Anheuser-Busch

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Anheuser-Busch Reviews

Updated December 21, 2014
Updated December 21, 2014
237 Reviews
3.0
237 Reviews
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Anheuser-Busch President, North America Luiz Fernando Edmond
Luiz Fernando Edmond
70 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Casual work environment, little accountability, free beer once a month (in 35 reviews)

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


Cons
  • Work life balance is moving in the wrong direction (in 19 reviews)

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

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Brand Manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Brand Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Brand Manager in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Anheuser-Busch full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great brands, competitive compensation, lots of opportunity. Dominant position in beer industry. 2 cases of beer per month for all employees.

    Cons

    Insane rate of turnover, company is constantly losing US share and unsure how to address, constant changes in strategic direction, combative corporate culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Luiz Edmond has been unsuccessful at growing top line sales and should be replaced as CEO.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Big promises and no room for growth

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    Former Employee - Marketing/Sales
    Former Employee - Marketing/Sales

    I worked at Anheuser-Busch full-time

    Pros

    Great Perks, great benefits and 401K. Exciting company, many opportunities to network with other companies/vendors.

    Cons

    Very corporate environment. New management worked you to the bone. Many hours of work and not worth the pay. Always pushing for more even after working 12 hr days. Union scandals at its worst. Many injured drivers and merchandisers. Very little training provided. Have to be a go getter to do well in this company and take many falls.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better and longer field training as well as mobility training. Higher company values towards employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 5 people found this helpful  

    Be careful what you wish for!

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    Former Employee - Senior Key Accounts Manager in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Senior Key Accounts Manager in Tampa, FL

    I worked at Anheuser-Busch full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits like medical, dental, 401K, insurance, sometimes a company car is provided. Two cases of beer per month. I would recommend working here with reservations. These reservations would be make sure your young (after college/MBA) 24-30. Dont expect to retire from ABI but after 10-15 years you either land some where else on your own or the company will show you out.

    Cons

    Long hours, meaning 12 hour days Monday through Friday with work on weekends in order to plan the next week and recap following week; personal life, if single, or family life will suffer because of this. When coming in from another company, what you learned or accomplished elsewhere isn't always taken into account at ABI and you may have to repeat positions or take steps back in order to move forward. Your end of year review does not take into account what you have accomplished in sales, distribution or cost savings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The mantra from the management team from Brazil, after taking over A-B, was to bring in youth and a younger work force. You have accomplished this and are still forcing people out at 45+ years in order to make this a reality. Unfortunately, you don't realize that the people with experience and those who performed (Go-Getters don't have to be young they only need to be driven) will continue to take share of throat and stomach away from you after landing at competitive adult beverage manufacturers. Be careful what you wish for!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Could be paid more but fun company to work for.

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, company car, free beer

    Cons

    Stubborn attitudes in management positions, culture is very lopsided

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your management less and your sales representatives more. They do most of the work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    Misery on tap

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Marketing in Saint Louis, MO

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    poor manegment

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    Former Employee - Delivery Driver in Perry, OK
    Former Employee - Delivery Driver in Perry, OK

    I worked at Anheuser-Busch full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    decent pay,good benefits,4 day work week

    Cons

    long hours, shotty equipment, no advancement, lots of weekends,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    A Reminder of What I Don't Want in a Job

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    Former Employee - Group Manager
    Former Employee - Group Manager

    I worked at Anheuser-Busch full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Casual environment, able to meet some good people to work with, and monthly beer.... If you think I would say tools given to employees as a pro?? THINK AGAIN

    Cons

    Way too many levels of approval needed to make one decision, slow to react on important needs, bonuses are dangled in front of you but are structured not to be met. Bully front line, mid level management, and possibly Director level too. Scorned/jaded peers due to constant reprimands and no praise. The only way to make it in the cut throat environment is to become "friendly" with different management levels.

    It's a shame really- it is one thing to see the commercials that convey nostalgia and American way but to know the working environment is more like the prohibition era when alcohol, sex and group clicks was a way of the times to survive. Good ol' boy practices still strong and visible in many ways.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Where there is smoke there is fire. Listen to your employees..... The ones out in the field. If there is a common thread of concern..... There may actually be a concern. Just because a manager/director and above is liked for their personality at St. Louis doesn't mean they are effective at leading people in the field; those are the ones who feel invincible and can't be touched.

    Many high potential employees have left and moved on to companies that VALUE them. Eventually competitive edge will be lost when new high po's choose not to take a risk on working at the company. Good luck.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Beer Packaging and Shipping in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Beer Packaging and Shipping in Columbus, OH

    I have been working at Anheuser-Busch full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Pay is still very good and benefits are still decent, although they have started to be whittled away with the latest labor contract. No doubt this trend will continue. Work/life balance is still very good for hourly employees thanks to weekender relief program as well as decent chances to get weekdays off through the use of floating holidays and single day vacations.

    Cons

    If you are hourly like I am, you will have a new 12 year old boss about every six months. Turnover is high for management because they have no labor contract, so they were of course shamelessly rear-ended immediately after the takeover. Company used to have a thousand little ways to show you they appreciated you, almost all of those have been eliminated in the wake of the takeover. Company is run by bankers, not brewers. They have lost a lot of their ability to own and grow a brand, all they know how to do is take them over.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to retain good people in management like you say, you will have to do a better job compensating those people. Right now, you are simply a first step after college before people find a company that rewards them properly for their work. That is, rewards the best and brightest properly. You will be stuck with everyone else.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    I was blessed to have worked for AB for 19 years, albeit 17 of those years were before In-Bev.

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Production Technician in Gainesville, FL
    Former Employee - Production Technician in Gainesville, FL

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

    Pros

    AB was truly a pro-employee company during the years I spent there. The AB philosophy was to be the best, and they were forward thinking enough to invest in technology and employee training to achieve those goals. I felt like family, was well compensated, and well trained.

    Cons

    Everybody was expected to work hard to achieve the company's objectives, if you want to call that a "con". Cronyism is perhaps my strongest criticism.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring back the glory that was once AB. Take some pages from August III's playbook and make AB more than just another beer company once again. The icon can only stay on top just so long without something other that profit margins behind it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Wonderful Summer Job at Grant's Farm (AB)

    Former Employee - Merchandise Associate At Grant's Farm in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Merchandise Associate At Grant's Farm in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Anheuser-Busch part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    nice people
    flexible schedule
    good environment to work in
    productive yet relaxed atmosphere
    good training period, it really makes you feel prepared for your job responsibilities

    Cons

    lack of raises and bonuses

    Recommends

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