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Trinchero Family Estates Reviews

Updated May 6, 2017
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  1. "Mostly Good"

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    Former Employee - Dtc in Napa, CA
    Former Employee - Dtc in Napa, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Trinchero Family Estates full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Generous benefits and profit-sharing, people, education opportunities like seminars and certifications

    Cons

    Slow to move and promote employees, very traditional, below average pay, extremely slow hiring often leaves teams short staffed

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within and pay industry average


  2. "Good experience. Probably don't see everyting because is a big company. Good benefits when is a fulltime job."

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    Former Employee - Harvest Enologist in Saint Helena, CA
    Former Employee - Harvest Enologist in Saint Helena, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits. A big parking. Make a carreer and have a great discounts.

    Cons

    Need previous experience for to be successful. Is not a winery is more production.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Improper Life Balance (Slave Labor), Sexist and not-diverse work environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Helena, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Helena, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Safer work environment than most wineries, safety classes and training for various cert's.

    Decent Pay, but only if you work the expected/mandatory 20% overtime.

    Best benefits in the valley, profit sharing 15-18% after 5 years vested (3% a year). Nice benefits, partial medical and vision.

    Diverse work experience, descriptions are vague so responsibilities are often expanded

    Automated machinery involved in the plant

    Cons

    High turn around in job field (most non-management employees are unhappy with work-life relationship)

    Boys Club, don't expect to get anywhere unless you sign up for their club

    Stagnant growth within company. Meeting with supervisor revealed my future within the company. Higher level management is off limits and reserved for family and friends. Low level management is the highest I could reach.

    No diversity in work environment, not one woman and African-American in my field.

    Hires Part time/TEMP employees through agencies- for YEARS only to have them work for less, without any benefits, 50+ hours a week, and they can because most are on work visas.

    Will cut corners on employees- will not hire additional employees during the grape harvest, which results in mandatory overtime, sometimes past midnight and a poor work-life relationship. You do not get any free time, especially with the minimum commute of 30-60min.

    Work hours continually changed week to week, but some employees have exceptions.

    Expected a minimum of 10% overtime and pitting employees against each other- Developed a system where employees argue with each other to stay as one tries to leave after 8-10 hours, because they don't want to do all the work themselves.

    Disruptive employees that are complained about by many (holier than thou attitude), but friends with management

    Micromanagement

    Extremely long hours 6 days a week for months, No flexibility for work hours. There is no give-take. Even after years of this grueling work, you will not advance in the company, or have your work hours reduced.

    Advice to Management

    Quit making it such a boys club.
    Please hire more employees during the harvest and don't make overtime expected. Give benefits to the temporary employees who work extremely hard to make your wine. Properly train management to reduce issues, diversify your work field. Give equal and fair opportunities or rules to employees of same title. Allow for internal promotions that have the appropriate experience.


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  5. "Top management there for years!!"

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    Former Employee - National Account Manager in La Jolla, CA
    Former Employee - National Account Manager in La Jolla, CA
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Trinchero Family Estates full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I loved the wines and the portfolio. The kitchen where we hosted cooking contests were great. Having the Inn and other spots to have customers come to see how the magic happens is great.

    Cons

    Too many top level managers have been there for twenty years. If you make one mistake you won't find employment at any other winery. No diversity candidates need apply. Unless you are young and pretty, or a man no need to apply for sales jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Take top level managers out. Stop shifting them to other roles. Customers really don't like them.


  6. "Lab technician"

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    Former Employee - Winemaking Lab Technician in Lodi, CA
    Former Employee - Winemaking Lab Technician in Lodi, CA
    Recommends

    Pros

    Pay is decent
    Company expanding
    Good wine discounts
    Fun company picnic and Christmas party
    Interesting line of work
    Lodi Lab is one of few labs in the region dominated by women, and managed by an African American woman, which in and of itself is impressive considering the typical male dominance in science

