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Updated February 6, 2015
Updated February 6, 2015
44 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company, Poor Work/Life Balance

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Brewery Representative
    Former Employee - Brewery Representative

    I worked at Boston Beer

    Pros

    -Company culture is tremendous. Mostly great people who love the beer business.

    -Access to upper management at company meetings allows for "discussing the undiscussables" and getting feedback on the direction of the company.

    -Training is incredible, applies not only to the industry but to sales in general.

    -Solid benefits/perks (car allowance, generous PTO days, 80% of all gas is paid, travel opportunities for meetings, free beer)

    -Advancement opportunities if you are willing to relocate. However, if you're not in a position to move, DO NOT expect to advance.

    Cons

    -Work/Life balance is rough. Certainly not a 9-5 job as you'll often spend evenings and weekends conducting samplings, festivals, and events. Sometimes feel more like a promo girl than a salesperson. Many BRs felt that was beneath the role.

    -Lack of direction/priorities. Can be overwhelming, with a growing portfolio, determining what you should be selling and when. Often told to do 10 different things when you can only do 7 well. Criticized for not doing the other 3.

    -Compensation is base salary with a bonus. No commissions (which would be difficult to track/verify based on bonus structure). Often feel underpaid for time and hours spent working.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't lose the company culture you've worked hard to build. Reevaluate middle management structure and determine if some longtime managers have worn out their welcome. Address the compensation gap to remain competitive for good talent. Consider adding more Market Reps to more districts and let your BRs SELL.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great culture and development experience for young professionals

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    • 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 a year)

    Pros

    Dynamic industry, incentive pay, collaborative culture, travel opportunities, exposure to the alcoholic beverage industry, personal development strategy, autonomy and ownership of territory

    Cons

    long hours, nights and weekends, constantly changing organizational structure, there is always more you can do, satisfaction not guaranteed

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Amazing company and values with caring leaders

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Brewery Representative
    Current Employee - Brewery Representative

    I have been working at Boston Beer full-time

    Pros

    Fantastic training program- great for people who are coming from different fields;
    Awesome travel opportunities- various interviews, region meetings, division meetings, national meetings, trainings, etc;
    Offer 17 pto days for first 2 years with company then 21 days; Mondays are work from home and you create your schedule every other day so it can be as flexible as you like;
    Competitive salary and great benefits (health care, 401 k, free beer);
    Family-like community;
    Huge opportunity to advance, and fast!
    *Only get in to this job if you are seriously passionate about beer (the culture and history of it, flavor profiles, styles, drinking it- you will be living, breathing, eating, sleeping beer!)

    Cons

    Some managers are way more lenient with pto and scheduling than others; requirements are not unified across the board (I am very lucky with my manager!);
    Hours can be long and sneak into personal time (evening and weekend promotions);
    Driving alone in your car every day can get very lonely and boring;
    There is a lot of responsibility and expectation with little direction; it can be very overwhelming at times!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company!

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Front Desk Coordinator in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Front Desk Coordinator in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Boston Beer

    Pros

    Great company with plenty of room for growth and personal development. Appropriate salary for the position.

    Cons

    Unable to keep earned PTO time, you must use it all by the end of the year.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    People are super nice here. They love what they do and also enjoy their life at the same time.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Boston Beer

    Pros

    If you want to enjoy your work, come here!

    Cons

    The processing of some pape work is a little bit slow.

  7.  

    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
  8.  

    Great company culture with a lot of opportunists.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Brewery Representative
    Current Employee - Brewery Representative

    I have been working at Boston Beer full-time (less than a 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
  9.  

    Great training; political company.

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

    I worked at Boston Beer

    Pros

    Provides you with excellent training and tools to sell.
    Unique industry, with the opportunity to interact with great customers.
    Opportunity for travel- crew drives are a lot of fun.
    Good benefits.

    Cons

    Terrible work/life balance, but sales is not commission based.
    Goes again almost all sales tactics by forcing you to relocate for promotion after 2 years (or see yourself to the door).
    There are many great managers, but many great sales people are not great managers.
    Promotions, reviews can be extremely political.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quality over quantity. The daily account minimum did nothing but ensure that you were in 10 accounts/day. Reviews should be more reflective of account base growth.

  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Boston Beer is sadly changing its personable personality

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    Current Employee - Brewing in Breinigsville, PA
    Current Employee - Brewing in Breinigsville, PA

    I have been working at Boston Beer full-time (less than a 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
  11.  

    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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