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Updated Jun 29, 2014
InBev – Leuven – “HQ”

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2.5 39 reviews

37% Approve of the CEO

InBev CEO Carlos Brito

Carlos Brito

(30 ratings)

31% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    No focus on people - only profits

    Office Worker (Current Employee) Luton, East of England, England (UK)

    ProsAble to move to different countries if you want to and can make the grade. well recognised brands.

    ConsThere is no focus on the employees, no pay review of any kind for the last 4 years, lots of redundancies in the UK as the business centralises to Belgium or off-shores to Hungary to save money. At the same time the remaining staff are expected to do more with less people for little recognition as the bonus scheme and pension is eroded every year as well.
    The HR department are virtually non existent and spend most of their time writing policies that don't get published.
    If you're stuck for work I'm sure that there are worse places to be but go in knowing that it certainly isn't all sunshine.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEither stop trying to pretend that you have a lovely people culture or actually do something about it.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Cutting costs, at all costs

    Reporting Specialist (Current Employee) Budapest (Hungary)

    Pros- Good atmosphere in lower bands
    - Flexible working hours
    - Lenient with lunch break time, other chat or smoke breaks as long as the job is done

    Cons- Not a competitive salary, unfair bonus systems, salary increases upon promotion minimal.
    - Limited promotion opportunities if you're not a Management Trainee.
    - Getting a good performance review only possible with numerous unpaid overtime hours
    - Very, very limited training opportunities (0 live trainings in >1 year employment)
    - IT heavily unreliable: downtime and slowdown of systems frustrate near all employees and >1h per day is lost.
    - Not all the tools necessary to do the job well are at your disposal due to cost savings
    - Continuous outsourcing and downgrading to the cheapest "good enough to continue operations" option
    - Many employees feel exploited and leave quickly, replaced by a cheap newly grad with reduced salary
    - High pressure and work load

    Advice to Senior Management"Don't expect a Lufthansa service if you're only willing to pay a Ryanair price."

    If management would really live up to it's self-proclaimed principle that people are the center of the business, they really need to invest in keeping good employees happy and able to do their job without daily frustrations caused by cut costs where they shouldn't be cut.

    If the continuous scare of not receiving a bonus and the never-ending faltering of tools continue to frustrate people, people and knowledge retention may soon be low enough that core functions can no longer be executed adequately. The BSC a "center of excellence"? It's a center of barely good to continue functioning at the lowest cost possible.

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

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    Not for human...

    IT Manager (Current Employee) Moscow (Russia)

    ProsOwnership, shared individual targets working on the same projects
    Result focused
    Critical projects are delivered on time
    Compensation: if considering together with bonus is quite competetive

    ConsForget about personal life. Many cases when people lost their families due to long hours at work and stress
    You need to be a hawk / eagle to abuse others showing that you're great owner for being promoted
    Bonus now is only for top performers in WEZ and it's not transparent at all
    Brazilians are on prefferance

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat people as asset, not only those selected ones (band 4 and below)

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

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    Procurement Russia

    Procurement Manager (Current Employee) Moscow (Russia)

    ProsIf you need to breakthrough in your career and you are ready to work long hours and if you are a fighter it is a right place to be, very result driven. Company does not look at your age you can be promoted if you bring results even if you are young. Hope things will improve with an arrival of Stuart(Zone President )

    ConsLots of burrocracy, Standards working not for everyone. Industry is down which is translated into employers mood. People are not a value but resource, if you are not efficient then you are out. No bonus 3rd year. Very stressfull work ( procedures grow at the samee time less people each year due to optimisation)

    Advice to Senior ManagementChallenge should be but they should be not impossible to achieve, don't take Global's challenges, so we have unachieveble targets again. Dont overinvest in management trainees. Decrease burrorcacy in finance department.

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

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    Good people, bad pay

    Group Manager (Current Employee)

    Pros- Amazing people
    - Free beer

    Cons- High Turnover
    - Long hours for little pay
    - No interest on being competitive in the job market, rather their focus is on replacing people quickly

    Advice to Senior ManagementFind ways to retain people in the company. You will safe money in training and the knowledge acquired will remain in the company.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    3,5 years in accounting leader role in shared service center

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe main product obviously creates an interesting accounting background, able to create good environment

    ConsForced carrier paths, inconsistent decisions with culture that is emphasized daily
    Cost reduction on a very high level with no efficiency

    Advice to Senior ManagementConcentrate on real skills and accountable/professional leaders

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

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    Tough culture - focus on compensation only

    Director (Current Employee)

    ProsCompensation is second to none and long term incentives are extremely good. You'll get rich at this company if you stay for 10 years.

    ConsVery tough culture. No work-life balance. Long hours. Sacrifice long term gains for short term benefits. Tough to manage with 6 P&L's and no global power.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBetter understand the US corporate culture in order to make it successful. Be more willing to focus on long-term benefits rather then short term wins.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    People good

    Group Manager (Current Employee)

    ProsFree beer given to employees

    ConsNo promotion opportunitites exist at company

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to front line managers

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Its expierence, Brito is ruthless

    Electrician/Process Control (Current Employee) Saint Louis, MO

    ProsBargaining unit gives you time to brace yourself for a up coming rough ride in contract negotiation; this i am thankful for. Good expeirence with technical skills. supervisors are good to work with for most part, upper managment is different story. Kind of like the government, they are so dissconnected from the people they are supposed to support.

    Conslearn how company hierarchy works. Learn how managment promotions are givin to those who lack expierence. Be prepaired to learn on your own; managment doesnt even know there own job because they are moved around so much; cant blame them, they are in the same boat.

    Advice to Senior Managementwhy advise, you already know everything.....right?

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good for young employees willing to re-locate often and work long hours

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe company is good at promoting young talent quickly through the ranks. They make a great recession resilient product and has a young workforce

    Consterrible at employee retention. High management turnover. Bonus based structure which is good it pays out, but often targets are overstretched.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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