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Anheuser-Busch Reviews

Updated Jul 11, 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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    We want the top 50% but want to pay them below the top 50% average.

    Business Process Manager (Former Employee) Van Nuys, CA

    ProsThere is a lot that a person can learn from a Big company like Anheuser-Busch Inbev then take that info to a company that will appreciate it. Learn their lean manufacturing system, how to work with Union employees and how to work around tight budgets these are valuable at other companies.

    ConsAverage work day 11-13 hrs plus weekends

    Average work week 70-84 hrs

    Old company used to work you like a dog too but would take care of you when you retired not Inbev.

    A bonus is offered annually but mark my works you will only get it every other year and no mater how good you do you'll get 50 % because the company did hit their targets (but year over year the continue to grow the business).

    The preach that pay is averaged among the top 50 companies but not for the hour put in

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Brand Manager (Current Employee) Saint Louis, MO

    ProsGreat brands, competitive compensation, lots of opportunity. Dominant position in beer industry. 2 cases of beer per month for all employees.

    ConsInsane rate of turnover, company is constantly losing US share and unsure how to address, constant changes in strategic direction, combative corporate culture.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLuiz Edmond has been unsuccessful at growing top line sales and should be replaced as CEO.

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

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    Big promises and no room for growth

    Marketing/Sales (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat Perks, great benefits and 401K. Exciting company, many opportunities to network with other companies/vendors.

    ConsVery corporate environment. New management worked you to the bone. Many hours of work and not worth the pay. Always pushing for more even after working 12 hr days. Union scandals at its worst. Many injured drivers and merchandisers. Very little training provided. Have to be a go getter to do well in this company and take many falls.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBetter and longer field training as well as mobility training. Higher company values towards employees.

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

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    poor manegment

    Delivery Driver (Former Employee) Perry, OK

    Prosdecent pay,good benefits,4 day work week

    Conslong hours, shotty equipment, no advancement, lots of weekends,

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A Reminder of What I Don't Want in a Job

    Group Manager (Former Employee)

    ProsCasual environment, able to meet some good people to work with, and monthly beer.... If you think I would say tools given to employees as a pro?? THINK AGAIN

    ConsWay too many levels of approval needed to make one decision, slow to react on important needs, bonuses are dangled in front of you but are structured not to be met. Bully front line, mid level management, and possibly Director level too. Scorned/jaded peers due to constant reprimands and no praise. The only way to make it in the cut throat environment is to become "friendly" with different management levels.

    It's a shame really- it is one thing to see the commercials that convey nostalgia and American way but to know the working environment is more like the prohibition era when alcohol, sex and group clicks was a way of the times to survive. Good ol' boy practices still strong and visible in many ways.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWhere there is smoke there is fire. Listen to your employees..... The ones out in the field. If there is a common thread of concern..... There may actually be a concern. Just because a manager/director and above is liked for their personality at St. Louis doesn't mean they are effective at leading people in the field; those are the ones who feel invincible and can't be touched.

    Many high potential employees have left and moved on to companies that VALUE them. Eventually competitive edge will be lost when new high po's choose not to take a risk on working at the company. Good luck.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    This is now a financial company that sells beer, plain and simple.

    District Sales Manager (Current Employee)

    ProsThe free beer is over blown. If you choose to manage up, sell half baked ideas well and cut throats you will succeed. If you are interviewing for the SMT or GMT program; (if you go into Field Sales) I strongly suggest going into analytical, category/space management positions as these jobs are easily transferrable to other companies who pay much more than AB does. Come here for two years and bail. Most of the SMT/GMT kids have already left, but they likely could have better spent their time if they gained experiences in those departments.

    If you work in St. Louis: learn to play volleyball and play in the pick up games with the Brazilians. Guaranteed you will get a job you are not qualified for. If outside of St. Louis- manage up, always rent and manage up some more.

    ConsA massive culture gap exist that dictates the culture of the company. This seems to be typical in many European and South American countries. Senior level management approaches managing their employees that each of our jobs are a gift and we should be grateful for what we have...grateful for bonus potential that we have yet to hit, no raises, increased work loads due to high turnover (as well as leaving jobs open for long periods of time to save money), watching as colleagues who spent more time managing up than on their contribution to the team get promoted and you will get a good feeling why no one wants to be here.

    Sr Mgmt has proven time and time again they are outstanding at cutting cost but incapable of growing share. This will prove true moving forward as taking too aggressive price increases the last 5 years have created a hole too deep to dig out of. For the last three years they have stepped over dimes to pick up pennies focusing on growing high share (a category with no consumer loyalty) over their core consumer (premium and subpremium). Due to pressure from Wall Street, the company is now forced to grow share and stop losing volume.

