Overall Reviews at Diageo
Great company with an entrepreneurial environment.
Typical day at work:
- Listen to phone messages and review any unread emails from the day prior.
- Set tasks to complete for the day.
- Get on calls with management and or co-workers to discuss programs, issues, ways of working, etc...
- Get on calls with distributor to discuss programs, current state of business, issues, accomplishments, etc...
What I learned:
- What I learned is this is a company for competitors. This is not a bad thing. In my opinion, most of the employees are competing so hard to beat the next person out that often there is disregard for your fellow employees well being. The competiveness is good to a certain point but at times appears to be callus. Alignment with the right VP/GM's is the key to survival in this company. One cannot survive the constant re-orgs without it.
The hardest part of the job:
Simply put, the hardest thing to do here is to rebuild programs that have been sent to execute without being thought out or complete. I found there was a constant re-building of programs that should be ready to go.
Some of my co-workers in my opinion are some of the brightest people I've ever met.
The most enjoyable part of the job:
Representing some of the biggest and best Spirit brands in the world. That's a good feeling.
ConsCallus approach to managing business and people.
A Great Place To Work
Diageo is one of the best companies I have ever worked for. Typical day depended on what was in my agenda, went anywhere between relaxed and easy flowing to crazy and sometimes hectic depending on what issues needed to be worked out. Management support in my department was outstanding! Gave full support and always asked what I needed from them to make sure other departments did what they needed to complete in order for me to complete my tasks. The hardest part of the job (mostly in the beginning of me switching over from OTM to Management) was getting everyone in other departments that I worked with on the same page in getting their tasks completed. But it all worked out in the end for everyone.
The most enjoyable part of my day...the people that I worked with. Both in the production area and in the offices. I worked with some of the best employees at Diageo NA.I truly enjoyed working for this company and I would recommend anyone to work there.
ProsSafety is ALWAYS first, great incentives, recognition for job well done
Quit a job that I shouldn't have for this one.
This job is terribly managed. Only worked there for a year. I worked my butt off and any of them care less. They made sure they won an award for best place to work in Illinois then two weeks later announced layoffs and lower people's pay drastically. That company ruined a lot of people lives. They was not losing money at all. Just greed that has to come from the share holders. I found out first time what birddog meant never heard that word before. When I say terribly manage we found emails that was sent from manager to manager in detail to "birddog" employees. This is upper management! Now a CEO can make decision to layoff but he make 11mill a year? I will never understand that but I guess that's the way things are. I had a job before I worked there. I thought I can make more and enjoy working for a reputable company. That wasn't the case. Their attitude and this is all the way up the chain of this company is : keep them drunk make more money. Because if alcohol wasn't addictive then they wouldn't be in business.
I love this job so much! Diageo (MKTG) is run by mostly women, they are so helpful and supportive. It is a flexible job. A typical day at work includes arriving 15 minutes early to the venue to set up. Then setting up a beautiful display. The job really starts once all of that is set up. Once the display is set up, I interact with consumers and inform them about the brand and products. Every time, I work I learn how to get people to open up, market products, make sales, represent brands, and find new ways to support the products and brand. My coworkers are helpful and friendly, because the best way to achieve success in this company is to work as a team. A team sells the most! The hardest part of the job is when customers object to the promotion or brand. However, I find it fun to learn how to sell despite these objections. The most enjoyable part of the job is to meet new and interesting fun people!
ProsMeeting people, flexible hours, great pay, great managers
ConsNot enough work
Great place to work.
Bottling Alcoholic Beverages, Operates manufacturing equipment that supplies raw materials to the production line and/or fills, caps, seals, labels or packages product. Removes damaged product or supplies, as needed. Maintains required product inspection process. Performs basic troubleshooting and minor repairs to ensure production equipment runs efficiently. - Operate and monitor line, removing or shifting materials and/or finished product as necessary to facilitate proper flow and machine operation -Ensure package quality -Operate all manufacturing equipment efficiently and safely -Clean equipment and area during and after shift -Maintain clean work area throughout good house-keeping practices -Expedite repairs to line; with maintenance as necessary -Keep daily records of down time and machine operations
Conswork/your personal life
You Better Know the Right People and Brown Nose
I worked there as a consultant for a half year assignment; was ONLY given 3 days notice my assignment was ending (VERY unprofessional). The experience was good and bad (at the end). I liked the working environment very much. However, I didn't like the amount of favoritism I saw. Everyone who is a non-employee there will literally throw the other non-employee "under the bus" to get hired. What's even worse is what I saw in sheer favoritism from Hiring Managers to those who knew how to brown nose and suck up to them instead of hiring a GOOD employee who would be an asset to their department. I actually witnessed reverse discrimination/favoritism which is clearly against company policy and am deciding whether or not to "whistle blow" on it to H.R.
