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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..

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    it was a cool job, but you have no life

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    Former Employee - Brewer  in  Penns Park, PA
    Former Employee - Brewer in Penns Park, PA

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

    Pros

    cool culture and free beer

    Cons

    you are just a number

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    practice what you preach

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Brewery Representative

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    Current Employee - Brewery Representative  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Brewery Representative in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Boston Beer full-time for more than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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