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Standard Beverage Reviews

Updated March 13, 2017
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  1. "If You Can Accept It's All Lies, Pretend It's True, It's Not Bad."

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    Former Employee - Premium Wine Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Premium Wine Sales Representative
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Freedom lucrative social respectable fun

    Cons

    Stressful dull demanding dishonorable hard

    Advice to Management

    Managers cater to suppliers "innovation" brands too much and day-to-day employees (drivers, merchandisers, customer service) are treated like dirt. Managers lie so often about goals it becomes transparent and they are ignored. Managers are also put in impossible positions by VPs who (with notable exceptions) are self-important idiots completely ignorant of how a functional business is run. The nonsense gets to be a lot. That said, if you can ignore all the lies, the pressure, the nonsense and then put on a mask and pretend for everyone you have to pretend for, you'll be fine.


  2. "Standard Beverage"

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    Former Employee - Applications Developer in Melbourne, FL
    Former Employee - Applications Developer in Melbourne, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Standard Beverage (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with, the culture was very nice and relaxed and the salary was reasonable to market value.

    Cons

    The management team kept changing constantly and at times there was no direction from the management team.

  3. "Sales"

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Kansas City, KS
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Kansas City, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    There were some good times and it's a relatively fun job. If you are serious about liquor it's great. If you're serious about your career in sales it's not a bad place to start although there are plenty of people who want the job because it kind of fun, so it's not super easy to get in unless you have a ridiculous amount of experience. Work life balance really isn't bad here, although you won't have much money to spend in your free time.

    Cons

    The pay is not good and the incentives are worse. If you're serious about sales, you can learn some things here but don't expect any help. If you want a career in sales, this is only a good first step. This company is all about their bottom line and you are pretty replaceable here. Also, benefits aren't good, unless you actually think product samples count.

    Advice to Management

    If you want serious sales people, take things seriously and hire sales people. Also realize you'll have to pay them accordingly. Sales people are critical to the business and if you have committed sales people you'll have better results long term. Put some effort into finding the right sales professionals, not focusing on people who've had experience in the the industry. There are people who have plenty of experience with the stuff without being part of the industry before. Plus the product isn't tough to learn. Look for some people who've had some success in other sales.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Sales Rep"

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

    Pros

    If you like the spirits, wine and beer sales life then this is for you

    Cons

    upper management is completely out of touch and all employees seem to be interchangeable. expect long term goals to be made in the short term


  5. "Great Place to Work"

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

    Pros

    Great group of people to work with. If you work hard, there is certainly room for advancement, at least at the retail level.

    Cons

    You are working retail, so the pay isn't great. The company is a little bureaucratic at times. A lot of seemingly unnecessary rules.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management should consider the opinions of the employees working at the retail level more. A lot of the rules that come from the top down are put in place with good intentions, but serve only to hamper the efficiency and operation of the stores.


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    "A job, not a career"

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    Former Employee - Warehouse Associate in Lawrence, KS
    Former Employee - Warehouse Associate in Lawrence, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The warehouse work is physical and fast-paced, so the time goes fast. If you like/need the night shift, the warehouse pretty much always has a position. People are allowed to learn multiple positions, so you can move around if you don't like where you start. Insurance is expensive, but there are three plans to choose from and they all cover preventing care 100%. Insurance starts within 30 days of hire. 4-day work week so long weekends. Bonuses for attendance and meeting team goals.

    Cons

    Starting pay is lousy. No work-life balance. No guarantee of 40 hours per week so you never know what your pay is going to be. They let you use PTO to even out your checks, but then you're screwed if you need a sick day. Because the shift goes until they get done, it's really hard to have a second job--and your going to need one if you work here. You never know when you're going to get off work. If something breaks down it could be 8 a.m. or later. Usually its a problem being too short, tho. Plus, when there's a holiday, the days of the week you work change, so even a weekend extra job is hard to keep. In general, the people who work there are cool. Management acts nice and friendly, but like any business, they don't really care about laborers. You're a machine. They were giving cards on birthdays for while, which was kinda like saying hey your a person, but that stopped. Salesmen get treated like gods, no body else matters much. Managers say they want feedback, but don't pay any attention when they get it.

    Advice to Management

    If you're going to have lousy pay, you need to make raises merit-based and then deliver! With the way pay is now, you're always going to get stuck with the losers who can't get a job anywhere else--and that's the rep the company has -where to go if no one else will hire you. Guys in the warehouse don't care if they do good because they don't care about a job that pays low. When you get a good worker, make it worth it for them to stay. All the good ones burn out and leave cause they never get to quit worrying about money. And those gift cards random drawings will trick people for a while, make them think they're getting something, but pretty soon everyone figures out its just to make you think about that and not about pay. I mean, keep doing it, its better than nothing, but its not real helpful in the big picture, you know?

    Also, its really sexist that you put all girls on the bottle line and not in other areas. First, lots of women can do the other jobs. Second, it makes bottle line look like the sissy job. Third, it makes way too much drama on the bottle line. Throw a couple of guys in there to break up all the sniping. If you put just one guy over there, he's going to leave cause it's so all drama all the time.

    The night shift manager isn't very good a communicating. Maybe just over tired from working nights so long or something, but he talks and jokes around at the meeting, but if you try to talk to him one to one he's not easy to get. Plus maybe some managing lessons? Seems like he's unpredictable and also how the heck does he hire people? Some of the guys he gets--crazy.

    Finally, managers, VPs, etc. No one buys it that you're all buddy, buddy with the workers. You get points when you come out and throw cases when the stuff hits the fan, but only if you don't whimp out after an hour. You lose them when you bring groups of suits through the warehouse to look at people like their animals in the zoo. Theres a lot of us and them between warehouse and office. You might could work on that.