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Updated February 6, 2015
Updated February 6, 2015
48 Reviews
3.4
48 Reviews
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  1.  

    The environment was fast-paced, yet fair.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Finance Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Finance Director in New York, NY

    I worked at Heineken full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Competitive compensation packages, including restricted stock and auto allowance.

    Cons

    Long hours and tight deadlines

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More training is necessary for on-boarding experienced hires.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Former employee

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Heineken full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Diverse work culture, good location, beer allowance, good work experience, fun events

    Cons

    HIGH COMPANY TURNOVER, I MEAN HIGH!!!! Upper management could care less, why, because they are all expats, so they hit gold (they get everything paid for, I mean everything), where as if you are a local you are considered a second class citizen. If the expats (Dutch) don't get what they want they cry like a bunch of babies. Constant backstabbing, talking behind peoples backs, a.. kissing to get ahead, (and maybe more) IT Infrastructure is like being on an episode of the Flinstones. I know this sort of behavior may happen in most companies, but let me tell you I HAVE NEVER, experienced anything so negative as this one.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I won't even bother because they don't care!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Heineken Americas is not a good place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Heineken full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good brands, good location, good people.

    Cons

    VERY high employee turnover. Office overrun by all expenses paid expats (housing, cars, private school for kids, cell phones, taxes, annual family trips) - clueless about the region. Locals let go because of cost cutting and to justify bringing more expats because of "lack of local talent". No real communication from leadership or within company. Heineken USA and Heineken Americas share the same office space but no communication about company events.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    News flash: Office morale is low. Do something.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    AME intern

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - AME Intern in Africa, MO
    Former Intern - AME Intern in Africa, MO

    I worked at Heineken as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    You meet interesting people from all around the World. This is an amazing experience from a personal perspective.

    The experience from the professional side Can be mixed - you are a decision maker as an intern in africa, which allows for your ideas and suggestions to see fast implementation.

    Cons

    Heineken does not give a **** about you. There are no Real plan when you arrive on location and the Challenges that you face Can be a joke - forget the professional experience and enjoy meeting new people

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Heineken Americas...could be great but isn't.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Heineken full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Bar in the office, diverse group of employees, beer allowance, once in a while you can get invited to cool events (depending on your department), conferences used to be in diverse locations.

    Cons

    No career progression, unless you are an Expat (then you get a car allowance on an inflated salary, private school for your kids, housing allowance, with extra spending money to boot). Don't join Heineken Americas as a local employee, you will get left in the dust while all of the Expats come and go and give each other great jobs around the world. Turnover is so high in management roles that there is barely enough time to make an actual impact and improvements on the organization. Also, pay scales are so off and arbitrary. If you are in the Dutch boys club you are golden though!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ever hear that happy employees are more productive? well you are obviously failing at that, management couldn't be more disconnected. The office morale is SO low it's toxic, everyone openly talks about how they are looking for new jobs. If you keep setting unreachable targets, people will keep dropping like flies.. what motivation is there when you know in Q1 that you won't get a bonus that year? Also, cutting costs on basic offices supplies (sugar packets, tea bags) doesn't make up for the insane amounts of money you spend on each other!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    usefull entry level engineering environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Chem Eng in Athens, GA
    Former Employee - Chem Eng in Athens, GA

    I worked at Heineken full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    multinational company, high end experience

    Cons

    politics are wierd like in every major company

  8.  

    Fun brands, good people but stressful place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Heineken full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Cool brands (yes they have an English, Mexican, Dutch portfolio)
    Great comp and perks
    Great events and sponsorships that you get access to as employee
    Free beer

    Cons

    Declining category - Imported beers losing their cache with microbreweries growing rapidly
    High stress environment - Constant org changes, Headoffice (Amsterdam) looking over shoulders
    Poor work life balance
    Limited growth opportunites (Kiss ass to get ahead here) At best Heinken is a stepping stone to something bigger & better

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great Company to work for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Brand Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Brand Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at Heineken full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good working environment, clear business strategy, marketing tools and brands.

    Cons

    Slow paced to make decisions, seems to be staying in the back in matters of growing when compared to AB or SAB

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up and be more aggressive

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Potential to be awesome, but that hasn't crossed the pond quite yet

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Heineken full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    diverse group of employees, fun events once in a while, bar in the office, beer allowance, sometimes there are travel opportunities for meetings & site visits (depending on your role could be quite often).

    Cons

    leadership team is not connected to their employees at all, perks are great but only for certain people/teams, communication is poor between departments, HR is non-existant, Heineken Americas & Heineken USA share an office but are completely segregated (where is this 'office relations' team?).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show appreciation for everyone, not just your assistants. Make an effort to follow the Heineken core principles that the very poor HR team says we should all exhibit. HR needs to actually be an HR team, that is really embarrassing when new employees don't have email addresses, computers, offer letters, etc.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Avoid.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - IT Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at Heineken

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits
    Strong culture
    Diverse markets

    Cons

    Very poor company communication
    Too centrally driven - not much makes sense when dealing with Amsterdam
    Badly structured organization
    No room for advancement
    Management doesn't listen - not interested in people development

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start listening to your employees!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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