Anheuser-Busch Reviews

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Anheuser-Busch President, North America Luiz Fernando Edmond
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Culture is non-existent .... Terrible work-life balance

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Director in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Anheuser-Busch full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Open office environment
    Turnover is huge - chance of promotion for new/young people is good, but beware - you will be in that turnover # one day

    Cons

    People group is a bunch of 23 y/o amateurs that don't know how to do their jobs
    Culture is Brazilian ... Is you are one, or hang out with one, you fit in
    Not a friendly atmosphere for women or minorities -- there are far less at high levels than under Former AB
    Record earnings with no bonuses
    Uncaring senior leadership that doesn't know how to lead

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell to someone that cares

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. Worked as a Brand Activation Manager.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Anheuser-Busch

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, free beer, great contacts and fun! Some travel opportunity and option to move up.

    Cons

    The management changes frequently and they shove everyone out of their way in order to move ahead. If you are working as a contracted employee they pretty much treat you with no respect even if you have an MBA. There are alot of loopholes in their tracking systems and managers at the wholesalers are extremely unprofessional. There is very inconsistent communication between corporate, wholesalers and vendors. You have to report your work through several different applications that gets reported to corporate then you are told to do it all over again for the wholesaler since those channels apparently don't communicate with eachother. Keep in mind you are working only 30 set amount of hours yet you end up working like 50.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper Management needs real people skills and professionalism. Perhaps a few courses in management??

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Top down mentality

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Hourly in Fairfield, CA
    Current Employee - Hourly in Fairfield, CA

    I have been working at Anheuser-Busch full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good health and vacation benefits.

    Cons

    No respect for skilled workers. Horrible work life balance. There's a reason the company hires young managers with no family life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you really want to be #1, figure out how to treat people with respect. That will attract quality people and make existing employees want to work hard for you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 7 people found this helpful

    Misery on tap

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Marketing in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Anheuser-Busch full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Base 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 ManagementAdvice

    The 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful

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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Anheuser-Busch full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    All 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 ManagementAdvice

    If 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful

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

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Anheuser-Busch full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    I 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 ManagementAdvice

    I 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...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Bad Dream Turns Nightmare After 20 Years

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    Current Employee - Maintenance Electrician
    Current Employee - Maintenance Electrician

    I have been working at Anheuser-Busch full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Poor 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 ManagementAdvice

    Keep your resume' up to date. You might be next.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful

    Crooks

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    Former Employee - Field Sales in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Field Sales in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Anheuser-Busch full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Beer. Wholesaler network. Beer. Co workers.

    Cons

    Full 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 ManagementAdvice

    Get a grip

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful

    Very hard work, little appreciation

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Anheuser-Busch

    Pros

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

    Cons

    No work life balance, management promotes favorites, mgt hypocritical (they cut costs then charge the company for their kids' school)

  11. 6 people found this helpful

    Losing experience fast....

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Key Account Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Key Account Manager

    I have been working at Anheuser-Busch full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Best 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 ManagementAdvice

    - 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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