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Pernod Ricard USA Reviews

Updated August 25, 2017
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Pros
  • Happy hours in the office bar on Thursdays (in 11 reviews)

  • Great people and opportunities to move up (in 10 reviews)

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

  • Slow decision making with no clear understanding of roles and responsibilities at most levels of the organization (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "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


  2. "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.

  3. "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


  4. "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


  5. Helpful (10)

    "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.


  6. "The Ceiling Could Be High"

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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 (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.


  7. "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

  8. "Just OK, could be great"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Hyde Park, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Hyde Park, NY

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

    Pros

    Weekly happy hours at company bar; Christmas & New Year week off; free liquor bottle drop offs at desk.

    Cons

    Constant restructuring for the last year; work-life balance is only for a select few.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Management is Awful"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good people, they try to make a fun atmosphere

    Cons

    If you do not get in with the right VP/Managment structure you will be forced out. Yopu must be a Yes-man to be promoted.


  10. "Horrible people to work with"

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits are good, salaries are competitive

    Cons

    The people at the company are horrible to work with. No one is accountable for their actions.

    Advice to Management

    Hold more internal reviews. Managers need to be more aware that their team members cannot properly do their jobs and are dragging down other departments.


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