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Penny Wise and Pound Foolish

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Current Employee - Manager  in  Saint Louis, MO
Current Employee - Manager in Saint Louis, MO

I have been working at InBev

Pros

In St. Louis, most of the people are still first-rate; carryovers from the "old A-B" when the rewards attracted the best & brightest. This is changing with layoffs and people leaving to find better jobs. People still try to work together (within departments and across departments) to get the job done right. One good thing about new management: They are accessible and down to earth. In this respect, an improvement and very refreshing.

Cons

If you take a job here, know that you will be doing the work of 2 - 3 people since all departments were cut into the bone. Transition to InBev is being horribly mismanaged. Employees are being told benefit cuts, salary freezes, etc. are due to "the economic environment" but everyone knows A-B is doing just fine! Total compensation is now being re-set to the 50th percentile of marketplace. Quality employees are leaving, and more will leave once the job market opens up. Much is made of the opportunities available in the "meritocratic" environment but this only seems to apply to Director level and above. Low-class things being done in the name of cost-cutting; pay bills in 120 DAYS!, micro-manage (or eliminate) necessary business tools like printer paper, continuing education, etc.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

a) You bought the company so you have the right to run it as you see fit. However, realize that there are vital functions NOT BEING DONE because, you know, there are only 60 hours in the week and employees are only putting out fires. This will create some catastrophes in a few months. b) The company you bought is as good as it is because it made a point of attracting good people. If you want to keep good people, you will need to make some accommodations to what is important to workers in the U.S.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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    No focus on people - only profits

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    Current Employee - Office Worker  in  Luton, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Office Worker in Luton, East of England, England (UK)

    I have been working at InBev full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Able to move to different countries if you want to and can make the grade. well recognised brands.

    Cons

    There is no focus on the employees, no pay review of any kind for the last 4 years, lots of redundancies in the UK as the business centralises to Belgium or off-shores to Hungary to save money. At the same time the remaining staff are expected to do more with less people for little recognition as the bonus scheme and pension is eroded every year as well.
    The HR department are virtually non existent and spend most of their time writing policies that don't get published.
    If you're stuck for work I'm sure that there are worse places to be but go in knowing that it certainly isn't all sunshine.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Either stop trying to pretend that you have a lovely people culture or actually do something about it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Inbev is not for great and smart people...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Prague (Czech Republic)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Prague (Czech Republic)

    I worked at InBev full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You can grow and move to another country if you work hard. Great brands and beers!

    Cons

    Fast paced environment, not reasonable expectations You will be promoted if you are pushy and challenging people all the time. They are very proud of their culture but it's nothing to be proud of. Overtime and overtime and overtime and no compensation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more salary to your people and change your culture. You have to be a good Employer to have great people onboard!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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