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- 5.025 Jul 2023Supply ChainFormer Employee, more than 5 yearsGlasgow, Scotland
Great products and people. Very fun sector to work for.
Lack of system and consequently data’. They also need to work on the diversity and inclusion agenda
- 3.011 Sept 2023Marketing DirectorCurrent Employee, more than 3 yearsLondon, England
Smart and creative marketing teams
CMO is a narcissist, uninspiring, serves his own agenda.3
- 4.028 Jun 2023Finance AnalystFormer Employee, less than 1 yearBellshill, Scotland
Passionate people Appetite for company growth and improvement Product allowance
Lots of fixed term contracts Some processes stuck in the past Information reporting overload
- 4.023 May 2023Regional Finance DirectorCurrent Employee, more than 3 yearsLondon, England
Family owned business with a very nice culture. The company invest in the long term and has very strong brands.
The ability to supply products is not great. Salaries are average
- 5.015 May 2023Treasury AnalystCurrent Employee, more than 5 yearsCumbernauld, Scotland
Great company to work for in general.
Management can be inflexible and trying to force office working
- 2.015 Nov 2022Sales ManagerCurrent Employee
Some great brands that will stand test of time Some good people and leaders Conservative Family owned company = long term thinking, cash rich, relatively stable in performance
Currently being run by eccentric family member who is both chairman and CEO, has zero emotional intelligence, has no idea how to foster a positive company culture, and running business like a manufacturing arm - obsessed with process and compliance. Losing some of their top talent, especially the women leaders. D&I agenda is not existent. HR function is weak.5
- 2.018 Nov 2022Anonymous EmployeeFormer EmployeeLondon, England
Great brands and some recent brilliant hires, workforce are hoping they manage to retain the new hires to help shift the company culture in a positive direction but concerningly a few have already jumped ship after a relatively short tenure.
There is currently no real 'leadership' with key positions constantly reacting and chasing their tails, this is demotivating the entire workforce. People management and communications skills are severely lacking across the leadership levels. Huge lack of alignment with the acting CEO and marketing management team, possibly too many 'yes' people in posts which means chaos has trickled downwards. Lack of accountability, transparency, honesty, needs a staffing shake-up to ensure fresh perspectives are welcomed, heard and actioned. Psychological safety is non existent. It's not currently a great place for women, too many micro aggressions from a day to day old school boys club, too many behind the scenes 'mates' conversations rather than upfront feedback at the time. Echoing other people's comments regarding the archaic culture, this fuels the lack of safe space to offer/receive feedback. Curiosity and learning can be seen as fiercely threatening meaning newcomers leave after a short tenure. The company's digital transformation ambitions are admirable and long overdue but the current structure is not fit for purpose and frustratingly very few things get off the ground to their full potential. Company values are disregarded, for example 'Embracing difference' is one of the company's core values, arguably it currently embraces anything but- background, gender, ethnicity or skillset wise... there's a mould you should fit to be heard. Diversity and equality are also met with token communications and no tangible action. On the shaky foundation of an already poor gender pay report, no CMO in post, a piecemeal and poorly communicated disguised restructure over the course of a year, numerous women leaders and great talent have since left out of choice, often without roles to go to.6
- 1.04 Jan 2022ManagerFormer Employee, more than 3 yearsLondon, England
Working hours on a Friday are 9-2:30pm. The brands are amazing and succeed in-spite of management / company /family dysfunction.
If you're interested in joining an Old Boys Club, that prevents women and minorities from being truly successful, then this is the place to be! Do you like talking about buzz words you don't believe in, like Digital Transformation, Tech, and Data? If yes, then you will thrive here. At William Grant and Sons, the only thing moving forward is cycle of rebranding The Grants Operating Model to another name that promotes nothing meaningful or tangible to the employee, its just a phrase used to make you believe the company, the chairman, and your boss, are behind moving this company forward - the reality is that the dial isn't moving forward at all. This company is very divided, operating like two very different businesses. You have the one side that sits in Scotland and believes they are the core and heart of everything, and the side that sits in London that is fast paced and awake to the current state of affairs. And between the two sides, there is very little respect or love. The chairman runs the business with ample amounts off distain, distrust and disrespect for all - directly challenging your salary by claiming you make too and are not worth it. This partly comes from the fact that he believes everyone in the company is cheating him out of revenue and profit that belongs solely in his pocket.8
- 1.021 Jul 2022Finance ManagerFormer Employee, more than 1 yearLondon, England
Product allowance, although limited or largely unavailable Previous CEO and CMO were honest and earnest. Still good leaders and role models around the business but they are not given opportunities
Poor excuses for why top management is still white and male. Opportunities for women are limited or dampened down by comments related to “strength” and requirements suggesting aggression is more preferable to technical ability. Incredibly BBU finance not questioned why top talent has left and the remaining white middle class British males have been promoted into central team roles at the expense of strong young talent.2
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William Grant & Sons has an overall rating of 3.9 out of 5, based on over 267 reviews left anonymously by employees. 74% of employees would recommend working at William Grant & Sons to a friend and 70% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has improved by 5% over the last 12 months.
74% of William Grant & Sons employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated William Grant & Sons 3.5 out of 5 for work life balance, 3.9 for culture and values and 3.1 for career opportunities.