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Boston Beer Reviews

Updated December 18, 2014
Updated December 18, 2014
39 Reviews
3.6
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Boston Beer President, CEO, and Director Martin F. Roper
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  1.  

    Overall and enjoyable work experience, very heavy work load

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    Former Employee - District Manager
    Former Employee - District Manager

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

    Pros

    Great work environment, training, and opportunity for growth. Company culture is a good balance between work and play. BBC immediately engrosses their employees into the business with orientation and multiple sales training.

    Cons

    Must be willing to relocate often to move up in the company, compensation is not as competitive as it could be within the industry. Work life balance is a struggle as this job often requires 50+ hrs a week. Managers do play favorites and subjectively assess employees' performance at yearly reviews.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Competitive company with very good sales training

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - District Manager
    Former Employee - District Manager

    I worked at Boston Beer full-time

    Pros

    * Great training: sales, negotiations, beer knowledge
    * Ability to make your own schedule
    * Free Beer
    * Fun Culture
    * Employee engagement/surveys
    * Great exposure to the industry

    Cons

    * They claim work- life balance, but it is not reality.
    * They force employees to sign a non-compete agreement when they start
    * There are some limitations with upward mobility unless you are willing to relocate often times to multiple locations
    * Access to upper management has become very limited as the company continues to increase with size

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great training, room for growth only if you are willing to move

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    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    Best training in the business

    Cons

    low paying, beginning to become micromanaging, can only move up if you are willing to relocate

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your employees to run their own business again! Work to keep high performers who can't relocate. The culture of this company is changing for the worse.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Working at Boston Beer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Boston Beer

    Pros

    Great training if you are in sales. Jim Koch, he is one of the best founders and owners you will ever meet. Any chance to work for him or with him is an amazing opportunity! Free beer is a perk if you like what they brew.

    Cons

    Work/life balance. People have to be 100% dedicated to their jobs meaning 24/7. Some managers expect their employees to always been on call. You are not compensated well enough. The idea is that you work for the #1 American beer company and that is something amazing in itself. Some times hours can reach 70-80 a week, and when you look at the salary you were given, it is really diminished on an hourly rate. The beer development is moving towards more mainstream every day drinking beer, there really hasn't been anything all that exciting launched in a long time, even Rebel IPA is not that amazing when you look at Mid-western, and West-coast IPA's.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't let managers feel threatened by their peers. They tend to stifle careers and micromanage their employees, causing a downturn in performance. You hire some incredible employees and too often they leave because there is no opportunity for upward growth. You may want to look at some employees who have been in the same or very similar roles for more than 10 years. What are they really doing at their job?

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    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 (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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people, slow to change, disorganized

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Boston Beer full-time (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
  10.  

    Wonderful Company!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I worked at Boston Beer full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Relaxed, passionate, lots of opportunities, great continued training

    Cons

    Some disconnect & communication issues between departments

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Brewery Ambassador

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Brewery Ambassador in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Brewery Ambassador in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Boston Beer full-time (more than an 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

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