Anheuser-Busch Reviews

Updated September 1, 2015
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  1. Helpful (7)

    Could be so much better

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    No doubt there are some initial good aspects of AB. Good Pay, especially once you reach manager level, great 401k match (If you stay 3-4 years otherwise it is worth $0) Most positions take on A LOT of responsibility. There is usually a good mixture of co-workers that have the smarts and drive that contribute to a productive office environment. Then of course you are working for a global powerhouse with close to $50 Billion in revenue which is good for future resume building. It is also my personal belief that AB makes the best beer in the world when it comes to QA. If you are new to your career (less than 2-3 years experience) and you can get hired here; do it. You will learn a lot. If you have more than 6 years experience, I would stay away.

    Cons

    You look at your "Compensation" and see that you can get 20-30% of your pay in a yearly bonus, only to find out the company almost never pay out that bonus. This is due to unrealistic expectations in budget. Though the stock price keeps increasing due to great performance, the internal budget is set in order to almost never achieve the bonus payout goal. The Long Term Incentives for stock options vest after 5 years, so do not even try and include that as part of your compensation benefit. They should be renamed ELTI; extremely long term incentives. There are too many Director level individuals that have no real skill sets besides presenting performance reports from a power point. Middle management seems to do all the work while you have these directors adding no value to the team. Part of it might be because people move to new jobs every 12 months (sometimes less) and leave their previous position a mess. Another great fraud is the annual peer review. Sr Manager's and Directors get to pick their own peers to review them. This of course leads to the directors only picking their friends who will give them great reviews. Any normal capitalist will of course never pick someone that might give them a negative review. When executives look at their Director's review, they only see positive comments and it reassures everyone these people are good for the company. Other things that drove me crazy: - Last minute mind set - Slow computers - Short staffed (on purpose) so there are a lot of administrative tasks everyone had to waste their time on

    Advice to Management

    I probably would have given AB 3 stars as I think that is a fair ranking for them, but the past year new management (Band IV and III) were really uninspiring and you scratched your head how they got in those positions in the first place. Fix the bonus structure or at least do not drag us along in the presentations on how well everything is going yet some how size of pie ends up 0-40%. Get rid of Citrix. Keep making great beer.


  2. Delivery Driver

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

    Pros

    - Great Benefits (health insurance, 401K matching, paid leave) - Great Environment (Fun environment!)

    Cons

    The pay is not the best in the business. Also, the hours worked can be long during the busier weeks (Summer).

    Advice to Management

    Keep the culture fun and exciting.


  3. Longhorn Glass

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Packaging Specialist in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Packaging Specialist in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Great Benefits -Great Pay -Union Job -Plenty of Overtime

    Cons

    -Schedule isn't very flexible (Swing Shift)[Mandatory Overtime] -Work floor NOT tempreture controlled -Very HIGH turnover rate for entry level on up to management -Main issues stem from lack of communication -Stagnent Advancement opportunities (If you don't fit the "MOLD" you won't be given an opportunity)


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  5. Helpful (9)

    Okay for a short term stop, but not a long term career move

    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    You'll have access to resources, a lot of responsibility in the short term, and access to upper level management meaning you will sink or swim pretty quickly.

    Cons

    You will probably receive little to no raise over your time there. The bonus has not paid out over 5 years. The 401k match takes three years to vest, and your LTI will not vest for five years. Coupled with the average life tenure of 2 years,you will always leave money on the table. There is no accountability at the upper management level. Lower tier employees are always blamed for mistakes and failures, even with the direction set by management. The company constantly cuts people, without replacing them. So, don't be surprised that you're doing the work of two or three people (and see two paragraphs up on compensation). The company will attempt to put happy hour after happy hour on to improve morale, but it's all pointless when you're trying to finish your work so you can go home. There are worse places to work, and if you can make it the 5 years, the rewards are worth it. You just have to put up with a lot of pain to get it.

    Advice to Management

    Live up to the 10 principles and hold yourselves accountable.


  6. Part-time Merchandiser

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Anheuser-Busch part-time

    Pros

    healthy, friendly atmosphere flexible hours Upper management is great

    Cons

    takes a while to move up


  7. Helpful (14)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.


  8. Sale Representative

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are great Hours aren't bad Free Beer Commissions are great

    Cons

    Management was horrible Unrealistic expectations Nothing but turn over because management would not change their ways from 10 years ago

    Advice to Management

    Listen to sales representatives that are out in the field daily! Be realistic in your expectations


  9. Operations

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Pay benefits are good enough

    Cons

    You have no work life balance


  10. Good experience, Limited Growth

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Brand Manager in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Brand Manager in Salt Lake City, UT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It's pretty remarkable that I have a job that encourages me expense beer at bars across the city. Working as a Brand Activation Manager is a fun line of work, but lacks promising growth potential.

    Cons

    While I enjoy my line of work, I feel like I am unknown to the folks at AB in St. Louis.

    Advice to Management

    I would advise AB Corporate to reconsider their marketing ploys and consider what will truly effect sales patterns in their different markets


  11. Helpful (2)

    AB mcc

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • 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



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