Boston Beer
3.7 of 5 24 reviews
www.bostonbeer.com Boston, MA 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Jun 23, 2014

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Boston Beer President, CEO, and Director Martin F. Roper

Martin F. Roper

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77% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    No work to life balance......

    Senior Account Manager (Former Employee)
    Baltimore, MD

    ProsIts 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

    ConsYou 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Sales Analyst (Former Employee)
    Boston, MA

    ProsIndependence - 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 Senior Managementcurb turnover rate
    reach down to the low man on the totem pole

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    Managment doesn't treat hourly employees well.

    Brewer (Current Employee)
    Breinigsville, PA

    ProsMoney, 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.

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    it was a cool job, but you have no life

    Brewer (Former Employee)
    Penns Park, PA

    Proscool culture and free beer

    Consyou are just a number

    Advice to Senior Managementpractice what you preach

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    IT Department (Former Employee)
    Boston, MA

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

    ConsLow 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 Senior ManagementClean 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Amazing people...overworked and underpaid

    Brewery Representative (Current Employee)

    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 Senior ManagementIncrease 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..

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    PR interview

    Public Relations Intern (Former Employee)
    Boston, MA

    ProsGreat company with a fun product

    ConsNot much room for career growth

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good upto a point

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Boston, MA

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

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great people, slow to change, disorganized

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsPeople 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

    ConsPoor 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 Senior ManagementReview 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great company

    Operations Supervisor (Former Employee)
    Breinigsville, PA

    ProsPassion for brewing and providing drinkers with an exceptional product line

    ConsSlow to no upward growth

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to grow and change as company expands

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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