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Anheuser-Busch Reviews

Updated Jun 18, 2014
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3.0 214 reviews

45% Approve of the CEO

Anheuser-Busch President, North America Luiz Fernando Edmond

Luiz Fernando Edmond

(58 ratings)

49% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Casual work environment, little accountability, free beer once a month(in 33 reviews)

  • 2 cases of beer per month for all employees(in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • Probably a place that respects their work-life balance(in 13 reviews)

  • Long hours are expected, but then again, where aren't they(in 18 reviews)

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    Misery on tap

    Marketing (Former Employee) Saint Louis, MO

    ProsBig bonus *potential* (but read the Cons for more on that). Good resume-builder.

    ConsBase pay is well below market rate, and they dangle the carrot of a potentially large bonus...but it doesn't pay out reliably. Combative, contentious environment. Work-life balance is horribly skewed. Best for people with no families, hobbies, or any other interests outside of the machine itself. Agencies and vendors are squeezed to extremes, from unreasonable payment terms to reverse auctions where they bid on the ability to execute their own ideas. Strained relationships are the norm. Employees are overworked and under-appreciated.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe model of acquire, cut costs to the bone, and repeat has worked so far, but it's not sustainable. At some point, there won't be anything left to squeeze. But by the time that ride comes to a stop, the senior-most execs will have cashed out and what's left will be someone else's problem.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Manipulative, Lack of Common Sense...Only the Young Survive

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsCasual work environment, little accountability, free beer once a month.

    ConsAll while preaching "One team, one dream", they will deceive and manipulate. I know of several people who were pushed out of their job or gotten rid of in "creative" ways. They will do what they can so former employees cannot collect unemployment.

    They care only about the budget, but not with a common sense frugality. They will take away the water coolers, but spend money on decorations for the office. They will deny sales reps, signage and POS for their accounts to have in-house posters printed for the meeting room.

    They hire young, unqualified managers, passing over qualified people who have been with the company for years. They falsify timecards so they don't have to pay OT.

    It's their way or the highway. When they take over a distributor they change everything, but not for the better. They make everything more complicated and expensive. Our water to the building has been shut off (think no flushing toilets, not water to wash hands), the phones were nearly shut off, the driver's had to get fuel from a much more expensive supplier because they refuse to pay their bills before 120 days.

    They no longer credit accounts when beer is not delivered or there is breakage - they literally say "it's their word against ours". We have lost many accounts because of this one policy alone.

    There is no concern for the customer any longer. It's almost as if they do not understand they must actually SEEL beer in order to make money, and in order to make money you need customers/accounts.

    It has a very foreign feel to it...including important documents that are written with an obvious poor understanding of English.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf you want to stay in business and not over taken by your competition, actually pay attention the local market...not everyone will buy Budweiser and Stella if you "just push hard enough".

    Treat your low-level employees like the mean something, because they are doing the REAL work, w/o them there will be nothing FOR you to manage.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    My god....worst place I have ever worked....

    Business Analyst (Former Employee) Saint Louis, MO

    ProsThe free beer was nice...I'm sure that will be gone at some point...

    ConsI don't know that I can put it all into words. It was the worst experience of my professional career. First of all I was in IT, which is probably a different experience than 95% of other employees there. I have never been in a situation like this, where literally everyone in my immediate area was incompetent. Most surfed the INET all day or played poker on their iPhones....while complaining how things used to be in the "old" company. I was shocked on a daily bases, by the total lack of professionalism and competence. Mgmt seemed very aloof and unconcerned. They were more interested in keeping their own jobs and meeting documented benchmarks for bonus purposes, which turned into a large paper shuffle, with little or no actual work being done. Don't let the InBev, "we love all of our employees" line, fool you either. Your benefits might be cheap...but InBev is constantly searching for ways to outsource jobs and bring costs down further...so Brito and his ilk can continue to get million dollar bonuses. So enjoy that super cheat health insurance and nice 401k while you can, because you could walk in one day and find out your job got outsourced to Brazil.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI don't know what to say, if having an army of mindless drones spinning wheels in a constant struggle to squeeze out a $1 worth of production for .20, then hey, great job...

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Bad Dream Turns Nightmare After 20 Years

    Maintenance Electrician (Current Employee)

    ProsLove the type of work I do. Good vacation package.

    ConsPoor wages and benefits - and getting worse - befitting a second rate company. Treated like a school kid when sat in a room with a couple of managers being grilled on my knowledge of company acronyms. Profit first, safety somewhere, morale nowhere.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep your resume' up to date. You might be next.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Crooks

    Field Sales (Former Employee) Dallas, TX

    ProsBeer. Wholesaler network. Beer. Co workers.

