Anheuser-Busch Reviews

Updated August 24, 2015
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Anheuser-Busch President, North America Luiz Fernando Edmond
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Pros
  • Not too many pros a side from getting free beer (in 35 reviews)

  • 2 free cases of beer/month--even for interns (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance non existent anymore (in 19 reviews)

  • Long hours are expected, but then again, where aren't they (in 16 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Lacks transparency and balance

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Dependable metrics and strong culture. You always know exactly what to expect from the culture. Metrics are a cornerstone of the company and a driving force on 90% of decisions.

    Cons

    Work/Life balance is a luxury, not a guarantee. Employees have no consistency due to high turnover and a lack of experience in the company which leaves employees working through trial and error. The bonus structure is a selling point for recruiters, but my bonuses have been few, far between, and minimal.

    Advice to Management

    Management should walk the talk. Your US employees expect you lead by example, and rarely do we see Principle #7 in action. We're supposed to act like a startup by paying for our own cell phones and BYOT (T=tech), but I can't make a decision on my own and have to wait 8 hours for someone else to approve my suggestion. And without transparency on longterm plans and strategy people feel lost and under-valued.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Poor Marketers, But Great Cost Cutters.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Selling some of the best known consumer brands in the world is a great door opener. Compensation prior to the InBev acquisition in 2008 was very good, but no longer.

    Cons

    The company boast that they are performance driven, but some of the poorest performers are still there. They have proven they can cost, but they have not proven to be good marketers and are losing market share in the U.S.

    Advice to Management

    New ownership (InBev) spends dollars to save pennies and nickels. Doesn't make any sense.


  3. Helpful (1)

    IT

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Bonus, pay, stock options, vacation (if you can actually take it)

    Cons

    Poor work/life balance, workload, poor plan


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Unstable

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Anheuser-Busch as a contractor

    Pros

    Great company for young, single, mobile people

    Cons

    The company is unstable. They are making a lot of changes and you never know when something will change or where you will be moving


  6. good name

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Delivery Driver in Bronx, NY
    Current Employee - Delivery Driver in Bronx, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    A larger beer company in america, treat the driver and helper, liker semi slave or second class citizen, the manangment only care about the profit and numbers report every day for st. louis ,.the work condictions are extreme hard, and like to play with the pay checks and the time of the workers. i highly recomend don t work for budweiser beer company.

    Cons

    salary low,poor manangment, like to play games and don t count with the local 812 for almost nothing. just for union dulls.

    Advice to Management

    better comunication, be fair with the drivers and helper, stop playing games with the company worker and respect the senority.


  7. Helpful (7)

    Could be so much better

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Anheuser-Busch full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    No doubt there are some initial good aspects of AB. Good Pay, especially once you reach manager level, great 401k match (If you stay 3-4 years otherwise it is worth $0) Most positions take on A LOT of responsibility. There is usually a good mixture of co-workers that have the smarts and drive that contribute to a productive office environment. Then of course you are working for a global powerhouse with close to $50 Billion in revenue which is good for future resume building. It is also my personal belief that AB makes the best beer in the world when it comes to QA. If you are new to your career (less than 2-3 years experience) and you can get hired here; do it. You will learn a lot. If you have more than 6 years experience, I would stay away.

    Cons

    You look at your "Compensation" and see that you can get 20-30% of your pay in a yearly bonus, only to find out the company almost never pay out that bonus. This is due to unrealistic expectations in budget. Though the stock price keeps increasing due to great performance, the internal budget is set in order to almost never achieve the bonus payout goal. The Long Term Incentives for stock options vest after 5 years, so do not even try and include that as part of your compensation benefit. They should be renamed ELTI; extremely long term incentives. There are too many Director level individuals that have no real skill sets besides presenting performance reports from a power point. Middle management seems to do all the work while you have these directors adding no value to the team. Part of it might be because people move to new jobs every 12 months (sometimes less) and leave their previous position a mess. Another great fraud is the annual peer review. Sr Manager's and Directors get to pick their own peers to review them. This of course leads to the directors only picking their friends who will give them great reviews. Any normal capitalist will of course never pick someone that might give them a negative review. When executives look at their Director's review, they only see positive comments and it reassures everyone these people are good for the company. Other things that drove me crazy: - Last minute mind set - Slow computers - Short staffed (on purpose) so there are a lot of administrative tasks everyone had to waste their time on

    Advice to Management

    I probably would have given AB 3 stars as I think that is a fair ranking for them, but the past year new management (Band IV and III) were really uninspiring and you scratched your head how they got in those positions in the first place. Fix the bonus structure or at least do not drag us along in the presentations on how well everything is going yet some how size of pie ends up 0-40%. Get rid of Citrix. Keep making great beer.


