Anheuser-Busch Reviews

Updated March 28, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Not what it used be...Horrible Company, Horrible Management. Big Promises...No room for growth

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accounting/Finance in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Accounting/Finance in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Anheuser-Busch part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Not too many pros a side from getting free beer.

    Cons

    Treat you bad. High Turnover. I feel like just a number. They like to make ppl work part time so that they don't have to pay benefits to you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do something for employees!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful

    Great rewards for those willing to work hard

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Marketing in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    The modern Anheuser Busch (Inbev) preaches meritocracy and for the most part, its true. Those who work hard, get promoted and get rewarded.
    The company is not afraid to accelerate high performers and due to the size of the company and a decent amount of churn there are a lot of opportunities.

    Cons

    Micro management. The company is built on "Positive Friction" which ideally should challenge and only push forth the best ideas, but it really just results in everyone responding in knee jerk fashion to senior managements various and generally not cohesive opinions, which often change depending on how the wind is blowing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think the A-B culture will prove successful in the marketplace, so i'm hesitant to suggest changing anything. That said allowing some level of "Bottom up" thinking, rather than constant top down pressure may be helpful in pockets.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. Career Growth

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    Career opportunities are endless
    You can move within US, North America, or Globally
    If you work hard, you are rewarded and promoted quickly (nevery in position longer than 2-3 years if you deliver
    Candid feedback weekly

    Cons

    You must be mobile to become a leader

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful

    High turnover and managers that don't look out for their teams

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Large global network, diverse opportunities for career changes and an emphasis on lateral movement, an exciting and fast paced industry.

    Cons

    The culture of ABI is all about the bottom line. There is extremely high turnover, and pressure is unadulterated from the CEO all the way down the commercial organization. Very few managers are willing to stick up for their employees, and the high turnover rate means few develop the skills they need to effectively manage a team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on employee development.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Fast-paced, challenging environment with passionate employees.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Anheuser-Busch full-time

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity for employees willing to go the extra mile. Fun environment with the expected perks of working in a brewery.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is seriously lacking. 12-13 hours days are not uncommon. Lots of opportunity to allow employees more job autonomy.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Great company to work for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Anheuser-Busch

    Pros

    The culture absolutely makes this company amazing to work for

    Cons

    A very fast work environment. If you cannot keep up it will show in your work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    On boarding process could be better

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. Under Pat Stokes' Leadership this was the most amazing company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    When I was there we treated very well (great travel budgets for instance, tickets to major music and sporting events) in exchange for an average salary without much bonus or YTY COL raises and very long hours. Prestige of brand was an incredible door opener. Everyone took your calls and your business needs were the highest priority.

    Cons

    They expected you to be completely devoted to the company - your career must be the center of your universe. You should answer calls and emails in the middle of the night (officers of the company would want to rant immediately) even though nothing could be worked on until other businesses and vendors opened the next morning. You were expected to fall in the line of duty, so to speak.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Under new ownership so I am not sure...other than to keep the company based in St Louis - it is an American icon. Much more than just a beer company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. I had a good experience, learned a lot.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Anheuser-Busch

    Pros

    I enjoyed my coworkers and the fun atmosphere.

    Cons

    I felt like just a number.

  10. 2 people found this helpful

    Watch your back

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Anheuser-Busch

    Pros

    Can drink beer over lunch.

    Cons

    Usually drink too much beer over lunch.

  11. 7 people found this helpful

    Great starter career, but company culture quickly diminishing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Amazing opportunity for advancement, known name, stable company, decent benefits and 401k options, competitive pay scale. Forward thinking and innovative company, well-respected in the marketplace for the most part. The older, more senior employees are some of the best people and mentors you can ask for - but are being quickly pushed out for younger, lower cost employees.

    Cons

    Work-life balance non existent anymore. Expectations have become unreasonable at best. There is a new product, program, or routine being introduced nearly every week and keeping up with it all is nearly impossible. You are tracked on everything and there are reports on everything...they actually run reports which track the number and frequency of reports being ran.

    You have a great opportunity for advancement and bumping your pay scale, however you must be mobile and willing to move every year to 18 months (until senior mgmt levels). If you aren't mobile, you will be lucky if you get an annual merit increase. If you are willing to move, you are discouraged from being selective, so if there is a job opening they have you in mind for you are expected to enthusiastically take it or you get black listed.

    Goals and objectives are constantly moving and based on (what the other guy is doing). If you are given an initial goal of 25% distribution, once you hit that target you are then told to get to 50%, and the objective will keep moving until 100% (whether it is reasonable or fitting for the market or not). If you are given a goal of 25% growth, but another guy on the team is at 50%, then 50% immediately becomes the new standard and you are now under-performing. You are never "done".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Slow down, don't treat employees like capital that you can move around and work ragged. You are unnecessarily burning out your workforce. There are lots of good ideas, brands, and programs to be introduced but you have to support those brands and have a plan - "just get it done" isn't a plan.

    Stop moving the finish line on every objective and goal. Be reasonable with the number of objectives and the performance expectations.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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