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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. Helpful (2)

    "Good place for experience"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Maple Valley, WA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Maple Valley, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of training, always learning new ways of working, solid portfolio with many recognizable brands. Pay was good, and every year there was a raise.

    Cons

    Not much loyalty, upper management can be conceited and uncaring. Many of their programs are pushed through way too quickly, there management team can't see beyond how much profit they're making sometimes.

    Advice to Management

    Take stock of what is really important to any company's success.....their personnel. A few of the people sitting on their glass towers really need to get off of them and appreciate who really does the work.


  2. "Small salary, fun product and atmosphere"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Demand Analyst in Deerfield, IL
    Former Employee - Demand Analyst in Deerfield, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    $1000 per year towards booze, free alcohol samples almost every week at your desk, thirsty Thursdays

    Cons

    Salary is smaller than market average

    Advice to Management

    Raise the money


  3. "VP IT"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President in Wilmette, IL
    Former Employee - Vice President in Wilmette, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun category, some really great products

    Cons

    Highly political, some product concepts did not make sense,

    Advice to Management

    invest in data


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Busy, Busy, Busy"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - New Products Coordinator in Deerfield, IL
    Current Employee - New Products Coordinator in Deerfield, IL
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun industry, laid back and friendly coworkers, product tastings

    Cons

    Constant new products, lack of leadership, lack of communication, high stress environment

    Advice to Management

    Communicate better, slow down


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great brands, fun industry, but do-everything culture often leads to burn out"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deerfield, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deerfield, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    great portfolio of products and brands, good compensation and perks relative to the industry, smart people with opportunities to move up or try new things

    Cons

    lacking focus/do-everything mentality, high priority on short-term results without enough consideration on long-term impact, high turnover, somewhat political at the top, pending ownership changes means uncertainty


  7. "Good company to work for if starting out in your career..."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Deerfield, IL
    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Deerfield, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pros – Management is very focused on helping you move forward in your career. They help you set short-term and long-term goals that will increase your job satisfaction. Management is fair, understanding, trust their employee's judgment and encourage employees to take on more responsibility and leadership roles. The company is flexible, and has great benefits.

    Cons

    The work-load is demanding and can sometimes be overwhelming. The expectations are high, so you need to be alert and motivated every day. There is very little down time, so if you're not high-energy, this is not the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees and pay better.


  8. "Good Company, Growth not equal in all departments"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Compliance Coordinator in Deerfield, IL
    Current Employee - Compliance Coordinator in Deerfield, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People, fun enviorment, flexible work hours, product allowance

    Cons

    Low growth, pay, job duities

    Advice to Management

    Create growth


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Play hard work harder"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Brand Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Brand Manager in Chicago, IL
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great brands, great people, great perks. A very fast paced environment on the cusp of social trends.

    Cons

    More work than people to get it all done. Near impossible expectations. Pushes to hire more and more women but, almost ignores the needs of pregnant and working mothers. Highly competitive.

    Advice to Management

    This is a great company but has some room for improvement. The methods put I. Place to increase engagement are too superficial and to not address the core issues.
    Here are a few tips: Better benefits for working parents. Hire more talented people to help achieve goals, balance out the workload so employees can take a vacation once and awhile to avoid stress and burnout. Stop scheduling meetings over lunch and let your employees take a real break once and a while. Promote from within more, especially when it comes to directors. Improve the on-boarding and training process. Promote the right people into the right jobs. Upgrade from the old clunky and outdated technology to better faster more efficient systems.


  10. "Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Deerfield, IL
    Former Employee - Director in Deerfield, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Beam Global Spirits & Wine full-time

    Pros

    Interesting industry to be in

    Cons

    Inconsistent follow through on strategy


  11. "Challenging Environment, Plenty of Opportunity to Lead and Advance, Great Brands"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deerfield, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deerfield, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Great people with a strong passion for the business
    - Opportunity to lead and motivate others
    - Great benefits
    - Great brands

    Cons

    - Constant change is hard to manage
    - Would like to see smaller levels of change vs. sweeping re-organizations
    - Many layers with approvals needed; difficult to make decisions quickly

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees and be ready for change. It is a good place to learn a business and build a career. Be as open as possible and reduce the structure and layers.


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