Pabst Reviews

Updated July 1, 2015
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  1. Area Sales Manager

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    Former Employee - AREA SALES MANAGER in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - AREA SALES MANAGER in Cleveland, OH

    I worked at Pabst full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    New ownership willing to invest to grow

    Cons

    Several declining brands that take away focus from ones with more opportunity


  2. Helpful (3)

    In need of consistent upper management and restructure commission/bonus pay out.

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    Current Employee - Retail Sales Manager
    Current Employee - Retail Sales Manager

    I have been working at Pabst full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun and In-demand brand. Work-Life Balance Is fantastic.

    Cons

    No structure. No potential for advancement. Commission/Bonus structure is non-existent. Definitely on the lower spectrum on payscale compared to other companies. Too much micromanagement.

    Advice to Management

    So many changes of the guard in the past few years that have created an insecurity of a long lasting career. The company is for sale one day, and not for sale the next. Commission/Bonus structure is based on national numbers instead of individual merits. Ownership/Management should consider basing this upon regions if they want to continue to micromanage the sales team to further increase employee productivity.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Great brand with great people

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pabst full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Working in the beer industry on such a great portfolio should be the highlight of anyone's career.

    Cons

    We need more attention to some of the hidden gems we have in our portfolio.


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  5. Helpful (6)

    Terrible Company

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    Current Employee - AREA SALES MANAGER
    Current Employee - AREA SALES MANAGER

    I have been working at Pabst full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    A few great Brands that are a lot of Fun to sell. Sales team in the field is very good(area sales manager and below) Local Marketing reps (FMR's/FMM's are great).

    Cons

    The ownership is a joke. They bought the company in June 2010. Since then they have had only 1 intention, to sell the company for more money than they bought it. I liken it to the worse kind of house flippers. They bought a sky rocketing brand in PBR(buying a house in an upcoming neighborhood), put some money into neglected regional brands (new paint), but tore out installation and copper wiring to sell (bonus programs, internet, vacation time, laid off people in critical sales areas) that the new owner wont realize when they buy. The company is broken with severely defective leadership in marketing, sales, and logistics.

    Advice to Management

    To the metropoulos family, SELL NOW, you have driven the company into the ground, you aren't geniuses that made a company great, you bought a house "PBR" in an emerging neighborhood. If an invalid had bought Pabst in 2010 and did nothing but delivered the beer PBR would have still grown double digits. Your ownership has actually hampered the growth. To senior leadership, do not speak about morals and ethics when we know what happened with publix. It just makes us all look bad when no one is honest with the employees.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Could have been much better!

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    Former Employee - Retail Sales Manager in Stamford, CT
    Former Employee - Retail Sales Manager in Stamford, CT

    I worked at Pabst full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Could make your own schedule, some of the people you work with are great! We got to participate in some great events! (If you create them from the ground up)

    Cons

    Direction and job description changes at a moments notice! Minimal training and direction from senior management. Yearly goals to make bonus were never communicated to staff. Even if your marked was up double digit growth in distribution and new accounts you still did not get a bonus.

    Advice to Management

    Sell the company to someone who knows and cares about the beer business more than twinkies!


  7. Helpful (4)

    Sales

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    Current Employee - Sales
    Current Employee - Sales

    I have been working at Pabst full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good, fun brands that are on an organic upward trend. I'm lucky enough to have a good manager that I can communicate with open and honestly.

    Cons

    Low pay, well below the industry average. Disconcerting when the company is owned by multi-millionaires. It's obvious the owners are priming to sell, but say they are in for the long haul. Keeping expenses low allows the balance sheet to stay in the black, something important for potential buyers.

    Advice to Management

    Why a no-show at the national sales meeting? If you're not committed enough to take your private jet on a short flight to thank your employees, why should I work my tail off to pay for your jet fuel?


  8. Great company bad owners

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pabst full-time

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Brands that sell themselves, some awesome people in the field, Marketing pre 2010 was great, Field Marketing Team is still great.

    Cons

    Since the Metropoulous Family bought the company Pabst has really gone down hill. In less than 3 years there has been 4 presidents, 4 CMO's, 5 HR VP's and a bunch of turnover in the staff effectively eliminating any true leadership and guidance. The perks (office line, internet, vacation and flex days have all been eliminated or reduced). The bonus program is substandard. The marketing team does not know what they are doing. Not a family friendly company.


  9. Helpful (3)

    Poor Ownership, Poor Salary

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    Former Employee - Employee At Corporate Headquarters in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Employee At Corporate Headquarters in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Pabst full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great older and iconic brands. Smart employees. Free beer

    Cons

    Poor Ownership. Poor Salary. Poor Culture. Negative Enviornment


  10. My time at Pabst

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    Former Employee - Area Manager in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Area Manager in Austin, TX

    I worked at Pabst full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There are so many good people that work for Pabst. I made lots of friends in the 20+ years that I worked there. Oh they make good beer too.

    Cons

    Over the years I cant think of too much negative about Pabst. I had one Division VP who was very difficult to work for but other than that my time was great.

    Advice to Management

    Empower your people


  11. Really sad state of affairs, so much untapped opportunity

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pabst full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Small enough if you want to do a lot of things
    - Great brand exposure
    - Really great employees

    Cons

    - Extremely poor leadership from "Co-CEO's"
    - Great exec leadership group but they do not stick around (see point 1)
    - Really tough unrealistic expectations on goals

    Advice to Management

    Co-CEO's need to get out of the way, stop using the company for their personal use and let the beer pros do what they do. No need for anymore big beer (AB/Miller) types, need to foster a closer unique and GENUINE culture.



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