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SABMiller Reviews

Updated November 15, 2014
Updated November 15, 2014
90 Reviews
3.9
90 Reviews
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SABMiller Chief Executive Officer Alan Clark
Alan Clark
38 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • International face-to-face learning, very good resources, smart people, fun category, free beer (in 8 reviews)

  • You get to work with some great people and it's interesting (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is not the best in the professional environment (in 11 reviews)

  • Some of the white South Africans in the Nigerian arm are racially intolerant (in 3 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Challenging and fulfilling

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Top professionals in a very dynamic environment. Driven by the need to be best in class, every day is learning experience.

    Cons

    Work life balance is difficult to achieve. Strong leaders that tend to leave little room for discussion. Training and skill development is not a priority

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    SABMiller Response

    Aug 26, 2014Representative

    Thank you for taking the time to provide your review of your former experience working at SABMiller and appreciate the feedback highlighting areas where there is room for improvement. We hope that ... More

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    A multinational managing its growing pains

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance Manager (I Grade) in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Finance Manager (I Grade) in Miami, FL

    I have been working at SABMiller full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people, consistent management, focus on producing excellent products while respecting its clients and employees. Office culture is very open, with perks such as daily gourmet lunch included, free monthly cases of excellent beers and an office pub open after hours to all employees and visitors.

    Cons

    Historical silos still exist within countries and processes. Centralisation is the key word, but it means organisational changes affecting people and job stability.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maintain the focus on improving for the long term without sacrificing the good practices that teams have already developed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    SABMiller Response

    May 27, 2014

    Thank you for taking time to post your review of your experience working for SABMiller. We are glad to hear you are enjoying the people, management and culture. As some of our structures are ... More

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    A challenging environment, where challenging professionals can thrive.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Director in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Marketing Director in Milwaukee, WI

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

    Pros

    You won't find a better place to learn about the industry. What you put in, you will get out.

    Cons

    Some of the expectations in terms of time commitment are over the top. Occasionally the company suffers from analysis paralysis - too much second guessing the data and not enough action.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust & empower your people to make decisions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    SABMiller Response

    May 27, 2014

    Thank you for taking time to post a review of your experience working at SABMiller. I'm not certain how long ago you left the organisation, however, we have been actively working on making dedicated ... More

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  5.  

    Excellent company to work for.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SABMiller full-time

    Pros

    Honest, high integrity, very experienced

    Cons

    Very little negative feedback, companys market is in a depressed area of the southwest

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find more commercial work

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    SABMiller Response

    May 27, 2014

    Thank you for taking the time to provide your review of SABMiller. We are disappointed to read that you would not recommend this company to a friend and aren't optimistic about the outlook for the ... More

  6.  

    Love beer and planning how to sell beer? Love Miller!

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Market Research Manager in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Market Research Manager in Charlotte, NC

    I worked at SABMiller

    Pros

    Other than the free beer - A lot of good people work in the field making the numbers everyday. They know how to market their product to their audience.

    Cons

    Planning, planning, planning - This took several months and they kept changing the process every year! Way too many consultants selling them on new ways to plan!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Selling beer is local - trust your local marketing and sales teams to meet the goals that you give to them!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Big global company with lots of opportunities

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Network Support Engineer in Accra (Ghana)
    Current Employee - Network Support Engineer in Accra (Ghana)

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

    Pros

    Very big company this many job opportunities within. Canteen for employees - good food for - almost - free. Liquid perks. Nice bar and free beer. Mature

    Cons

    Rigid atmosphere, people seem to be scared to have some fun at work, with their heads down. This is probably coming from management. Some of the managers patronizing tendencies. Not many, but some of the people in management I have met very rude.

  8.  

    Big global company with lots of opportunities but rigid atmosphere

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SABMiller full-time

    Pros

    Very big company this many job opportunities within. Canteen for employees - good food for - almost - free. Liquid perks. Nice bar and free beer. Mature

    Cons

    Rigid atmosphere, people seem to be scared to have some fun at work, with their heads down. This is probably coming from management. Some of the managers patronizing tendencies. Not many, but some of the people in management I have met very rude.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Relax please!

    SABMiller Response

    Nov 14, 2014Representative

    Thank you for taking the time to provide your review of your experience at SABMiller. We take on board your suggestions for improvement and are sorry to hear that you feel the atmosphere holds some ... More

  9.  

    A good learning curve but one with great experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Large company so you get a feel for corporate business ethics. Its a respectable company with great brands.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is zero. Leadership and mentoring opportunities are minimal. Many of the management staff are 'old-school' conservative South Africans so progressive culture is hindered. In other words if you have a tattoo - you will judged, and most probably not get that promotion and forget it if you the wrong color for their BEE quota.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Manage, lead and coach your staff. People leave people not the job or company...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    SABMiller Response

    Nov 3, 2014Representative

    Thank you for taking the time to reference your experience working at SABMiller as a former employee. Being part of a large multinational often can mean that working hours are stretched and we ... More

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    one of the most tough-competitive brand-led companies

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Trade Marketing Manager in Lima, Lima Region (Peru)
    Former Employee - Trade Marketing Manager in Lima, Lima Region (Peru)

    I worked at SABMiller full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent vibes inside the team.
    A company that rewards creative drive, hard working and excellence in execution

    Cons

    There is an opportunity in digital marketing

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    SABMiller Response

    Oct 27, 2014Representative

    Thank you for taking the time to provide your rating of SABMiller in Peru. We are glad to hear you have been enjoying your more than 10 year career at SABMiller and that team engagement is high. We ... More

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Performance driven culture, passion for product, relaxed environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager, Human Resources
    Current Employee - Manager, Human Resources

    I have been working at SABMiller full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    A lot of good, bright people work here, always open to share, discuss ideas and help.
    Company values personal accountability as well as team work.
    Great brands and top quality products you can be proud of!

    Cons

    Fast environment that may not suit to everybody, people have to find way to manage work-life balance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    SABMiller Response

    Oct 15, 2014Representative

    Thank you for taking the time to comment on your 5 year experience working for SABMiller. We couldn't be more thrilled that you are enjoying the culture, brands, people and personal accountability.

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