Southern Wine & Spirits

Southern Wine & Spirits Employee Reviews in United States

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Difficult to Hit Numbers
Sales Consultant (Former Employee) –  Jacksonville, FLJune 23, 2016
Difficult to build relationships with customers with so many outages, back-orders, and logistical issues. They are making improvements, but one hand needs to know more about what the other hand is doing.
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SWS strives to create a positive culture within all departments.
Claims Analyst (Current Employee) –  Puyallup, WAJune 7, 2016
A typical 8 hour day includes answering the phone, emails and warehouse visits. Fabulous co-workers who are driven to resolve issues and refrain from fault finding.

Management is supportive, allowing you to get involved in work related issues and interested in your perspective and resolution. They allow you to build relationships with customers and vendors.

Downside: SWS does not offer a college reimbursement program or provides additional training for non-management employees. .
Pros
Frequently recognizes "National Food Days". Holiday potlucks & Christmas is catered affair.
Cons
No additional training. Limited upward mobility. Unable to use a portion of Vacation or Sick leave, must use the entire 8 hours or make up the time, etc.
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Typical Day
Retail Sales Consultant (Former Employee) –  Indianapolis, INJune 5, 2016
It was a fun company to work with but they had a severe lack of man power. In return, it made the work environment very difficult.
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Excellent place to work!
Sales (Current Employee) –  United StatesJune 2, 2016
Great company with excellent benefits as well as wonderful advancement opportunities.
Zero work/life balance, required to be "on call" 24/7
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Not bad but not great
IT Technician (Current Employee) –  Greenwood, IN 46143May 23, 2016
I prefer not to complete this section at this time.
I have worked here for 6 years and for the most part it is a great place to work.
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Fun job, but little to build upon
Sales Consultant (Current Employee) –  Bellevue, WAMay 22, 2016
Wine and Spirit sales are definitely a fun way to spend your day. Working with many different individuals at stores can be a bit overwhelming though. SWS offers continued education of products you sell which helps immensely with product knowledge and aids in selling to buyers. Management is lacking at times, both in realization of what happens at street level and in being proactive to fill open routes. Sales seems to have a rotating door of individuals who either don't like the pay or just cant handle he pressure of selling and being accountable. Hardest part of the job is bringing in some of the expectations for brands you represent. I would say the most enjoyable part of the job is diversity of products to sell and the independence of the sales route.
Pros
Independent, Samples, Social aspects and continued education of products you sell
Cons
Management is disconnected from street level, pay is lacking, hours can get overwhelming and no Holidays
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if you like alot of hours and someone always looking over your shoulder this job is for you.
Wine Sales Representative (Former Employee) –  Columbia, SCMay 17, 2016
Most people I dealt with where nice and professional. Management could use some work. Sometimes it was hard to do the job with someone bothering you all day about things that where already covered in weekly meetings.
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USE Commitment Curve
Manager (Former Employee) –  Miramar, FLMay 11, 2016
Great People - very passionate Employee Base, most are willing to learn and develop their skills. However the lack of structure, accountability and follow through from leadership lends to a gap in establishing creditability and trust. New Leadership is earnestly working towards improving the culture with an active listening and hands on approach. Future is very bright for this company, great opportunities just some change and growing pains coming from an 80's mindset and flash forwarding to the 21st century in a short time frame.
Pros
Passionate Employee Base
Cons
Growing pains - adapting to change
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Not a job for a family oriented person
Retail Chains Sales Consultant (Former Employee) –  Indianapolis, INMay 9, 2016
This job often consisted of "putting out fires". Management is clueless. Culture is lacking.More hours are always required than stated.
This job is also a great starter job for a single person. You learn many skills.
Pros
working with alcohol
Cons
unorganized, lack of associates
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Southern is a great Company with a positive future
Vice President Coastal Spirits (Former Employee) –  Denver, COMay 2, 2016
Company values employees and looks to grow in all areas of Spirits, wine, beer and non alcoholic brands. They would be more successful if they made the sales reps feel like they are building their future as well.
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Sales people rule the company.
Senior Project Manager (Former Employee) –  Miramar, FLApril 28, 2016
I only know about the IT group in general. Lots of micromanagement and mismanagement. I wouldn't go back there. Other than IT is seems to be a good place to work.
Pros
cake for your birthday
Cons
micromanagement
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Productive
Warehouse Associate (Current Employee) –  Lakeland, FLApril 18, 2016
Great warehouse job to work at financially , Provides stability . Just not enough time aeay from work. Great manager though and the coworkers are pretty amazing as well.
