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Boston Beer Reviews

Updated August 29, 2014
Updated August 29, 2014
25 Reviews
3.7
25 Reviews
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Boston Beer President, CEO, and Director Martin F. Roper
Martin F. Roper
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  1.  

    Really good company but....

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    Former Employee - Machine Operator  in  Breinigsville, PA
    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Breinigsville, PA

    I worked at Boston Beer full-time

    Pros

    A job at Sam Adams is something to be proud of. It's a good company with great values and an exceptional product. They take what they do very seriously and the teamwork is unparallelled. The work is hard but rewarding, and they really focus on cross training so most everyone there is able to operate most of the machines when called upon. The pay is very good, especially when you consider the OT they require. The communication between management and the floor personnel is excellent, there is no barrier, but that doesn't mean that management listens to much of what the rank and file has to say. This is a lifetime job for those who can handle the OT. You could very easily work there for 20 years and retire comfortably.

    Cons

    You work there, you live there. They expect unlimited availability. It's not uncommon for employees to work 7 days a week, especially during the busier times. A month with one day off is not unusual. This leads to grumpy employees, but it also leads to massive paychecks. They have something called a "force list" which is posted weekly and it determines who is going to be forced (their word) to work Saturday and/or Sunday or stay 4 extra hours at the end of your shift and the lower your number, the more likely it is you're not getting many days off. It's a great job for a single person, but for anyone with kids, especially a single parent (me), it's pretty near impossible to work there and have any time for your kids. The Breinigsville facility is also extremely cramped as the production has very much outgrown the facility. Then there's the usual production drawbacks, it's really hot in the summer and pretty cold in the winter, but that shouldn't be an issue to anyone with any kind of experience with this kind of job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop putting in more lines! Someone is going to get seriously hurt!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Amazing work environment... but you have to be willing to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I worked at Boston Beer full-time

    Pros

    BBC is an environment where you can learn and advance your career every single day. The org structure is flat. Everyone is approachable. Those that succeed here are those that are willing to ask questions, get involved and show a high work ethic. It's not for everyone.

    Cons

    If you're interested in working here just to get free beer and hang out, you won't enjoy the experience. Work/life balance can be challenging. Priorities shift. You MUST be able to multitask and manage up. Prepare for your opinions and comments to be challenged.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Must address the comp gap.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Managment doesn't treat hourly employees well.

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    Current Employee - Brewer  in  Breinigsville, PA
    Current Employee - Brewer in Breinigsville, PA

    I have been working at Boston Beer full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Money, free beer, lots of work are all good things that come with the job. I've been with the company for over 10 years and have seen it all.

    Cons

    Mismanaged company that starts with the owner. If this company made anything other than beer, which has a huge profit margin, it would surely fail. Ideas are constantly ignored and work life is of no concern to the hourly employees. There's definitely a difference in the way salary and hourly employees are treated and viewed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back to your roots and listen to your hourly employees who build your company from the bottom. Without them you'd have nothing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great people, slow to change, disorganized

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    People make this company; strong bond within team is a huge plus and helps when things are extremely crazy (almost always); open communication between levels of the company, as well as sales and breweries; free beer and other perks; senior management (namely Martin Roper) very smart and a good leader; a lot of work to do...which means both good opportunities (if you can find the time/work even more hours) and/or it becomes life consuming

    Cons

    Poor internal systems and processes (both IT and people) - some attempt to upgrade; compensation is below the expected hours to work; corporate mobility is limited - big chasm between director-level and entry/mid level employees; seem to make same/similar mistakes consistently - partially due to fast pace work environment and "get it done" attitude which limits learning and revising processes for the future. Sales slightly rogue from corporate direction (very much to do with communication issues, geographical difference, and amount of work/expectations on them).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review and align company strategies with goals, metrics, and compensation for all levels of the company. When a strategy is decided (say - "Lead with Lager") don't *wink* after the fact and say a different brand is really the priority.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Wonderful Company!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I worked at Boston Beer full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Relaxed, passionate, lots of opportunities, great continued training

    Cons

    Some disconnect & communication issues between departments

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Brewery Ambassador

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    Current Employee - Brewery Ambassador  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Brewery Ambassador in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Boston Beer full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Absolutely an amazing experience! The job is dynamic, very active, hands on and impactful. The management team truly values the employees and supports them constantly especially with training. Everyone shares a passion to do their best.

