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Updated 15 February 2019
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Pros
  • "Celebrate life / good perks & work life balance" (in 100 reviews)

  • "Great company Great brands Great package" (in 131 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work life balance difficult at times" (in 48 reviews)

  • "Process are too slow when decision making" (in 52 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (1)

    "The perfect blend!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Unique in how the company and people care about the performance we deliver, the inclusion of all employees plus the impact on communities and society. Genuinely have freedom to determine the impact you want to have, the way you want to work, and to try out new ideas and build your career. Working with such iconic brands you feel privileged and excited every day to be holding the torch for their future. A globally connected company, that despite its size is only 30,000 people means it feels like a real community and somewhere that is both ambitious and incredibly fun to work at with people you care about.

    Cons

    It is good to see the business making changes in areas that are needed. Being less internally focused and more geared to customers and consumers will make sure we focus on the things that are fewer and most important, and remove some unnecessary complexity that has increased over time by being too inward looking. Also because it has been so internally driven for so long it can be hard to sometimes see that changes being made in the company are not only essential, they are being driven (often far harder!) in most other companies in order to stay competitive in this fast changing world. Need to keep doing more to bring the outside world in to keep perspective on what is truly important.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what makes this company great - investing in incredible brands, growing talented and diverse people and caring about our impact on communities.

    Diageo Response

    19 Nov 2018 – Social Media Team

    Hello there,

    What a fantastic review to read, its a delight to read that you're thoroughly enjoying your time at Diageo - your review sums up perfectly why this is such a great company to work... More


  2. "Fun, fast-paced, stretching and performance orientated"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Head of Talent in London, England
    Current Employee - Head of Talent in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Diageo full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Purpose led organisation with deep routed values and a leadership standard which everyone understands. Heritage and quality of products are amazing. Opportunity to make improvements and get things done! Inclusion and diversity are at the top of the agenda which is brilliant - I've worked in many other companies and I've never seen such an acute focus on this critical topic. People genuinely has passion for the business (for me this really makes a difference).

    Cons

    Similar to lots of large corporate organisations we have some longer administrative processes (so let's continue to simplify). It's great that we're a relational business however when you're new it can be harder to navigate the organisation to get things done quickly.

    Advice to Management

    Where possible lets keep simplifying our sometimes over-complicated processes thus empowering our people to make the difference. We're getting there; we just need to keep focus here.

    Diageo Response

    24 Jan 2019 – Social Media Team

    Hello, many thanks for your comments and for taking the time to give specific feedback around how we can improve - it is appreciated. Kate

  3. "Great company, some managers - not so great"

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    Former Employee - N/A in London, England
    Former Employee - N/A in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Diageo full-time

    Pros

    Great location, benefits, learning opportunities and onsite facilities. I met some wonderful people there

    Cons

    Unrealistic and unreasonable expectations of perfection for some staff and not others. This inconsistency can impact negatively on morale

    Lack of accountability especially when it comes to grievances and disciplinary action. How can the person accusing you of something be the same person to make the final decision?

    Advice to Management

    Review your disciplinary policy. Its biased and the decisions made there can be arbitrary and unfair. It seems no matter how robust any counter arguments are, the decision is already made and the presence of an ER person is just for show and not to ensure fairness.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Workload"

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    Current Employee - Maintenance Business Leader in Alloa, Scotland
    Current Employee - Maintenance Business Leader in Alloa, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Diageo full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible working where required. Good pay and benefits including bonus and use of company car.

    Cons

    Huge amount of work. Workers are expected to take on duties of 2 or 3 people.


  5. "A truly amazing place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Finance Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Diageo full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing place to work! Amazing people, products and benefits.

    Cons

    Big mover - you need to shine to be noticed. Not that this is a bad thing.

    Diageo Response

    11 Feb 2019 – Social Media Team

    Hi there,

    Thanks for leaving a review, it's great to hear your feedback and we hope that your review next year will be just as positive.

    Thanks for your hard work
    Joshua.


  6. "Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer

    I have been working at Diageo full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Company Benefits are very good

    Cons

    A lot of managers for everything


  7. "Great company"

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    Current Employee - Accountant
    Current Employee - Accountant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for, flexible conditions, open to new ideas and room for progression if willing to travel/relocate

    Cons

    Consistent productivity agendas resulting in removal of roles, though similar in every Company in the current climate

    Advice to Management

    Be more flexible with locations of roles

  8. "Worked there full time for 5 years"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Diageo full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility, people, benefits, fairly relaxed

    Cons

    Constant restructuring leading to uncertainty and low staff morale

    Advice to Management

    Long term plan rather than short term goals


  9. "Laboratory Technician"

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    Former Employee - Laboratory Technician in Aberdeen, Scotland
    Former Employee - Laboratory Technician in Aberdeen, Scotland
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Diageo full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Shares scheme, plenty of internal career opportunities

    Cons

    Boring job role, bad management, reluctant to change/improve even with regards to health and safety

    Advice to Management

    Hire senior staff that aren’t bullish or ignorant.


  10. "Menstrie Bond"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Forklift Operator in Glasgow, Scotland
    Current Employee - Forklift Operator in Glasgow, Scotland
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Diageo full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good pension and salary ,full wages when absent with illness ,Good graduate programme bringing younger educated and civilised ,respectful.management into work place

    Cons

    No cons always try to look forward

    Advice to Management

    Graduate programme is good ,listen to employees input a bit more when new projects affect our every day working