William Grant & Sons FAQ

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Whether it's about compensation and benefits, culture and diversity, or you're curious to know more about the work environment, find out from employees what it's like to work at William Grant & Sons.

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23 English questions out of 23

18 October 2020

What is health insurance like at William Grant & Sons?

Pros

Quality coworkers, beautiful brands, positive brand perception, very good benefits.

Cons

Management/executives are completely out of touch with archaic “old-school” work ideals and beliefs, company politics interfere with professional development, advancement, and company process. Disregard for overall employee mental health. Diversity & Inclusion is an illusion created to appease the masses.

Advice to Management

What used to work in the spirits industry some 10-15 years ago is no longer relevant! Time to make overhauling changes! Promote women, hire innovative leaders, stop pandering to seasoned managers that have carte blanche to bully and degrade their teams. Embrace a company culture of inclusion and innovation before the shine is gone forever.

Disregard for overall employee mental health.

18 October 2020

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15 April 2019

Does William Grant & Sons have a pension plan?

Pros

Reasonable pay, good benefits and great pension

Cons

Everyone is overworked, projects are understaffed and diversity and inclusion is a tick box exercise within operations.

Reasonable pay, good benefits and great pension

15 April 2019

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21 January 2020

Does William Grant & Sons offer parental leave?

Pros

Flexible working policy Maternity policy New offices

Cons

Skizofrenic strategy (flavor of the year) Only men get promoted Gender pay gap Adverse to risk Obsessed with Diageo keep hiring people from them (quality is dubious though)

Advice to Management

Get more women up in the ranks (they work harder are more talented and cost less!) Fire problematic individuals that are damaging team/brand/company!

Maternity policy

21 January 2020

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1 February 2021

How are senior leaders perceived at William Grant & Sons?

Pros

Amazing workforce, passionate about company and products. Good benefits and strong company values.

Cons

Lack of direction from leadership and great ideas get lost in a sea of bureaucracy and procrastination.

Advice to Management

You need to weed out the legacy leaders who have been in the company since the time when you were promoted by default on length of service and improve leadership assessment in recruitment. The quality of leadership in WGS is the biggest risk to the companies success.

Lack of direction from leadership and great ideas get lost in a sea of bureaucracy and procrastination.

1 February 2021

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29 April 2021

What are some insights into the strategy or vision at William Grant & Sons?

Pros

Fantastic brands with true heritage. Talented people, committed fellows. Work-life balance. Flexible working.

Cons

Highly toxic environment now fully dominated by ex Diageo failed leaders. Brand and Marketing managers are considered expendables at the service of the career development of their directors. Talent development and D&I agendas are a total joke, don't be fooled by what they tell you during recruitment: women, non native English speakers and people of colour have no space whatsoever, except for rare tokenism acts. Gender pay gap is widening instead of improving. No real focus on strategy, it's a constant fight between global/regional/local teams to secure "quick wins" and get the loudest, most influential director promoted. If you don't work on Glenfiddich or Hendrick's your brand won't get any attention. No real insights / data backing of projects. Constant reinvention of processes, rules, structures, markets cannot keep up and have stopped caring. NPD teams are great but they are ridiculously understaffed, underpaid and the time to market is so slow that most competitors (even small companies) manage to launch the same concepts before them. However it's not bad for everyone. There is a clear preference to promote candidates that tick at least one of the following boxes, the more you can tick, the higher you'll go: 1. Male 2. White 3. English / Australian 4. Ex Diageo / Pernod 5. friend of the CMO

Advice to Management

Look around. If everyone looks and talks like you, the problem is YOU.

No real focus on strategy, it's a constant fight between global/regional/local teams to secure "quick wins" and get the loudest, most influential director promoted.

29 April 2021

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