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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. Great training; political company.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Manager
    Former Employee - Account Manager

    I worked at Boston Beer

    Pros

    Provides you with excellent training and tools to sell. Unique industry, with the opportunity to interact with great customers. Opportunity for travel- crew drives are a lot of fun. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Terrible work/life balance, but sales is not commission based. Goes again almost all sales tactics by forcing you to relocate for promotion after 2 years (or see yourself to the door). There are many great managers, but many great sales people are not great managers. Promotions, reviews can be extremely political.

    Advice to Management

    Quality over quantity. The daily account minimum did nothing but ensure that you were in 10 accounts/day. Reviews should be more reflective of account base growth.


  2. Brewery Representative

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Brewery Representative
    Former Employee - Brewery Representative

    I worked at Boston Beer full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They have a fantastic training program. They really spend a ton of time working with the employees at the corporate level to make sure they are trained well for their position. Jim Koch is a phenomenal owner, he tries to make it a point to talk to everyone at the company and makes a presence at every training.

    Cons

    The work-life balance is very little. You spend most of your time in the bars, restaurants and retailers - working some nights and weekends. The structure to get promoted is very skewed. If your boss does not approve of you, regardless of your work ethic and successes, you will either not get promoted or you will get pushed out.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time working with district managers on how they should be managing their people on the brewery representative level. The brewery reps are the ones making the sales numbers and working their tails off to spread the word.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Overall and enjoyable work experience, very heavy work load

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - District Manager
    Former Employee - District Manager

    I worked at Boston Beer full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work environment, training, and opportunity for growth. Company culture is a good balance between work and play. BBC immediately engrosses their employees into the business with orientation and multiple sales training.

    Cons

    Must be willing to relocate often to move up in the company, compensation is not as competitive as it could be within the industry. Work life balance is a struggle as this job often requires 50+ hrs a week. Managers do play favorites and subjectively assess employees' performance at yearly reviews.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Competitive company with very good sales training

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

    I worked at Boston Beer full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    * Great training: sales, negotiations, beer knowledge * Ability to make your own schedule * Free Beer * Fun Culture * Employee engagement/surveys * Great exposure to the industry

    Cons

    * They claim work- life balance, but it is not reality. * They force employees to sign a non-compete agreement when they start * There are some limitations with upward mobility unless you are willing to relocate often times to multiple locations * Access to upper management has become very limited as the company continues to increase with size


  6. Helpful (2)

    Working at Boston Beer

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Boston Beer

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great training if you are in sales. Jim Koch, he is one of the best founders and owners you will ever meet. Any chance to work for him or with him is an amazing opportunity! Free beer is a perk if you like what they brew.

    Cons

    Work/life balance. People have to be 100% dedicated to their jobs meaning 24/7. Some managers expect their employees to always been on call. You are not compensated well enough. The idea is that you work for the #1 American beer company and that is something amazing in itself. Some times hours can reach 70-80 a week, and when you look at the salary you were given, it is really diminished on an hourly rate. The beer development is moving towards more mainstream every day drinking beer, there really hasn't been anything all that exciting launched in a long time, even Rebel IPA is not that amazing when you look at Mid-western, and West-coast IPA's.

    Advice to Management

    Don't let managers feel threatened by their peers. They tend to stifle careers and micromanage their employees, causing a downturn in performance. You hire some incredible employees and too often they leave because there is no opportunity for upward growth. You may want to look at some employees who have been in the same or very similar roles for more than 10 years. What are they really doing at their job?


  7. Helpful (8)

    Amazing people...overworked and underpaid

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    Current Employee - Brewery Representative
    Current Employee - Brewery Representative

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -PEOPLE and culture: fun, supportive, talented, hard working, non-judgemental...friends for life! Team outings or work trips always involve fun outings and this group really likes to drink and party -Perks: corporate card, dept/team trips, free internet, cell phone, computer, 80% gas paid, $500 a mo tax free for car -Customers: industry in general is full of fun loving people. Some can be sketchy but all in all these are people who love to drink and have a good time -Job stability: after 30 years still continue to grow in a stable industry. Management is understanding of small mistakes -Training: wonderful sales, negotiating, and beer training -Upper Management: extremely talented and smart, dedicated to growth of company and employees, non micro managing and understanding of issues -Work from home: some aspects of this like making own schedule are great. Monday mornings are spent "in the office" aka at home in pajamas

    Cons

    -Increased goals without additional compensation. Employee survey reports over 70% feel they cannot achieve work life balance and aren't compensated what they should be -High stress work environment with long hours and pressure to achieve multiple types of goals -Inconsistent expectations between immediate and upper level management as well as between managers at the same level -Evening and weekend work (promotions in bars, catchup from week) -Lack of autonomy and lots of corporate processes..lots of check ups on your weekly schedule and appointments, evaluation days bimonthly, must be done in "boston beer" way. Unlike upper management, middle management seems to be about 50/50 praised or not liked -Call quota: all entry level employees are required to make 45 sales calls a week or 180 sales calls a month, which can become very tiring and time intensive (follow up is often necessary), market managers (manage wholesalers but do not manage a sales rep) are required to make 60 sales calls a month -Isolated from coworkers: everyone works from home in their respective market. Long days on the road can get lonely and must be self sufficient -Limited opportunity to change roles...the majority of Boston Beer employees are in sales. There is limited to no opportunity to become a part of the marketing, tech, legal, or finance team as they are very small and all in Boston. Sales is located around the country in their respective territory and like most outside sales you must be open to moving to be promoted unless your immediate boss goes elsewhere. In sales the roles are entry level account management, managing a wholesaler as a district manager (necessary to become a national accounts manager), various levels of national accounts managers on and off premise (call on major chains such as Chili's, Buffalo Wild Wings, Safeway, etc), regional managers (around 25 in country) and divisional managers (5 in co)....most of your career here will be spent as a sales rep, district manager or National accounts manager, so if this is not of interest this is not the job for you

    Advice to Management

    Increase compensation as you increase expectations and grow. You will loose talented employees to higher paying CPG competitors or to other sales/marketing jobs. Employees have formerly reported feeling overworked and underpaid via hr survey yet nothing has been done about it. Fun events and "great people" can only keep tired employees on board for so long..


  8. Helpful (1)

    PR interview

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Public Relations Intern in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Public Relations Intern in Boston, MA

    I worked at Boston Beer

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company with a fun product

    Cons

    Not much room for career growth

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  9. Helpful (1)

    Good upto a point

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I worked at Boston Beer

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent work life balance Management has an open door policy Great culture: Annual meeting, annual homebrewing competition, free beer

    Cons

    Career advancement possible at junior levels in the office. Hard to advance at senior levels since its a small company

    Advice to Management

    Try to retain good talent better : especially at low and mid management levels. Promote cross training in a more organized manner



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