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Beam Global Spirits & Wine Reviews

Updated December 21, 2016
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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. "Glad I was a xerox employee"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  2. "Field Marketing Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great Company, and advancement opportunities.

    Cons

    Communication and expectations could be better.


  3. "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.


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    "Fun place to work in the field"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. "Good company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    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!


  7. 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.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Finance Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  9. "Great company, work hard play hard"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Work hard, play hard"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Finance in Deerfield, IL
    Current Employee - Finance in Deerfield, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very intelligent group of people running business. Challenging and demanding work. The projects you work on are constantly changing. Good perks for some

    Cons

    Political at the top, turnover is quick the higher you go up the ladder. This is especially true in HQ. Revolving personnel door in mid to higher level positions


  11. "Great Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Beam Global Spirits & Wine full-time

    Pros

    Great people and great experience.

    Cons

    None that i can think of during my tenure



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