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on the job
Lead , Inventory control (Former Employee) –  Tampa, FLApril 15, 2016
I can't say any thing bad about southern wine & spirits why were good to me for the time I work there but just like ever job comes changes .
Pros
there med and denatel
Cons
New management
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Depends on your division
Sales Representative (Current Employee) –  King of Prussia, PAApril 11, 2016
All divisions are treated and run different. If you are lucky enough to walk into a division that is run by a good manager you will enjoy your job.
Pros
Fun events, great connections, lots of wine samples
Cons
Vacations are hard to take, You always need to have your phone on.
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Very good company with good benefits.
System Operator / Jr. Administrator (Former Employee) –  Miami, FLApril 7, 2016
Large company with lots of perks and benefits for employees. Has good standards and good management. Fast pace company which acquired many of its competitors and elevated its service in the process.
Pros
Good management and benefits
Cons
Work life balance not the best.
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Needs much improvement
Warehouse Worker (Former Employee) –  Shakopee, MNApril 1, 2016
The night usually goes by fast when you have 6000+ cases that need to be loaded and most of the workers are nice. but the supervisor is the most unprofessional man I've ever had to deal with. he is always playing games on his phone and mumbles while the radio is playing and expects you to hear him and gets mad if you can't. the manager is a nice guy but nobody respects him. just a heads up for anyone apply in the future they are doing mandatory overtime so u work mon-Saturday. it could be a really nice place to work if they change some things. Also I was originally hired as a "forklift driver" but they had me stock trucks for a month and I was pretty annoyed about that.
Pros
45 min lunch break for night shift, nice work out
Cons
supervisor is horrible, communication is poor in warehouse.
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unorgagnized
Forlift Operator (Current Employee) –  Lakeland, FLMarch 31, 2016
A typical day at work would goin in at 7am but not being able to start the actual work until 8am because pallets are needed to be brought to the areas that are being worked in, taking a 15min break at 9am and going back to work until 11am when mid-shift arrives for our department meeting for about 5-15min then to a 30min lunch right after and right back to work until 1:15pm to another 15min break and usually get off around 4:30-5pm I learned that you cant settle for less and know your worth so you can strive for better to the best. The management was horrible in my opinion they would play pretend when visitors was welcomed to view the warehouse and others who was in a higher level in the company, theyd go against there words but word it in a different way the next time it came around, told the employees if there was any problems with the work we had to let them know so it can be fixed but majority of the problems were never fixed so employees dont bother anymore the communication between supervisors to employees also as to supervisors towards other supervisors nobody knows what really goes on in the warehouse that they should know. The coworkers are frustrated with the work and has always complained to eachother but never to the management and human resources. The hardest part about my job was trying to understand the way its managed and the most enjoyable part about it was knowing I wanted to better myself and not be around others with such negativity.
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enjoyed some of the employees
Customer Service Representative (Former Employee) –  Denver, COMarch 23, 2016
credits, scanning, answering call from sales reps and customers. problem solving took about 95 calls a day. there was alot of clicks made the environment stressful at time
Pros
well paying job
Cons
did not agree with manangement policies
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Fun workplace
driver (Former Employee) –  Lakeland, FLMarch 21, 2016
Around perfect day to make money nice management I love this place Best place to work for. So sweet hr persons the hardest is busy seasons but still perfect
Cons
None is a job
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Productive and Positive Workplace
Administrative Coordinator, Merchandising (Former Employee) –  Syosset, NYMarch 14, 2016
The day typically consisted primarily of accessing and printing off reports of the weekly promotional displays of various vendors' product(s) advertising for inside the store and store window displays, (i.e.: liquor stores, supermarkets). Other duties included assisting merchandisers with a tracking system of their activities with stores and vendors with special requests made for various products. This included the allocation of stock to stores and maintaining the flow of stock to stores.

My time spent at Southern Wine was an enjoyable learning adventure and first time experience learning the operation of a wine/liquor distribution company.

Last minute challenges during the day/week sometimes added pressure of tight deadlines and other miscellaneous follow through duties with other departments but were essentially the daily nature of the work week and industry.

What was the most enjoyable at this organization was the friendliness of staff overall but mainly my merchandising team. We, as a department-whole worked so well together, with the understanding as a group, to help and support each other, even if it was not part of our job responsibilities.
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