Constellation Brands Sucks Customer Reviews and Feedback

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Constellation Brands, Inc., a Fortune 500 company, is an American producer and marketer of beer, wine and spirits. Constellation is the largest beer import company in the US, measured by sales, and has the third-largest market share (7.4 percent) of all major beer suppliers. It also has investments in medical marijuana. Based in Victor, New York, Constellation has about 40 facilities and approximately 9,000 employees.

The company has more than 100 brands in its portfolio. Wine brands include Robert Mondavi, Richards Wild Irish Rose, Ravenswood Winery, Wild Horse Winery, Clos du Bois, Franciscan Estates, Kim Crawford, Meiomi, Mark West, Ruffino, and The Prisoner. Constellation's beer portfolio includes imported brands such as Corona, Modelo Especial, Negra Modelo, and Pacífico, as well as American craft beer producer Funky Buddha. Spirits brands include Svedka Vodka, Casa Noble Tequila and High West Whiskey, Nelson's Green Brier Tennessee Whiskey.

Constellation Brands is currently embroiled in a water rights dispute over a proposed manufacturing facility in the desert city of Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico. This water comes from the Colorado River, which not only provides Mexicali and the agricultural valley but is also piped to the mountain and coastal cities of Tijuana, Tecate, Rosarito and to some areas of Ensenada.

An employe left this review, "IT Management is not well organized and usually doesn't even know how to spell "IT". Mid-level IT management just passes down unreasonable decrees from upper management with unrealistic expectations.Performance reviews are a joke. Not based on anything specific, just the favorites get the best part of a bell curve based distribution of salary increases, if any at all."


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Former Employee - Annomous says

"Lack of advancement opportunities. It appears that people of color are not promoted into leadership roles but neglected and pushed out of the organization. If you look at the senior leadership team there is not one person of color. Another issue is that the current staff of color consistently complain about mistreat and bias but it’s not addressed. Some of the things managers say to you are unethical and crosses the line professionally and legally. What a waste of time working here! HR doesn’t support you when you need help. Rethink your options!"

Former Employee - Analyst says

"Constantly changing priorities coming from poor leadership, lack of career growth due to politics"

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"I left Constellation Brands on my own to pursue another opportunity. This job had no job security due to Constellation going through the sale of some of their wine and spirits products. No one could give me a solid answer if my job was going to be safe after the sale so I decided to leave on my own. I gave 3 weeks instead of 2 because I knew my department was short handed. During my last 3 weeks my manager put in her 2 weeks and left before I did. The turnover at this company is extremely high. I was never given an exit interview to ask questions prior to my departure. My HR generalist never reached out to me to make sure I was all set before leaving. While I enjoyed me department and the people I worked with - the disorganization in other departments at this company is an issue. The people here are cold and unfriendly. My advice - stay away from this company. Your happiness is more important than free alcohol."

Current Employee - Supervisor says

"Thanks for taking the time to write a review. At Constellation, we pride ourselves in our ability to never be satisfied with the status quo. We believe in constantly pushing the boundaries to deliver more for our consumers, investors, communities, and employees. We understand that change presents challenge, and are sorry to hear that your experience did not reflect our hope to provide a rewarding and challenging career in a fast-paced industry. If you’d like to discuss your review in more depth, please talk with us at"

Current Employee - Manager says

"Sadly the Wine & Spirits Operations Leadership Team do not empower those same talented employees who possess tremendous expertise and experience. Rather the Operations Leadership think they are smarter and more talented than their employees. Current business results would indicate otherwise."

Current Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"IT department reports into finance who has no clue how to run it. It has been a disaster for the last 3 years with rotating CTOs in yearly increments. Forward outlook is worse, since IT is now run by an interim Deloitte CIO who besides the obvious conflict of interest is removing all technical talent from the organization so they can get more business. There is clear racism in the leadership of the organization which is unaddressed by HR. All in all you'd do good to stay away ."

Former Employee - Director says

"New CEO is divisive. Culture has deteriorated under his leadership."

Former Employee - Senior Director says

"You will be just a number, with very poor senior and middle management."

