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Anheuser-Busch Reviews

Updated August 19, 2014
Updated August 19, 2014
221 Reviews

2.9
221 Reviews
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Anheuser-Busch President, North America Luiz Fernando Edmond
Luiz Fernando Edmond
59 Ratings

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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  1.  

    If you're a live-to-work company, it's the right place for you.

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Sales Representative

    Pros

    Tons of opportunity for movement

    Cons

    Long hours
    Work holidays, beer sales spike on holidays
    Senior management just doesn't seem to care

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    An opportunity to work on amazing brands, but for a company that doesn't care about its people.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Brand Manager  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Brand Manager in Saint Louis, MO

    Pros

    A unique chance to work for the leader in an exciting industry; A wealth of cutting-edge resources.

    Cons

    No work-life balance and a management culture that preaches the importance of its people, but does nothing to back that up. They expect the best, but don't want to pay the salaries to retain top talent. The burnout and turnover rate is high, especially now that people see there are other good job opportunities out there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company has lost its values and no longer values its relationships -- with employees, wholesalers or retailers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Looks Good From Outside But...

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Relief Sales Representative  in  Renton, WA
    Current Employee - Relief Sales Representative in Renton, WA

    Pros

    Recognizable product brand names
    100 gallons fuel/month gascard
    2cs of beer/month

    Cons

    LOOOONG work hours:holidays/wknds
    Haphazard work scheduling
    Back BREAKING work
    Low Pay
    Low morale in sales/merch/delivery depts
    No/Low Bonuses/incentives

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please hire more sales/merch to handle loads
    Too many complaints about AB orders, deliveries,merchandinsing from accounts
    GET OUT of the office and spend at least half day in field where the REAL business is done
    Consider rotating employees every year to work on weekends
    Promote according to effort...not who you know/schmooze with.
    FIGHT for employees compensation/bonuses from St.Louis

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    We want the top 50% but want to pay them below the top 50% average.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Process Manager  in  Van Nuys, CA
    Former Employee - Business Process Manager in Van Nuys, CA

    Pros

    There 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.

    Cons

    Average 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Brand Manager

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Brand Manager  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Brand Manager in Saint Louis, MO

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Luiz Edmond has been unsuccessful at growing top line sales and should be replaced as CEO.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Big promises and no room for growth

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing/Sales
    Former Employee - Marketing/Sales

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Very 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 ManagementAdvice

    Better and longer field training as well as mobility training. Higher company values towards employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    poor manegment

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    Former Employee - Delivery Driver  in  Perry, OK
    Former Employee - Delivery Driver in Perry, OK

    Pros

    decent pay,good benefits,4 day work week

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Group Manager
    Former Employee - Group Manager

    Pros

    Casual 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

    Cons

    Way 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 ManagementAdvice

    Where 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - District Sales Manager
    Current Employee - District Sales Manager

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    A 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 ManagementAdvice

    I 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    No work-life balance. Everyone feels overworked.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Marketing in Saint Louis, MO

    Pros

    Informal culture, not a lot of politics,

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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