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A Reminder of What I Don't Want in a Job

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Former Employee - Group Manager
Former Employee - Group Manager

I worked at Anheuser-Busch full-time (more than 3 years)

Pros

Casual environment, able to meet some good people to work with, and monthly beer.... If you think I would say tools given to employees as a pro?? THINK AGAIN

Cons

Way too many levels of approval needed to make one decision, slow to react on important needs, bonuses are dangled in front of you but are structured not to be met. Bully front line, mid level management, and possibly Director level too. Scorned/jaded peers due to constant reprimands and no praise. The only way to make it in the cut throat environment is to become "friendly" with different management levels.

It's a shame really- it is one thing to see the commercials that convey nostalgia and American way but to know the working environment is more like the prohibition era when alcohol, sex and group clicks was a way of the times to survive. Good ol' boy practices still strong and visible in many ways.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Where there is smoke there is fire. Listen to your employees..... The ones out in the field. If there is a common thread of concern..... There may actually be a concern. Just because a manager/director and above is liked for their personality at St. Louis doesn't mean they are effective at leading people in the field; those are the ones who feel invincible and can't be touched.

Many high potential employees have left and moved on to companies that VALUE them. Eventually competitive edge will be lost when new high po's choose not to take a risk on working at the company. Good luck.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
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  1.  

    Could be paid more but fun company to work for.

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Anheuser-Busch full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, company car, free beer

    Cons

    Stubborn attitudes in management positions, culture is very lopsided

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your management less and your sales representatives more. They do most of the work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

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    Current Employee - Beer Packaging and Shipping in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Beer Packaging and Shipping in Columbus, OH

    I have been working at Anheuser-Busch full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Pay is still very good and benefits are still decent, although they have started to be whittled away with the latest labor contract. No doubt this trend will continue. Work/life balance is still very good for hourly employees thanks to weekender relief program as well as decent chances to get weekdays off through the use of floating holidays and single day vacations.

    Cons

    If you are hourly like I am, you will have a new 12 year old boss about every six months. Turnover is high for management because they have no labor contract, so they were of course shamelessly rear-ended immediately after the takeover. Company used to have a thousand little ways to show you they appreciated you, almost all of those have been eliminated in the wake of the takeover. Company is run by bankers, not brewers. They have lost a lot of their ability to own and grow a brand, all they know how to do is take them over.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to retain good people in management like you say, you will have to do a better job compensating those people. Right now, you are simply a first step after college before people find a company that rewards them properly for their work. That is, rewards the best and brightest properly. You will be stuck with everyone else.

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    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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