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Constellation Brands Reviews

Updated August 12, 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)

  • It's a very big company with some decisions being made in the NY office that affect the CA operations without much knowledge of what's happening here (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Get your year in and leave."

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

    Pros

    15 days pto
    Product allowance
    The name is a good resume builder - take the title and run as soon as you find a better job (and you will find a better job)
    Free alcohol in in-office bar
    Happy hours, lunches, and dinners always are claimed as a "company expense"

    Cons

    Nepotism - will fire employees to make room for higher up's relatives
    Layoffs - company is cutting costs by cutting out entire departments and/or laying off many people who have been with the company 10+ years
    Company events highly encourage and even pressure heavy drinking leading to employees acting inappropriately
    Non-competitive compensation - pay is below market average compared to similar roles in other companies
    Corrupt good ol boys club - unethical managers still in positions despite numerous complaints filed. Untrustworthy and incompetent puppets in HR department
    Claim to be for their people and offer benefits but you will be penalized if you capitalize on those benefits - ex: will demote you if you take a leave of absence
    Micromanagement
    Lots of disorganization internally

    Advice to Management

    Make your people managers take training so they know how to actually properly and ethically manage people. Don't bait and switch roles you hire people on for. You are a Fortune 500, pay employees what they deserve for the role instead of low-balling. Stop writing fake reviews on Glassdoor and actually work to change internal issues.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "A changed company"

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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

    Beautiful office
    Great location
    Some very good people
    Good free cashflow
    Ability to be creative

    Cons

    New management, very harsh
    A few very bad apples who get rewarded for being rude
    Horrible CEO
    Rochester based
    Dishonest

    Constellation Brands Response

    Jan 30, 2017 – Director, Talent Acquisition

    Thank you for taking the time to post a review. We apologize that your experience did not reflect our core values at Constellation and understand how disappointing that must have been. Please know... More

  3. Helpful (7)

    "I liked Constellation as a company, but had an awful team"

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    Former Employee - Associate Brand Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Associate Brand Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly culture, growing quickly (so lots of investing in sales and marketing activities), and very collaborative environment

    Very thoughtful interview process that I'd hoped would ensure all employees would possess the friendly, collaborative culture desired

    Cons

    Old boys' club, male dominated industry permeates corporate headquarters and especially the sales force--expect to be treated differently if you aren't a white, heterosexual male.

    Also, individual team culture can make or break your experience because teams are very flat. My team was poorly managed and not well-resourced (i.e., my team's management would have never survived a bigger, more competitive CPG like Kraft or P&G) so I was worked to the bone and left because of it. I was sad to leave, but the Constellation I encountered was not the Constellation my recruiter sold to me.

    You can also expect binge drinking at work events to be the norm. You don't have to drink too, but you will have to bear witness to the sometimes inappropriate behavior that accompanies it.

    Advice to Management

    Interaction between middle management and lower level folks is poor. Also, team members that aren't white men often don't feel welcome. If you want to grow, you'll need diverse talent to get there. You need to realize to keep this talent will require changing the company culture into a more inclusive one.

    Constellation Brands Response

    Sep 26, 2016 – Director, Talent Acquisition

    Thank you for taking the time to post a review. We apologize that your experience did not reflect our core values at Constellation and understand how disappointing that must have been. Please know... More


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Leadership Gap"

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    Former Employee - Director On Premise in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Director On Premise in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Best in class marketing and a majority of the business units have an engaging culture. Senior management has had a genuine intention of continuous improvement which has served them well based on current stock price.

    Cons

    Decentralized approach concerning expectations with a centralized approach on results. Senior Management would benefit from spending more time and effort on outlining requirements on the front end and would spend less time understanding why expectations were not achieved on tge back end.

    Advice to Management

    Don't let success create an environment of hubris which will prove to be an achilles heel, Mexican Imports will most likely assume the same trend as domestic lights, and you may want to consider some horseback riding lessons.


