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Updated July 6, 2017
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  • May present an improper work-life-balance (in 41 reviews)

  • Decision making is usually slow and less efficient in the matrix organization (in 35 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (7)

    "Sr Financial Analyst"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norwalk, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norwalk, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits and ability to work from home, sometimes.

    Cons

    Slavery! And things are getting worse. I have worked long hours for 3 years with no opportunities for promotion. Management is being very vague about promotion and opportunities. It seems they prefer to have people exactly where they are.
    Diageo brought in consultants, so lay-offs has been frequent. Expect massive exit from the company in the next years. Who wants to slave without any opportunities in the future?

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the consultants and listen to your employees - they have all the answers you need.... for free.


  2. Helpful (23)

    "Politics and the Illuminatis instead of leadership and inspiration."

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    Former Employee - Sales and Commercial Manager in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Sales and Commercial Manager in Miami, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great spirits portfolio with amazing brands that seem to endure any adverse conditions.

    Many talented people in the company and respectful work environment.

    Decent salaries and benefits overall, although not the best out there.

    Supportive when needed in terms of health, family issues, etc.

    Good school for development at an early career stage.

    Cons

    DIAGEO used to be one of the best companies to work for. Excellent Values and culture, everybody was proud of working there. The last 4-5 years it has changed a lot and not for the better.

    Politics have been taken to a whole new level, it is not what you know and what you do but who you know (preferably one of the illuminati's that can leverage your career with the exec). Many people promoted to positions without having the experience or knowledge of the business required. It always comes down to "leadership capabilities"="the better you manage up, the bigger leader you are".

    Add to that an OD every 2 years and you get the results: Many experienced people in the industry leaving the company one way or the other, and being replaced by people from other companies/industries without a clue of what needs to be done or the challenges of the spirits industry; instead of promoting or giving the chance to internal people.

    Last but not least: HHRR needs to be replaced; 100% of them no doubt. "Never trust anyone" attitude, they are not there to help and develop people and careers, their job has come down to make statistics look good and save money to the company. Very old and antagonistic practices, where at the end it is easier to manage a lot of average people than striving to improve conditions and develop careers for AWESOME people.

    Not creating conditions that will attract and retain the best talent.

    Advice to Management

    Feedback culture has been lost, it is a 2 ways street. Be open to listen and to get involved in the day to day issues. Be part of the solutions and the team, get closer.

    Promote meritocracy again, stop the political egocentric race that has been created. Honest, talented and caring people have left and the rest will wait to get their package and get out at the first opp. You will end up with a lot of followers that have nothing to say instead of agents of change that are striving to win and create the best company in the world.

    Get yourselves organized and support changes, let things to settle making people feel safe and with a purpose, before deciding something new just because you want a good message for the investors . Productivity and loyalty will increase and results will happen as they are supposed to. Celebration will be the best and most purposeful outcome at that point.

  3. Helpful (9)

    "Most political - Boys club I have ever seen or sadly been a part of."

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    Current Employee - Information Technology in Norwalk, CT
    Current Employee - Information Technology in Norwalk, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Diageo full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Product allowance ( I guess ), Pension, High salaries,
    Bonus above industry standards
    Fridays remote work
    Fairly flexible
    Its a decent place to work in general if you are part of a project team.

    Cons

    Its not what you know but who you know. If you are new and highly skilled watch yourself and dont shine to bright unless you are ready to play the game.

    Brown nosing in this place is at a whole new level and the worst I have ever seen.

    Too many town halls and meetings with management. Management seems to be open but with all the meetings its tough to determine if its honest or just a stunt.

    I cant think of another IT shop with so many low skilled people in so many high places because of who they know. Also literally everything is outsourced. Pc support, help desk even incident management. Also projects are king meaning if you are not on one or able to get on one you don't have a purpose even if you are BAU.

    Pub nights on Thursdays actually a negative for me, i absolutely hate it because it comes with the price of your soul - after a hectic weak I want to go home to my family not play more political chess and or have to attend a silly promotional party to pitch something. If these felt no pressure to attend than this would be a huge positive.

