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  1. "WJDeutsch"

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    Former Employee - Director in West Harrison, NY
    Former Employee - Director in West Harrison, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at W. J. Deutsch (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great team of people and drive to achieve success.

    Cons

    Too political at times and strategy not clear at times.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate more.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Horrible Hell Hole of a place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Sales in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Sales in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at W. J. Deutsch (More than a year)

    Pros

    I have to put in five words to get review posted and I cannot think of five positive ones!

    Cons

    Have no idea the value of On Premise National Accounts to a company as large as this. Horrible "Senior Managers" Sales people disconnected from the ownership and the president. You better be part of the Dallas "In crowd" They just lost a major brand for a reason, they ran it into the ground and because it was not "owned" by the company they did not care about it at all. Be ready to be forced to sell the owners wine ( The Calling ) which is horrible as far as the buyers feedback. And get ready to hear about nothing but Josh Josh Josh Josh. Thank god they do not push me to sell yellow tail anymore. They know that restaurants won't buy it and they do not want you to try and sell to casual dining so lucky for me! I will not be staying much longer that is a fact.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate with your people. Listen to the advice from a seasoned professional. Get rid of the Dallas posse as its embarrassing how far up each others rears they are. It is a competition to see who can suck up to the boss more. Simply disgusting place. Grabbing bonus and running

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good company but some issues"

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    Former Employee - Operations in White Plains, NY
    Former Employee - Operations in White Plains, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at W. J. Deutsch full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice people for the most part. Fun teams and good mentorship from team members. Ownership are good people

    Cons

    They don't pay competitively. Exec team is far removed from reality and often times higher ups get credit for work they didn't even touch.


  4. "Fulfilling rewarding work experience with a great family-owned company."

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    Former Employee - District Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - District Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at W. J. Deutsch full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great regional management in the Southeast states

    Cons

    Somewhat unrealistic views & expectations from Senior Mgmt in NY


  5. Helpful (1)

    "company going through big changes."

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    Current Employee - Division Manager
    Current Employee - Division Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at W. J. Deutsch full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    have one great brand and need to concentrate on others

    Cons

    not sure who they want to be right now. owners on brands or suppliers to family brands in US.

    Advice to Management

    making it a boys club and should consider management not from friends but the industry


  6. "An honorable family company, an inspiring place for high performers"

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    Current Employee - Marketing in White Plains, NY
    Current Employee - Marketing in White Plains, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at W. J. Deutsch full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The culture is changing and it is an invigorating place for top performers. The new management team is building a meritocracy that is based on true fairness to all employees living the values of the founder Bill Deutsch and CEO Peter Deutsch. The standards are high but there is a true spirit of respect for people. I have never seen this level of owner loyalty towards employees, it is impressive. The company is on a growth path and has a large appetite for investing aggressively for the future.

    Cons

    Nothing out of the ordinary but people uncomfortable with change and a dynamic entrepreneurial environment should stay away.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing!


  7. "Lost track of its roots"

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    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at W. J. Deutsch full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fair pay and good benefits

    Cons

    Current upper managment is totally out of touch with market and employees. Pres made a promise to owners that he can not fulfill and is trying anything to get ti done. Long term goals are non existant as it is always a firedrill. Focus on this and nothing else, then six months later it is "forget that, now focus on this"/ Loyalty went out the window when prior President retired. New Pres is trying to load company with his prior cronies and will do anything to eliminate long term employees who built business

    Advice to Management

    Bring back Mello to revamp upper managment, replace most divisonal VP's, except Salmon and Akin. Put Lilly back on YT. Have Peter step back from any daily managerial interaction, he doesn't care about any of the employees and it is blindingly apparent that unlike his Dad he is just in it for the money.

  8. "W.J. Deutsch is a great employer and offers a lot of growth"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    W.J. Deutsch is located in White Plains, NY. The environment is very entrepreneurial . If you have a great work ethic, you will do well. The company is family owned and growing. There is a lot of room for growth and promotion.

    Cons

    The location (White Plains, NY) may not be ideal for all but it is a great for many who live in NY, CT, & NJ.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "No job growth, full of nepotism,no communication from senior management"

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

    Pros

    The pros have left a long time ago.
    The best pro now is that they are trying to grow, although not in a long term strategy.

    Cons

    Next time I hear that a company I work for has hired Tom Steffanci I am going to run, not walk from that job, recession or not.

    W.J. Deutsch used to be a great place to work. The original owners and president (Bill and Jim) cared about the employees, hired strong people, had work and life balance, based decisions on rationale and really promoted pride of the brands and company.

    Now, it is based on fear of being fired, Tom hiring his own people from other companies and also playing favorites within the people that he has allowed to stay at W.J. Deutsch. If you are not one of his favorites, then you will never get a kind word. People are afraid to take time off, since there have been blackouts instituted and it seems once someone takes a day off they are let go shortly after. Decisions are no longer based on long term goals, but quick lets try to make things better quickly (Tom trying to ensure he proves his worth to Bill), that hurt the brands and company in the long run.

    There is no longer pride here. No longer the feeling of family and working for a company that rewards hard work, intellect and creativity.

    Advice to Management

    Try to return to your roots, where you treated your employees like people. It used to be a place people wanted to work. I dont' know if you can ever get back there.


  10. "Under New Management"

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    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Perks are great - meeting people, events, etc
    People who work there (not snr management) are friendly and fun
    Owner cares about the people

    Cons

    Salary used to be competitive, but since new management slashed
    No autonomy in the position
    New management does not care about people at all
    People fired without warnings
    Marketing does not support sales in any way

    Advice to Management

    This was a great company until the new leader came on board, and it has taken an amazing company that cared about the people and their growth to a company that only cares about the numbers and not people. It was a family company, now it has lost that feeling