Pernod Ricard Reviews

Updated 16 Sep 2020

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3.4
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Pernod Ricard Directeur Général Alexandre Ricard
Alexandre Ricard
18 Ratings
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  • "Work life balance in shop floor is disturbed(in 27 reviews)

  • "90% people here are speaking French(in 24 reviews)

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  1. "Great company with great people"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Customer Marketing Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pernod Ricard full-time

    Pros

    Great company to work for. Passionate and friendly people. Good ownership of projects and role. Decent agility and good work life balance. Most important they are a lot of fun.

    Cons

    Not many but can be overly consultative with many people required to make decisions

  2. "Great company, needs to sort out its structure"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Development Executive in Bristol, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Pernod Ricard full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    A great first job out of university, the culture was relaxed and the perks are amazing: - The role allows for a huge amount of flexibility as you manage your own diary. - Although there is a hierarchy, everyone is incredibly approachable and you have access to frank and honest conversations with very senior management, who make an effort to know your names. The motto is Creators of Conviviality and this was seen in the countless convivial evenings which encourages networking and enjoying the products. - Not only is it well paid for a grad job, the bonus structure is also very generous. The role I was in also benefitted from a lunch allowance, a company car, phone, iPad and laptop. There is also a product allowance. - A very good training and development facility.

    Cons

    - There seemed to be structural issues with management which meant things weren’t as efficient as they could have been. - It is very London focused, so sales teams across the country are often missed out, and feedback ignored. - Although there is a diversity committee, and there are some very progressive activities, the company was very white and middle class. I started in a cohort of 20, and of all of us the most diversity came from one girl who was French. The gender split is good though, and there seemed to be attempts to improve this. - There is a set progression route and it is difficult to move out of this.

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  3. "Agile Working Environment"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in Chiswick, England

    I worked at Pernod Ricard full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Agile work environment, Bar in office, promotional events

    Cons

    Was too far to travel for me

  4. Helpful (3)

    "Great people and a lot of potential, spoiled by awful middle management"

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Marketing Executive in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Pernod Ricard full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - Annual alcohol allowance for the staff shop - Fairly decent benefits - Can sometimes get invited to events - Some really great people that work(ed) there - Cool brands to work on - PRUK MD David has his head screwed on and is a really nice guy to go with it, makes the effort to learn everyone’s name in the office and will happily engage in friendly chat.

    Cons

    Too many bad apples that spoil the bunch, with a lot of them unfortunately in “Senior” or “Controller” roles due to their time in the business rather than actually having any managerial/leadership skills. The culture is very much being thrown in the deep end and you have to pick up all the loose threads that were left by your predecessor. If you are unfortunate enough to come into a role that was downgraded before you started, you will be expected to be paid far less but perform to same level of the previous person who was a higher salary grade and had years of experience within the business. Good luck if you have to work on anything that isn’t Grocery/on-trade or Spirits, because you will get little to no support from anyone else (manager included) who will help to the extent of saying “you need to be the champion for the category” over and over, which is all well and good if there is historic market/activation data saved down for your category, but again, if you are unfortunate enough to end up in my shoes, there is not. This is where it starts to get really fun. You cannot do your job effectively; you will somehow be expected to convince other members of the team to allocate you activation budget, despite having no historical activation, market, or retailer data, because it is not a priority for the business – you will also get some very vocal members of the team (including team leads) tell you (and everyone else in the office) that your customers cannot be trusted to execute activations and thus it is near impossible to acquire budget. As mentioned earlier, there are some bad apples in “Senior” positions within various teams, and if you are also unfortunate enough to get one of these as your line manager, you will be shamed for not performing, yet not be offered any support (yet somehow, it seems that “senior” members of the team have smaller account responsibility than everyone else, so seem to have an abundance of time to look for schools for their children or listen to music whilst doing not all that much). Your performance will be called into question, and you will be made to develop against ridiculously vague criteria within areas of the business you work in, which are not a priority e.g. not grocery and not spirits, and thus you will be offered no line manager/team lead support. Good luck if you report directly into a team lead, some of them are not at all visible, will not make themselves available to you or particularly listen to anything you say or how you feel. You will be treated like dirt the whole time you work there; your mental health will rapidly deteriorate due to the way you will be treated if you are in a role that has been fundamentally designed for you to fail. The pay is poor and they do not do pay reviews. Progression is in the form of more and more responsibility, with no pay rise or promotion Far too many instances where employees are treated badly, using backhanded shameful tactics to get people to leave or stay e.g. will convince you to turn down other opportunities in the promise of a promotion that never happens, promises of pay reviews that never happen, finally promoting deserving people but pay barely anything more. Diversity is a foreign concept, you can count on two hands the amount of people in the company that are not white, straight, or middle class.

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  5. "Old"

    2.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Category Analyst in Glasgow, Scotland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Pernod Ricard full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Its a job and people are lovely

    Cons

    Workforce stagnant and experience from outside limited. Promote from within bringing little to the party

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  6. "Great company to work for"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Development Manager in London, England

    I worked at Pernod Ricard full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Opportunities to progress, sociable, great products

    Cons

    My role required long days, late nights and travel but only what you would expect in the position

  7. "Good"

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Brand Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Pernod Ricard full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    It’s a good place to work

    Cons

    A bit lacking in clear vision

  8. "Mixed feeling"

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Brand Ambassador in London, England
    Recommends

    I worked at Pernod Ricard full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good benefits, young culture, extensive training, great people, fun job for starters

    Cons

    Management dont lead by example, lack of career development, low pay

  9. "Employee focused company"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Team Leader in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pernod Ricard full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    PR invests a lot in its employees through development courses, strong HR policies, perks and convivial moments

    Cons

    The pay isn’t great for professionals so if you are not in marketing or sales, you may feel marginalised

  10. Helpful (4)

    "Employees not valued, nepotism and lack of ethnic diversity are an issue"

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Finance Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pernod Ricard full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Relaxed environment Fun events Flexible core hours scheme Progression is possible if you work hard and embrace the company ethos Working from home is not frowned upon (depending on your manager)

    Cons

    Shocking lack of ethnic diversity especially in the senior managers of the business who are all white and mostly male Failure to address remuneration issues with longstanding staff Increasing influence from head office in France sees an overabundance of senior hires of French individuals who don't understand the local environment and are very cliquey Managers more concerned with managing upwards than having empathy or concern with their employees Work-life balance is a huge issue especially in Finance

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