Boston Beer Reviews

Updated June 23, 2014
Updated June 23, 2014
24 Reviews

3.7
24 Reviews
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Boston Beer President, CEO, and Director Martin F. Roper
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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    No work to life balance......

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    Former Employee - Senior Account Manager  in  Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Account Manager in Baltimore, MD

    I worked at Boston Beer

    Pros

    Its a good job for people coming out of school. The company does a great job of teaching you how to sell in a professional manner

    Cons

    You have no work to life balance.You will work every weekend in the fall and winter. They will dangle a promotion in front of you for years to get you to work 70hr weeks.Many employees are not paid business expenses when they leave the company. Overall, I wouldnt plan on staying with the company for more than a couple of years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    You are your own boss from beginning to end with no pot under the rainbow no matter how much you put into your job.

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    Former Employee - Sales Analyst  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Sales Analyst in Boston, MA

    I worked at Boston Beer

    Pros

    Independence - be your own boss
    Meeting people if you are young
    if you like a party atmosphere
    like being in the city
    every participates in national sales meeting even if out of state

    Cons

    "work hard play hard" motto means exactly that. You are expected to put in a ton of overtime: nights, weekends, holidays and even 99% of your lunches
    No managerial support
    No management communications even when it pertains to your job function
    high turnover rate
    you are expendable at any moment in time
    benefits could be a lot better

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    curb turnover rate
    reach down to the low man on the totem pole

    No opinion 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.  

    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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Cool company, but lots of dead weight and institutional incompetence.

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    Former Employee - IT Department  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - IT Department in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Working for a beer company is definitely "cool", you'll get to try new styles and go to all sorts of events.

    Cons

    Low salaries, lots of middle-management, very hard to get anything done. The company tends to have a very short memory and lets mistakes happen over and over again. People get promoted because they have been there a lot time, and not necessarily because they are good (or even passable) at their jobs. Little upward mobility in some departments, so people will take on managerial roles even though they have no business managing people. The "doers" very rarely get listened to, even though they generally have the best knowledge about what is going on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house. Look VERY closely at what people that have been there for a long time actually get done and how their employees perceive them. Continued inaction is going to make you lose a lot of talent (which management seems to think is replaceable, since BBC is a "cool" company to work at). Learn to value the institutional knowledge you lose every time someone gets fed up and leaves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    PR interview

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    Former Employee - Public Relations Intern  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Public Relations Intern in Boston, MA

    I worked at Boston Beer

    Pros

    Great company with a fun product

    Cons

    Not much room for career growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good upto a point

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

    I worked at Boston Beer

    Pros

    Decent work life balance
    Management has an open door policy
    Great culture: Annual meeting, annual homebrewing competition, free beer

    Cons

    Career advancement possible at junior levels in the office. Hard to advance at senior levels since its a small company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to retain good talent better : especially at low and mid management levels. Promote cross training in a more organized manner

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    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
  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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