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Pernod Ricard USA Reviews

Updated November 16, 2017
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Pros
  • Happy hours in the office bar on Thursdays (in 12 reviews)

  • Great people who generally work together on a collaborative basis (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • Constant restructuring for the last year; work-life balance is only for a select few (in 11 reviews)

  • Long hours, no distinct off hours you are ALWAYS the face of the product/company even in your personal time (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "The Ceiling Could Be High"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pernod Ricard USA full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    CEO is very sharp and wants to push an agile, test and learn mentality throughout the organization.

    One should never be board given the range of products and challenging industry business model - e.g. prohibition laws still in place.

    Cons

    Too much interference from stakeholders outside of the US who don't have any knowledge of the US market - e.g. less cooks needed in the kitchen.

    New "management consultant" type culture is interfering with the CEO's vision of rapid experimentation to test and learn things quickly.

    Advice to Management

    Be a true meritocracy, promoting those who add the most impactful value to the business regardless of tenure or age, or risk losing that talent to Diageo and other competitors. Embrace technology fully.


  2. "Finance Manager"

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

    I have been working at Pernod Ricard USA full-time

    Pros

    The culture is great - they really mean it when they claim to be creators of conviviality.

    Cons

    For those of us who would like to move internationally, this is difficult if you're American as they tend to bring all the best foreigners to the US market

  3. Helpful (2)

    "One day a people-focused company, now a people rotation machine."

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    Current Employee - NONE in New York, NY
    Current Employee - NONE in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Pernod Ricard USA full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing portfolio of brands; happy hours are fun; co-workers are (in the most part) pretty cool. Amazing international career opportunities!

    Cons

    Management is in a completely different place than the operational people; morale is at it's lowest ever; constant restructures make you feel like you are the next to go; if you are not finance, there is no job security.

    Advice to Management

    Listen more, act impulsively less. Ask for things after thinking them through, not constantly changing them and forcing people to change powerpoint decks 100 times.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Good experience for a year or two, but don't expect to stay long."

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

    I have been working at Pernod Ricard USA full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fun company to work for, lots of perks such as Company Happy Hour, trips to Brand Homes in Ireland and Scotland, product allowance. Flex work means you can work from home some days (if you have a manager that supports the policy). Large, profitable brands like Jameson mean the company will always perform OK.

    Cons

    Limited growth potential unless you are a white, european male. There is a major "boys club" mentality at the company. Disorganized organization with constant restructures and vague justifications for the changes. Lack of vision and company culture instilled by the new CEO -- the company used to be about the people, now it seems to be about adopting whichever new structure and jargon that McKinsey or BCG have recommended. Creative thinking, entrepreneurial spirit, or anything "out of the box" is not encouraged. The company plays it very safe and is always 5 years behind the trends that other suppliers set. Very limited potential for growth. Very inward facing, expect to spend 75% of your time managing internal politics, creating PPT decks, and pushing paper around to justify your role.

    Advice to Management

    Stop restructuring the company and start doing things. Hire or promote people to leadership positions that have different POVs, backgrounds, race, gender. Create a culture that stands for something more than the Net Sales goal (sorry that's not inspiring to those of us who are not shareholders). But mostly, stop restructuring the company. Really, the problem isn't the structure at this point, it's you!


  5. Helpful (4)

    "ABSOLUT(ely) a mess, go away, far away!"

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

    Pros

    If you want to do nothing (actually literally- you don't even need to come to the office), enjoy perks like free liquor and don't mind being in an environment that is at least 10-years behind, lacks meritocracy and surrounded by management that has no clue on what they're doing, it isn't such a bad place

    Cons

    I don't even know where to start - inward looking culture that has clowns running the show. The HR, IT and Elyx are the biggest jokes in town. Every few years they'll do a reorganization- spin some positive stuff (hand out generous packages) but they keep on losing share. Yes they've Jameson - but it does well as they don't do anything to it. Paternalistic culture that keep having leaders that won't be hired even as Senior Managers at comparable organizations in the US. Bottom line - if you don't want to loose the skills you've and be in an depressing environment that lacks any sense of purpose, look elsewhere

    Advice to Management

    Keep praying - Jameson will save you!