    Expect the company to make impulse, cost cutting decisions to hit Wall Street financial goals to salvage not meeting share targets that destroy any chance of you hitting your goals and making bonus due to Sr Mgmt's inability to grow share. Just not in their DNA.

    There is zero perspective for balance of work/personal life. Morale is very low and any cheering, clapping is largely due to enforced enthusiasm that 90% of employees roll their eyes at. Brazilians came in promoting that it was going to be a true meritocracy for promotions replacing frat house politics but this birthed a new cut throat, brown nose culture only where the best lap dogs get taken care of.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI candidly think that the people who are capable of improving this company are so burned out (and on their way out) or have left that it is too late. The very best "beer men/women" of this company have been so soul crushed by the company, working for AB is just a paycheck. A major departure from the previous culture. This is now a financial company that sells beer, plain and simple. As it has been said by many: this company loves making money, not sharing it.

    I've sold all my company stock as it hit 110 (over valued) and I believe many of the smart analysts are realizing they must grow share now- and am not capable of it. The attempts of spending large amounts of money behind half baked ideas to buy share will come to light sooner rather than later. Blame will initially shift to everyone outside of St. Louis until someone asks the intelligent question of, "Did we ask anyone with field experience if this would work before we rolled out (insert Heavy Trade Program)?". Staffing teams full of people with little to no experience has its repercussions.

    Lastly, for a company that promotes acting like owners, I'd ask the justification of opening an office in Miami that clearly isn't intended for Sr Mgmt entertainment write offs at a "Role Model" level. In the old company, mgmt was a bit more coy with strip club visits and golf club memberships. Sure everyone associated with it is either a 4a or 4b.

    It will still be a solid stock but I foresee very volatile ups/downs ahead.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    No work-life balance. Everyone feels overworked.

    Marketing (Current Employee) Saint Louis, MO

    ProsInformal culture, not a lot of politics,

    ConsCost-cutting left and right, company says that it values "healthy conflict" , but in reality values conflict for the sake of conflict...

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake employee development part of Sr. Management KPI's. It is cheaper to develop from within than hire from the outside.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Riverside branch not ran very well.

    Weekend Representative (Former Employee) Riverside, CA

    Prosfreedom, writing down of hours, free beer

    Consmanagement, the bottom takes all the blame

    Advice to Senior Managementcombine sales and merchandising to a team where salesmen are accountable for merchs

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Experience, proficiency, work ethic, and exemplary performance are disregarded once you get beyond 45 years of age.

    Senior Manager (Current Employee) Saint Louis, MO

    ProsThe beer business is the greatest. Employees right out of school are treated the best. Good advancement opportunities.

    ConsOnce you are tenured, and your salary climbs, watch out. Your number is coming up. Surprising a class action suit has not been brought forward for age discrimination. Bonuses are next to impossible to attain.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDrop the 10% out, 10% new employment strategy. It's not a sustainable business strategy. All your good talent is leaving.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Once a great place to work, now just a grind

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsDecent money and benefits, although InBev eliminated the salaried pension plan soon after it took over in 2008. Nice emphasis on safety and wellness. Free beer and corporate discounts.

    ConsAB InBev is seemingly obsessed with numbers. Every year new performance and budget targets are set so all departments are forced to do more with less money and personnel. All managers are under constant pressure to find ways to save. This has negatively impacted employee morale, the physical condition of the facilties, and product quality. Raises are promised to those who meet their targets but they are unreasonable so hardly anyone does. Lots of competition for promotions, which is the only real way to increase salary.

    Most of the experienced brewery managers and supervisors left or were forced out due to job eliminations in the 2008 takeover. Replacements are mostly new college hires who practically have to train train themselves and the learning curve is steep. Long hours, weekends working outside your normal department, and rotating shifts are a fact of life. AB once expected their managers to know the jobs of the people they supervised as well as their own and be experts in one or two areas. AB-InBev wants the managers to know just a little bit about everything, This leaves the day to day running of the breweries in the hands of the increasingly disgruntled hourly employees, who have been asked to assume duties formally handled by management with no increase in pay.

    InBev has forced a complex and rigid facility management system on all the breweries called VPO, one of over 400 acronyms the company uses. The system generates the metrics that drive all decisions which often appear to be obsure and illogical to lower ranked employees. It can seem that top management is more concerned with running the business than they are with making and marketing beer.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRealize that the short term savings will have long term consequences.

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

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