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Ste Michelle Wine Estates Reviews

Updated November 8, 2017
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  1. "Manager"

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

    I have been working at Ste Michelle Wine Estates full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work. Good leadership.

    Cons

    Long commute with poor roads


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Old company + older views = slow progress"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ste Michelle Wine Estates full-time

    Pros

    - You get a discount on wine
    - The company as a role is loved by the community
    - Pension and good benefits

    Cons

    - Archaic company. Still uses 'Lotus Notes' to operate (most people won't even know what that is...)
    - Feels like they try and still operate like a small shop- when in fact they are huge now. Most all people have been there for 15+ years. Not always a good sign when those people are leading the company and have never had outside experience with evolving and staying relevant.
    - Slow to change. Anything that could be positive to help change is so held back by the holding company and existing ways of doing things.
    - Fear based leadership. The sales structure operates off fear and intimidation. This creates undue stress within the organization and chickens running around with their heads cut off but really getting to no goal.
    - You will work and work for months on something and may never really achieve anything. Its like trying to push a boulder uphill.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people in higher positions who will try and influence* positive* change.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work if interested in Wine Business"

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

    I have been working at Ste Michelle Wine Estates full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very good pay and benefits for wine industry; Stable management and financials

    Cons

    Relatively conservative compared to most seattle area companies


  4. "Great place!"

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    Former Employee - Concert Intern in Woodinville, WA
    Former Employee - Concert Intern in Woodinville, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ste Michelle Wine Estates (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great company culture and people! They really want their employees to succeed and grow with their company.

    Cons

    Busy summer, lots of overtime and not well scheduled concert season. Went from weeks of nothing to everything at once.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Great company, salary not competitive"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Ste Michelle Wine Estates full-time

    Pros

    Well respected company, good values, good people

    Cons

    Compensation not up to par compared to other wine companies


  6. Helpful (7)

    "Downward spiral upper management is clueless"

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

    I have been working at Ste Michelle Wine Estates full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits package. This is the only reason most people are still here. The smaller wineries are still a good atmosphere.

    Cons

    Upper management lives in the spin zone. They only listen to a few of there pets and have absolutely no clue what is going on.

    Advice to Management

    Have a third party company interview your hourly employees about job satisfaction. No one is going to be honest talking to anyone in upper management or HR. Stop listening to a select few and start listing to the workers about the real problems.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Comitted to quality"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Paterson, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Paterson, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ste Michelle Wine Estates (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    This is a company that truly values its people, at every level. The benefits package is one of the best I've seen in my career, the pay is good, but the real value in this company is not in dollars and cents but in the people who work here. They strive not only to hire people who are qualified, but to hire people who are great to be around. Employees are encouraged to share ideas and the company has invested a great deal in leadership and creating opportunities for growth for all of its employees. The company has a strong focus on quality, from its wines to the performance of its people. Rarely do you see a company with so many 25+ year employees. This is a great place to work.

    Cons

    In Eastern WA it can be a long commute.

    Advice to Management

    Keep listening, keep seeking to create opportunities, keep hiring good talent, keep making great products.

  8. "Wonderful in Woodinville"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Ste Michelle Wine Estates full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great people that care about what they are doing

    Cons

    Very big company and can get hung up on systems

    Advice to Management

    Stay positive


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Production/Bottling"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Growing company in a growing industry, good opportunities for promotion due to high turnover and poor hiring pool, makes a good product, lots of good people trying their best here

    Cons

    Stagnant and sometimes downright retarded management, CEO doesn't seem to care much about operations, lots of good ideas at ground-level ignored by management in favor of status quo

    Advice to Management

    Hire some people with fresh ideas. Hire people who know how to logically analyze elements of the business. Weed out managers who have occupied the same chair for fifteen or more years.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "CS Coordinator"

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

    Pros

    There is such a great atmosphere, friendly, professional and wonderful coworkers. Great management that listens to employees, fair pay and great benefits.

    Cons

    Not many cons to think of, the commute is a bit of a pain, as it is 30-45 mins away from any real town to speak of.... (At least one with basic things like grocery stores.)

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work! Make it easier to get promotions and move laterally through the company. And maybe give me a raise ;)


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