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Southern Wine & Spirits of America Reviews

Updated February 20, 2017
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Southern Wine & Spirits of America Chairman and CEO Harvey R. Chaplin
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Pros
  • Great people from VP's, managers, sales reps to office personel (in 22 reviews)

  • Good benefits if you are in the union and you will never go thirsty (in 22 reviews)

Cons
  • corporate hierarchical mandated work life balance (in 12 reviews)

  • Upper management takes no accountability yet reaps all the rewards (in 20 reviews)

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  1. "energetic upbeat competitive atmosphere"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    The management kept us reaching beyond our comfort levels to achieve greater goals. The overall company atmosphere was positive and encouraging

    Cons

    The pay structure was going through a reorganization and it was near impossible to determine how much we would be receiving on each pay check. The goals being set for us were increasingly challenging to meet and as management attempted to synchronize the goal system it dramatically altered the individual employees pay

    Southern Wine & Spirits of America Response

    Dec 1, 2016 – Content Marketing Manager

    Thank you so much for your review. We are glad you enjoyed the company atmosphere. As we go through certain changes, we rely heavily on employee feedback to see what works and what doesn't, so we ... More


  2. "Don't do it"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Chain Sales Merchandiser in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Chain Sales Merchandiser in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - cool people- loved a lot of managers
    - cool perks- free wine during quarterly meetings and events
    - independence- making your own schedule/ route each day

    Cons

    - terrible working hours
    - a lot more manual labor than any sort of skill
    - all male management
    - low base salary with not a lot of opportunity for commission
    - bad promotion structure- you can only get promoted if someone else moves on from their role

    Advice to Management

    - increase base salary
    - increase commission structure
    - have opportunity for more female management


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Be prepared to work hard"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Chain Sales Merchandiser
    Former Employee - Chain Sales Merchandiser
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Not stuck in small office

    Cons

    You give hours and hours of physical labor to grocery stores who treat you like garbage, then you are left to dry by management who sits at their desk texting orders.

    Advice to Management

    Have realistic requirements

    Southern Wine & Spirits of America Response

    Jan 19, 2017 – Content Marketing Manager

    Thank you so much for your review. We are so sorry to hear of your negative experiences in working with us. Furthermore, we hope to take your feedback and use it as means to improve as a company.


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  5. "District 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

    career opportunities growth autonomy money

    Cons

    corporate hierarchical mandated work life balance


  6. "Great company to work for!"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Consultant
    Current Employee - Sales Consultant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay, health benefits, holidays off, perks. Great people to work with.

    Cons

    Drive your own car and no gas for sale consultant.


  7. "sales account manager"

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Salt Lake City, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free drinks, car allowance, good compensation for sales made. free tshirts

    Cons

    Always surrounded by alcoholics
    work late nights and countless hours
    terrible work life balance

    Advice to Management

    Trust your employees, get more qualified managers that have actual management experience.

    Southern Wine & Spirits of America Response

    Dec 14, 2016 – Content Marketing Manager

    Thank you for your review. As a growing company, we're always looking to improve and strive to provide our team members with an environment where they feel heard. Our employees are the backbone of ... More


  8. "Finance"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great perks and incentives, fun atmosphere most of the time. Decent benefits and many training opportunities.

    Cons

    Management is not concerned about the well being of employees or their adavancement. Expected to work anytime, many perks are never shared.


  9. "Starting sales job"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Consultant
    Former Employee - Sales Consultant
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great job if you are just getting out of college. Learned the basics of selling. Met some great people and had fun working with them. Lot's of happy hours and got educated on wine.

    Cons

    Holiday time was rough working everyday of the week.
    Pay was not that great!
    Get dirty almost everyday working back stock and building displays.

    Advice to Management

    Increase pau


  10. "Sales Consultant"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Extensive Training and support from co workers

    Cons

    Sales is tough, but SWS gives you the tools you need to succedd

    Southern Wine & Spirits of America Response

    Oct 27, 2016 – Content Marketing Manager

    Thank you for your review! We are glad to hear that we were able to supply you with the tools you needed to succeed.


  11. "Sales Rep"

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, great benefits.

    Cons

    Late nights often, unrealistic goals, work alone often

    Advice to Management

    My first manager was amazing, after a company restructure I had a new manager who treated his employees like scum. Treat your hardworking employees better and you'll keep the good ones around.

    Southern Wine & Spirits of America Response

    Nov 15, 2016 – Content Marketing Manager

    Thank you for your feedback! We are so sorry to hear of your experiences with your manager. We strive to create a great working environment for employees and understand that a manager plays a big ... More



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