Southern Wine & Spirits of America Reviews

Updated 14 Jun 2021

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3.1
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Southern Wine & Spirits of America Chairman and CEO Harvey R. Chaplin
Harvey R. Chaplin
169 Ratings
Pros
  • "Met some great people & life long friends(in 23 reviews)

  • "Good benefits if you are in the union and you will never go thirsty(in 23 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Upper management treats you like a number(in 21 reviews)

  • "Long hours can be hard and getting up early can be a bummer(in 13 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Great company

      14 Jun 2021 - Senior Marketing Manager in Fort Lauderdale, FL
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good work life balance & great culture

      Cons

      None honestly, just time to move on

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    2. 3.0
      Former Employee

      Former employee

      17 Mar 2021 - Key Account Manager in Washington, DC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      It’s very good balance of working and living. It’s very well structured to make success. Payment is decent.

      Cons

      Unfortunately, you won’t be able to go that much up no matter what success you may have, it’s all about “office politics “. There is a deep overlapping in many areas, so instead of a support you may get a “leg”. Most of employees trying not to go to the office if there is no need for.

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    3. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Growing company

      30 Oct 2020 - Sales Manager in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Lots of job opportunities within the company around the US

      Cons

      Lots of working hours on weekend and holidays

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    4. 3.0
      Former Employee

      Wouldn’t recommend

      11 Oct 2020 - Warehouse Manager in U-No, NC
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
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      Pros

      Decent salary starting out at position

      Cons

      Good old boys club atmosphere

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    5. 2.0
      Former Employee

      Big Company

      8 Oct 2020 - Vice President of Sales in Louisville, KY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Industry, lifestyle, people and customers.

      Cons

      Proof the e-commerce platform changing company and people.

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    6. 1.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Wishy washy

      6 Aug 2019 - Cashier in Bronx, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Met some great people & life long friends

      Cons

      Managers & owners are flaky. Favoritisms all around the store. The guys get paid more than the girls do. They expect you to do more work than your title for no extra pay. No paid vacations or holidays. Only closed one day out the year.

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    7. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 8 years

      Extreme pressure on a daily basis

      6 Feb 2019 - Sales Representative in Denver, CO
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Outside sales, you are always moving going account to account. You aren’t sitting at a desk everyday

      Cons

      Too much pressure, far too many quotas and daily fire drills

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    8. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Merchandiser review for management

      9 Apr 2016 - Merchandiser in Phoenix, AZ
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Nice people. People who care. Growing company that has good intentions to keep growing

      Cons

      Personal vehicle abuse that is known and not cared about

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      Southern Wine & Spirits of America Response

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      We're sorry to hear about your frustrating experience, but thanks for letting us know about your situation. If you want to provide us with further context to help us make adjustments for the future, please send us an email at SWSCorporateTalentManagement@southernwine.com with your name, location and a description of your problem. Thanks!

    9. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Could be so much better. (it used to be)

      18 Sep 2012 - Sales in Chicago, IL
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great products to sell, some great incentives and rewards. Great health benefits. (Thanks to the Union). Great 401K. Some great co-workers.

      Cons

      This job used to be great! The work was hard, but the rewards were great too! We had commission, quarterly bonuses, car allowance, supplier trips, and amazing holiday bonuses. The commission is gone (from our division), the car allowance is gone, nearly all the supplier trips are gone, (or only a few go..and of course the managers)..The holiday bonuses are puny. The incentives overall are tiny or nearly unreachable. Experience used to be a good thing. Now as soon as you sprout a grey hair, they want you out the door. There is a noticeable "good ole boy" network in action. You get to move up based on your relatives, age, lack of family, and ability to say yes to everything no matter how demanding it may be. I actually work harder, get paid less, my car gets more abuse than a rental car, every time the price of gas goes up, more of pay is eaten up. I am watching people I trained, or people less educated than myself and others get promoted with reckless abandon. The pressure to hit extreme numbers is huge!

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      1 person found this review helpful
    10. 2.0
      Current Employee

      You are not appreciated and what you do is never enough.

      28 Dec 2009 -  
      Recommend
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      Pros

      You get full exposure of the industry and get to work with most of the nation's leading suppliers. Unlike other distributors, Southern provides their reps with modern technologies that make it easier to access information necessary to do the job.

      Cons

      People that work for this company are under a huge amount of stress and very unhappy. Whatever you do is never enough. If you are looking for some recognition for a job well done -- look elsewhere. Management does not care how you get things done as long as you get it done. They also have a habit of having last minute drills on certain items that may not even be on quota, and the time limit to achieve is ridiculous : i.e. " You need to get X item in 10 unsold accounts by tomorrow -- I don't care how you do it -- just get it done. I have been in this business for over 15 years and have never been subjected to the "mental" abuse that this company subjects you too. The only reason people stay working here is because of the current state of our economy and the lack of other jobs. The morale of employees at this company are really, I mean really low.

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