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Young's Market Company Reviews

Updated April 19, 2017
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Pros
  • Beer, wine and spirits what's not to like (in 7 reviews)

  • The vast majority of my colleagues were great people, engaged in their jobs (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Many times getting the buyer to even fill the shelves in these accounts is a win but upper management doesn't understand that (in 11 reviews)

  • Work/life balance can be difficult to manage (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Good foot in the door for spirits industry."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - District Manager Chains in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - District Manager Chains in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Young's Market Company full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Free booze. Great experience learning sales techniques. Basically a sink or swim environment so you learn quickly if it's the right fit for you.

    Cons

    Bad hours, everyone making little money so everyone's out for themselves. Everyone in the industry knows the chains are run on a "what's in it for me" system.

    Advice to Management

    More management training.


  2. "So You You Want To Be In Wine And Spirits Distribution? You'll Start in Chains"

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative/Merchandiser
    Current Employee - Sales Representative/Merchandiser
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Young's Market Company full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You sell wine and spirits!
    You get free product!
    Go to Wine Country, show them your business card or badge, they totally roll out the red carpet for you. Free tastings of even their exclusive wines and discounts off their wines by the bottle and other merchandise.
    You represent brands like Jack Daniel's, Jose Cuervo, Tito's Vodka, Remy Martin (Cue up 1738), Christian Brothers, Menage A Trois, Cake Bread Cellars, Piper Heidsieck, Korbel, Fireball, Bushmill's, etc.....

    Cons

    4:00 a.m. start times, sometimes 3:00 a.m. depending on what's going on.
    If you're a male, you wear slacks, dress shirt, tie, and dress shoes to do physical work.
    Grocery store managers are entitled that you throw load for them when getting their load thrown is actually the store's responsibility and not yours.
    You start asking yourself if you work for Young's Market or do you work for the grocery chain.
    If you don't throw load at a store, then you do not get your product in which your DM. (District Manager) will hold you accountable.
    You're throwing a grocery store's liquor and wine load for them at 3 or 4 a.m. in the that shirt, tie, slacks and dress shoes.
    Some suppliers have unrealistic expectations as far as you getting their brands displayed.
    Competitor distribution companies are shown more favor over Young's Market, no matter how much you help out that particular store.
    Shady back door deals between competitor distributors and store management.
    You work really hard to get certain brands in and they don't show up because it was never ordered by the store manager.
    90% of everything is your fault.
    Some competitor reps work weekends makes you feel like working weekends just so you can get what you need floored.
    You're never really not thinking about work even on your days off.

    Advice to Management

    For those that show genuine interest in the industry and moving past chains, there needs to be support from Young's Market for wine and spirits certifications. For those that do attain certification, they should automatically be considered for positions that directly correlates to that certification.

  3. "wine manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Young's Market Company full-time

    Pros

    Get to explore restaurants and make great relationships with buyers, good money and more wine than you can drink

    Cons

    Long hours, multiple events, doesn't promote life outside of work


  4. "Sales Representative"

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Sacramento, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Young's Market Company full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fun industry. Good place to learn the beverage industry.

    Cons

    Micro management. Low pay. Impossible expectations, nothing is ever good enough.

    Advice to Management

    Bring positivity to your employees. Give credit where credit is due and create an atmosphere where people feel appreciated and not threatened on a daily basis


  5. "Sales Rep"

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative/Merchandiser in Orange, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Representative/Merchandiser in Orange, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Young's Market Company (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule with great category management training.

    Cons

    Had to move loads of 100+ cases on a weekly basis

    Advice to Management

    Invest in Merchdisers


  6. "Coke & Pepsi Heads take over Young's Corporate"

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    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Tustin, CA
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Tustin, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Young's Market Company full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Rick Gillis is a very smart. He may be considered brilliant if the far fetched goals are achieved. With his on-boarding, the culture of the company improved and continues to improve daily.
    Middle management and below are awesome. Fun atmosphere. Great HR dept.

    Cons

    You can't run the liquor business like the soda business. Its a different animal. They will find that out soon enough. If another large supplier exits, heads are going to roll.
    Although Rick Gillis is a great leader, not all of the people he has brought in are. Commercial leadership is dysfunctional.

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to change the customer. They don't want to change and WILL go elsewhere.


  7. "Liquor"

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    Current Employee - Sales Merchandiser in Apple Valley, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Merchandiser in Apple Valley, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Young's Market Company full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    you have a little bit of freedom different stores all the time so always something new.

    Cons

    Sometimes they want more then you can do. No time off between October to December. Holidays are crazy busy

    Advice to Management

    Treat your sales reps good, help us don't hurt or relationships with stores. Make sure we get our pos needs by our build date and time.

  8. "LA Sales Rep"

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    Former Employee - On Premise Sales Representative in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - On Premise Sales Representative in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Can operate independently, make own schedule. Commission is great, and only need to be in the office one day per week.

    Cons

    Quotas are unrealistic. Commission structure means month to month pay can be wildly inconsistent. If big brands leave the distributor, you lose money.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out how to make your suppliers happy without a ridiculous amount of quotas for the sales reps. Be proactive, not reactive.


  9. "Sales Merchandiser"

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    Current Employee - Chain Sales Merchandiser in Citrus Heights, CA
    Current Employee - Chain Sales Merchandiser in Citrus Heights, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Young's Market Company full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    We sell the fun stuff, flexible schedule most of the time. Looks like there is plenty of need in upper management especially for created positions

    Cons

    Sales should not be the first thing in my title, free work for grocers and sell a little. Organizationally there seems to be a disconnect between what they think we do and what we actually do.

    Advice to Management

    Be realistic, and try to have more ways to develop your own talent. Embrace new people and make them feel more welcome.


  10. "Great for Entry Level Sales"

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative/Merchandiser in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Representative/Merchandiser in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Sales Representative position offers quite a bit of freedom as an outside sales position. It's a great job to gain sales experience. The hours are flexible, although you must start your shift before 7am.

    Cons

    If you don't have a good manager, this position can be pretty terrible. It's also a merchandising position so you will be doing tons of heavy lifting (cases of wine and liquor) every day. You will deal with a lot of BS from store managers who expect quite a bit from you and to get on their good side you can't exactly say no. There is a lot of other competition in each account from other companies and even from your own since Young's has different divisions.

    Advice to Management

    The expectations for Sales Representatives are way too high. Some of the tasks that are asked of them are ridiculous. Upper management needs to be more involved in what is going on in each account.


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