  5. Helpful (7)

    "Mixed Reviews"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Company is doing well and promising new executive in the wine business.

    Cons

    Huge pay disparity between VP / above vs rest of employees resulting in a have / have not culture. still has a good old boy feel, and speaking up about issues is discouraged. HR is very powerful and mostly incompetent/ untrustworthy.

    Advice to Management

    Build a better HR department with focus on fair / equitable pay.


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Beer Division - Times Are A Changin' and Not For the Better"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Constellation Brands full-time

    Pros

    beer, good people, Bill Hackett, Ballast Point, good marketing message, Category Management

    Cons

    People of questionable character, in positions of power, heavy office politics, class disparity between the haves (sales/marketing) and the have nots (everybody else). I worked on the beer side, and a few years ago, the owner of one of the largest distributors, emphasized that the reason Constellation Brands was above the competition, was because of the culture. Well, the culture is changing and it is losing everything that made it great.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more minorities. Bruce Jacoboson and Bill Renspie's org charts looks awfully monochromatic but that's none of my business.


  7. Helpful (9)

    "Great Company! w/Plenty of cash to deal with their Incompetent Leaders!"

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

    I worked at Constellation Brands full-time

    Pros

    Great Company on the surface. A lot of friendly people, frequent happy hours at the bar inside the office with free wine, beer and spirits, a lot of company events and parties, great office locations, a healthy compensation package, good medical benefits and everything you can expect from a company that won the lottery with their big margin beer business acquisition and is making billions that are way far beyond their expectation.
    I said on the surface because it is all a façade, since many of the people working there, especially at the corporate offices, are string puppets with fancy titles like “Manager of this” or “Director of that” that knowingly or not are not fulfilling their professional goals.

    Cons

    A company transformed from a wine company with legacy and tradition to a beer cash making machine that they barely understand, with the exception of the distribution part which they had for many years before the acquisition. A company with no clear or standardized process; no metrics, other than the financial story for the financial brokers, no balance score card; no conception of “process improvement”, since they through money at problems rather than finding the root cause and fix it; mostly managed by consultants who at times take leadership roles, so you end up working for them; with very poor or none existent financial processes and reporting; with an inefficient human resource group, in all aspects: talent management, recruiting, training, performance management, coaching, etc.; and the worse IT group I have ever experienced for a company of this size, unreliable services, zero customer focus, completely isolated from the business priorities. This group operates as another company completely.
    I can summarized: Constellation is a company managed and operated by a leadership with good experience and knowledge on wine production and marketing, sales and distribution of their brands; but very poor understanding and experience on beer operations including supply chain; and very inefficient support functions needed for the new realities of the company. Working there is frustrating for professionals who come from mature corporations, which many times see their careers stopped when they were hired with a director leadership role and end up as a single contributor doing analyst tasks, with no clear goals and future path.

    Advice to Management

    • Eliminate the “old boys(girls) network” mostly in the VP level,
    • Re-engineer the corporation on value processes that fit the new reality of the business. Use the best and most knowledge employees (All Levels). This is a top down effort. Use consultants to foster new ideas, but DO NOT make it a “Consultant Initiative” like most of the initiatives done at Constellation
    • Create/enhance constellation culture and principles, clearly centered around people as your number one asset.
    • Make sure everyone, especially the leadership team (Director and above) understands and embrace the principles and behaviors expected. “Leadership behaviors” is the most critical point on achieving success here.
    • Create a balance score card and operational metrics that help the transformation and the operation and not only to report history to top management.
    • Support functions are critical. NEED TO BE SUPPORTED BY THE TOP OF CORPORATION
    • HR needs to lead the Cultural transformation and continue with their efforts on creating new HR. Need to partner with top business executive leaders.
    • IT needs its own FULL re-engineering. This is an urgent matter, Constellation re-engineering effort will not be successful with the status quo. Do not give the assignment to your favorite consultant (D). Needs to be out of finance and report to an operations top executive or the CEO
    • Finance new leader will bring the change needed and could lead the entire company re-engineer effort
    • Hire sound and experience leaders that can align, support and foster (walk the talk) Constellation new culture.

