Asia Pacific Breweries Reviews

Updated March 30, 2015
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  1. Great working experience. Good place to understand FMCG industry. Great colleagues and culture!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Sales in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at Asia Pacific Breweries full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Attending events -Involvement in form of rotation in presentations, polishing your presentation skills -Colleagues are there to help each other -Great culture with approachable bosses always there to help

    Cons

    -HR policies not able to retain staff

    Advice to Management

    Should compensate staff with relevant salary upon receiving certification of higher education and a career path carved out to keep good employees in the organisation.


  2. Helpful (1)

    A pint for thought

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

    I have been working at Asia Pacific Breweries full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Working at APB Singapore certainly has its benefits. A tavern on-site is advantageous to many while the annual benefits are certainly above average. Staff members generally get along well with each other and some teams are able to produce results. The APB/Tiger/Heineken brand name also provides you with a layer of credibility.

    Cons

    It is unfortunate that the pros do not outweigh the cons of this company. - Senior managers are primarily concerned with advancing their own agenda and are straddled with a compulsive “need to impress”. Too many political games are played as a result - often at the expense of their own team members. - Several senior managers lack vision; they are more reactive than proactive. - Senior managers are generally resistant to reinventing the wheel. This leads to many activities being blindly repeated year-on-year. Direction and leadership is lost and questions surrounding whether we are “simply checking the box” arise. - Senior managers lack the ability to manage and retain talent. Retention policy is non-existent – “if you are unhappy, just leave” - Too much importance is placed on designations, and too little importance is placed on substance. - Some senior managers are compulsive title-flouters, and always remind you “to be nice to them”. - Structural transparency is lacking – company milestones and changes are not communicated well (if at all!) - Wages are low and do not commiserate with scope of work. A 5% increase in salary from your previous place of employment is to be expected. - There is a prevailing “culture of fear and intimidation” throughout the company. This culture is perpetuated by some senior managers, making the work environment in some departments much less tolerable than others. - Staff are not empowered to make their own decisions. Trust between managers and subordinates is minimal.

    Advice to Management

    Given the substantial number of cons, particularly relating to the behaviour of some senior managers, my advice to the senior managers is to walk a day in our shoes. If you do not like being cowered into submission, have your ideas stolen from you, or being asked to chase your own tail all week long, then do not ask your staff to do these things. Lead by example because we look to you for direction. Please remember that a being a member of the management team is not the be all and end all. A world beyond the management team does exist. Please pay more attention to that world. Work the ground and understand your staffs’ needs and concerns. Lip service does not work – your actions speak for themselves. Trust and empower your staff because they are your most valuable resource. Learn to recognise and develop talent, even if they are not in your likeness. Communicate company goals and direction more clearly as this will foster more trust between managers and subordinates.


  3. A Glass Half Empty

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

    I have been working at Asia Pacific Breweries full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The prestige of working with a company owned by brewing giant, Heineken. Generous beer gratis for staff and benefits (including leave) are good. Great colleagues who work well with one another. A team player mentality does exist but this is limited to certain teams.

    Cons

    I wish this were not the case, but unfortunately, the cons outweight the pros. No clear leadership and strategic direction from the management team (MT). Some members of this 'elite' team are too busy pursuing their own political agenda and staff unwittingly get drawn into their plans to ‘impress’ the MT. No clear direction on work - it is frustrating when managers are asked to come up with detailed plans when their senior managers have given them nothing to work with. Limited opportunities for career growth and progression. The general work environment in some departments is negative and toxic – negative reinforcement overrides positive empowerment. Titles carry a lot of weight here and do not necessarily commensurate with substance . From Assistant Manager to Head of Department, forget who you are dealing with and you can expect a hoo-ha of epic proportions. Unfortunately some senior to top level managers also have a false sense of importance and superiority and are quick to remind staff to ‘be nice’ to them. While there are a couple of proven leaders in the mix, some rule their departments with an iron fist, and this in turn fosters an environment of fear and intimidation. No one is willing to speak up because they fear the repercussions. Ironically, what the company does have is a pretty clear ‘no retention’ policy because it is reiterated quite frequently and openly by senior management that if you’re not happy, you can ‘just leave’. To many employee engagement activities for staff who simply do not want to be engaged.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate company goals and direction clearly and be transparent. Change management was clearly not managed well. Try to understand sentiments on the ground before cramming one employee activity after another down staff’s throats. There is a reason why people don’t want to be engaged and you need to find out why. Spend less time on office politics and more time understanding the needs of your various departments –politics is good if you use it to inspire and rally your troops. Lead by example –your senior and fancy title is useless if you don't demonstrate it with substance and good leadership. Trust, value and empower your staff - people look to you for good leadership and mentoring. You are as responsible for helping them achieve their KPIs, just as you hold your staff accoountable to deadlines and to your goals, department, corporate or otherwise. Lastly, please stop reminding people that ‘they had better be nice’ to you. There are other options out there and they may just simply heed your advice and 'just leave'.


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  5. Executive trainee

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

    I worked at Asia Pacific Breweries full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You get to learn a bit of everything. Free beer an. Fun events

    Cons

    You can not choose which function you want to work upon graduating from the program. Most of the marketing guys are Singaporean and they tend to bring in trainees from Singapore to assume brand management roles. Those non Singaporeans can only be stuffed to another departments.

    Advice to Management

    Respect diversity and really improve every aspects of the executive trainee program.


  6. Fun Job but overloaded

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Sales Manager in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Assistant Sales Manager in Singapore (Singapore)

    I have been working at Asia Pacific Breweries full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great Perks, good connections, great socializing lifestyle

    Cons

    Bad work life balance, work hazard

    Advice to Management

    hire more team player


  7. One of the best internship opportunities!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at Asia Pacific Breweries as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent opportunities. Friendly staff and great working culture! Senior management is very supportive of interns.

    Cons

    None that I could spot

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  8. Great employer with work life balance

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at Asia Pacific Breweries full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I've worked in APBS for 7 years and this is a great place for junior employee to learn the FMCG business.

    Cons

    You are probably under paid versus peers who have move around FMCG company, with similar years of experience.

    Advice to Management

    Overlook talent retention program.


  9. Great place to develop skills and potential.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Brand Manager in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Senior Brand Manager in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at Asia Pacific Breweries full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    APB has great products and brands, it's a company that truly believes in building brands for the long term, and there is strong camaraderie between team-mates.

    Cons

    Personal politics sometimes get in the way of decision-making, and having a more process-based orientation would help in some instances.

    Advice to Management

    Reward loyal staff by listening to their views and offering career development opportunities.


  10. Helpful (1)

    A great company to work for!

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

    I have been working at Asia Pacific Breweries full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Passionate people, strong camaraderie, invests in brand management and route to market excellence. Fun loving colleagues who become friends quickly. Reasonably good benefits.

    Cons

    Poor work life balance with very long hours, basic salary nothing much to shout about, weak talent pipelining, conservative when computing long term investments.

    Advice to Management

    Pay less attention to shareholder politics, listen more to the ground and focus more on doing what's right and sustainable for the business.


  11. Not too shabby

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Promoter
    Former Employee - Promoter

    I worked at Asia Pacific Breweries

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay for a short period of work. Good opportunity to pick up sales and customer relations experience. You get the occasional treat from the boss too haha

    Cons

    Long working hours under outdoor conditions. Pressure to meet sales targets and you will have to help out with the moving of stock.

    Advice to Management

    Worth a look if you are looking for a part-time job. Good remuneration for anyone who can only work for a short period of time



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