Boston Beer Reviews

Updated May 21, 2015
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Boston Beer President, CEO, and Director Martin F. Roper
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Pros
  • For someone looking to get the most from a post undergrad job, BBC is the place (in 3 reviews)

  • Jim Koch, he is one of the best founders and owners you will ever meet (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • The work-life balance is very little (in 8 reviews)

  • low paying, beginning to become micromanaging, can only move up if you are willing to relocate (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Practice what you preach

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Breinigsville, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Breinigsville, PA

    I worked at Boston Beer full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good pay and free beer, most employees are great but management is terrible, company does not care about work life balance

    Cons

    Poor management, they have discuss the un-discussible but when you do it is held against you, some department over staffed especially HR while others are running skeleton crews. promotions are given on how much you are liked and not by qualification. management does not monitor what goes on in departments or they would see what departments actually are under staffed and which are under staffed. certain departments get to take long breaks and lunches and stand around half the day while others are expected to work non stop to try and stay ahead of things. Team work and moral at all time low. Boston might look great in commercials but the breinigsville, Pa plant is is in turmoil.

    Advice to Management

    take the time to see what actually what goes on in all departments and do not just assume you know. Treat everyone and department the same when it come to staffing. make us feel going the extra mile will give us the opportunity to advance. and start promoting the people who are qualified and not the ones who brown nose.


  2. Helpful (2)

    They try but fail

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    Current Employee - Packaging Operator in Breinigsville, PA
    Current Employee - Packaging Operator in Breinigsville, PA

    I have been working at Boston Beer full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You get 120hrs of PTO to start with. About 6-10 times a year you get free cheap pizza, but free is free. They give you lots of free things once in a while like cups, and t-shirts. They do give you a $60 credit for a fitness tracking device. They give 6 weeks of maternity leave witch sounds great until you find out that they give 12 weeks paternity leave.

    Cons

    No work life balance. They sometimes make you stay 20 mins to 1 hour longer in your shift with little to no warning. And the little warning they give you is a day or two. Then after you changed you home life to stay later management changes their mind at the last min then can't tell you an exact date for when you will need to stay over. There is to many leads givings wrong info then blaming you for acting on that wrong info. They play favoritism with overtime just to have one person come in while five stand around. The leads tell employees that if they need the MSDS or SDS to just ask one of them because they can get it on their computer. So while chemicals burn through the flesh employees should wait for their lead to find them then wait for that lead to go to their computer to find out what to do. And that is how people die. They want you to be healthy just not on their time. I like to run or walk to help with stress, they don't have a track or a treadmill even though they have the room for a out door track but that's fine at any other job I'd run around the parking lot or the building here I was told I was not allow to do this, which after a 12hr day my blood pressure spikes and I go home with a headache more often then not. They have a large out door seating area for smoker and only 4 to 8 seats away from the smoking area. They have things growing in the bathrooms that is just gross. Last year they made more cases then they predicted and they were not going to give the packaging team a bonus because the machines had to much downtime. If anything that should have shown how hard the employees worked that year.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of so many leads. Have upper management post their schedules so night shift can find them instead of having to guess when they will be there only to be told that its unknown when they are coming in


  3. Helpful (4)

    Good ole boys club. Felt like I was on the show mad men!

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    Current Employee - Executive in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Executive in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Boston Beer full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Can't think of even one. Location is great but very expensive. A few good people but most are just coasters.

    Cons

    A bunch of old school guys running the company who are about 30 years behind the times. Growth in craft has slowed and future road will be very bumpy!

    Advice to Management

    Hire some diversity of thought.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    No work to life balance......

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    Former Employee - Senior Account Manager in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Account Manager in Baltimore, MD

    I worked at Boston Beer

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Its a good job for people coming out of school. The company does a great job of teaching you how to sell in a professional manner

    Cons

    You have no work to life balance.You will work every weekend in the fall and winter. They will dangle a promotion in front of you for years to get you to work 70hr weeks.Many employees are not paid business expenses when they leave the company. Overall, I wouldnt plan on staying with the company for more than a couple of years.


  6. Helpful (2)

    You are your own boss from beginning to end with no pot under the rainbow no matter how much you put into your job.

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    Former Employee - Sales Analyst in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Sales Analyst in Boston, MA

    I worked at Boston Beer

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Independence - be your own boss Meeting people if you are young if you like a party atmosphere like being in the city every participates in national sales meeting even if out of state

    Cons

    "work hard play hard" motto means exactly that. You are expected to put in a ton of overtime: nights, weekends, holidays and even 99% of your lunches No managerial support No management communications even when it pertains to your job function high turnover rate you are expendable at any moment in time benefits could be a lot better

    Advice to Management

    curb turnover rate reach down to the low man on the totem pole



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