Boston Beer Reviews

Updated July 29, 2015
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  1. Reliability Specialist

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Reliability Specialist in Breinigsville, PA
    Former Employee - Reliability Specialist in Breinigsville, PA

    I worked at Boston Beer

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great beer and people on the fl [r

    Cons

    Management epic fail, samweiser and broken promises

    Advice to Management

    Follow through and broken promises


  2. Excellent company, should not have left

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Chicago, IL

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, great culture, awesome expense account. Free beer!

    Cons

    For the most part you have to be willing to relocate to move up.


  3. Helpful (2)

    They try but fail

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

    I have been working at Boston Beer full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You get 120hrs of PTO to start with. About 6-10 times a year you get free cheap pizza, but free is free. They give you lots of free things once in a while like cups, and t-shirts. They do give you a $60 credit for a fitness tracking device. They give 6 weeks of maternity leave witch sounds great until you find out that they give 12 weeks paternity leave.

    Cons

    No work life balance. They sometimes make you stay 20 mins to 1 hour longer in your shift with little to no warning. And the little warning they give you is a day or two. Then after you changed you home life to stay later management changes their mind at the last min then can't tell you an exact date for when you will need to stay over. There is to many leads givings wrong info then blaming you for acting on that wrong info. They play favoritism with overtime just to have one person come in while five stand around. The leads tell employees that if they need the MSDS or SDS to just ask one of them because they can get it on their computer. So while chemicals burn through the flesh employees should wait for their lead to find them then wait for that lead to go to their computer to find out what to do. And that is how people die. They want you to be healthy just not on their time. I like to run or walk to help with stress, they don't have a track or a treadmill even though they have the room for a out door track but that's fine at any other job I'd run around the parking lot or the building here I was told I was not allow to do this, which after a 12hr day my blood pressure spikes and I go home with a headache more often then not. They have a large out door seating area for smoker and only 4 to 8 seats away from the smoking area. They have things growing in the bathrooms that is just gross. Last year they made more cases then they predicted and they were not going to give the packaging team a bonus because the machines had to much downtime. If anything that should have shown how hard the employees worked that year.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of so many leads. Have upper management post their schedules so night shift can find them instead of having to guess when they will be there only to be told that its unknown when they are coming in


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  5. Brewery Representative

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Boston Beer

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Amazing Benefits, flexibility in work schedule, opportunity to travel, opportunity to advance within the company if you are willing to relocate, awesome company atmosphere and culture

    Cons

    A lot is expected of you with little guidance provided, if you want to advance within the company you must relocate. Also, if you are not interested in managing it's hard to move up, poor work life balance, although there is flexibility in creating your schedule, you are sometimes required to work weekend and week nights


  6. Helpful (4)

    Good ole boys club. Felt like I was on the show mad men!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Executive in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Boston Beer full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Can't think of even one. Location is great but very expensive. A few good people but most are just coasters.

    Cons

    A bunch of old school guys running the company who are about 30 years behind the times. Growth in craft has slowed and future road will be very bumpy!

    Advice to Management

    Hire some diversity of thought.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Great Company, Poor Work/Life Balance

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

    I worked at Boston Beer

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Great culture and development experience for young professionals

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

    I have been working at Boston Beer full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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


  9. Helpful (5)

    Amazing company and values with caring leaders

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

    I have been working at Boston Beer full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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!


  10. Great company!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Front Desk Coordinator in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Front Desk Coordinator in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Boston Beer

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.



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