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Diageo CEO Ivan Menezes
Ivan Menezes
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    Great on paper; not always in reality

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    I have been working at Diageo full-time (more than 3 years)


    If you get in the right team with a great line manager, you are laughing. An influential sponsor will get you promoted. If you're not in sales or marketing, you may as well be at any other average company - the glitz doesn't come through much enough although Diageo does try to get everyone involved in the brands. Although global travel has been reduced lately, the other great perk is being able to travel the world Business Class if you're in a more global role.

    If you're at one of the main sites, like London, you'll benefit from a great building and facilities (gym, bar, restaurant, shop). You'll get some of the best benefits in the UK such as high annual leave, freeshares and a great pension. Flexible working is the big benefit though – in many roles you can work from home a couple of days a week. This is just a fantastic perk, but is fair considering Diageo is located far out of central London, commutes are long and you are exptected to put in the hours at busier times, including late and early meetings in different timezones.


    The big disadvantage is the out-of-London location - Park Royal is a depressing place to commute to with nothing around. The other thing is the salaries - although Diageo says it benchmarks salaries, every recruiter I have spoken to is shocked at how low my salary is. Diageo doesn't assess individual employee skills and experience well enough in line with salaries and banks on its great benefits to make up a good package instead - and stop employees leaving.

    Diageo has a culture which works well for the confident employee who may look after themselves first. It is all about who you know and focuses on results more than people, as much as it tries to tell you otherwise. It has a hierarchical (level) culture, sometimes not giving everyone fair opportunities to grow skills and input into decisions - especially those lower down who don't shout as loud as others but could be great future talent.

    Some might say there is a lack of integrity in places, taking credit for other people's ideas and achievements and that management is poor. It all depends on the market, team or function you are in and so this doesn't apply everywhere. Some managers don't stay true to our values, which lets Diageo down. It's do as I say, not as I do.

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    Diageo has the potential to be a great place to work, but doesn't quite achieve it due to problems with culture, leadership and people management, often bred at higher levels. Teamed with lack of career opportunities due to not knowing the right influential people, this seems to be the main reason for people leaving.

    Put more "people time" in - developing truly great leaders, from line managers to executives. Reduce the online employee engagement which only encourages the usual confident suspects to self-promote. Get back to basics, like walking the floor, manager 360 feedback and suggestion boxes, allowing employees to be truly honest and discuss their achievements and worries face-to-face. Pull bad managers up for not focusing on team development.

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