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Talking Rain Beverage Company Reviews

Updated Aug 1, 2019

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Sparkling ICE Beverages was the perfect start into my marketing career."

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    Current Employee - Brand Ambassador in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Talking Rain Beverage Company part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    friendly, fun, active, fair, respected, room-to-grow, great-managment, welcomes-ideas, creative

    Cons

    time-consuming, commuting, on-your-feet, driver-policy, rain-or-shine

    Advice to Management

    Angela Pargas is the best boss I have ever had and I look up to her as a mentor.

    Talking Rain Beverage Company2018-02-19
  2. Helpful (12)

    "Bad culture makes working here difficult"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Preston, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Talking Rain Beverage Company full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Sparkling Ice is a rock star product that has so much potential for continued growth...if company leaders knew how to think strategically and execute a focused plan.

    Cons

    There are 2 huge problems that make working here horrible: (1) the LACK OF FOCUS & PRIORITIZATION - trying to do everything & kitchen sink without budget to support it means nothing gets done well and employees burn out, (2) COMPANY CULTURE - they say the fish rots from the head. Although KKlock is no longer with the company, he created a culture that still stinks to this day. Men here are boisterous, loud and just... plain disrespectful to female employees. Yelling and constantly talking over other people is not ok, but leaders here see it, do it and never think twice about it. HR is corrupt, overlooks bad behavior of managers and don’t follow the rules themselves. For example, an employee was hurt on the job due to faulty equipment and ended up getting paid workers comp which HR fought against having to pay and then tried to fire the employee to get rid of them! Fortunately, the hurt employee’s Manager was ethical and stood up against the pressures from HR. The Company puts on the face of caring for employees, but it just isn’t so. Think very carefully before deciding to work here.

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    Advice to Management

    Sell to a reputable company that knows how to run a CPG/beverage business.

    Talking Rain Beverage Company2018-02-10
  3. Helpful (5)

    "Hope to see continued success"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Talking Rain Beverage Company full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    True opportunity to be able to build and grow your own career. They really strive to hire people that fit within the company culture, and honestly think they try their best to bring each department together through team building activities. Good benefits and 401k program.

    Cons

    With that being said, to build your career here you really have to enjoy company politics. Promotions are usually based on relationships rather than performance & hard work (gifts for the sales team go along way to try and get them to do their jobs). A lot of people in high up positions are not qualified. Departments can be "cliquey". Location was a downfall, but depends on where you live.

    Advice to Management

    Work on hiring and promoting qualified talent, vs. who can play the game the best.

    Talking Rain Beverage Company2017-11-28
  4. Helpful (2)

    "Talking Rain"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Talking Rain Beverage Company full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    People here are passionate about what they do- whether that be analyzing data, building a brand, or working in customer service. Everyone seems to enjoy coming to work and really cares about what they are doing. The company promotes from within a lot so there's always opportunity for growth. People are really into fitness and go workout during their lunch.

    Cons

    you can't work from home

    Talking Rain Beverage Company2017-11-16
  5. Helpful (2)

    "This Company Sparkles"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Talking Rain Beverage Company full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    This is a great company where hard work and exemplary job performance are recognized and rewarded. Many employees are promoted from within. The culture and people are fun and friendly and cross departmental social activities are plentiful. Leadership is committed to moving the business forward and the strategy is openly communicated to all employees. The office location is ideal. I love that it is away from... traffic congestion and parking is free!

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    Cons

    More vacation time would be nice.

    Talking Rain Beverage Company2017-11-14
  6. Helpful (2)

    "A great company to work for!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Talking Rain Beverage Company full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great structure, rewarded for hard work, amazing communication and career structure. Constantly seeking to be a better company for employees and customers. HR strives to find the best talent and create strong team based departments.

    Cons

    Way out in the boonies.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing.

    Talking Rain Beverage Company2017-11-15
  7. Helpful (2)

    "Happier than ever!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Talking Rain Beverage Company full-time

    Pros

    Talking Rain is a place you make a difference. Opportunities happen for those that make it happen. Truly enjoy working here.

    Cons

    I enjoy what I do and who I do it with, nothing bad to say.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate everything you're doing. We're moving faster than ever. THANK YOU!

    Talking Rain Beverage Company2017-10-25
  8. Helpful (2)

    "Great management"

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

    I have been working at Talking Rain Beverage Company full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Leadership is interested in helping you further your career. Communication and visibility is very good, they let you know exactly what you need to do and the skills you need to have to move up in the company. A good culture of making sure everything we are doing is effective, and very open to criticism

    Cons

    Not a lot of vacation time.

    Talking Rain Beverage Company2017-10-25
  9. Helpful (2)

    "Growing"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Talking Rain Beverage Company part-time

    Pros

    The company is continually growing and expanding while creating more jobs.

    Cons

    The advertising department could use some work.

    Talking Rain Beverage Company2017-10-24
  10. Helpful (5)

    "Stay Neutral, Use TR as a Stepping Stone"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Talking Rain Beverage Company full-time

    Pros

    Good camaraderie among employees. Competitive benefits (but salary is middle of the road). Potential opportunities to move up or laterally to a different department.

    Cons

    Sparkling Ice seems to have plateaued with product offerings, so growth has slowed. Despite the fairly predictable industry, leadership repeatedly talks themselves into following a new strategy, hype it up to employees, go pedal to the metal, then slam on the brakes and do a 180 later in the year. Employee engagement has suffered due to constant "reorgs" and many unexpected firings. HR has far too much... power and influence. Just do a quick search on harrassment + Talking Rain.

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    Advice to Management

    Leadership has a very narrow range of experience, with many that have worked for Talking Rain their entire career. Hire some fresh perspective. Stop shuffling departments around. New managers set new expectations, which upsets the balance while everyone figures out the new norm.

    Talking Rain Beverage Company2017-10-19
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