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Drinks company Bacardi-Martini might have had a difficult year but it has been careful not to give its staff a rum deal.
The firm has grown from a 19th-century Cuban rum distillery into a multinational yet still family-owned company.
Its UK division has seen big changes in the past year, with the closure of production operations at Southampton, and the move of the entire commercial arm to Winchester.
This has taken a toll on pretax profits, while staff turnover has risen from 13% to 20% with 16 redundancies, but since only the commercial arm was surveyed last year (because production was run by the European operation), employee numbers have remained identical at 253 people.
To soften the blow of losing their job, outgoing staff were given a £1,000 allowance on top of redundancy pay, as well as professional advice and the opportunity to retrain.
Despite the problems, Bacardi-Martini still scores 10th in our survey for pride in the organisation, with an 87% positive score, and 20th for employees saying that they are in their dream job (56%).
One of the most obvious perks of working for the company is a drinks allowance of £25 a month for products which include Bacardi rums, Martini, Bombay Sapphire gin and Bacardi Breezers. The new offices include a free restaurant and a bar, used for “brand training” and sampling sessions.
Holiday allowance increases from 24 days to 30 after a decade of service (although senior managers start with the six-week allowance).
More than four out of 10 members of staff have been with the company for more than five years.
Everyone is eligible to job share, work compressed hours or flexitime, and can take a sabbatical. Almost all employees can work from home, and two-thirds of them do, with the aid of company laptops, wireless connections, broadband, mobile phones and BlackBerrys.
Maternity (and adoption) pay is a generous 18 weeks at full pay, 21 weeks at the statutory rate and then 13 weeks unpaid. Paternity leave is fully paid for two weeks.
All employees are entitled to performance- and profit-related pay, and private healthcare, including partners and dependants. They also have life assurance, a non-contributory pension and an employee assistance programme. There is a wellness programme, free on-site gym and subsidised activities. Parents are given childcare vouchers, and there are also company discounts and a concierge service to make life easier.
There are various schemes for training managers, and the firm rates 25th for managers caring about employees’ job satisfaction (76%) and 13th for supporting them (81%). John Beard, the chief executive, meets new recruits for lunch after their six-month probation to find out what they have to say, runs quarterly road shows, and an annual “commercial conference” to update everyone and take questions.
A Bacardi Learning Centre offers technical and personal training online and all vacancies are advertised internally.
The company sponsors the Best Bar None initiative in partnership with the police, bars and clubs in a bid to ban happy hours and educate the public about responsible drinking.
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On-site gym or subsidised gym memberships
On-site nursery or vouchers
Full family cover
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40% of employees with more than 5 years' service
At least 10 weeks' leave on full pay
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