North American Breweries Reviews

Updated May 6, 2015
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  1. Standard part-time restaurant job

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Host/Hostess
    Current Employee - Host/Hostess

    I have been working at North American Breweries part-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    - Offers some healthcare benefits
    - Fun environment, good rapport among coworkers

    Cons

    - Minimum wage
    - Shift work means that employees are not valued as individuals
    - Limited opportunities for growth on retail side of business

    Advice to Management

    - Receptive to concerns


  2. Fun part-time work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Labatt Specialist in Saratoga Springs, NY
    Former Employee - Labatt Specialist in Saratoga Springs, NY

    I worked at North American Breweries

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    social environment, work on your own

    Cons

    solo work leaves you vulnerable at promos


  3. Completely inhumane HR practices...

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Market Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Market Manager in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at North American Breweries

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

    Pros

    There are no pros to report.

    Cons

    NAB acquired Pyramid Breweries and Magic Hat in 2010. At this time, NAB "reinterviewed" all sales people for both companies. We had an initial "interview " in Ca (couple hours travel time to get there). Then a few weeks later they flew ALL sales people to Chicago, where they took us into a room at a hotel in the airport, one by one, and either offered a job to continue with NAB or laid us off. The majority were laid off and there was no rhyme or reason to the people that they kept (i.e. Sales numbers). After getting laid off(about a two hour process from the time we stepped off the plane) they put us right back on the plane to fly 5 hours back home. What's worse is, we would watch each person come out devastated and then get called in to meet the same doom. I have never in my life dealt with such treatment in a business environment.

    Advice to Management

    Treat people like people, not a number. You could have easily flown an upper management person out to the west coast to lay off the large number of people you flew 10 hours round trip in the same day to lay off.


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  5. Stay Away!

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Buffalo, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Buffalo, NY

    I worked at North American Breweries

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

    Pros

    Free Beer & Above-Average Salaries. It's great to work with a brand that your friends & family enjoy and are familiar with.

    Cons

    So many...worst culture I had every been a part of. You never knew who was quitting or getting fired from day to day. Extreme CYA attitude where people don't want to help or give advice for fear of being blamed when something goes wrong. Management likes to tout the freedom they give people to do their job...unfortunately, that freedom is just another way for them to distance themselves from you if any of your projects fail. Don't expect their support in any way. Work-life balance is terrible. Expect to work long hours, evenings & weekends...because most of your days are tied up in meeting after meeting where you'll repeat the same numbers & updates over and over and over...... The bonus program was theoretically great...but was rarely paid out because the company would find loopholes in the promises to withhold the payments.

    Advice to Management

    Give out a lot more free beer in order to mask the issues that truly surround the culture of working at NAB.


  6. Steer clear at all costs!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at North American Breweries full-time

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

    Pros

    Strong salaries and benefits but not worth it.

    Cons

    Horrible people, declining brands, and a lack of strategy and vision. Company has no idea what they are doing, they think they are BIG but fail to compare to other brands in their markets. Direct manager presented serious HR issues and is a liability to the company. Bonus program promise is high but goals are set overly aggressive so that they won't have to pay out. If they get to close to big payouts, they will change program at will.

    Advice to Management

    Company needs a complete shift in culture and strategy. Sell off the craft companies and set them free. Work Labatt and Seagrams as they are national brands and forget about the Rochester junk.

    Underpaid Interns from Buffalo Niagra University aren't the answer for all corporate functions as experience matters. It's time to put on the big boy pants and invest in your people for the future.


  7. Lack of direction. Weak leadership

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at North American Breweries

    Pros

    Freedom. Ability to use creativity. Creative tools and POS. Spending budgets and freedom to spend. Lavish company meetings.

    Cons

    No work life balance. Be prepared to live the job. The direction of brands is not evolving or progressive. Weak areas in management and marketing are the reason for this specific pitfall. This is also a good notification of the future of the company. Not paying out employees for meeting their benchmarks is another large reason for turnover. Rule by fear, directly from the top.

    Advice to Management

    More continuous training is needed. The AB methodology of hire young and pay low will catch up eventually!


  8. Helpful (1)

    Limitless Opportunity

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Buffalo, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Buffalo, NY

    I have been working at North American Breweries full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    North American Breweries is a great place to work for motivated individuals who are not satisfied with status quo, and who wish to have the freedom and power to affect change. There is a great deal of opportunity within the company. There's opportunity for professional growth and advancement, and opportunity to take an idea and run with it, whether in a senior position or an entry level position. NAB likes to stretch people--putting employees in situations where they aren't immediately able to be comfortable, per se. Rather, they are put in situations where they are forced to think creatively, learn from their mistakes and experiences, s t r e t c h their knowledge base, and ultimately be beneficial in the short term for the company, but especially for the long-term professional growth of the individual. From personal experience, this happens to me regularly. I am put into situations--whether it is leading projects with content I'm unfamiliar with, leading people I've not yet led, or managing time--where I don't immeditately know how I am going to be successful. I do know, though, that I have the tools and support I need to be successful. Also, at NAB, if you can dream it and justify it, no one will stop you from doing it. This is a really good company in terms of letting people run with ideas and implementing business-changing ideas regardless of seniority.

    Cons

    You are always working--which is a good thing if you're really into your business, but it is obviously not for everyone.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Low morale reflective of poor management

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Buffalo, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Buffalo, NY

    I have been working at North American Breweries full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The CEO, the products, and generous vacation are the highlights of the company. The training program is evolving, but the Sales team has a long way to go.

    Cons

    The Sales organization is led by managers with poor leadership skills. They have been promoted too soon, for the wrong reasons, without any management training. While many of them are competent in the job, they tend to be unskilled in basic management and team leadership.

    Job candidates are misled to believe that there is a team-based environment, however, there is rarely any direction and few people willing to help or provide guidance. Poor communication between departments and offices is typical, which causes unnecessary distress.

    There is no work/life balance nor is there any effort to improve this.

    High turnover is a result of the unstable organizational structure and is a clear indicator of employee dissatisfaction.

    Advice to Management

    Management training should be mandatory and regular (i.e. semi-annual, quarterly), particularly for new managers. Investigate the high turnover rates, which might help determine the cause and help to find ways that will improve employee retention.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Unprofessional

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berkeley, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berkeley, CA

    I worked at North American Breweries

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Free beer but not worth it.

    Cons

    Being treated with disrespect and threatened.

    Advice to Management

    Avoid a lawsuit and clean house. It is inevitable. Seriously.


  11. Fun. Interesting. Wish I could have stayed.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at North American Breweries

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great People to work with, good culture

    Cons

    Not many open positions in my field (marketing) making it hard to move up through the ranks



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