Administrative (Former Employee) says

"While there were some very good perks (discounts on products) pay in California was based on cost of labor versus cost of living, which was not competitive in the local labor markets. Discounts on productsCost of living pay"

Information Security (Former Employee) says

"You will eventually be terminated with no reason why.. They don't give second chances and expect you to read their minds with what they want. Stay away, you will be much better off elsewhere."

store manager (Former Employee) says

"Worst company i have ever worked for. Middle management bully and try to make stafff do illegal things such as serve alcohol off site to try "boosting sales" micro managed and have little regard for family life. If you like constant harrassment and never having another long weekend then this is the job for you. They promise bonus but it is paid out 6-9 months after the quarter ends. Ive never witnessed such a poorly run company. Hopefully they will all be closed due to grocery stores being able to sell wine and beer.Nice staffbullying, harrassment, lying middle management, broken promises, unrealisitic goals"

Accountant (Former Employee) says

"Constellation Brands is a terrible place to work. They love to misuse people by keeping them as temps for over 25 years and refuse to hire them directly."

sales rep (Current Employee) says

"Working in a downtown location in Ottawa, it was demoralizing everyday to aid the alcoholism of the homeless population. They would come in wasted with a tim hortons cup of change and management would insist you serve them so as to not lose a sale, EVEN THOUGH IT IS ILLEGAL! This job gets around so many legalities because they think their store level staff are stupid. The minute you bring up the labour board they threaten to take you off the schedule. They manipulate and use coercion to get you to do job tasks that you arent comfortable co-workerseverything else"

Line Operator/Packer (Former Employee) says

"You're NOTHING but a number to them, it's all about hitting a quota at all cost, the employees are just a number, there is NO support from them, it's even worse if you're hired as a temp employee..."

Director (Former Employee) says

"A very chaotic and stressful environment totally lacking in effective management or organizational direction. With re-organizations taking place at a minimum frequency of a year, and sometimes more than once a year, there is no job security or feeling of appreciation for your work."

Bottling Line Operator (Former Employee) says

"Worst management ever! If management could do anything right, they always intentionally chose to do it wrong. If they liked you, you could do no wrong. If they didn’t like you you were blamed for everything. If you addressed issues it put a huge target on your back and even other department went after you. Cut throat and very negative culture.Benefits.Cut throat, negative, pass the buck!"

sales person (Former Employee) says

"The company is so badly managed. It's to bad because they have a great product and great sales people, but the management and middle management is ruining the company. Pay is awful for the liability, they like to push the law and this puts their staff at risk.They bully, and the worst management rise to the top and the competent get fired or quit. Great customers, nice stores, its too bad the company is run so badly.usually the co workers if your luckymiddle management who treat all like garbage"

Associate Marketing Manager (Former Employee) says

"Horrible management, no transparency, total lack of company direction. Constant restructuring creates lack of consistency and momentum. No interdepartmental collaboration, no communication. The company is so busy with acquisitions and new product development that they don't focus on the brands they have. Management ignores concerns and complaints. Rather than hire new talent for upper management, company constantly rotates upper management into new roles, whether qualified or not (usually not).Discounts. Pretty much impossible to get firedEverything else"

Wine merchant (Former Employee) says

"Management is terrible. If there's an issue the manager doesn't address it with the person, instead she talks about those people behind their back to other merchants and customers. Instead of trying to talk to that merchant about what is being done wrong, she reduces your hours and makes you feel uncomfortable in the store until you are forced to quit. A lot of the times you are alone in the store and you cannot go to the washroom. Most company policies aren't followed, such as two merchants are supposed to be in the store during load, which is when we receive our order of wine for that week, due to safety reasons. There is never more than one person in the store during that time. There is no wine allowance. All we get is wine issues which are chosen by the company and we have to fill out a homework sheet on it and if the manager doesn't like you, she will take your issue home without telling you. The wage is not competitive, it's only .25 cents over the minimum wage which doesn't really make a difference. Its an extremely boring job and the company is terrible. You have to work a minimum 5.5 hour shift to get a break. Anything under that you don't get anything. All this company does is take advantage of you. They also don't tax you properly and when you ask for additional tax to be taken off, you get ignored and end up paying a lot of money when you have to do your taxes for that year.NoneNo breaks, can't go to the washroom, management is terrible, slow paced"

Store Manager (Former Employee) says

"The company says they care for your work life balance, but in reality they pile on work hours and have unreasonable demands. The pay is not up to par for what they demand, and they do not pay overtime. You're replaceable to them. They take 2 quarters to pay you your bonus and when you do get perks, it's a company gift card that you have to pay taxes on. Unless you don't have a family and want to live for the company, I don't recommend working here.Paid breaks, wine.Horrible hours, horrible management."

