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Sazerac Reviews

Updated November 5, 2017
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  1. "It's a job"

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    Current Employee - Yard Truck Driver in Lewiston, ME
    Current Employee - Yard Truck Driver in Lewiston, ME
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sazerac full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The people that I work with are great. My Manager and my Supervisor are very easy to work with.

    The growth of the Lewiston plant should mean job security.

    Cons

    No room for growth! Even though I have been doing the job for 30 years, I am not qualified because I have no "college education". If they do put you in a Supervisory position, they call you a "lead" and give you a pittance because you don't belong to the college club.

    They will help with college expenses. But how are you supposed to do college courses when you're working 55 hours a week plus a second job?

    Advice to Management

    A college degree doesn't always mean the most qualified.

    A little graciousness goes a long ways!


  2. "Employee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sazerac full-time

    Pros

    Friendly management and supervisors, the company's CEO is very intelligent, the pay is very good for the hourly employees.

    Cons

    There is no room for growth. New management positions are filled by those from the outside, no opportunities for the employees that are more than capable to do the job.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Just another company...."

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    Current Employee - Management
    Current Employee - Management
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Sazerac full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Paycheck. Bonus. Long term thinking. Current head of sales and marketing.

    Cons

    culture no longer “entrepreneurial” or “family” feel.

    Advice to Management

    Certainly OK for company culture to change as a part of growth, however that was historically the one thing employees could count on and why many joined.
    A lot of good talent being lost because of lack of proper leadership as defined by the old “culture”. The company will continue to see good people leave.


  4. "Time to Upgrade Senior Leadership"

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    Current Employee - Supervisor in Frankfort, KY
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Frankfort, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Sazerac full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Hard working plant management. Great people have been recruited but lots of great talent has had a very short tenure, after they realize there’s no work/life balance.

    Cons

    60 hour workweeks, below average compensation, benefits are horrible, ancient vacation policy of only 2 weeks instead of PTO bank of at least 4 weeks. To top it off, you’re expected to work and answer emails during vacation! Louisville leadership are cold, mean an uncaring (Jake Wenz). Don' trust anyone from Louisville!!

    Advice to Management

    Wake up Mr. Bill Goldring and don’t assume Sazerac Senior Leadership is representing you and your ethics, as you would have them. Trust employees, supervisors and plant leadership to do the right thing for Sazerac. STOP MICROMANAGING and doling out “busy work” justify your existence from a distance!


  5. "Operations"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Louisville, KY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Louisville, KY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Health Benefits, Holidays, Casual Work Environment,

    Cons

    No paid maternity leave for employees


  6. "Great company...."

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

    I have been working at Sazerac full-time

    Pros

    Great brands, great people, growing like crazy.

    Cons

    More work than you have time -- must really learn to prioritize.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Processing clerk"

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    Former Employee - Processing Clerk in Frankfort, KY
    Former Employee - Processing Clerk in Frankfort, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sazerac full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Beautiful grounds, great history! You will meet some nice people who do love their jobs and it shows. Great Brands

    Cons

    Don't do it!! There is no work/life balance. You will spend more time trying to clean up after others including your manager. They wants improvements but won't follow through with them!!!

    Advice to Management

    You need to treat ALL employees the same... stop dividing them. You can't work as a team when divided. You also need to have follow through!!!

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Barton's in a Nutshell"

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    Former Employee - Filler Operator in Bardstown, KY
    Former Employee - Filler Operator in Bardstown, KY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sazerac full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    It's a good distillery to work at and a lot of good people work there.

    Cons

    The company doesn't work well with the union. It could be a better place to work if the company would work better with the union but they won't.

    Advice to Management

    Make your employees happy and the employees would work better for the company. Quit trying to "show" the union who's boss. Work together.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Sales"

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    Former Employee - Sales Manager
    Former Employee - Sales Manager
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great brands, great history! It's a large portfolio but Sazerac hits everything from high end to low end products with amazing stories to tell.

    Cons

    The reviews below about doing two jobs is pretty accurate. You'll be expected to do more work than any other typical liquor supplier.

    Internal growth, this barely exists at Sazerac. If you're lower than a state manager, well you'll always be there. As for State Managers, they are barely promoted either, people do not move from sales to marketing or vice versa. If you like your job, great, if you expect to learn and move around in new roles while at Sazerac, that most likely will not happen.

    Also for sales, it helps to be a guy in this company.

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within, create roles to fill that desire. You lose great people this way.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Keep looking"

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

    Pros

    Good brand portfolio and recognition.

    Cons

    High turn over, lean to the point of no coverage, the expectation from management is to pay you for 40 hours and you work 80. Very passive aggressive management that makes business decisions based on mood. Most managers are former brown-forman wash outs. Core values and culture are preached to new hires, but when it comes time to spend time with family, managers state you are not dedicated to the company. The company operates under two entities. Its not illegal but, you do have to do duplicate work to keep up with the demand of working for two businesses but only being paid by one.

    Advice to Management

    Why they think the have everything figured out.


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