Boston Beer Reviews

Updated June 18, 2015
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  1. Helpful (4)

    Brewery Representative

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

    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

    Great culture, training program and peers. Tons of interactive employee engagement. Asked to provide feedback monthly in anonymous surveys to better the company. Upward mobility. Lot's of sales incentives to earn extra money.

    Cons

    My local culture does not reflect the companies culture. Work/life balance is off. Very little exposure to management other than who I directly report to.

    Advice to Management

    When promoting people, consider that they may not be a good fit for managing others. While we have a no retaliation rule, people are still afraid to speak negatively of their direct manager. We need an anonymous way to better manage our managers.


  2. Excellent company, lots of overtime, and great benefits

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very family-oriented, the co-workers are great, and the benefits are very affordable.

    Cons

    There is no lack of overtime, take that as you will. There is some lack of communication but with all the company growth going on it is almost to be expected.


  3. Great company and great brand

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

    I worked at Boston Beer full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Great culture starting with the founder. People, brand, training programs, free beer, work/life balance are all pros.

    Cons

    Pay is below other companies but there is free beer


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Great

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

    I worked at Boston Beer

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    leadership, vision, products, fun, great co-workers

    Cons

    Salary needs to be in line with region

    Advice to Management

    Increase salaries about 10%


  6. Helpful (1)

    Brewery Representative

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

    I worked at Boston Beer full-time

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

    Pros

    Great people, free beer, travel, flexible hours

    Cons

    always on the clock, work weekends, locations

    Advice to Management

    listen to your employees


  7. Great company culture but little upward mobility.

    • 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

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

    Pros

    Love the beer industry and the people who work for Boston Beer.

    Cons

    Limited work-life balance leads to burnout.

    Advice to Management

    Place more value of your lowest-level employees.


  8. Brewery Representative

    • 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

    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


  9. 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


  10. 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.


  11. 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!



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