    Mandatory fun events, picnics and or events should be one that people WANT to attend not ones where they say they are required.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the amount of meetings, less is better and way more effective.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Assistants"

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    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Norwalk, CT
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Norwalk, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Diageo full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    flexible hours, easy commute, friendly co-workers

    Cons

    management, don't follow thru as to what they say

    Advice to Management

    get their act together


  5. Helpful (5)

    "HR Latin America team TOXIC"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Coral Gables, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Coral Gables, FL
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Diageo full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Portfolio amazing, prestigious to work for this organization.

    Cons

    Latin America HR team toxic, not a good culture or place to work.
    HR Business Partners do not support the needs of employees only of themselves.
    Employees unhappy with HR team but leadership overlooks this, truly a shame.

    Advice to Management

    Revamp the team, bring in new talent, fresh ideas, energy and drive.


  6. Helpful (7)

    "Lots of trouble in the bottle"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Diageo full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good Benefits
    Very Social Company
    Ongoing Flex Fridays

    Cons

    Lack of compliance deeply embedded in the culture in many groups ( marketing agency kickbacks, racism, nepotism, falsification of distribution sales values)
    Had very poor management at senior levels
    Diversity is a buzzword and not a practice at Diageo
    No significant roles senior leaders that are black or Hispanic
    Mid level and director level leaders really suffer for the lack of knowledge, integrity, and mentorship of their managers
    Categorically does nor promote black employees and women

    Advice to Management

    The current management is doing the right thing by have removed the former CHRO, CMO, CEO ( he retired) and CFO in North America. No matter what kudos there is on Glassdoor, this wipe out of more than 60% of the executive team confirms how very bad things got at Diageo. These people either turned their eyes away from the gross lack of compliance and lack of fairness in the work environment or in some cases were low in integrity and non-compliant themselves. There are great people who suffred job losses as a result of the negative behavior of many of the aforementioned and the people on their teams who should not have been/be in senior roles or at the company at all. You have a lot of residual disgrace to clean up and a good name based on sales but not a good name in the social community of the industry and Fortune 500 space. Investigate who is working on your business and how they are interacting with vendors to avoid any more investigations and disgrace.

    Integrity and diversity are the greatest challenge at Diageo and hopes are high that Ivan will turn it all around .


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Think twice!"

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    Current Employee - Trade Marketing Manager in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Trade Marketing Manager in Miami, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Diageo full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fair benefits, great office location, flexibility (can often work from home).

    Cons

    Let's start with the basics: you will not have a desk. Every morning you have to come in and search for an open space.
    Leadership has an unrealistic view of the market. Lofty brand and annual growth targets are overly ambitious and when they realize they will not be met there are gross cuts on A&P funds, T&E, Trade Spend and overheads to make financial goals...which contradict their initial goals.
    Roles and responsibilities are not clear. One often performs 3-4 positions and life-work balance is absent.

    Advice to Management

    Look at the market! Listen to customers! Set realistic goals and give clarity on job descriptions. Remember employees have lives outside of Diageo.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Not the place it used to be"

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    Current Employee - Information Technology in Norwalk, CT
    Current Employee - Information Technology in Norwalk, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, bar in the building (not that I use it), opportunity for growth for "golden boys", product allowance

    Cons

    I used to be proud to work for Diageo. Now, after years of poor performance, I am not. We have sold off some great brands and employees are just waiting for the next layoff. IT is poorly managed as are numerous other functions. Would leave but unfortunately Diageo does pay well for Fairfield County, CT.

    Advice to Management

    Show a commitment to your employee base. Grow your brands, don't simply slash headcount to make your bottom line number.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Proceed with Caution"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Diageo full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    great brand portfolio, ownership of brands

    Cons

    constant reorgs and structural changes, competitve to a fault, inability to promote and develop employees based on merit/readiness, high school clique behavior from senior executives down to entry level roles, not honest

    Advice to Management

    change people in your leadership roles, live up to your values


  10. "Place is terrible"

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    Current Employee - Tax in Norwalk, CT
    Current Employee - Tax in Norwalk, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Diageo full-time

    Pros

    None - unless you want to work 24/7

    Cons

    All they want is for you to work endlessly. Under staffed and want you there on the weekends. No work-life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Get a life


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