    Cons

    There is none that I can see. Yes it is customer service and at times the amount of visitors does get to be a big amount but at the end of the day it's worth it and everyone on the team supports each other.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 6 people found this helpful  

    Amazing people...overworked and underpaid

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    Current Employee - Brewery Representative
    Current Employee - Brewery Representative

    I have been working at Boston Beer full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -PEOPLE and culture: fun, supportive, talented, hard working, non-judgemental...friends for life! Team outings or work trips always involve fun outings and this group really likes to drink and party

    -Perks: corporate card, dept/team trips, free internet, cell phone, computer, 80% gas paid, $500 a mo tax free for car

    -Customers: industry in general is full of fun loving people. Some can be sketchy but all in all these are people who love to drink and have a good time

    -Job stability: after 30 years still continue to grow in a stable industry. Management is understanding of small mistakes

    -Training: wonderful sales, negotiating, and beer training

    -Upper Management: extremely talented and smart, dedicated to growth of company and employees, non micro managing and understanding of issues

    -Work from home: some aspects of this like making own schedule are great. Monday mornings are spent "in the office" aka at home in pajamas

    Cons

    -Increased goals without additional compensation. Employee survey reports over 70% feel they cannot achieve work life balance and aren't compensated what they should be

    -High stress work environment with long hours and pressure to achieve multiple types of goals

    -Inconsistent expectations between immediate and upper level management as well as between managers at the same level

    -Evening and weekend work (promotions in bars, catchup from week)

    -Lack of autonomy and lots of corporate processes..lots of check ups on your weekly schedule and appointments, evaluation days bimonthly, must be done in "boston beer" way. Unlike upper management, middle management seems to be about 50/50 praised or not liked

    -Call quota: all entry level employees are required to make 45 sales calls a week or 180 sales calls a month, which can become very tiring and time intensive (follow up is often necessary), market managers (manage wholesalers but do not manage a sales rep) are required to make 60 sales calls a month

    -Isolated from coworkers: everyone works from home in their respective market. Long days on the road can get lonely and must be self sufficient

    -Limited opportunity to change roles...the majority of Boston Beer employees are in sales. There is limited to no opportunity to become a part of the marketing, tech, legal, or finance team as they are very small and all in Boston. Sales is located around the country in their respective territory and like most outside sales you must be open to moving to be promoted unless your immediate boss goes elsewhere. In sales the roles are entry level account management, managing a wholesaler as a district manager (necessary to become a national accounts manager), various levels of national accounts managers on and off premise (call on major chains such as Chili's, Buffalo Wild Wings, Safeway, etc), regional managers (around 25 in country) and divisional managers (5 in co)....most of your career here will be spent as a sales rep, district manager or National accounts manager, so if this is not of interest this is not the job for you

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase compensation as you increase expectations and grow. You will loose talented employees to higher paying CPG competitors or to other sales/marketing jobs. Employees have formerly reported feeling overworked and underpaid via hr survey yet nothing has been done about it. Fun events and "great people" can only keep tired employees on board for so long..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    it was a cool job, but you have no life

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    Former Employee - Brewer  in  Penns Park, PA
    Former Employee - Brewer in Penns Park, PA

    I worked at Boston Beer full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    cool culture and free beer

    Cons

    you are just a number

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    practice what you preach

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Brewery Representative

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    Current Employee - Brewery Representative  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Brewery Representative in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Boston Beer full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great culture, training program and peers. Tons of interactive employee engagement. Asked to provide feedback monthly in anonymous surveys to better the company. Upward mobility. Lot's of sales incentives to earn extra money.

    Cons

    My local culture does not reflect the companies culture. Work/life balance is off. Very little exposure to management other than who I directly report to.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When promoting people, consider that they may not be a good fit for managing others. While we have a no retaliation rule, people are still afraid to speak negatively of their direct manager. We need an anonymous way to better manage our managers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great company

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    Former Employee - Operations Supervisor  in  Breinigsville, PA
    Former Employee - Operations Supervisor in Breinigsville, PA

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

    Pros

    Passion for brewing and providing drinkers with an exceptional product line

    Cons

    Slow to no upward growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to grow and change as company expands

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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