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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Means well, but falls short for employees

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Brewery Ambassador  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Brewery Ambassador in Boston, MA

    I worked at Boston Beer part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great enthusiasm and energy, company has a great origin story, founder very involved with business and brand, fans of the company are some of the best!

    Cons

    poor management and communication between departments, constantly battling a hush hush environment surrounding new products which makes it very difficult to feel connected to the brand, can be clique-y, policies seem to change every week without notice or explanation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate to your employees more about the mission and current goals of the organization. More transparency where transitions or changes involved.

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

    A great look inside the competitive beer industry.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Boston Beer

    Pros

    The people are super friendly and nice. The bosses are really easy going and great to work for.

    Cons

    The lack of communication that exists sometimes is awful. Some people are told one thing and other people are told something completely different.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better communication through email in getting the correct info out to the employees. The PR department can help make certain details more readily available and accurate to the entire company.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company to work for if passionate about the beer industry

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    Current Employee - Senior Account Manager  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Account Manager in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Boston Beer

    Pros

    - Management great to its employee
    - Management very open to suggestion
    - Great work environment

    Cons

    - Alot of hours (easily 50+/week)
    - High expectations for all employees
    - Very analytical of employees' actions

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Boston Beer is awesome for passionate people

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Boston Beer

    Pros

    The working environment is very friendly. Your supervisor will mentor you and give you advice on your career within the company.

    Cons

    Not much downsides. The only thing that is not so good is the communication with clients. Often you might deal with difficult clients.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should encourage employees to be more motivated and more passionate about the job they do. Everyone should be more focused on their career goal within the company.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    The passion is contagious.

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    Former Employee - Intern/Tour Guide  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Intern/Tour Guide in Boston, MA

    I worked at Boston Beer

    Pros

    -Wonderful people. Some of the most interesting people I've ever met work for Boston Beer.
    -Jim Koch's passion is contagious.
    -Free beer!
    -Getting to work with an exciting product.
    -A bad day at the brewery is still better than a good day at the office.

    Cons

    -No benefits for anyone other than salaried positions.
    -HR places far more emphasis on one's resume and experience than their fit with the company in terms of shared culture and values. Not a great strategy in the long term, and is frustrating to many part-timers that would like to be considered for advancement. The company is not very interested in promoting from within (unless you've been with the company for 10+ years) because they can demand the best talent from elsewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more consideration to culture and values when hiring. Do not recruit simply based on resume. Passion and fit are just as important (if not more so) than competence. The most effective managers and staff I met during my time at the company were eclectic characters with degrees in Irish History, Creative Writing and American Studies. Remember the formula that made you successful - find unique talent in unusual places, and hire those that truly share the passion!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's a good company at heart

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

    I worked at Boston Beer

    Pros

    friends you make
    education support out side company
    education support inside company
    small company
    push you to be the best at your position
    national meetings
    free product
    helping the community

    Cons

    location
    lack of training for some positions
    work flow

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    managers should have the proper training on managing people.

    Approves of CEO
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good upto a point

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    • Senior Management
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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
  11.  

    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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