  6. "Pernod Non French Experience"

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    Former Employee - Managing Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Managing Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Pernod Ricard USA full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Competitive salary and bonus structure which includes an allowance to buy the products. Great industry, good brands and great people. Unfortunately, this is quickly changing under the new Pernod CEO. It’s safe to say now that the conviviality part of the culture is lost.

    Cons

    Years of poor management has created significant uncertainty and poor morale. It is always a matter of when, not if, you will leave Pernod. Diversity of thought and people are lacking.

    Advice to Management

    There are no shortcuts to building great brands and a great company. It’s more precious than gold. It cannot be bought or sold, only earned.


  7. "Finance Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pernod Ricard USA full-time

    Pros

    Great people and opportunities to move up

    Cons

    Can have excessive workloads and long hours

  8. "forklift driver"

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    Former Employee - Forklift Operator in Fort Smith, AR
    Former Employee - Forklift Operator in Fort Smith, AR
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Pernod Ricard USA full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    dayshift. fellow employees are friendly

    Cons

    terrible on hours no vacation time. sick time counts against you

    Advice to Management

    get rid of temp service


  9. Helpful (12)

    "Brand DIrector"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Pernod Ricard USA full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great industry to work in. That said, conviviality is true about all companies in this industry and not exclusive to Pernod Ricard.
    Great perks: allowance to buy the products, good benefits, competitive salary, good T&E policy.
    Company is financially well managed and should always be profitable, despite NOT gaining market share versus competitors. Only real successfull brand has been Jameson. Absolut Vodka has been a catastrophy. And despite spending like a drunk sailor behind Elyx and their internal communication spin, they have absolutely no traction in the luxury vodka. I would love to see the Ely P&L...

    Cons

    It used to be a paternalistic company with strong values but it is fast changing. Patrick Ricard would have never conducted the recent reorganizations just to address the comments of some Wall Street analysts who compared the fixed costs of Pernod to Diageo’s. They’ve let go so many great people and talent go, just because this was the advice of their management consultants. The company is losing touch with its culture.
    There is definitely a glass ceiling if you are not French and don’t belong to the boy’s club. In the US, almost all of the senior management is European in key functions like Marketing and HR. The fact that they can only trust expats is a real shame in itself. The culture of the company is very internally focused – They spend so much resources just for internal convincing. Most of their senior leaders would not even have the skills set to be hired as a brand manager at their competitors.
    Very weak marketing and innovation culture. Again, they are good at buying brands not building brands. The only historical brands they have built themselves are now constantly declining (Ricard, Suze, etc). Result, Pernod Ricard USA is constantly losing market share. ’m not even talking about the Absolut fiasco and what they have done with this brand that they overly paid for a month before the 2008 crisis.
    They react and they follow, instead of innovating. Some examples of this:
    - Launching an ultra premium Absolut vodka (Absolut Elyx) years after that market had grown
    - Launching Avion tequila after Patron has developed the market.
    - In Cognac and Champagne, they truly have an inferiority complex to LVMH and it does not seem to go away.
    Their internal global innovation hub called BIG is a real joke. Nothing has come out of there except some BS press releases and expensive buzz videos. The emperor has no clothes!

    Advice to Management

    Pernod has had success at buying brands, not building brands. You are just lucky to operate in one of the most stable and very profitable industry. You do have very strong finance managers. Consequently, most of your country maangers are financiers, not marketers… this is problematic.
    Company needs a real shake up, especially in marketing.
    This group needs a real CMO (coming from the outside - not an ex-sales or finance guy) who needs to put in place a real marketing revolution, a true shake-up – similar to what Digeo recently did. It is unrealistic to expect breakthrough changes from marketing execs who have been with the company than 15 years. How are these people going to challenge the statusquo?
    Also, the company I sitting on some old historical brands that are simply neglected. Give these brands to some real entrepreneurs and they would find ways to grow them profitably.


  10. "fun people and room for growth"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Pernod Ricard USA full-time

    Pros

    lots of opportunity for growth

    Cons

    seems to be slow or unorganized sometimes


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