Southern Wine & Spirits of America Reviews

Updated Mar 17, 2021

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3.1
52%
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Southern Wine & Spirits of America Chairman and CEO Harvey R. Chaplin
Harvey R. Chaplin
169 Ratings
Pros
  • "Met some great people & life long friends(in 23 reviews)

  • "Good benefits if you are in the union and you will never go thirsty(in 23 reviews)

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

  • "Long hours can be hard and getting up early can be a bummer(in 13 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Growing company

      Oct 30, 2020 - Sales Manager in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Lots of job opportunities within the company around the US

      Cons

      Lots of working hours on weekend and holidays

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    2. 3.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Former employee

      Mar 17, 2021 - Key Account Manager in Washington, DC
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      It’s very good balance of working and living. It’s very well structured to make success. Payment is decent.

      Cons

      Unfortunately, you won’t be able to go that much up no matter what success you may have, it’s all about “office politics “. There is a deep overlapping in many areas, so instead of a support you may get a “leg”. Most of employees trying not to go to the office if there is no need for.

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    3. 3.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Wouldn’t recommend

      Oct 11, 2020 - Warehouse Manager in U-No, NC
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Decent salary starting out at position

      Cons

      Good old boys club atmosphere

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    4. 2.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Big Company

      Oct 8, 2020 - Vice President of Sales in Louisville, KY
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Industry, lifestyle, people and customers.

      Cons

      Proof the e-commerce platform changing company and people.

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    5. 1.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Wishy washy

      Aug 6, 2019 - Cashier in Bronx, NY
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Met some great people & life long friends

      Cons

      Managers & owners are flaky. Favoritisms all around the store. The guys get paid more than the girls do. They expect you to do more work than your title for no extra pay. No paid vacations or holidays. Only closed one day out the year.

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      1 person found this review helpful
    6. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 8 years

      Extreme pressure on a daily basis

      Feb 6, 2019 - Sales Representative in Denver, CO
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Outside sales, you are always moving going account to account. You aren’t sitting at a desk everyday

      Cons

      Too much pressure, far too many quotas and daily fire drills

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    7. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Merchandiser review for management

      Apr 9, 2016 - Merchandiser in Phoenix, AZ
      Recommend
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      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Nice people. People who care. Growing company that has good intentions to keep growing

      Cons

      Personal vehicle abuse that is known and not cared about

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      9 people found this review helpful

      Southern Wine & Spirits of America Response

      Inbound Marketing Manager

      We're sorry to hear about your frustrating experience, but thanks for letting us know about your situation. If you want to provide us with further context to help us make adjustments for the future, please send us an email at SWSCorporateTalentManagement@southernwine.com with your name, location and a description of your problem. Thanks!

    8. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Could be so much better. (it used to be)

      Sep 18, 2012 - Sales in Chicago, IL
      Recommend
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      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Great products to sell, some great incentives and rewards. Great health benefits. (Thanks to the Union). Great 401K. Some great co-workers.

      Cons

      This job used to be great! The work was hard, but the rewards were great too! We had commission, quarterly bonuses, car allowance, supplier trips, and amazing holiday bonuses. The commission is gone (from our division), the car allowance is gone, nearly all the supplier trips are gone, (or only a few go..and of course the managers)..The holiday bonuses are puny. The incentives overall are tiny or nearly unreachable. Experience used to be a good thing. Now as soon as you sprout a grey hair, they want you out the door. There is a noticeable "good ole boy" network in action. You get to move up based on your relatives, age, lack of family, and ability to say yes to everything no matter how demanding it may be. I actually work harder, get paid less, my car gets more abuse than a rental car, every time the price of gas goes up, more of pay is eaten up. I am watching people I trained, or people less educated than myself and others get promoted with reckless abandon. The pressure to hit extreme numbers is huge!

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      1 person found this review helpful
    9. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Not Terrible

      Jan 17, 2019 - Sales Consultant in Denver, CO
      Recommend
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      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Outside sales equals independence.

      Cons

      Like most sales jobs, the goals were ridiculous.

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    10. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Great company to work for.. Great people and products

      Aug 1, 2016 - District Manager in Union City, CA
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Great company to work for. Company is going through expansions, which is great and it's a recession proof industry which we can all be thankful for. Executives are willing to listen to your suggestions and also willing to think outside of box! You can create growth for yourself within this company. Great training and support!

      Cons

      Still heavy boys club mentality in certain areas. Need to hire more competent management individuals to lead a group (overlays), instead of hiring individuals with no management experience (they can make or break your teams). Need to hold more accountability for DM's and above, do regular 360 reviews annually to know how your leadership is doing in overall performance, including and most importantly how they are getting along with their team members!

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      2 people found this review helpful

      Southern Wine & Spirits of America Response

      TMP Rep

      We're happy to hear of your experience and couldn't agree more! When you join Southern Wine & Spirits, you embark on a journey with a company that was founded on a steadfast commitment to embody success at every level of our organization. As we work to get rid of the mentality you described, we want you to know that diversity in thought—and action—is welcome. Our goal is to provide a positive environment for our employees that encourages creativity, recognizes innovation and rewards results. Your review will be extremely helpful as we look for ways to improve.

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