Pros: Hard work, long hours, poor pay, poor culture
Cons: wine experience, free wine
I love this industry, I love wine sales and I highly recommend the industry. I do not recommend Total Wine. It's entire corporate structure is based on greed and wringing every ounce out of its employees. I worked 60 hour weeks, we were constantly under staffed due to poor hiring practices, and management was disorganized, lazy and prone to unprofessional behavior.
The turn over is so bad because they don't inform the applicants the amount of physical labor you are required to do. You will be unloading 2000 wine case trucks every week, trying to merchandise them to the floor and climb 8 foot ladders to put boxes in top stock, while hawking inferior house brand wine to meet sales goals.
There is no opportunity for growth, there are only 3 stores in SC and unless you are willing to move great distances you will have trouble advancing. I only worked at the Charleston location, so I can not speak to the culture in the other stores, but in this store it was exceedingly negative and highly stressful. With OSHA code violations and a dangerously cavalier attitude towards safety I would not recommend anyone work at this store.