Anheuser-Busch Reviews

Updated August 17, 2015
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Pros
  • Not too many pros a side from getting free beer (in 35 reviews)

  • 2 free cases of beer/month--even for interns (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance non existent anymore (in 19 reviews)

  • Long hours are expected, but then again, where aren't they (in 16 reviews)

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  1. Like Wallstreet

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst
    Current Employee - Business Analyst
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    2 cases of free beer a month. If you like change, you will be able to experience doing something different often. High ability to cross over into different groups, no one set path for career growth.

    Cons

    Overworked and chaotic environment. Do not expect a bonus, the variable pay is based on a calculation you do not impact as an individual. The bonus is a lottery winning so don't expect it. You will spend a lot of time not using numbers that you worked really hard to analyze and that represent reality.

    Advice to Management

    stop looking at feel good data and eat the bad news, it's the only way to change course. Stop moving the boat to avoid a rock...only to hit a glacier.


  2. Could Be Better

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Merchandiser in Arlington, WA
    Current Employee - Merchandiser in Arlington, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Anheuser-Busch full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Not a whole lot of pros except you get to work in the morning.

    Cons

    The owner lost 20% of the company's portfolio and has done nothing to make up for this lost. WAIT! he's bought himself a brand new Porsche.

    Advice to Management

    They can't be fix.


  3. Helpful (14)

    It's like you're getting Punked. Every. Single. Day.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Brand Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Brand Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Anheuser-Busch full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    People with absolutely no experience can make a very high base salary and easily obtain an inflated job title. You will get experience, but it is trial by fire.

    Cons

    Workload is insane. Management is insane. Hours are insane. Employee turnover is insane. Cramming hundreds of people into a temporary office is insane. There is little to no training, you guessed it, insane. Bonus has not paid out for the past 5 years. Stock option plan is crazy- options don't vest for 5 years from when you get them, think about that. Average employee lifespan is approx 2 years. No one is going to get those options. 401K plan matching vests after 3 years. Anything and everything here is designed to screw everyone who is not a stock owner. The people at the top have so much to gain by lying and getting you to join this place. And then you're screwed because you have a 2 year commitment on your relocation and signing bonus. Beware!!

    Advice to Management

    Your stock price is soaring, you're rich! You're doing it at the expense of all the people who you are crushing in your machine. That won't work long term, and at some point you will have to pay the piper. Might be in a year, might be in 5, but karma is coming for you, and it's gonna be exciting watch the Death Star implode.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    AB mcc

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The company name AB

    Cons

    Poor work life balance; no opportunity for growth; high turnover rate; low pay ; no training

    Advice to Management

    Upper management gives bad reviews and blames employees for everything with little to no training


  6. "TAM" Program is an idea that has gone poorly developed and unexecuted

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Anheuser-Busch as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Free beer -LOTS of miles on your car and you won't be compensated for it

    Cons

    - We almost NEVER receive any shipments (displays, kits, etc.) on time - We always felt the need to rush and execute (i.e. the World Cup, Grab n go program, the Bud Kits, the Bud & Burgers). Was it because they were ordered late? - ipads never had the tools readily available and when we do, they don't work! -None of our accounts are accurate or uploaded. After numerous emails and calls about the issue have gone unanswered what do you do? - Lastly we are ADULTS...most of us anyway. It was not professional to drag out the contracts being signed -What happened to the 401k and Health Reimbursement plan.

    Advice to Management

    This program is NOT for people trying to make a real career.


  7. Helpful (8)

    Culture is non-existent .... Terrible work-life balance

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Director in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Open office environment Turnover is huge - chance of promotion for new/young people is good, but beware - you will be in that turnover # one day

    Cons

    People group is a bunch of 23 y/o amateurs that don't know how to do their jobs Culture is Brazilian ... Is you are one, or hang out with one, you fit in Not a friendly atmosphere for women or minorities -- there are far less at high levels than under Former AB Record earnings with no bonuses Uncaring senior leadership that doesn't know how to lead

    Advice to Management

    Sell to someone that cares


  8. Helpful (1)

    Worked as a Brand Activation Manager.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, free beer, great contacts and fun! Some travel opportunity and option to move up.

    Cons

    The management changes frequently and they shove everyone out of their way in order to move ahead. If you are working as a contracted employee they pretty much treat you with no respect even if you have an MBA. There are alot of loopholes in their tracking systems and managers at the wholesalers are extremely unprofessional. There is very inconsistent communication between corporate, wholesalers and vendors. You have to report your work through several different applications that gets reported to corporate then you are told to do it all over again for the wholesaler since those channels apparently don't communicate with eachother. Keep in mind you are working only 30 set amount of hours yet you end up working like 50.

    Advice to Management

    Upper Management needs real people skills and professionalism. Perhaps a few courses in management??


  9. Helpful (2)

    Top down mentality

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Hourly in Fairfield, CA
    Current Employee - Hourly in Fairfield, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good health and vacation benefits.

    Cons

    No respect for skilled workers. Horrible work life balance. There's a reason the company hires young managers with no family life.

    Advice to Management

    If you really want to be #1, figure out how to treat people with respect. That will attract quality people and make existing employees want to work hard for you.


  10. Helpful (7)

    Misery on tap

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Marketing in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Big bonus *potential* (but read the Cons for more on that). Good resume-builder.

    Cons

    Base pay is well below market rate, and they dangle the carrot of a potentially large bonus...but it doesn't pay out reliably. Combative, contentious environment. Work-life balance is horribly skewed. Best for people with no families, hobbies, or any other interests outside of the machine itself. Agencies and vendors are squeezed to extremes, from unreasonable payment terms to reverse auctions where they bid on the ability to execute their own ideas. Strained relationships are the norm. Employees are overworked and under-appreciated.

    Advice to Management

    The model of acquire, cut costs to the bone, and repeat has worked so far, but it's not sustainable. At some point, there won't be anything left to squeeze. But by the time that ride comes to a stop, the senior-most execs will have cashed out and what's left will be someone else's problem.


  11. Helpful (4)

    Manipulative, Lack of Common Sense...Only the Young Survive

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Casual work environment, little accountability, free beer once a month.

    Cons

    All while preaching "One team, one dream", they will deceive and manipulate. I know of several people who were pushed out of their job or gotten rid of in "creative" ways. They will do what they can so former employees cannot collect unemployment. They care only about the budget, but not with a common sense frugality. They will take away the water coolers, but spend money on decorations for the office. They will deny sales reps, signage and POS for their accounts to have in-house posters printed for the meeting room. They hire young, unqualified managers, passing over qualified people who have been with the company for years. They falsify timecards so they don't have to pay OT. It's their way or the highway. When they take over a distributor they change everything, but not for the better. They make everything more complicated and expensive. Our water to the building has been shut off (think no flushing toilets, not water to wash hands), the phones were nearly shut off, the driver's had to get fuel from a much more expensive supplier because they refuse to pay their bills before 120 days. They no longer credit accounts when beer is not delivered or there is breakage - they literally say "it's their word against ours". We have lost many accounts because of this one policy alone. There is no concern for the customer any longer. It's almost as if they do not understand they must actually SEEL beer in order to make money, and in order to make money you need customers/accounts. It has a very foreign feel to it...including important documents that are written with an obvious poor understanding of English.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to stay in business and not over taken by your competition, actually pay attention the local market...not everyone will buy Budweiser and Stella if you "just push hard enough". Treat your low-level employees like the mean something, because they are doing the REAL work, w/o them there will be nothing FOR you to manage.



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