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Beam Global Spirits & Wine Reviews

Updated May 22, 2017
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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 (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


  2. "VP IT"

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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

  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.


  4. "2008-2010 Great years to work for the company"

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

    Pros

    Great camaraderie with the employees.

    Cons

    Too much changing of the guards.

    Advice to Management

    Work life balance are only for some employees and should benefit all.


  5. 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.


  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. Helpful (1)

    "Busy, Busy, Busy"

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    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

  8. 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.


  9. "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!


  10. 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.


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