    ConsFull year bonus determined by voodoo math. Left in early 14, and AB chose not to award a portion of my bonus that was achieved. House of cards. It will soon fall.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet a grip

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    Very hard work, little appreciation

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsDecent pay, good bonus potential, extremely challenging, if you love to work 15 hour days you will love it here

    ConsNo work life balance, management promotes favorites, mgt hypocritical (they cut costs then charge the company for their kids' school)

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    Losing experience fast....

    Senior Key Account Manager (Current Employee)

    ProsBest beer company in the world. Great brands, great people, great wholesalers. Well respected by retailers and competitors. I wouldn't work for any other company in the beer world.

    Cons- Bonus system is highly flawed. Senior Management pulls levers that enhance their bonus, but make it difficult for frontline sales to hit theirs.
    - Pay is at 80% of the market rate. No real opportunity to ever get to 100%. It would take 8 years of 3% merit increase to get to market rate. And HR recommends merit increases only every other year, so 16 years, not taking inflation into the equation.

    - Spend too much time on planning, only to have things changed at the last minute.
    - Little communication between management and frontline sales
    - Great wholesaler partners no longer trust the company

    Advice to Senior Management- Start living the "Ten Principles" instead of using them as a punch line.
    - Beer isn't sold from a cubicle. Get yourself and your people out of the office and in the trade.
    - You can't replicate the experience of your current employees with talented SMTs/GMTs. Pay to keep the experience you still have and put better processes in place to grow the young talent you have. They (SMT/GMT) need to learn/experience at a more normal pace. Remember, some regions had a policy of 2 years in a position to fully understand the cyclical nature of our business. More people will respect the program if these "trainees" are properly trained.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Corrupt! Wish Brito would do an undercover boss!

    Sales Representative (Current Employee) Oklahoma City, OK

    ProsGood health insurance and free beer.

    Cons1. Very sexist company, they very few females we do have working for us have an extremely hard environment to work in dealing with sexual harassment and have no chance of moving up.

    2. Long hours, company has no sense of family.

    3. Compensation is decent but they have made bonuses so confusing and unobtainable, that very few people get them.

    4. No positive feedback, dont look for any kind of appriciation by management, only feedback you will get is negative.

    5. No Christmas bonus or any kind of appreciation, all we got last year was a email.

    6. Most people I work with are unhappy and are in fear for their job every day they come to work, even district managers feel that way.

    7. Ever since AB took over it feels as if they no longer care about customer service, small businesses or their employees.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEver since AB took over it appears as if they no longer care about customer service or their employees, just the bottom line and where they can cut cost. Too many bosses, not enough employees. Instead of micromanaging with an iron fist, making every employee feel replaceable and in fear for their job every day, i would suggest caring about your employees, listen to them, investing in them and using positive reinforcement. Employees that love to come to work and enjoy their work are going to be more productive. I would also suggest having less meetings all the time and get out in the market and help. Most of us that have large chain accounts have to start at 4AM to finish our route by the very early deadline. Then we are out until 6 or 7 pm putting up pricing, rotating beer, talking to managers because we didn't have time to do that earlier in the day because we were rushing to get our orders in by the unrealistic deadline. Then sometimes we are out to all hours of the night running hot shots. What kind of family life does this promote? Stop changing and making PFP so complicated. Non of us, including DM's understand it. Get more involved and know what is going on in your branches, see it for yourself. I would say hire more females but we have one in one of the branches and I know she goes through hell with all the sexual harassment and hostile situations that she has to deal with. I have seen multiple applications come in for females that are perfectly qualified but our local management refuses to interview any of them.Going to HR for any of us is a waste of time because our HR is just as corrupt as the management. You have such huge delivery problems maybe you should look at your budget and designate more funds to hire more drivers and driver supervisors, can't sell the beer, displays or new taps if it doesn't get delivered. We have had delivery problems for over a year, when does the phrase "we are working on it" run out. Start caring about ALL accounts, not just the wal-marts and large chain stores. I know reps that have lost accounts each month due to non delivery and management doesn't bat an eye. They might be 10 cases a week but that adds up after a while.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Life used to be good

    Sales Representative (Current Employee) Denver, CO

    ProsFree beer, car and gas.

    ConsThis place has taken a hard 90 degree turn in the wrong direction. Volume and share are declining and the talent and experience is leaving at a rapid pace. A true M and A company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet in touch with reality.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    I have been working for an AB distributor for almost two years and it has been a terrible experience.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Medford, MA

    ProsIf you enjoy the beer industry there can be some good perks depending on where you are in the company.

    ConsNo opportunity for growth and extremely low pay. Lied a lot in the interview about career path and what the job actually entailed.
    While they appear picky about who they hire, it seems they just take advantage of those qualified employees once they get in the door.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe more open in your career path options and really look at your own qualified employees. Invest in your own your own.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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