work there; global business; company is expanding and growing in importance in industry

    Cons

    I found it to be extremely political. Your success there will depend greatly on who you know, and whether that person remains in power or not.

    Advice to Management

    Reward people based on their work, not on their connections.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Racial Favortism"

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    Current Employee - Senior IT Architect in Deerfield, IL
    Current Employee - Senior IT Architect in Deerfield, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Beam Global Spirits & Wine full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Opportunities to get a lot of responsibilities if you are good at what you do. Specially in IT.

    Cons

    IT Team is full of racial favortism and management is to blame for it. Join the IT team if you are Spanish or at leash know how to speak it. Problem with job security if you show even the slightest sign of slacking. Forget about moving up the ladder if you are not racially inclined with the management.

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees of all origins equally and respectfully.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "All Depends On How You Enter This Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deerfield, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deerfield, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Beam Global Spirits & Wine full-time

    Pros

    This one is no brainer you get the pleasure of working for a spirits company and all the benefits that come with it.

    Cons

    It's not as progressive as the company tries to make you believe. Depending on the manager you have it could be a very micro managing experience. If you are in mind career or out of your 20s this experience would be frustrating as they treat everyone like you are fresh out of college.

    Advice to Management

    Try to address why you have such a high employee turnover rate. It really doesn't take a genius to figure it out.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Subpar experience"

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

    I worked at Beam Global Spirits & Wine (More than a year)

    Pros

    The beverage alcohol business is a fun one to work on, and many employees enjoy good "social perks"
    Compensation is decent

    Cons

    Generally speaking the culture can feel very poltical and cut-throat at times
    Not a lot of work life balance as hours and expectations can unreasonable
    High turnover

    Advice to Management

    Take a closer look at the competency of middle management


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