  8. Helpful (9)

    Okay for a short term stop, but not a long term career move

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Director in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Anheuser-Busch full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You'll have access to resources, a lot of responsibility in the short term, and access to upper level management meaning you will sink or swim pretty quickly.

    Cons

    You will probably receive little to no raise over your time there. The bonus has not paid out over 5 years. The 401k match takes three years to vest, and your LTI will not vest for five years. Coupled with the average life tenure of 2 years,you will always leave money on the table. There is no accountability at the upper management level. Lower tier employees are always blamed for mistakes and failures, even with the direction set by management. The company constantly cuts people, without replacing them. So, don't be surprised that you're doing the work of two or three people (and see two paragraphs up on compensation). The company will attempt to put happy hour after happy hour on to improve morale, but it's all pointless when you're trying to finish your work so you can go home. There are worse places to work, and if you can make it the 5 years, the rewards are worth it. You just have to put up with a lot of pain to get it.

    Advice to Management

    Live up to the 10 principles and hold yourselves accountable.


  9. Helpful (8)

    Marketing

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Marketing in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Anheuser-Busch full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    2 free cases of beer per month. Get to work on interesting projects. If you are Brazilian or part of the Global management trainee program, you will get promoted quickly.

    Cons

    The company does not invest in its employees and treats them as an asset to be squeezed to the last drop in the same way that they squeeze vendors and physical assets. You aren't given the tools you need to feel proud and motivated to work in a professional job. Real examples that it are hard to believe happen at a large, profitable company : - Five year old Lenovo laptop installed with very old programs (Internet Explorer 7, Office 2007, etc). Their response to that is to allow you to bring in your own home device to use for work (without providing you any reimbursement for providing it) - Inflexible and very low level budget travel policy for actual employees that doesn't have to be followed by senior executives (agencies paying for travel for more expensive hotels, using corporate jet). I have had to stay at smelly, dingy motels when traveling for work in order to abide by travel policies (Days Inn, Sleep Inn, Travelodge). - Not properly staffing the teams. Even before the layoffs, open positions were deliberately left open and not even posted to save cash flow, so employees had to do the work of two or three people. There has been an incredible amount of turnover in the marketing department over the last 12 months since new leadership was put in place, some involuntary but most voluntary. Despite the fact that most people are working the equivalent of two to three jobs, and work life balance is completely nonexistent, senior management is pushing on even more priorities. They are out of touch with employees as they barely interact with them, instead stuck in meetings with each other, the CEO and the board. This means the day to day work environment is constant fire drill management. What's more there is little upside to the pressure- in the last four years, they have only paid bonuses once.

    Advice to Management

    Get in touch with reality by spending time with employees - not just meetings with senior executives and board members - to understand that employees are stretched incredibly thin and increasing pressure will not yield anything when there is no upside being offered.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Had a decent 13 year career.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Collins, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Collins, CO

    I worked at Anheuser-Busch (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Beer, stable company, good benefits

    Cons

    Company is too big after the InBev buyout. Cost cutting policies are embarrassing to those that interact with vendors. They basically don't pay their bills in order to make targets and bonuses. With beers sales declining yet profits keep increasing, how long can that stay sustainable?

    Advice to Management

    It's time to take care of the goose that's laying the golden eggs instead of squeezing her to try and get more!


  11. Helpful (1)

    Experienced Contractor wanting more.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Consultant in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Contractor - Consultant in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Anheuser-Busch as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Driven employees, always looking to improve business, fun social activities.

    Cons

    It can be difficult for Contractors to get hired on into the company. They have the same responsibilities as employees of AB do and work right along side of them but are compensated much less. Can be a cut throat/look out for yourself work environment.



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