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Updated 29 Apr 2021

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William Grant & Sons Interim CEO Giles Wilson
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  1. "Vvv"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Regional Manager in London, England, England

    I have been working at William Grant & Sons full-time

    Pros

    Very good company to further develop

    Cons

    Slow business change sometimes to adopt

  2. Helpful (1)

    "Male?White?English?Ex Diageo? This is your next cash cow"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Manager in Richmond, London, England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at William Grant & Sons full-time for more than 5 years

    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

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  3. Helpful (1)

    "Global Marketing Manager"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Global Marketing Manager in London, England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at William Grant & Sons full-time

    Pros

    Always interesting work. Travel. Growing business.

    Cons

    Leadership can be disorganised at times

  4. Helpful (2)

    "Room for improvement"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at William Grant & Sons full-time

    Pros

    Wellbeing agenda Decent benefits in line with common corporate benefit scheme

    Cons

    Harder for women to earn promotions High roles in the business and exec board still ''very white and very male'' despite their announced commitment of equality in the past few years Pay gap Toxic environment in some departments in their London office

  5. "Fantastic organisation"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Middle Management in Glasgow, Scotland, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at William Grant & Sons full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great culture Exciting products Great people

    Cons

    Lack of systems Takes a ing time to get things done

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  6. "Great company to develop"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Sales Manager in London, England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at William Grant & Sons full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great company values and premium brands portfolio

    Cons

    Local markets will dictate priority

  7. Helpful (1)

    "Would not recommend this company, very hierarchical, no enthusiasm/vision"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Richmond Hill, England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at William Grant & Sons full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Richmond, where the London offices are based is a nice town

    Cons

    No innovation Siloed working Docs are all over the shop Very poor leadership Inflexible Hierarchical No real idea what anybody is doing All about the money No progression opportunities

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  8. "Manager"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Human Resources in London, England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at William Grant & Sons full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great place to work , able to make an impact

    Cons

    People are feeling quite stretched

  9. "ambassador"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Hackney, England, England

    I have been working at William Grant & Sons part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    like to work with others and on my own

    Cons

    worked as an ambassador that was one of my great work.

  10. "Broadly positive, a fun place to work"

    4.0
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    Marketing Manager in London, England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at William Grant & Sons

    Pros

    I know I can make a difference. The company has retained an entrepreneurial angle and the subject matter keeps it fun.

    Cons

    As a private company I know I can never have any skin in the game. The opportunity to build options elsewhere may eventually be more valuable than the benefit of a family business

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