William Grant & Sons Reviews

Updated 8 Jun 2021

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William Grant & Sons Interim CEO Giles Wilson
Giles Wilson
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Pros
  • "Great Brands, amazing people, great career support(in 13 reviews)

  • "Great people to work with, small enough to connect with most people(in 7 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Poor work life balance and not enough employees(in 4 reviews)

  • "Ops leadership in NJ is weak and cow toes to what NY and Scotland want(in 4 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Vvv

      4 Feb 2021 - Regional Manager in London, England, England
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      Pros

      Very good company to further develop

      Cons

      Slow business change sometimes to adopt

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    2. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

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

      29 Apr 2021 - Manager in Richmond, London, England, England
      Recommend
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      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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      8 people found this review helpful
    3. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Good company with good people

      17 May 2021 - Finance Manager 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great brands and a lot of very passionate people. Lots to do, had a great time there. Simon and the executive working hard, created a good team spirit. Glenn also very good, he has so much knowledge.

      Cons

      Lots to do is generally good though at times it was a little too much.

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    4. 3.0
      Current Employee

      Manager

      8 Jun 2021 - Manager in Richmond, London, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Family owned business with great brands and great people Great location with outstanding office

      Cons

      Very flat structure with no opportunity to grow within the company unless you worked in domestic. No respect for international experience and people with languages skills Poor leadership at times Terrible HR team

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    5. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 8 years

      Work at WGS

      17 May 2021 - Infrastructure Analyst in Bellshill, Scotland, Scotland
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Staff are great, free company alcohol, Team members are good fun.

      Cons

      Management do not understand the pressure we work under

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    6. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 8 years

      Don’t go near

      13 May 2021 - Head of Department in Bellshill, Scotland, Scotland
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Some great people with great skills Grand old family owned company that for a period of time got it right Brilliant industry

      Cons

      Family business that ignores treating its employees with dignity and respect Stressful environment Long service used as a right of passage to intimidate new employees Poor performers promoted as long as they do what they are told by Glen Gordon

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      3 people found this review helpful
    7. 4.0
      Former Employee

      Production site

      10 May 2021 - Production Operator 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Nice people, good H&S, canteen, good money.

      Cons

      Not easy to get a contract

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    8. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Great brands and people

      27 Apr 2021 - Assistant NPD Manager in London, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Brands are amazing Family run business makes it very welcoming and less corporate People are great

      Cons

      Terrible pay and rewards Poor internal progression

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    9. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      great people - great brands

      14 May 2021 - Production in Bellshill, Scotland, Scotland
      Recommend
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      Pros

      great brands to be proud of

      Cons

      too many long shifts to work

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    10. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      What could be a great company laid low by the Chairman

      2 May 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great brands and history to build upon.

      Cons

      Interference from the Chairman who does not trust his senior team and believes he is more knowledgeable than his qualified team. His way or the highway.

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      5 people found this review helpful
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