    Cons

    The hours during harvest will be excruciating, you will eat, sleep, dream, and regurgitate the grapes, juice and wines you work with; IT SHALL BECOME THE ENTIRETY OF YOUR EXISTENCE.
    Sticky, messy, fermenty grapes ALL OVER, all day, everyday, 12 hours a day, six days a week.
    No time for any time of relationship of social life.
    Your family will suffer.
    Have kids? Prepare to miss all those milestones.
    No benefits for harvest workers means you'll pay out of pocket for Obama care.
    You'll be unemployed all over again once harvest ends. Then you'll be right back where you were before you started.
    If they decide to keep you at the lab, be prepared for up to a year of being drug around as a seasonal worker with no benefits before they can offer you an actual full time with benefits position.
    They spray copious amounts of glyphosphate based poisons (Roundup by Monsanto) on the grounds, and though they make efforts to reduce waste, the factory is located point blank en route of a migratory bird route and feeding sanctuary and they consider the birds to be pesky pests, as well as any other wild life native to the region.
    Job is great for singles fresh out of college, adults raising a family would not be recommended as this position requires long hours with mandatory overtime and rotating graveyard shift
    Regular winemaking lab employees are required to rotate into the smaller adjacent bottling facility lab, for three month increments on graveyard shift.
    The bottling lab is smaller, faster paced and more individually based work. You'll either love it or hate it.
    It can get extremely busy during peak harvest. Other times of year you may be twiddling your thumbs through your shift!

    Advice to Management

    No one wants to be stuck on a shift they hate for an entire grueling harvest. So it would be nice to have had scheduling flexibility. The work can get extremely demanding. The job keeps you from loved ones and hobbies. It would be great to have occasional weekends off during harvest! Also, raises were pretty stagnant here. Such long hours and loyal dedication can feel very much akin to slavery, so please, make the compensation more than worthwhile. It would have been great to see people really move up and succeed.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Never-ending growing pains"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Napa, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Napa, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Trinchero Family Estates full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The sales people are some of the nicest in the business. Lots of brands for variety. Stability of working for a large company.

    Cons

    Slow to move. Not consistent with rules from employee to employee. Rarely ever promote from within. Low growth opportunities. Inflexible on hours. Lack of clear direction from the top. Good ol boys club. Low annual raises and bonuses.

    Advice to Management

    Be consistent--stay strict from employee to employee or be flexible but don't change the rules from one person to another. Hire more people so everyone can have work life balance. Invest in your people. You hired them for a reason.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Stable Company/Forward Focus"

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    Current Employee - Bottling/Production in Lodi, CA
    Current Employee - Bottling/Production in Lodi, CA
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Trinchero Family Estates full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The Sutter Home wine brand is well known. Also produces several other brands such as Menage a Trois, Trinchero Napa Valley, Taken and Fancy Pants. The recently upgraded state of the art facility in Lodi shows that the company is looking forward towards growth in the future. Excellent benefits and retirement plan and a lot of overtime is available to hourly employees. Management typically is usually willing to help employees with conflicts of work/life balance. Company leadership also seems to genuinely care about their employees as well.

    Cons

    At the newly upgraded Lodi facility, there seems to be a culture clash between employees that have transferred from Napa and locally based employees. Many do not see eye to eye on daily operations. Some managers also have a "holier-than-thou" attitude. They think they know everything that needs to be known and employee input and suggestions are usually brushed under the rug.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. The company is doing well. Middle management might consider taking more suggestions from floor level employees that may help with any issues concerning production or improvement processes.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "very confusing"

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    Current Employee - Facilities Support in Lodi, CA
    Current Employee - Facilities Support in Lodi, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    great benefit package, and that's about it.

    Cons

    Will be a jack of all trades. I work in the building maintenance department, but also do landscaping, yard clean up, light construction. Even washed the owners house.

    Advice to Management

    Please be more descriptive when it comes to the exact duties that one will be performing in the department they are being placed in


  10. "very hard working"

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    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Lodi, CA
    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Lodi, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Trinchero Family Estates full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    this is the work I been looking for.

    Cons

    construction also worked building the where house know a lot about it.


  11. "Great Large Company with a Small Family Feel"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Lab Tech in Saint Helena, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Lab Tech in Saint Helena, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Trinchero Family Estates full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    BEST BENEFITS in the Valley! Still has family feel

    Cons

    Getting larger all the time so schedules can get demanding. Harvest is always a beast! 12-14 hours 6 days a week

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees schedule preferences and keep good people around


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