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Updated December 18, 2014
Updated December 18, 2014
43 Reviews
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  1.  

    not bad....

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Group Manager
    Current Employee - Group Manager

    I have been working at InBev

    Pros

    encourages learning
    OT is there if you want it

    Cons

    too much low hanging fruit getting away with too much

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get rid of the low hanging fruit
    tell us the truth - dont tell us that abi wants the best and nothing but the best but instead continues to cut benefits, reward those who dont perform, and destroy morale

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Ruthless to employees and suppliers

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at InBev

    Pros

    AB InBev loves money, in fact, they worship it. Pay and bonus are higher than standard but it comes at a high price to your humanity.

    Cons

    Little respect for others in the workplace. If you care about people then this is not the culture for you. Their culture is simple, "the end justifies the means". Lying to employees is at the heart of the culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your culture will clash with many Americans. As the public understands the culture and the company behind the product. Many Americans will not drink your beer.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    A brewer that thinks like a banker

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director Marketing in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Director Marketing in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at InBev

    Pros

    For non-family oriented young type A men, this is a great place. There is a high expectation of promotable employees to relocate, often. Compensation can be lucrative, but it is highly leveraged against acheiving "KPI's" which some feel are are intentionally set too high.

    Cons

    Anheuser-Busch was acquired by InBev in November of 2008. The legacy A-B people (like me) are generally not happy. The legacy InBev people are generally very happy. Outsiders who join the company now are brought in by the legacy InBev people, so they are generally happy too.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop giving speechs to the employees than include your opinion that of every 500 employees, only 5 or so are truly valuable. Its usually the only part of the speech they remember.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Penny Wise and Pound Foolish

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6.  

    Successfull company with great products lacks personal guidance

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Nijmegen (Netherlands)
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Nijmegen (Netherlands)

    I worked at InBev full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Salary, car, bonus, laptop, all great. Fun colleagues and nice products and support. Great (sales) meetings. Especially national and international. Inspirational business development and career opportunities.

    Cons

    Short in coaching and support for personal development. No smart phone and KPI's really wreck daily sales work. Focusing on indirectly applying rules and regulations. Morning (phone) calls were mainly a repeating of top-down info without being constructive in daily sales in any way.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    No focus on people - only profits

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (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
  8.  

    Inbev is not for great and smart people...

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Prague (Czech Republic)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Prague (Czech Republic)

    I worked at InBev full-time (more than an 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
  9.  

    Good environment, poor management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Tehcnologist in Samlesbury, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Tehcnologist in Samlesbury, England (UK)

    I worked at InBev full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The work environment was great and there was a good relationship between employees. The salary and benefits provided were good.

    Cons

    The managers were not supportive of each other and colleagues were scared of more redundancies to come, making overall morale low. There was rivalry between different sites which was not healthy and a lot of negativity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think about your employees and value them and don't only think about profits.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Inspiring company that fosters talent

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - PPM in Leuven (Belgium)
    Former Employee - PPM in Leuven (Belgium)

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

    Pros

    Challenging
    Meritocracy
    Can do Attitude
    Result driven
    Cost Conscious

    Cons

    Work/Life Balance
    Short Term Focused
    Survival of the fittest

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Cutting costs, at all costs

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Reporting Specialist in Budapest (Hungary)
    Current Employee - Reporting Specialist in Budapest (Hungary)

    I have been working at InBev full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - Good atmosphere in lower bands
    - Flexible working hours
    - Lenient with lunch break time, other chat or smoke breaks as long as the job is done

    Cons

    - Not a competitive salary, unfair bonus systems, salary increases upon promotion minimal.
    - Limited promotion opportunities if you're not a Management Trainee.
    - Getting a good performance review only possible with numerous unpaid overtime hours
    - Very, very limited training opportunities (0 live trainings in >1 year employment)
    - IT heavily unreliable: downtime and slowdown of systems frustrate near all employees and >1h per day is lost.
    - Not all the tools necessary to do the job well are at your disposal due to cost savings
    - Continuous outsourcing and downgrading to the cheapest "good enough to continue operations" option
    - Many employees feel exploited and leave quickly, replaced by a cheap newly grad with reduced salary
    - High pressure and work load

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    "Don't expect a Lufthansa service if you're only willing to pay a Ryanair price."

    If management would really live up to it's self-proclaimed principle that people are the center of the business, they really need to invest in keeping good employees happy and able to do their job without daily frustrations caused by cut costs where they shouldn't be cut.

    If the continuous scare of not receiving a bonus and the never-ending faltering of tools continue to frustrate people, people and knowledge retention may soon be low enough that core functions can no longer be executed adequately. The BSC a "center of excellence"? It's a center of barely good to continue functioning at the lowest cost possible.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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