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Brown-Forman Overview

Louisville, KY
1001 to 5000 employees
1870
Company - Public (BF.B )
Food & Beverage Manufacturing
$2 to $5 billion (USD) per year
Brown-Forman employs more than 4,700 people worldwide with about 1,300 located in Louisville. Brown-Forman, one of the largest American-owned spirits and wine companies and among the top 10 largest global spirits companies, to sells its brands in countries around the world and ... Read more

Mission: Founded in 1870 by George Garvin Brown, Brown-Forman Corporation has enriched the experience of life by responsibly building fine quality beverage alcohol brands.

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Brown-Forman – Why Work For Us?


Where We Come From

Brown-Forman is a diversified producer of fine quality consumer products. It was founded in 1870 by George Garvin Brown in Louisville, KY, U.S. His original brand, Old Forester Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky, was America's first bottled bourbon and remains one of Brown-Forman's finest brands today. Geo. Garvin Brown IV, a descendant of the founder, is part of the 5th generation of Brown Family members engaged with the company and serves as the Presiding Chairman of the Board.

Who We Are Today

Brown-Forman employs over 4,700 people worldwide with about 1,000 located in Louisville. Brown-Forman, one of the largest American-owned spirits and wine companies and among the top 10 largest global spirits companies, sells its brands in more than 160 countries and has offices in cities across the globe. In all, Brown-Forman has more than 25 brands in its portfolio of wines and spirits.

Our Family of Brands

  • BenRiach
  • Canadian Mist Canadian Whisky
  • Collingwood Canadian Whisky
  • Chambord
  • Coopers' Craft
  • Don Eduardo
  • Early Times
  • el Jimador
  • Finlandia
  • GlenDronach
  • Glenglassaugh
  • Herradura
  • Jack Daniel’s
  • Korbel California Champagnes
  • Old Forester
  • Pepe Lopez Tequilas
  • Santa Dose
  • Sonoma-Cutrer California Wines 
  • Woodford Reserve

Our Values

Our past is defined by generations of visionary individuals and decades of progress. Our future will be determined by continuity in our direction, commitment to our strategies, and confidence in our capabilities.

Over many years, Brown-Forman has developed and nurtured a set of core values that have become deeply ingrained in our consciousness and our culture. These time-honored values — integrity, respect, trust, teamwork, and excellence — remain real and relevant today, guiding us in the conduct of our day-to-day business.

Our Culture

Brown-Forman's brand of culture is a direct reflection of the company's identity and image, and our deeply held traditional core values. You'll notice our culture clearly emerging in the way we treat our employees, shareholders, customers, and communities.

We believe that the collective wisdom of all employees is far superior to the individual intellect of any one person. The result is a collegial company where employees depend on each other to be successful. We focus on teamwork, a hallmark of our corporate culture that extends beyond our own employees to our suppliers, trade partners, and other stakeholders around the world.

We expect our employees to be honest with themselves and with one another. As part of this emphasis, we actively promote an atmosphere where feedback is encouraged and commonplace.

Brand building and culture are indelibly linked at Brown-Forman. By embedding a unique corporate aesthetic within our culture, we speak to Brown-Forman's enduring values and relevance — creating and cultivating a greater cohesive presence for the company and its consumer brands.

At Brown-Forman, we are committed to developing the people who build our brands. We begin by recruiting and hiring people of the highest quality and character and then giving them the on-the-job experiences, personal connections and formal training necessary to grow, learn, and realize their full potential.

Recognizing that leaders set the tone for the organization, we are firmly committed to leader development. Our award-winning global leadership development programs build leader capabilities, create experiences to learn and grow, and foster connections across the organization. The programs enable leaders to thrive at every stage of their leadership journey...and help build a culture where every employee can be their best self.

Our Approach

Our vision is to create an environment where leveraging diversity and inclusion occurs naturally in the pursuit of organizational objectives.

Our mission is to create an inclusive culture that values diversity and encourages trust, openness and mutual support in order to build high performing teams comprised of diverse skills, cultures and experiences; demonstrate diversity and inclusion leadership across our business; and be recognized both internally and externally as one of the best places to work.

Brand building and culture are indelibly linked at Brown-Forman. By embedding a unique, diverse corporate aesthetic within our culture, we speak to Brown-Forman's enduring values and relevance — creating and cultivating a greater cohesive presence for the company and its consumer brands.

Our People

We are making Brown-Forman a great place to work for everyone. Our focus in this area is on increasing workforce diversity within Brown-Forman at all levels of employment, including senior management and executive roles, for ethnic minorities, LGBT, women, and all generations.

