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Johnson Brothers Reviews

Updated May 23, 2017
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Pros
  • Family-owned wine, spirits company (in 6 reviews)

  • Friendly people, good benefits, flexible schedule (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • LOTS of driving and laughable car allowance (in 6 reviews)

  • Long hours, vacation is blacked out during holiday months (Oct, nov, Dec) (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Cashier-Driver Check In"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Cashier-Driver Check In in Michigan City, IN
    Current Employee - Cashier-Driver Check In in Michigan City, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Johnson Brothers (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Indiana Wholesale Wine & Liquor Company is a full-service state-wide wine and spirits wholesaler with warehouse locations in Michigan City and Indianapolis. We distribute a portfolio of nationally recognized wines and spirit brands with an experienced and dedicated sales force servicing both restaurant and retail accounts.

    Cons

    they are looking for people that are self-motivated and competitive, yet work as a team. they promote heavily from within so they are looking for people interested in growing with them – people looking for careers more than jobs.


  2. "Lack of management knowledge"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Johnson Brothers full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You can learn many things

    Cons

    Follow corporate values and have job eliminated. Such a joke. Management has lack to knowledge of day to day tasks. Not paid nearly enough.

    Advice to Management

    Stop playing favorites. Learn job responsibilities and you would have a better insight.


  3. "Lacking direction from senior leadership and owners."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Saint Paul, MN
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Due to the foresight and drive of the founder, the company is remarkably positioned to dominate the MN market. Investment in facilities.

    Cons

    Poor vision and direction from the current executives are jeopardizing their dominance in the market. Very disjointed communication from senior leadership and executives. More interest in cutting costs than properly serving customers. Investment in facilities has been short-sighted and has not kept up with customer demand. Frustrating lack of attention to ongoing delivery issues.

    Advice to Management

    Set clear direction and communicate vision. Plan business further out than a month at a time.


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  5. "Fun job"

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    Former Employee - Territory Manager in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Territory Manager in Tampa, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, lucrative incentives, you essentially manage your own business.

    Cons

    If you're not Gallo don't bother with upward mobility.

    Advice to Management

    Strong talent will continue to walk. This company was not built on those principles.


  6. "Brand Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Brand Manager in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Brand Manager in Saint Paul, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Marketing and programming products to obtain supplier goals. Market relationships with key buyers and local chains. Amazing and ever changing industry.

    Cons

    Current reorginization of teams is confusing. Decisions need to be made for the team to move ahead.


  7. "Sales Representative"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Retail Division Sales Representative in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Retail Division Sales Representative in Saint Paul, MN
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Johnson Brothers full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fun industry
    Wide array of products to sell
    Unique opportunity to try some fun products you normally wouldn't have the chance to

    Cons

    Job security - if you do not perform, you will be gone
    Unmentioned cap on sales commission
    Poor work/life balance


  8. "Territory Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Territory Manager in Fort Myers, FL
    Current Employee - Territory Manager in Fort Myers, FL

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

    Pros

    People are great and helpful

    Cons

    Wine, especially in this market, very seasonal. Plus its 100% commission based pay


  9. "On Premise Sales Representative"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - On-Premise Sales Representative in Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - On-Premise Sales Representative in Las Vegas, NV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Johnson Brothers (More than a year)

    Pros

    Company is growing and new positions are being made often.

    Cons

    Growing pains show with warehouse and HR ability to maintain morale.

    Advice to Management

    Management is hard working but needs more support and help from this company than runs very lean.


  10. "Run for the hills! Get out while you can!"

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    Current Employee - Confidential in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Confidential in Saint Paul, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are no pros about working here. If you think it's bad it is. The only pro is that some of the people are nice.

    Cons

    Disorganized, cheap, micro managers, a joke of a company. They make people pay for a Kcup of coffee. If they could charge you for water out of the tap they would. People either have worked there for 25 years or the turnover is so high it's unbelievable. Those that have worked there for a long time are totally brainwashed and almost cult like. Moral is awful.

    Advice to Management

    Totally reorganize and don't be so cheap.


  11. "Don't waste your time"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Des Moines, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Johnson Brothers (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    growing company, good hours, you will stay busy

    Cons

    management is very poor at the Iowa branch, they take no responsibility for their mistakes and try to blame them on lower level employees. Nothing is planned ahead. If you work as a driver, office employee or warehouse worker you are treated as second class citizens. Their attitude is that every employee other than management is completely expendable. There is no upward advancement unless you are in sales. They DO NOT promote from within unless you start out in sales. If you are in warehouse, delivery, or office you can expect a yearly raise of between 35 and 50 cents depending on your manager and who their favorites are.

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees better, stop giving unfair raises, you need to care more about the employees and not solely on getting your bonus because morale is at an all time low.


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