Planeador Calidad y Suministro (Former Employee) says

"Ofrecen buena contratación directa, sin embargo la empresa demanda mucho tiempo de lunes a domingo en cuestión laboral. No existe un equilibrio entre vida personal y laboral. La administración y el Management tienen muchísimas áreas de oportunidad. No existen procesos robustos que ayuden la fluidez del negocio y exista un verdadero control.Prestaciones superioresFalta de administración, Management y crecimiento"

Bottling Inspector (Former Employee) says

"Adecco got me in as a temp but screwed up my time by not calling me to let me know I had work, I tried to explain to Constellation brands and they refused to listen, I never missed a day until Adecco forgot to tell me."

Manager on Duty (Former Employee) says

"Company should have two or more paid employees on site at all times Company should change uniform style Company should have safer work conditions Company should allow the store manager to operate fully all responsibility and to ensure style of the team And for continued success and profit and sales Company should provide all part time and full time staff With all Shep-ell and also union support and adhere to safety and legal standards Company should encourage transfer from Canada to USA , or other destinations for progress of success and career directive. Plan . Company should provide a safer security of proceedings and swift effective standards . Company should have security camera 24/7 Several other pointers . I left on good terms . Resigned . I have references . Thank YouInternational opportunity for advancementSalary too low and conditions needed improvements"

Manager (Current Employee) says

"Company changed executive leadership 3 years ago. They lack experience to take the Company through a major change in business direction. No thought or respect is given to employees. It is all about bottom line revenue. Executive leadership continues to make poor decisions."

Production Line Worker (Former Employee) says

"I was temping in R J Spagnols, Kitchener for 10 days to cover for a sick worker. I must say that fellow employees are a better than the usual crowd you expect meeting in factory settings. Working hours from 7 AM till 5:30 PM (10 hour days). They don't have a clock in machine, rather, if you're not at your work station at 7 AM sharp, they cut 15 minutes pay from your pay!!! The wine making kits line has to operate from 7 till 5.30 with no stoppage. A perm comes and takes over from you for the 2 breaks and 1 lunch break. You keep working most of the times beyond 5.30 PM. If you have other arrangements like what happened to me once, the production manager didn't like it at all. Next day, I was 10 mins late for the morning shift because of an early morning accident on the 401 and I commute from Guelph. The same day, a worker asked me to stay beyond 5.30 PM to finish the batch. I accepted, I inquired about payment, he informed me that they round up the overtime minutes if less that 15, to 15 mins. Next day, the manager himself asked me to stay beyond 5.30, for which I accepted and stayed for 30 mins. However, much to my amazement, when I got the email that informs me about the hours I worked, I noticed that they cut 30 minutes from my overtime pay. I emailed the manager, only to inform me that I've been late twice (which is a lie) as I was late only once and @ 7.10 precisely, I was there on my work station! What does he do? He forwards the email thread to the temp agency that gave me the assignment, compalining about me that I was twice late. So, I remembered, that on WednesdayRelaxed and good work colleaguesRuthless management who cares none about temps"

Planeador de Produccion (Former Employee) says

"Para fortuna de la compañía el mercado estadounidense le ha sido noble, las ganancias obtenidas son atribuibles a el comprtamiento favorable del creciente mercado de cerveza importada en dicho país, que poco tiene que ver con los esfuerzos de marketing de la compañía y mucho con la tendencia natural del mercado venida de hace años. La gestión de la compañía en lo que respecta a Mexico es cuestionable . Efecto potenciado en sus plantas de producción las cuales representan aproximadamente al 90% de los puestos ubicados en Mexico. Plantas donde , los gerentes en su gran mayoría excusan su actitud abiertamente anti profesional bajo el pretexto de la “vieja escuela” siendo esta sorprendentemente irrespetuosa y lindando en tiránica, aunado a la falta de diversidad y receptividad hacen a esta empresa un lugar poco deseable para trabajar. Si deseas laborar aquí la opción más favorable es buscar ser parte de su corporativo donde al menos tu status de ser humano será respetado, mientras evitas a toda costa sus plantas de producción.Seguro médico, sueldo por encima de la mediaPésima administración, falta de objetividad y profesionalismo"

Master Mechanic (Former Employee) says

"I enjoyed working with my co workers a great deal, benefits were better then any job I have had to date in a non-union job. The working culture created by management was sub par.Benefits, employees.Poorly managed, blame culture."

Data Warehouse Engineer (Former Employee) says

"Constellation IT management has mastered the shell game. IT management likes to show the business side the latest and greatest in technology every 6 months to make it appear as if all of the business problems will be solved. The actual issue that IT management and the business misses, is that Constellation IT lacks the fundamentals to allow the IT department to be successful. As seasoned IT personnel will know, this leads to long hours, poor morale and lack of work/life balance.Long hours, poor management, bad morale"

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