Anheuser-Busch InBev

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Anheuser-Busch InBev Reviews

Updated March 5, 2015
Updated March 5, 2015
180 Reviews
3.1
180 Reviews
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Anheuser-Busch InBev CEO Carlos Brito
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Not too many pro's aside from free beer that's close to being out of code (in 11 reviews)

  • Lots of opportunity for growth if willing to relocate (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • The push for results can have a negative effect on work life balance at times (in 16 reviews)

  • Senior management often heard saying to treat employees like slaves (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    Wonderful, inclusive, and relaxed place to work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Campus Ambassador in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Campus Ambassador in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Anheuser-Busch InBev part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Even though I worked remotely as a campus ambassador, I still felt welcomed and appreciated. It was a really good part time job while I was still in school.

    Cons

    There wasn't a lot of help- I seemed to be expected to just know what I was supposed to do. Communication wasn't confusing so long as you knew what to ask for.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    opportunity to grow and excel at several types of jobs

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Salaried Role in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Salaried Role in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Anheuser-Busch InBev full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    solid company, steeped in heritage and working around people who are bright and talented and always wanting to push the company forward.

    Cons

    Work life balance can be a challenge, but you have the ability to work at home if needed and you can work that out with your manager/boss.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep opportunities open for people who want to progress in their career.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Analyst

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Anheuser-Busch InBev

    Pros

    Very good culture.
    People move very fast.

    Cons

    Not a technology company.
    Focus on business leaderships.
    Poor work life balance

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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Career Momentum great, but be "aligned" - and think like an investor not an employee.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Retail Sales Director in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Retail Sales Director in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at Anheuser-Busch InBev full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    I have progressed well through the organization. They believe in promoting from within and they offer a lot of training to qualified people (Six Sigma belts, etc). The money is average or higher (from what I have seen). If you are analytical, you are valuable. Fringe benefits are top notch. VIP for everything.

    Cons

    There is no work / life balance. This is an M&A firm owning a brewery. Result: bottom line is more important than people or product. Consistent pressure on sales team against competing and conflicting performance measures. Little to no bonus, though variable pay is touted as one of the best parts of the company. Youth coming into organization has little-to-no passion. This impacts the morale of the valuable tenured employees. Constant need to be aligned with the culture stands out as #1 most-valuable attribute - regardless of capability. Breeds a company of "yes" men and woman and doesn't create open discussion for progress. Close-minded and non-empathetic. Communication between most levels of leadership and the field has completely broken down. Wholesalers have lost faith due to regular shipping / logistics issues and continued price increases on products that already have volume challenges.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Build strategies that are viable (eliminate product supply and pricing issues) and have achievable targets for bonuses. Listen to the engagement survey results and act, don't just pat yourselves on the back of the numbers improve... You have brought in people who won't speak up. That skews the overall company stance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    It's A Brazilian Bank Not A Beer Company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Anheuser-Busch InBev full-time

    Pros

    Given the extremely high workload you will learn how to effectively manage every second of your day. It is true that they promote those who work hard, but that comes at an expense (See cons).

    Cons

    They use the "casual work environment" and "open office" to tout that everyone has a voice, but the reality is all the decisions are made at the top and everyone else is just a pawn to execute them. There is absolutely no pride in the products, it's amazing how this company has managed to take the fun out of beer. The workload is completely unrealistic but they keep trimming headcount - the culture dictates that you say "Yes" to everything, else consider your next promotion gone. Everyone is so stressed out that there is lots of fighting and tension between people who are supposed to be working together. If you have a life outside of work (Hobbies, Family, etc..) then you are seen as not "committed" to the business, be prepared to be on call 24/7/365. Being an American hampers your ability to move up, if you are not a Brazilian male who speaks Portuguese then your prospects are limited.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Share the wealth with those who make it happen, the stock is up 30% in the past year but bonus was minimal
    - Start living your 10 principles and you might actually start selling more beer and retaining great talent
    - You can't have first class service at an economy class price - invest more in your people and infrastructure and you will see better outcomes
    - Improve the diversity of senior leadership - some new ideas from a different angle could go a long way

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

    Clash of the culture titans

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Region Director in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Region Director in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Anheuser-Busch InBev full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    retention bonuses; lucrative severance packages,

    Cons

    mindset of the Brazilian mgmt team - runs like a pyramid scheme; find ways to reduce salaries and bonus payments in order to increase bottom line and reward top execs with millions in stock options. Brito would intimidate Lucifer himself with his ruthlessness and greed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Tough "boys network"

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    Former Employee - Retail Sales in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Retail Sales in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Anheuser-Busch InBev

    Pros

    Work and play heard in everything including salary -very competitive

    Cons

    Learn to play golf, forget home life no work life balance, like beer and be ready to watch your back if you want to move up

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No work life balance - job is your life

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Horrible management

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Denver, CO

    I worked at Anheuser-Busch InBev full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Perks of events (although you are working) vacation, holidays (although you are working)

    Cons

    Management is not professional with this company. They run a tight ship with WAY to much work and stress for each employee. When employees quit, they dont rehire, just load more jobs on current employees with no pay increase.

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Category space manager

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    Current Employee - Category Space Manager
    Current Employee - Category Space Manager

    I have been working at Anheuser-Busch InBev full-time

    Pros

    2 cases of beer a month, management, work from home access available, starting pay was pretty reasonable compared with other companies.

    Cons

    Work/life balance very bad expected to work nights and weekends. In Past 3 months only had 2 days off and expect you to work on vacations. Bonus structure is out of your control. Customers AB assigns you too treat you as their employees and free labor instead of a partner with their business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get more aligned with the customers and not bend to their will. Work with the customer not For the customer. Have a better work/life balance for your employees. The ability to work from home is nice. Change the bonus structure so it is based on your performance and not the company's sales.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Operations Supervisor

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations Supervisor
    Current Employee - Operations Supervisor

    I have been working at Anheuser-Busch InBev full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Free beer, nice swag, and fantastic perks. Sounds like there are a lot of growth opportunities if willing to move.

    Cons

    AB is a manufacturing company. If you do not like shift work, then don't work for them. The hours can be very tough. If you don't want to relocate every year or two, then you will get stuck in your position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on people, not on processes all the time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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