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Kobrand Wine and Spirits Reviews

Updated Sep 30, 2019

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Kobrand Wine and Spirits CEO Robert T. DeRoose (no image)
Robert T. DeRoose
12 Ratings
  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Purchase, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kobrand Wine and Spirits full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Accessible CEO, great opportunities for women to lead, longterm view of brand building

    Cons

    Margins can be slim on some brands, making it harder to drive growth

    Advice to Management

    Keep strategically adding to the portfolio to remain relevant to the distribution network

    Kobrand Wine and Spirits2017-11-28
  2. "Marketing"

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    Current Employee - Marketing 

    I have been working at Kobrand Wine and Spirits full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Small family-like environment. A decent place to work. Great for candidates interested in wines.

    Cons

    Not many cons, but not as spirit business centric...very wine-forward.

    Kobrand Wine and Spirits2019-09-30
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Ok but...there are times"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Harrison, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kobrand Wine and Spirits full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, good work life balance.

    Cons

    Micromanagement. Can be stifling and people are very temperamental including management and HR. Overworked and underpaid as well

    Advice to Management

    Training employee correctly and have time to speak with them if any questions arise

    Kobrand Wine and Spirits2018-11-27
  4. "Solid small wine importer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Kobrand Wine and Spirits full-time

    Pros

    Far less stressful than many of the larger importers

    Cons

    Personal time and work life balance are not taken into consideration

    Kobrand Wine and Spirits2018-04-30
  5. Helpful (3)

    "Micromanagement"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Kobrand Wine and Spirits full-time

    Pros

    Casual Dress Fridays all year

    Cons

    Some supervisors think the only way to do things is their way. We know there is always more than one way to do things correctly. Everybody who has worked for this supervisor (except for the current employees) has left Kobrand. This supervisor is wasting a lot of Kobrand's money on recruitment, reading resumes, testing (both personality and physical) and training new employees.

    Advice to Management

    Please train your supervisors or terminate their employment. You'll save money and have better morale.

    Kobrand Wine and Spirits2017-11-24
  6. "Family Run Company With A Fine Wine Culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Kobrand Wine and Spirits full-time

    Pros

    Fine Wine Culture values education.

    Cons

    Family business sometimes pinches pennies.

    Kobrand Wine and Spirits2017-07-11
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good company but small and no personal upward mobility"

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    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Kobrand Wine and Spirits

    Pros

    Good company but small and no personal upward mobility

    Cons

    Not too open to suggestion

    Kobrand Wine and Spirits2017-04-12
  8. "Low Paying, Odd, and Top-Heavy"

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

    I worked at Kobrand Wine and Spirits full-time

    Pros

    It's a true 9-5 job if you want it to be - people get in literally at 9 and leave at five.

    Cons

    There are a lot of strange things that happen at the company, and, from a marketing perspective, there is a huge lack of communication and expertise. Some strange things: * There is no product allowance, rather you can purchase product at a discount every quarter (I've never found another alcohol company that operates like this). * You literally clock in. HR literally checks when you clock in and out. And calls... you out if you don't work a certain amount of hours (despite working at home regularly after work hours). * I've seen certain employees try to discreetly record conversations. Really odd.

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    Advice to Management

    You hire people because they're experts in a field. Listen to them. You have high turnover for a reason!

    Kobrand Wine and Spirits2017-03-05
  9. Helpful (3)

    "A Very Special Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Purchase, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kobrand Wine and Spirits full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Takes wonderful care of its employees and their families Family-owned/Privately held so good decisions are made for the long term (vs. bad decisions to hit quarterly numbers at other companies) Rare and valuable institutional memory from so many very long-tenured key employees Smart, principled, hard-working, and fun colleagues with no office politics Unparalleled brand portfolio in terms of quality and... reputation

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    Cons

    No cons, but it's not the right fit for everyone - truly a team atmosphere

    Advice to Management

    Stick with your approach, it's what makes Kobrand so special

    Kobrand Wine and Spirits2017-01-25
  10. Helpful (1)

    "Controller"

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    Current Employee - Controller in Purchase, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kobrand Wine and Spirits full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Nice family-oriented corporation who cares for employees' welfare as it does for corporate welfare.

    Cons

    Definitely not for job-seekers looking to work in a country-club environment.

    Advice to Management

    Continue watching after employees' wellbeing in all facets of corporate culture from work-life to health benefits and to retirement plans.

    Kobrand Wine and Spirits2017-01-23
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