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Constellation Brands Reviews

Updated July 17, 2017
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Pros
  • There was some good benefits and the wine and beer brands are great (in 9 reviews)

  • Great people who are very passionate about the industry and their roles (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • They are making strides in being a more flexible workplace to improve work/life balance (in 8 reviews)

  • There are no cons that I can think of (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Micro Management Environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Constellation Brands full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits and good salary.

    Cons

    Micro-manager environment, poor communications throughout the organization, very little support, management not engaged, little to no room in departments for growth, overworked, no family/life balance

    Advice to Management

    Respect your employees, communicate to your employees, support your employees, work with your employees, take responsibility when you make a mistake, stop blaming others, be clear and concise in your communications, stop telling others how much you hate your job, build the morale of others versus breaking them down, be respectful, stop embarrassing people in front of an audience


  2. "Marketing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Constellation Brands full-time

    Pros

    Free Wine. Lots of employee activities.

    Cons

    Management was terrible. Couldn't agree on anything. High turn around for employees who weren't director level or higher. Location was not great for food options.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Wine division operations nightmare!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Constellation Brands full-time

    Pros

    Not much to add on the positive side these days.

    Cons

    If you work in the wine side you will not have a life and work balance . You will be overworked and understaffed. Beer is where they are investing all the money in turn creating huge gaps in funding and resources for the wine group.

    Advice to Management

    I know the greed of money from beer is making the stock go up , but don't neglect the wine side . You are loosing valuable people.


  4. Helpful (7)

    "Not a great company"

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    Former Employee - Field Sales Manager
    Former Employee - Field Sales Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Constellation Brands full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Better then average base salary. Beer and spirits division is growing, wine division is poorly run.

    Cons

    Overload of work with no support staff. Marketing division is unsupportive and not very creative, that's why most brands are trending down. Our team saw a lot of illegal activities that our manager and above were doing and we could not report it because we were scared of losing our jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up--there are a lot of upper level managers that are cheating your company. Audit them as you would midlevel employees. Because of your "good old boys" culture, they are protected.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Antiquated boys club"

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    Current Employee - Associate Brand Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Brand Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pay is very competitive for industry

    Cons

    Zero female senior leadership in VP or above outside of Chicago

    Advice to Management

    Stop developing a check the box cluture


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Not a great place for advancement or inspiration..."

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    Current Employee - Associate Brand Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Brand Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Constellation Brands full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Somewhat balanced work/life.
    Free wine here and there.

    Cons

    Upper management is promoted based on rank in popularity rather than skill.
    The company doesn't value loyalty.
    No promotion from within.
    Immature leaders/managers.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being penny wise and pound foolish. When you don't promote your people or give them raises, there are other ways to heighten their loyalty and self esteem. This company is 2nd rate to others in the wine industry and always will be until you can get ahold on leadership and truly make a difference in the culture, and how employees are treated. You have good, talented people working for you - treat them that way. Retain them! Take a tour at google or sit down with a head exec from Facebook - it will teach you a lot. Good luck.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Downhill Fast"

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    Former Employee - Finance in Canandaigua, NY
    Former Employee - Finance in Canandaigua, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Constellation Brands full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good perks (wine discounts) and salary in most cases - benefits actually pretty bad especially health care.

    Cons

    Was a great company to work for but over last three or four years management changes have made it a terrible place to work unless you are one of the chosen few that get away with anything they want to do. Management keeps pushing people to unreasonable workload levels and even if those individuals can keep up with the requirements they are not compensated accordingly for their efforts. Morale terrible for all but the "chosen few"

    Advice to Management

    One of your core values is that "people are one of your most important assets" - you should go back to the days when you treated your employees that way.

  8. "worst manager ever"

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    Former Employee - Retail Marketing Coordinator in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Retail Marketing Coordinator in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Constellation Brands full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    pay and benefits. That's it.

    Cons

    no work life balance; no room to learn, grow or be promoted; awful processes without any opportunities for changing; understaffed; terrible management -- the worst I've ever had. There's no respect or support for their team

    Advice to Management

    Know how to do the job of your direct reports. Don't do it, just know what it is that they do, how long it takes, what works and what doesn't work. If you don't know what their day to day looks like, you can't possibly understand their work load, priorities, stresses and concerns. You won't notice when they go above and beyond because you just dismiss it as their job when in fact you don't even know what their job entails.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "There are much better alternatives out there"

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    Former Employee - Part Time in Okanagan, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Part Time in Okanagan, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great co-workers
    Solid training
    Generous product allocation

    Cons

    Unfocused and erratic mid and senior level management decision making
    Unnervingly high turnover of line management and seasonal staff
    Questionable management ethics
    Among the lowest hourly pay in the industry
    Very poor morale

    Advice to Management

    Cut out the micromanagement and obsession with paring back every dollar, invest in your staff.
    Learn to appreciate that this is your most important asset when dealing with the public


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Beware of the Wine Rack division"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Constellation Brands full-time

    Pros

    The majority of employees in the Wine Rack division are great to work with. Great customers and a genuine desire to help customers.

    Cons

    Some upper management say one thing and do the opposite. They talk a good game about employee focus but when it come to acting that way, they come up short.
    Beware of the wine rack division.

    Advice to Management

    Try fixing the wine rack division to cover up your bad reviews rather that hiding behind the parent company


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