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Sutter Home Winery Reviews

Updated Oct 23, 2016

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manassas, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Sutter Home Winery part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    *Free glass after work *Great Environment *good second job *Staff tasting classes *Rewards for selling wine clubs

    Cons

    *No real career advancement opportunities. *No review/pay raise system. Ownership changed hands and the focus drastically shifted to being about the wine club members. So much so that there is a push to make it exclusive.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it open to the public, at least on the weekends so new comers have a chance to fall in love too.

    Sutter Home Winery2016-07-14
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Viticulturist"

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    Former Employee - Viticulturist in Napa, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Sutter Home Winery full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Lots of vineyard sites to work at. Individual work and lots of free reign. PCA and Viticultural work, working with crews on quality work.

    Cons

    Poor management of budgets, poor management in general, poor work planning, lack of respect of management. Long work hours, lack of guidance from topeople management.

    Advice to Management

    Install work management planning, create budgeting, reduce overhead, put employee safety procedures in place. Hire better management personnel. Show respect to all employees.

    Sutter Home Winery2016-10-23
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great opportunity to advance"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sutter Home Winery full-time

    Pros

    Liquid benefits, fun christmas party, great systems

    Cons

    Good old boy network is alive and well here

    Advice to Management

    Keep hiring great people

    Sutter Home Winery2015-04-26
  4. "This is a family owned and operated company that provides many avenues for success."

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    Former Contractor - Operations in Saint Helena, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sutter Home Winery for less than a year

    Pros

    They provide standard benefits with an option in profit sharing. Depending on who your boss is, time goes by painlessly. They produce a wide number of wines, which employees are given a large discount on, including the wines from there subsidiary companies.

    Cons

    I prefer to work for small companies so I can know everyone on some level. Compensation is lower than one would like living in such an expensive area. Some of upper management can be a bit edgy. Stale company culture.

    Advice to Management

    If a subordinate comes up with a better way to do anything, empower them, don't criticize them. Your employees are resources, not assets.

    Sutter Home Winery2014-12-13
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Watch out...It may sound like a great opportunity but....."

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    Winemaker 
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sutter Home Winery

    Pros

    Good people. Decent wine. Excellent benefits.

    Cons

    If you are used to having any responsibility as a winemaker you would have to be willing to let it all go and basically go back to doing what you did in your very first intern position. Winemakers don't actually make wine there, they fill out paperwork based on very specific instructions given from above. Communication is horrible and everyone has a very specific role...don't expect to wear a lot of hats or feel... like you are an integral part of a winemaking team. If you start in an intern position and work your way up with this company you will most likely be fine....but if you come on board with previous experience be prepared to go straight to the bottom and don't expect anyone to care about or want to hear anything about what you have to bring to the conversation in terms of experience.

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    Advice to Management

    Learn to share responsibility of winemaking and trust your winemakers to actually make wine. The 'baby steps' approached to learning the process borders on insulting to experienced winemakers. Winemakers should be managing fermentations, wine health, blending, managing gallons for different programs, and have the authority to make decisions (based on general guidelines) regarding those tasks.

    Sutter Home Winery2011-12-30
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