  8. "good benefits and great wines"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gonzales, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gonzales, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Constellation Brands (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    There was some good benefits and the wine and beer brands are great! worked hard and had some great times with people who have also since left the company.

    Cons

    Its all about the beer now! Many the programs and certifications that were in place or achieved have bit the dust due to lack of knowledge or drive to keep them going by current management.
    Safety in the can under current management and majority of the safety manager that were in place 5 years ago have now moved on out of frustration. ISO program certification has been lost. There is lots of infighting and the HR department often makes things worse. No room for growth since certain favorites are already picked.

    Advice to Management

    Eliminate the click and favorites. Follow the guideline in your own policy manual. Recognize that contributions that people make on all levels.


  9. Helpful (11)

    "I'd recommend working here only if you have NO plans for the rest of your life!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Victor, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Victor, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They provide a lot of benefits. If you like to drink, an annual reimbursement. Somewhat flexible work environment depending on your manager and department head. (HR doesn't support flexible work environments for anyone but management. Therefore, good managers ignore them.)

    If you want to work at CBI, apply for a job in the beer division. Beer will be the flagship business for CBI in the not-too-distant future anyway. Wine will be a by-line. Beer management team appears to be more competent and progressive with better ratios between men/women and baby boomers/millenials.

    Cons

    Booting out baby boomers who have been the company backbone for the past 20+ years and replacing them with the "know it all" generation which is very difficult to work with. Their constant checking of their smartphone and FB page in meetings is not only distracting but disruptive. The facility events (almost monthly) used to be fun but they turned into drunk fests. Putting in the bar for Friday "tastings" was a bad idea! Never had problems in the 12+ years I was there with someone getting a DWI ticket - until last September! You guessed it - it was a millenial! You rarely see baby boomers at the tastings anymore.

    Everyone in the building used to know each other and now there is a clear generational division that is permeating the entire organization.

    Unless you are hired into finance or marketing management, there is little advancement opportunity. Be a good a--kissing, backstabbing, or undermining woman and you'll go far. Which leads me to my next point, they are hiring too many women and not enough men. What does this mean? Wage suppression, ladies!

    There is better compensation in the beer division. Don't assume you can get hired in the wine division and flip to the beer division. Your chances of getting pigeon-holed or having your application pulled in HR by your manager are pretty good in the wine division.

    You can be 'black balled" for reasons unknown to you. If you've spoken to your manager about advancement and nothing has happened for 3 years - LEAVE! Don't stick around and listen to the "I'm working on it" b.s. You'll be wasting your time and talent.

    Too many politics throughout the organization. If you don't like wading waist deep in politics on a daily basis, this IS NOT the company for you.

    Advice to Management

    There has to be a better balance between the millenials and baby boomers (we're not dead yet, you know.) Start hiring more men and less women, too.

    Lastly, HR should stop protecting managers and executives. A lot of your lower level issues will become non-issues when those other issues are addressed.

    Stop with the department reorganizations every 4-5 years. You just get used to your new manager and then another reorganization is announced. It's plain silliness.


  10. "Interesting Mix of Experiences"

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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 (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good growth of company stock as a result of the beer business acquisition. Company had good growth due to acquisition mentality, new opportunities as business grew

    Cons

    Stagnant portfolio of brands on the wine side, spirits side is almost a non-entity in the market. Wine brands dominated by large brands that came with acquisition, older brands from the Canandaigua Wine Company are very much past their prime. Only seem to be able to grow by acquisition, very little organic growth with new products failing at a rate greater than they succeed. Too much emphasis placed on opinions of the Boston Consulting Group.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out if you really want to be a broad spectrum supplier, and if you do then take the lead. The Sands seem very out of touch with everything but beer, and you seem to make changes in the organization without fully understanding the consequences of the change.


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