Diageo - Great people and work-life balance, great in advertising, arbitrary promotions, no ownership | Glassdoor
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"Great people and work-life balance, great in advertising, arbitrary promotions, no ownership"

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Current Employee - Marketing in London, England (UK)
Current Employee - Marketing in London, England (UK)
Approves of CEO

Pros

- Respect for people: the company encourages to treat colleagues with respect regardless of how you feel about them from the start. Shouting, losing your temper and not containing one's emotions is generally discouraged.
- Work-life balance: management respects your personal commitments, no one really counts vacations and time off, can work from home at any time (as long as you get the job done)
- Advertising edge: great place to master communicating emotional benefits, get experience with digital, RM and event-marketing. Not all classic FMCG companies are into all these disciplines. Great place to develop really break-through creative - as most brands share global communication platforms.
- Obsessed with execution: This is THE place to learn a hands-on detailed approach to execution - mostly around BTL programs, sampling, the likes.

Cons

- Consensus: Making calls and getting decisions from top management is difficult. Projects require consensus from a ton of stakeholders. Slows everything down. Conflict is discouraged.
- No ownership: Lack of bottom-up leadership, lack of total project and P&L ownership. It is not uncommon for brand managers to not know what a P&L is and how they drive it. Directors often interfere with executional detail and steal work from reports.
- Strategy: Often drafted by an internal consulting division, or at director levels. Brand managers rarely lead on strategy vs. how it is done in P&G or RB.
- Promotions: No consistent promotion-for-delivery culture. No stringent up-or-out culture. Some promotions seemed pretty random.

Advice to Management

Create a fair and stringent up-or-out culture, promote for delivery of tangible and visible results, encourage bottom-up leadership.

Other Employee Reviews for Diageo

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    "Over-worked and underpaid"

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

    Pros

    Great experience, however, that comes at the price of having absolutely no work-life balance.
    Brands are phenomenal and the company is a stable choice in this economy.

    Cons

    The leadership is extremely poor in competency and only understands how to maneuver through the politics of Diageo, rather than know how to lead a team to success. Additionally, we are so top heavy when it comes to leadership that it takes an excessive amount of time to arrive at even the simplest of decisions. This happens at most companies, however, Diageo is by far the worst I have seen. It's truly astonishing.

    Additionally, Diageo is extremely frugal with their investments to the point where it's detrimental to the longevity of the business with respect to mostly investment in people but also with infrastructure. Our computers are absolutely horrible, running off of Windows 2000 with PC's built for Vista is just a combination for complete failure. Supposedly they are upgrading our system to Vista - they must have received a very large discount since this was announced one day after Windows announced that they would be moving to Windows 7.

    Advice to Management

    Take out layers of leadership and ensure alignment of goals throughout all of Diageo NA.
    Ensure consistency through different functions within Diageo (ie: procurement, quality, etc).


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    "Good Pay and Benefits with Poor Professional Growth"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay and great benefits. Lots of opportunity to move laterally and be promoted within the organization. The workload is reasonable, I know Diageo employees will disagree with this but I rarely see people in before 7:30AM or past 5:30PM. Diageo also permits reasonable telecommuting and is open to allowing personnel to working at different office locations.

    Cons

    As a result of the poorly managed Seagram / Guinness merger most of the talented people fled or were let go because of petty rivalry's. Because of this sudden growth and loss of talent, Diageo was forced to promote many inexperienced personnel to Directors. For this reason you will likely work for someone who can teach you the bizarre Diageo politics but cannot coach you as to how to actually do your job effectively. You will not learn much at Diageo that will be transferable to other Companies, everyone pretty much learns from making mistakes since there are no experienced seasoned professionals to mentor employees. This lack of mentoring is further magnified because of the many lateral moves they allow the 'high performers' ( cute young women or alma mater ) to make, as a result you will likely end up working for someone who has little experience in the department role and may be much younger than you.

    Advice to Management

    Hire some talent. If we need to develop a capability why not hire someone with that capability, instead of making people suffer through learning from mistakes.

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