Prosenvironment, telecommuting option, get to take laptops home, best in product
Consit's not about what you know, it's about who you know/likes you
Productive and balanced work place
Working at Diageo VI was a nice experience. This was a very professional outfit, with room for constant improvement and growth. Typical work day starts with shift hand over, operations meeting to discuss daily activities and to set production goals for the upcoming work week.
As an inside/outside operator at Diageo, typical work day involves adjusting unit parameters using SCADA and also working with maintenance to repair, troubleshoot and maintain unit equipment. Other activities involved taking samples, running analytical data on said samples, Inputting work notifications, take chemical inventory, housekeeping activities etc.
The workplace culture was very cordial, everyone got along well and people were free to be themselves and could approach management with any issues.
Prosgood overall benefit package, good company
Very comfortable, cooworkers very nice, food areas clean, it was great experience working at this place
I enjoyed very much this job I had to supervise all the areas of food laboring, all the canned food, going from salt levels, water temperature,all of this in a lab. After making sure all the process from the very start was done as instructed, from the cans of boiling vegetables that were later canned and filled with the proper amount of water and salt and temperature to the transporting bands were the labels were attached by the maachines, ans then checking if any dents were made after putting the expiration date.. all this process was long. So had to be wallking all day making sure all the production was going well until the very end it was packed and ready to be shipped.
ProsGreat environment, good salary
ConsI woorked all 7days a week
Was a great place to work. truly loved my job.
I love my job, management was engaging and informative with
day to day needs. My maintenance co-workers are some of the best
in the area, we show this by making sure each one of us stays safe
while accomplishing all our task quickly.
The day starts with a morning meeting with our lead man, Then on
to the production floor to get the lines started. At this point I will monitor the packer for any trouble spots that Brenton is known for.
Working my way up the line to verify that all the equipment is
functioning properly, I then will go to the work shop to receive my daily check list. After doing the check list I maintain a presence
on the production line so I can answer any call promptly.
This is the hardest part of my job (waiting).
ProsWorked with some great people
Fun learning experience in the making of alcohol.
Days at Diageo varied by crews and position. On a 12 hour shift, a typical day at work varied. There were either very productive work days where records were broken, or days where we would stand around not being able to run a line. I've learned the responsibilities it takes to prepare and ship out alcohol. Management is great and takes care of issues right away, they show great recognition, and are always available when needed. Co-workers are very helpful and kind. Nights can go by very fast if lines are running and work is being done, but when lines go down that we have no control over, the hardest part on a 12 hour shift can be staying awake trying to look for work to do. Being very productive and getting orders done in time is the most enjoyable part.
ProsFree alcohol giveaways.
Assistant | London
| Apr 3, 2017
A truly great company to work for with excellent products, good location (I worked in the London office), flexible working opportunities, good benefits and even an onsite shop, gym and bar. I met some brilliant people and built friendships.
However, job security is definitely not a given especially if you have been at the company less than two years as I was. When it was clear that there was a restructure, I tried to apply for a role that was very similar to what I had been doing but did not get it as I did not have the support of the manager. The role went to someone else who was lovely about the whole thing as we were friendly. There were no problems between us as it was not her fault that she got it but I think the fact that my line manager failed to press my case (because in their opinion, I was not qualified for the role despite the good feedback that I received from the team advertising the position) certainly undermined my application. I appreciate that I did make mistakes during my time there but I feel that they were exaggerated and the support from my manager was limited especially when it came to finding a new role.
