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Beam Global Spirits & Wine Reviews

Updated September 20, 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. "Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Beam Global Spirits & Wine full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits and a fun industry

    Cons

    Animosity between some departments and employees


  2. "Working at Proof, Beam's in house agency"

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    Current Contractor - Art Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Contractor - Art Director in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Happy hours, nice people, free booze occasionally. I really like working here but it can be high stress.

    Cons

    Huge management issues. Lots of back and forth and insane deadlines. A lot of drama.

    Advice to Management

    It's time that they take a look at some of the people in management positions and figure out what they really do...because it's a whole lot of nothing.

  3. "Glad I was a xerox employee"

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, nice location, can use Metra to get to work

    Cons

    Not always the nicest place to work

    Advice to Management

    Stop tolerating your employees always trying to get others fired


  4. "Field Marketing Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great Company, and advancement opportunities.

    Cons

    Communication and expectations could be better.


  5. "Managed well through change"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Beam Global Spirits & Wine full-time

    Pros

    Leadership did a great job managing company through going public and implementation of new shareholders. Eventually sold to a company that would end up being a partner, not necessarily a direct threat. One of the rare examples of an external CEO coming in making positive change.

    Cons

    Lots of mid-management disagreement leaving employees frustrated and not always knowing which way to turn. Despite some good change, there is a lot of change. Requires adaptability.

    Advice to Management

    Keeping communicating well and openly with employees.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Fun place to work in the field"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun and friendly environment with great sales for across the county. Hours could be long, but as I always felt part of a team, I was happy to put them in. HQ roles in Deerfield appeared to be more corporate, but if you got the right role (supporting sales or marketing) it could be a great experience.

    Cons

    Company would spend a ridiculous amount on consulting services to find out where they could save money by firing people. Each year there would be a new cull. They should trust their management structure more to make the right decisions on such matters. Following stock market flotation, company became less focused on workers and more on shareholders.

    Advice to Management

    Don't let go of a positive culture. Company should be able to post strong results while also maintaining a fun working environment.


  7. "Good company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The Beam organization offer a great work culture

    Cons

    no cons to speak of!

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Very friendly and collaborative team"

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    Former Employee - BI Analyst in Deerfield, IL
    Former Employee - BI Analyst in Deerfield, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Collaborative team, new technologies exposure and lot of free booze

    Cons

    Beam is sold to Japanese company Suntory. Corporate restructure might happen.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Finance Manager"

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    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Deerfield, IL
    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Deerfield, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    excellent pay and corporate culture. fun industry and co-workers who all pull together and are very team-oriented. the training is all available and the perks are lots and lots and lots to drink!

    Cons

    ill-defined goals and HR policies lead to unexpected Reductions in Force even while company is performing excellently. mobility within the company is spotty and there seem to be hires/fires suddenly and after only short tenures. odd really


  10. "Great company, work hard play hard"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company, well respected, take care of people

    Cons

    High expectations, low work-life balance

    Advice to Management

    be specific about your expectations/priorities. We all have a lot to do.


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