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Pernod Ricard USA Reviews

Updated February 20, 2018
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Pernod Ricard USA CEO Paul Duffy
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Pros
  • Happy hours in the office bar on Thursdays (in 13 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. "Director"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director Sales in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director Sales in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pernod Ricard USA full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Work hard, play hard approach. Agile work environment.

    Cons

    Huge French influence in senior roles - not all bad, just need to be a good lip reader at times to keep up.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your US employees. Keep things simple - we’re selling liquor, not life saving medical devices.


  2. "Director"

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

    I have been working at Pernod Ricard USA full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great brands, many opportunities to advance.

    Cons

    Toxic environment still in place. Management style from top down is intimidation. Too many mid level managers with poor mgt/people skills are running off good employees. Have advised many industry friends not to apply at PR.

    Advice to Management

    Let people do their jobs. Culture of micro management/get it done at all costs which ruins customer relationships. Negative culture 10 years ago, hasn't changed

  3. "Evolving"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pernod Ricard USA full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    fun, cool industry, lots of travel, fun brands

    Cons

    question on accountabilities, sometimes smoke and mirrors vs. quality

    Advice to Management

    see cons


  4. "Market Activation Manager"

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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pernod Ricard USA full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Values & Decentralized business model

    Cons

    Leadership is authoritarian, not allowing employees to make decision. Consequently culture is impacted negatively.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "IT Manager for > 6 Years"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pernod Ricard USA full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great happy hour events and decent benefits.

    Cons

    Big corporate which still function like a small firm. When other global companies are seeing benefits promoting diversity at all levels especially in technology, at Pernod one (non-French) hits the ceiling merely at the manager level.

    Advice to Management

    Offer equal opportunity to everyone based on talent and stop moving French Expat(s) around when local candidates better deserve the opportunity.


  6. Helpful (9)

    "Its a large Corporation what do you expect (2.5 Stars)"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you are a hard working, intelligent, and driven individual stay far far way especially if you are an American citizen. This does not mean that Pernod is a bad place to work and certainly if you are the type of person that just wants to clock in and out then this is a great place to work. The people are for the most part nice and pleasant to be around. There are great perks amazing happy hours, product allowance (though less than others in the industry), and fun trips depending on your team. Good 401k matching, health care and dental. Their are some great employees

    Cons

    Place is a bit of a joke. Some of the people are almost insultingly stupid. Company has some really misguided missions/brands. Pay is way below market levels for non-marketing roles. The nicety of the corporate culture gets in the way of making the right decisions. Upper level management is European only. Upper level management also each send their departments in different direction because of poor communication between the individuals.

    There are some great employees, but they have a habit of leaving. There is a reason that the company has a very high turn over rate and so many openings. I feel bad throwing HR under the bus because they are deep in over their heads that they are destined to fail, but in many ways they sum up the rest of the company. They are ineffective but nice enough people whose only purpose is fill out a corporate cog, but ending up slowing down the functional part of the machine.

    There are a lot of issues but lets not get carried away. If you want a dynamic career this is not the place for you. If you want to stay in middle management for a long time and do nothing than you have a promising future at Pernod Ricard USA.

    Advice to Management

    These issues are systemic to any large corporation and Pernod is no different. If you want to be the leader in the industry then you need to take the US seriously. Cut the fat and fire the people who need to be fired. Promote the intelligent people in the company, and hire qualified outsiders rather than constantly hiring BCG or McKinsey. You do have good people in your company and you need to let Americans step up and let them have some sort of leadership position (legal doesn’t count). Oh finally, please just go to SAP or someone and buy some A&P management tool that works instead of trying to make on in house.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "A royal mess!"

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    Current Employee - Marketing in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Marketing in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Pernod Ricard USA full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great brands, the illusion of positive intent and conviviality. Agile hours and a beautiful office. Good location

    Cons

    The entire executive team is made of white males, mostly French and Europeans that have never worked for an American company and cannot relate to the culture, with one token female executive, but of course, she is French.
    Constant reorgs, marketing is a mess, a revolving door of people in and out, averaging 1.5 years in the company, morale is to the lowest degree.

    Advice to Management

    Get on with the changes of times, start hiring and promoting people for their merits, not because they are French or white males. Perhaps you will see the numbers from declining if you do.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "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.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "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!


  10. Helpful (6)

    "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!


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