I think the company will continue to grow, expand and attract skilled people but unfortunately, I believe that those who have been there longer and have been able to build relationships will do better whilst those who have been there a short time will continue to be disproportionately affected by the numerous reorganisations that Diageo has.
ProsExcellent facilities, some good people, great location, good benefits
ConsConstant reorgs undermining job security, too many managers getting rid of those they see as a threat
Project Assistant | London
| Apr 2, 2014
Proud to be part if this Organisation
In my present role as a Workday Deployment Project Assistant, I have demonstrated many of the key requirements to succeed as a Project Administrator such as support the project team to help out during key / tight periods on the project; manage content and access to the team and open Mosaic site; act as the project librarian, maintaining project files and documents; arrange Project Leadership Team meetings; arrange logistics for Sprint Workshops including flights, hotel, transport, visas and evening activities; ownership of PMO activities (project administration), e.g. steering group decks, action logs, risk logs ; process project expenses; manage the team holiday tracker and holiday requests; provide back up to the Global first point Director/HR Effectiveness Director PA ; provide general administrative support to the Global Deployment Manager, Regional Deployment Manager/s and wider team; diary and meeting co-ordination for the Global Deployment Manager. I also support the Global Operations team with a variety of administrative tasks as well as provide some secretarial support in arranging meetings, booking rooms and taking minutes where required and to assist the PMO/Project Manager with admin, diary co-ordination and materials preparation. I have had many achievements, including organising Team Events with success.
Performance Analyst | Douala
| May 6, 2012
Great leaders with Pro active team and having enjoyable Tennis court, basket and football association
My last role as A&P performance Analyst.
-We Start at 8 sharp,
-Planning my daily task in a diary most of the time our tasks are periodic are repetitive as in a cycle,
First week we have month end closing and reporting tasks variance analysis ,compare AOP annual operating Plan with actual results..
2nd week is monthly performance review with marketing managers and future month forecast,
3rd week is Flash projections ; reconciliations are done on weekly basis whereas validation of budget approval for marketing projects are done on daily basis.
We have minimum 6 compulsory meeting during a month ;
4 weekly meeting review for key expectations with team and Senior managers generally Mondays,then one cross functional meeting each month and one cross market performance review within countries after each month end .
There is a multicultural mix and we encourage and value each other among co-workers and even customers and clients ,by doing so we are able to better serve and easily understand each other needs.
More over we have several training workshop and seminars which helps each of us to enhance and build a self excellence culture.
Proslunches, celebrations birthdays, career achievements, life water programme etc ...
Consshorts breaks, community or health care advisory ...
Lazy mid-level management
I've worked for 5 years at Diageo Budapest based office, and even though I very much enjoyed working there at the beginning my enthusiasm got lesser and lesser over the years. This is mainly to blame on mid-level management, some of them working there for 10-15 years and some of them stuck in one position far too long, which leads them to be side-blinded, way to comfortable in their surrounding, in their own territory they all know too well, or at least as they think they know to well! Most of them just want to survive, working 1-2 hours a day max, with minimum effort, constantly unavailable, constantly ill or working remotely, god knows from where exactly. The have no clear goals, no ideas to share, no pushing forward any kind of innovation whatsoever. Most of them are lacking serious management skills, that somehow nobody seems to notice. The way it goes is, if you are friends, siblings, lovers or husband or wife you get to be "selected" as a junior manager or senior manager, if you are new or have no "good connections" you are simply out of the ball game! My overall opinion is, that the company should take very a good look at their leaders and their performances and making sure lazy clowns are removed from their position with immediate affect!
ProsThe company has an overall pleasant atmosphere
ConsIf you are not part of the "circle" you have no chance moving up
Absolutely Abhorrent Company
Put simply, Diageo are a horrid and incredibly nasty organisation who treat their staff like dirt.
If you work in an office doing marketing or whatever, then you'll be fine no doubt. Working on one of their distillery or malting sites in Scotland, however, is a very different story.
As a dismissed employee who lasted less than a year, I can say the only thing that impressed me about them was how awful they truly were. I could not have imagined it from such a big and well known business with such famous brands. They are now run by young, clueless and ruthless management who are only interested in colouring in red and green circles on a chart. I was dismissed after making an honest mistake, and they put more effort into the investigation and disciplinary process, than helping to do the job they hired me for. They cannot start a witch-hunt quickly enough when something goes wrong and you are grossly over-punished. I am just the latest in a huge line of people who have been pushed out over the years, some of whom, have done next to nothing.
