Wine Consultant (Former Employee) – Panama City Beach, FL – May 16, 2016
ABC is a solid, well-run corporation. But at the store level, there are too many managers and managers in training who set about enforcing conflicting rules. I worked very hard, and provided excellent customer service, but was constantly criticized for rules I hadn't known existed. Communication was non existent and I was expected to intuit things like upcoming wine tastings, and customers needs before they came in the door. I was never once complimented, I was insulted at every turn - most questions resulted in a sarcastic response, every request or idea turned down with a simple "No" - no explanation required apparently.
Opportunity to learn about wine formally through regular training and tasting, access to Gallo University. Beautiful state of the art store.
Unrelenting negativity, impossible to plan for private life events or doctor appts, schedule comes out one day before work week begins, time off requests ignored
I enjoyed my time at the company. Fellow employees were helpful in the training stages, and the were always friendly. The hardest part of the job was denying a sale to a customer. Simply due to them not bringing their I.D. Leaves an unhappy customer, and it leaves us without a sale.
Easy enviroment, good benefits, decent pay.
Attemping to force life changes on your time, even off of the clock.
As a wine consultant I was responsible for maintaining as well as increasing sales numbers in my department as well as ordering and replenishing stock, checking in deliveries from vendors, conversing with sales representatives about new products, cleaning the store, organizing and working special events and assisting guests with purchases. A large part of the position required not only expanding my knowledge of wines, beers and spirits, but the guests' as well.
Celebration Specialist (Former Employee) – Saint Petersburg, FL – April 6, 2016
Great management, full time, health insurance, and a great team. fast paced work environment, so time flies by fast. Job security, its impossible to get fired. They even have these awesome classes you attend to learn more about cigars, beer, wine, and spirits.
The down side, very low starting pay, with no yearly raises. you can earn a 75 cent raise for becoming a key holder, but the added responsibility of having to opening and close the store, and count all drawers, and everything else almost makes it not worth it.
Fun, Nice respctful team, great hours, job security.
Not any room for advancement, extremely nit picky and biased, terrible pay!
Sales Asociate (Former Employee) – Satellite Beach, FL – March 9, 2016
I've never worked in a overall terrible place like this, I worked extremely hard for no advancements or respect, employees were somewhat nice! Terrible management! Slave labor, land scaping, painting, and anything else.
great company to work. fun environment. amazing benefits. great management team. they treat everyone like family. they are also a family owned business. I learned lost of liquor , wine , and cigar knowledge.
Night Manager (Current Employee) – Lakeland, FL – December 23, 2015
after almost 2 years, I sold high profit name brand bourbon like magic. One day my regional manager came in and told me I had 2 days to get ready to transfer to a store over an hour from my house; simply because I was one of the few people who knew how to run that store. I understand someone needs to run the store, but you can give 2 days notice...I have a family, and ABC doesn't care.
Fun, i liked being there
the company doesnt give a **** about your family or needs. SELFISH!
Manager in Training (MIT) (Former Employee) – Orlando, FL – December 21, 2015
You have your typical customers, some good and some awful. Benefits were actually pretty great, but expensive (though not that uncommon nowadays). Management was terrible. I had to learn my job on my own. They only tell you what you're doing wrong, instead of training you. It took me 6 months to get the welcome employee packet, which stated very little on how to actually do your job. I got fired because I didn't follow a policy I didn't know about. Don't do it unless you're desperate; and even then I would reconsider.
decent benefits, if a little pricy.
Terrible Management and no guidance on how to actually do your job.
Shift Manager (Current Employee) – New Port Richey, FL – December 8, 2015
As far as retail goes ABC is one of the better places to work in Florida. They hire full-time, start you at the beginning of the week, offer benefits your 1st year, and pay fair wages. They are always looking forward improving the way they do things.
ABC thrives even in poor economic conditions, providing excellent job security. They own all of their own properties and will never lay off employees.
Management is supportive. No such thing as a stupid question. Lead by example. Family owned and family oriented workplace. Owner and VPs visit every store each year. Career opportunities are there as ABC often hires talent from within. Also monthly classes to help increase knowledge of products.
Full-time, Job-security, Benefits and 401k, Family environment.
Assistant Store Manager (Current Employee) – DeLand, FL – November 5, 2015
You are always moving, stocking, and talking to customers. Its been a very fun and family like atmosphere. you will gain a lot of person growth and a tremendous amount of product knowledge. This company is constantly reinvesting with its employees.