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Boston Beer Reviews

Updated December 7, 2014
Updated December 7, 2014
38 Reviews
3.6
38 Reviews
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Boston Beer President, CEO, and Director Martin F. Roper
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  1.  

    Strong company, culture, and training

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Sales in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Boston Beer

    Pros

    If you have a competitive spirit, and can manage constructive criticism in a positive and proactive manner, then this is the company for you. Upward mobility, fun working environment, autonomy to make decisions, and access to management at every level.

    Cons

    In a business climate that is growing rapidly, there can be communication issues from the field sales force to the home office. That is a challenge that I think most companies face in this environment.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great company culture with a lot of opportunists.

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

    I have been working at Boston Beer full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    BBC has a great training program and works hard to create an amazing company culture.

    Cons

    So many daily tasks with little direction. Overworked based on pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some managers are way more understanding with comp days than others. After working long weeks/weekends reps deserve comp days that don't take away from pto

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    You can make it work.

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

    I have been working at Boston Beer

    Pros

    Though the company is becoming slightly more structured, senior management has always been wary of bureaucracy. As such, practices are frequently changed as opportunities surface. This means that if you find a way of doing your job effectively and yearning for more (or different) responsibility, you can carve out a niche for yourself if you make an effective value proposition.

    Cons

    The lack of structure (or competing structures) leads to some levels of disorganization and can add stress to the job. While some people will work 70 hours a week in order to keep a process moving, others work a straightforward 40 hour week. If you aren't someone that can effectively advocate for yourself, your career growth, and what you bring to the table in an area with little structure, you will have a hard time moving up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Prioritize cultural fit when hiring managers and senior managers.

    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Boston Beer is sadly changing its personable personality

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Brewing in Breinigsville, PA
    Current Employee - Brewing in Breinigsville, PA

    I have been working at Boston Beer full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    -Pay is good!
    -Free beer (2 cases/month) is great!
    -Benefits are surprisingly wonderful!
    -The company is growing and being part of that atmosphere is cool.

    Cons

    -Vacation is just meh (at least in PA it is).
    -They say they "listen" to employees. They do sometimes (which is great), but they don't acknowledge the hard topics. They say "discuss the undiscussable." I have tried. So have many other people. May actually be counter-productive.
    -Some managers don't have the soft skills. Not just anybody has the skills to be a good manager. I have noticed that recently.
    -Saddest Point - Growing so fast that they are making bad decision, both financially and personally. When I started, I felt they valued me, now I feel like I am just another body. Also they are spending money like crazy to meet demand when simple solutions can be just as productive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management from Boston... Stop by randomly some day and talk to the employees (not just upper management). While some people complain to complain, you may hear some sad realities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    Great perks and great training, but young managers

    Former Employee - Account Manager
    Former Employee - Account Manager

    I worked at Boston Beer full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The training, the perks, and the job are second to none. For someone looking to get the most from a post undergrad job, BBC is the place.

    Cons

    Managers tend to be young and inexperienced. That can lead to high turnover, and some interesting situations. If you get lucky, you can ride the train for a great few years. If you find yourself on the other side, consider looking for a new geography or a new company. Just remember all of the great skills you learned at BBC.

  7.  

    Work Life Unbalance

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

    I worked at Boston Beer full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Boston beer gives decent benefits. Obviously, you have to pay for the benefits but they are not bad. There is free beer.

    Cons

    Giving employees who work 2+ years a maximum of 21 days PTO is ridiculous (this includes sick days). You have guys at this company who work for 20 years and only get 3 weeks paid vacation or sick days, and then you have guys who work for 2 years and get the same amount. If you work 0-2 years you get 17 days. If you work at the brewery be prepared that you cannot take Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years or summer off. You essentially can take off between January- June for any vacations you had planned. If you work finance be prepared that you may not be able to take extended vacation during Christmas. But as HR will say, "you should be lucky you even get that time off."

    Jim Koch is a great guy and I think he would be ashamed if he knew some of the things that happen at this company. There is a lot of work-life balance and discuss the undiscussable talks but when you do either of those, you will get told you are not working hard enough and that you should look at other opportunities. I know the work hard-play hard mentality, but this sir, is not it. Many people at this company are promoted to the level of their true incompetence.

    If you are not a skinny blonde or a bro fresh out of college, do not try to work as a sales representative. You will not get the job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the PTO policy. Let people actually discuss the undiscussables without fear that it has been recorded on a piece of paper to be thrown back in the employees face.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Happy Employee's are Productive Employee's

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Boston Beer

    Pros

    Good Pay, Benefits, Vacation are all great perks of the company. There is also free beer to be had if you like Sam Adams

    Cons

    Management Protects Management, There are some that get away with anything and everything and then talk bad about hourly's that work hard to better the brewery. The company also has discuss the un-discussable and when you do they hold it against you. They say they don't but they do. Also a lot of back stabbing with-in management they will talk trash on the company and you say nothing, but you say something and they run to other management and tell.
    I also think management make decisions based on bad info instead of looking into before making decisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to Listen to the employee's concerns and treat all equally.

  9.  

    Brewery Representative

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

    I worked at Boston Beer full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    They have a fantastic training program. They really spend a ton of time working with the employees at the corporate level to make sure they are trained well for their position. Jim Koch is a phenomenal owner, he tries to make it a point to talk to everyone at the company and makes a presence at every training.

    Cons

    The work-life balance is very little. You spend most of your time in the bars, restaurants and retailers - working some nights and weekends. The structure to get promoted is very skewed. If your boss does not approve of you, regardless of your work ethic and successes, you will either not get promoted or you will get pushed out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more time working with district managers on how they should be managing their people on the brewery representative level. The brewery reps are the ones making the sales numbers and working their tails off to spread the word.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great Work Environment and Work Culture

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

    I worked at Boston Beer full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Everyone is friendly and courteous, feel like a real family. Amazing culture, great perks

    Cons

    Pay is not as competitive, Hours can be long sometime

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't forget the little guys

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great training, room for growth only if you are willing to move

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

    I have been working at Boston Beer full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Best training in the business

    Cons

    low paying, beginning to become micromanaging, can only move up if you are willing to relocate

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your employees to run their own business again! Work to keep high performers who can't relocate. The culture of this company is changing for the worse.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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