The GMB trade union deals with more dismissals from this company than any other, which says it all. Their arrogance and self-righteousness are astounding. I would not wish them on anyone and am so sorry for almost everyone who works in their Distillation & Maturation business, at least.
ConsWhere to even begin
Service Manager | Scotland
| Jun 22, 2021
Great Pretenders only - Don't waste you time and energy
I know that I am not the only one and I really think that more people should come forward and tell their story as this cannot carry on. It is inhuman! I hope this little story of mine will encourage more people to do so.
I worked for the company in Scotland in a small town. The great Diageo culture I heard of never arrived there so I never got a flavor of it. The managers could not be bothered to implement it in the first place. What I encountered was poor management, xenophobia, racism and above all Bullying. No matter which route I was trying to take, nothing was being done about this terrible bullying culture. The management refused to do anything about it, was actually part of it. After a year or two they started trying to brainwash me with the intention to make me quit the company as they could not find any mistake. In the end, I took their blood money to save my health.
I once met a man who said, after I told him that I work for Diageo, "You don't know who you are working for." Now I know what he meant! Very sad story and just heard from an ex-colleague who always went the extra mile that he was told he won't be re-hired for this season again.
ConsLow wage, long working hours, split shifts, no compensation for weekend or public holiday work
Supply Chain Specialist | Amsterdam
| May 30, 2013
Overview of the SNP role
I started my career at Diageo in August 2011 with a first supply chain job.
My rigorous backgrounds in engineering as well as my previous work experiences have given me the opportunity to not only strengthen my analytical and scientific reasoning skills but also to build strong relationships with stakeholders in an international environment.
My current position in the European Planning Team has helped me understand the supply chain complexity within Diageo while learning the planning roles of the department.
I have been delivering weekly production plans for two production lines located in two different plants. I have a full vision of the supply network, taking into account market forecast, orders, demand and supply constraints, exceptions to the plan, inventory, customer service and product innovation.
The second aspect of the Diageo network planning is the supply management of a SMR market (South Africa). It gives in-market insights by doing strategic replenishment and working with demand and logistics to ensure OTIF delivery.
ProsSpirit Allocation, extra holidays, international environment, good atmosphere, fun, fast business pace, flexibility, ability to work from home
ConsSalary growth over time
Great company, outstanding products
From my experience direct co-workers were great to work with but wider teams can be difficult to get to know and were not open in being collaborative.
More often than not people get stuck in silos. Collaboration should have been key in doing work and good collaboration comes from good communication which failed at higher level management.
Typical day work was being left usually to manage your own work flow. Direct team was easily accessible and pleasant to work with.
Management was efficient and fair but showed no signs of helping to advance career.
The hardest part of the job was not being recognised or truly valued for the contribution made and higher level management not making job progression a priority.
The most enjoyable part of the job would be the environment that you can create for yourself with great people who work within the building, depending on the building there can be some great in house perks. Get to know the right people and you can have a pleasant days work!
Prosd=Depending on management you can have great work/life balance, Manage yourself, some great people work at Diageo
Consredundancies every 18 months, hard to advance, salary not as competitve but benefits are pretty good.
Diageo PLC is one of the most worker care oriented companies that I have ever worked for
My time at Diageo was challenging day to day, but despite having achieved the necessary qualifications, which the company provided training and tuition for, I was dealing with different managers and operators every day, thus developing great communication skills in the process.
You were always given the opportunity to progress within the company.
There is always a high profile on worker safety awareness.
The small team that I worked with communicated well and always had a smooth handover from shift to shift and would contact from home if needed.
The hardest part of the job as auditor, was that your decision or audit results would sometimes result in an operator being reprimanded, but as an auditor you must make your decisions professionally and impartially. and for the wellbeing of the operators,
The most enjoyable part of the job was to get an email or message from a manager or visitor who had visited our plant in Glasgow congratulating me on my passion for the quality of our product and of our robust quality systems