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Southern Wine & Spirits of America Reviews

Updated March 7, 2018
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Southern Wine & Spirits of America Chairman and CEO Harvey R. Chaplin
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  • corporate hierarchical mandated work life balance (in 12 reviews)

  • Upper management treats you like a number (in 21 reviews)

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  1. "Pricing Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Southern Wine & Spirits of America full-time

    Pros

    Great company with a lot of opportunities.

    Cons

    You do not get vacation until after a full year. Negotiate vacation ahead of time.


  2. "Customer Service"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service in Syosset, NY
    Former Employee - Customer Service in Syosset, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Southern Wine & Spirits of America full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity and potential for career growth is there if you want it and a lot of perks available to you. Real ability to network and build cont ya within the industry.

    Cons

    Management seemed to be hired based on who they know from previous employer, not necessarily any skill pertaining to the job they’re hired for. New hire training can lack any real depth or time allotted for it.

    Advice to Management

    At the end of the day, there is more to your business than the bottom line sometimes. Utilize employees to their strengths and listen more to suggestions being made.

  3. "Stay Away If You Can"

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    Former Employee - Chain Sales Merchandiser
    Former Employee - Chain Sales Merchandiser
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Southern Wine & Spirits of America full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Learn quickly to overcome rejection.

    Cons

    Terrible room for advancement. All the great positions are held for years.
    Early hours. Very little recognition. Upper management treats you like a number. Not an individual.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "sales representative"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    probably the best overall wine and spirits book in the industry. Built by the reputable Lauber team.

    Cons

    Micro managed. The philosophy and practice of personal relationship building business skills one on one has been replaced by a " pushing out boxes en masse.. " dictator style management that has ruined, in my humble opinion, the entire atmosphere in the most important and prestigious wine markets worldwide. In short, SWS came in and removed knowledgeable, caring consultants and replaced them with box pushing foot soldiers for the most part. They've ruined the cultural aspects of our beloved wine industry.

    Advice to Management

    Attitude is reflective of leadership.


  5. "Key Account Specialist"

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

    I worked at Southern Wine & Spirits of America full-time

    Pros

    Great team, manager, perks, and work/life balance

    Cons

    Sales pressure, lots of driving, will calls


  6. Helpful (4)

    "The free liquor made it easier to drown your sorrows from a bad job"

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    Former Employee - Chain Territory Manager in Cerritos, CA
    Former Employee - Chain Territory Manager in Cerritos, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Southern Wine & Spirits of America full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Free wine and spirits. You could create your own schedule as long as you start by 6:00am. If you got on a good team you could reap from the benefits of the sales in their territory.

    Cons

    Bonuses were unrealistic in most territories. You had to lie to meet your quotas, which your manager instructed you to do, and you usually didn't get your bonus unless you lied. Management also had you go to stores that were 80%+ EBT and most of their liquor left the store with a five finger discount. The compensation you got for driving doesn't cover the expenses from the driving. There were a lot of promises from the Recruiters that turned out to be unobtainable or nonexistent.

    Advice to Management

    Make goals reasonable and obtainable. Do not force the territory managers to go to stores that are a waste of time. Compensate your employees better. If the VP can drive a $120k+ car and get carpool violations and act like he is just getting a burger from McDonalds, something isn't right with that equation.


  7. "Very Smart Company"

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    Former Employee - DSM in New York, NY
    Former Employee - DSM in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Southern Wine & Spirits of America full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of brands to work with

    Cons

    Too many masters to work for

    Advice to Management

    share the love

  8. "Don't do it"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Southern Wine & Spirits of America (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Once you become union the benefits and job security are good

    Cons

    Lack of leadership
    Team work
    HR DPT and GM is by far the worst, EVER!
    Under staffed on all shifts
    Runs employees into the ground

    Advice to Management

    Hygiene is a must
    Keep relationships professional inside of the company
    Learn to have better work ethics/ Stop putting blame on others
    Treat employees like you'd want to be treated


  9. "Overnight shift"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay and easy work. Nice family environment. Gives a good amount of breaks.

    Cons

    Slave work. Hard work. Overnight shift is killer. I had to take public transportation so the time traveling to and from work affected my performance

    Advice to Management

    Learn that the people is the most important asset


  10. "Zero Value Placed On Existing Relationships"

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Boise, ID
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Boise, ID
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Southern Wine & Spirits of America full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility, typically a fun working environment, freebies, expense account, customer base is friendly, pretty good benefits, company paid phone, car allowance

    Cons

    "Regional" management 2 time zones away?!?! Said management had ZERO clue about markets outside of their home state. Also, there was far too much paperwork and reporting - spent more time on conference calls and spreadsheets than I did out selling.

    Advice to Management

    There is a guy in Ohio who would sell his first-born down the road to advance his own career. QUIT PROMOTING HIM!


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