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Updated March 1, 2017
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  1. "Great Expereince"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A fun place to work, great pay for the work done, meet amazing people, get to take wine home at the end of the day.

    Cons

    Working every weekend but other than that no cons.


  2. "Harvest is wild"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Laboratory Technician in Windsor, CA
    Current Employee - Laboratory Technician in Windsor, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free wine, great people, decent holiday parties

    Cons

    Up to 14 hour days for weeks at a time during the peak. I don't know how legal to have that long with no days off but it's standard for the wine industry. The international harvest interns had a pretty terrible deal in terms of having to figure out their own living/transportation issues considering the amount they're paid, even with overtime

    Advice to Management

    This company is bloated and has too many people on the sales and business side making decisions that affect wine quality and in general ends up reducing the ability of personnel actually doing the labor of winemaking to do it well. Treating people well is the only way to improve quality and avoid overhiring, stop firing people and expecting the ones left to work harder for less


  3. "Great Place to Work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing and Communications in Santa Rosa, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing and Communications in Santa Rosa, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I absolutely loved my time at Jackson Family Wines. I would have stayed had I been able to fulfill my passions, unfortunately there was just no where for me to fit at the time and I had to forge my own path. If I find myself on the job hunt ever again I will definitely look into JFW again.

    Pros:
    - Great employees who become great colleagues.
    - Wonderful health initiatives.
    - Good health benefits.
    - Programs to give back to the community and employees in need.
    - Commitment to sustainability.
    - The wine is amazing, so you know you are selling a quality product.
    - Family owned and operated company.

    Cons

    - Vacation is only 2 weeks.
    - Significant others are not invited to holiday party.
    - They offer Sick and Vacation vs. PTO.
    - All travel expenses including flight and hotel must be paid out of pocket and then there is a long wait for reimbursement.


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  5. "Keep going!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Brand Manager in Santa Rosa, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Brand Manager in Santa Rosa, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Jackson Family Wines is a family-owned winery, and while rapidly expanding, I know the owners to be incredibly kind, passionate, and driven, which is lovely to see, especially as the next generation starts to step in. There are no corners cut during wine making regardless of price or production quantity of the winery, which is exciting considering the family's diverse portfolio, from affordable Kendall-Jackson, to critically lauded Verite. Innovation and stewardship - the company is focused on developing new technologies and practices to ensure no harmful environmental impact, the land they farm is protected and cared for responsibility, water and energy use is reduced, and clean energy is used throughout production whenever possible. Co-workers! From winemakers to marketers, the company is filled with driven, passionate, and funny individuals, including an amazing educational program and team. And lastly, Rick Tigner - he is the type of CEO you hope for when you join a company.

    Cons

    What I appreciate about JFW is I see the leadership working to improve, but progress is slow.
    Cons at JFW:
    -Organizational structure and processes are messy and disorganized
    -Career growth opportunities are available, but there are inconsistent expectations across teams
    -Compensation is...almost fair in most departments and has even set the bar in others, but is below average vs. competitors in my field..
    -Understaffed teams that are top heavy. Need more support on a lower level
    - Health Insurance: JFW has it, I've used it; It's pricey. It should be better

    Advice to Management

    Keep going and planning for the long term, not just within the vineyards, but for the employees. There MUST be alignment and unity among the executive team - it sets the tone for everyone else. Research compensation packages to continue to be competitive.


  6. "Fun Industry"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Kendall-Jackson full-time

    Pros

    Ton's of free wine, cool people, growth potential

    Cons

    Not very well structured but they are aware of this and actively working on it.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work


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    "Accounting"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Rosa, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Rosa, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Staff is doing the best they can.

    Cons

    VP's of accounting do not understand basic accounting functions and processes

    Advice to Management

    The company has grown in the last ten years and the VP's of Accounting do not understand basic accounting functions and processes and rely on their annual audit. New comers end up with no direction and are forced to try and figure out a messy puzzle that has already been tweaked by several layers or senior accountants because they have such a high turn over and employee burn out. The finance dept doesn't rely on the numbers from the accounting dept because there is nothing consistent and generally speaking they are not confident and comfortable with their numbers or their processes. It was surprising to see this in such a large company, but generally the Senior VP's and Managers of Accounting need the training and updating and once that is handled I think they'll be able to properly train and lead the staff.


  8. "Great potential but has cultural issues"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - leaders in sustainability
    - established lots of programs for employees: training, health plans, volunteering etc
    - willing to support employees if asked by employee
    - trying to be innovators
    - make great wines

    Cons

    - leadership is not aligned and lack of buy in /participation programs
    - ethical concerns in leadership
    - very traditional management style and lack of flexible work schedule and not friendly for new parents
    - low paying
    - a culture of swirl and talking behind people's backs

    Advice to Management

    Embrace a flexible work style. Believe in the programs you provide. Stop the swirl and don't perpetuate it. Don't just manage up. Be moral and take the high ground.


  9. "Employees"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Ana, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Ana, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Kendall-Jackson full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Free Wine
    Strong Company
    Pretty Winery
    Free Food
    Toilets

    Cons

    Lots of turnover
    Political environment

    Advice to Management

    Ask "why" people keep leaving


  10. "Demanding and growth oriented."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Active, engaging and demanding.

    Cons

    Sometimes limitations of succeeding "by the numbers" management encourages dishonesty.

    Advice to Management

    Keep clarifying the story, manage the plan and the modifications not the numbers.


  11. "Up and Down"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Decent pay
    Good colleagues
    Good lateral movement

    Cons

    Disorganized leadership
    No loyalty to dedicated team members



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