We believe having a diverse workforce honors the wealth of unique experiences that each of us brings to work and respects our differences as people. Inclusion unleashes the power of diversity by creating a culture that empowers all employees to fully express themselves and feel comfortable being who they are while contributing their talents to the business. By promoting diversity, educating our workforce, and creating a culture of inclusion, we continue to develop the people who build our brands.

Employee Resource Groups

In developing the best diversity and inclusion tradition at Brown-Forman, we have created eight Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) open to all of our employees globally. By joining and interacting with other members of these groups, our employees have the opportunity to enrich both their working experience and our company overall.

Our Brands

We are working to increase the relevance and appeal of our brands to diverse consumer groups. Our focus is on communicating the relevance of our brands to ethnic minorities, LGBTQ, women, and all generations so that they will be motivated to try our products and become loyal consumers.

Our Partners

We believe that extending opportunities to women and minority business enterprises (W/MBE) is simply good business, on a number of different levels. Diverse suppliers often provide companies with cost savings as well as innovative approaches to business. Every time we support a W/MBE we also develop additional brand loyalty which is in direct support of our strategic imperatives.

Our Communities

We are expanding our community giving to benefit the diverse populations in the communities where our employees live, work and raise their families. Our focus is on increasing our level of corporate contributions to programs and services that enhance the quality of life for ethnic minorities, LGBTQ, and women. We also encourage employees at all levels to volunteer to ensure our corporate presence is actively making a positive difference in the diverse communities in which we live, operate, and do business.

To learn more about our responsibility strategy, please see our detailed self-evaluation of our performance in Brown-Forman’s Corporate Responsibility report.

Balancing the needs and interests of our employees with those of the company is important to us. We want to attract and retain the best and brightest people in order to be the best brand builder in the industry.

We encourage our people to find balance in their personal and professional lives, and we seek to compensate them well for their hard work. To that end, we offer a great, competitive pay package along with a full slate of benefits that provide financial security and assistance for employees and their families throughout all stages of life.

Work Life

  • Competitive Salary
  • Annual Holiday Bonus
  • Management Short-Term and Long-Term incentives

Health & Wellness

  • Pre-tax Medical Care
  • Pre-tax Dental Care
  • Health Care and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Prescription Drug Coverage
  • Vision/Hearing Coverage
  • Company-provided Life Insurance
  • Spouse Life Insurance
  • Short-term and Long-Term Disability Coverage with optional "buy up" plan

Financial

  • Retirement Programs
  • 401(k) Savings Plan
  • Paid Vacation and Holidays
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Reward and Recognition Programs
  • Credit Union and many other employee services

Note: This summary applies to regular full-time and part-time U.S. salaried employees of Brown-Forman Corporation, and offerings in other countries may be different. In each case, the relevant plan documents control actual benefits available. These descriptions do not, by commission or omission, replace or modify the actual benefits governed by the plan documents. Management incentives are offered to employees in qualifying management grade levels.

EXPLORE

At any given time, we have open positions around the globe across all functions. Review roles in the function or location of your choice. If you don’t see a job that interests you right now, we encourage you to create a candidate profile and save your search so you can be notified of future postings.

APPLY

Our online application allows you to simply upload your resume/CV and a cover letter and include other relevant information. See more here.

RESUME / CV REVIEW

Within two weeks of an application, a recruiting team member will review the resume. While we would love to be able to respond to each application, the amount of resumes received does not currently allow us to respond to each individual. If you do meet the minimum qualifications for the position you will be contacted by a recruiter.

SCREENING

Following the application review, the GTA team member may reach out to schedule the next step in the hiring process. Depending on the role and location this could be a phone interview, written or video questionnaire.

INTERVIEW

Depending on the location and timing, interviews will either be in person or we may leverage our multiple technology options like Google Meet or Montage to conduct video interviews.

OFFER

If you’re selected as the candidate we would like to hire, you will receive a written offer from our GTA team. Offers are contingent upon background checks and references per country specific regulations.

ONBOARDING

Following the offer stage, a member of your Human Resources team will reach out to you to get you started in your Onboarding experience at Brown-Forman including information about your orientation day at Brown-Forman to get you set up for success.

CONNECT WITH US

Whether you found your dream role at Brown-Forman now or not quite yet, we encourage you to stay connected with us. For further questions and comments, please email Brown-Forman@b-f.com.

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    Pros

    Brown-Forman takes immense pride in its inclusive corporate culture. There are several employee resource groups that provide educational and entertaining events and help build an employee's professional network within the company and community. Brown-Forman is an amazing community partner, through both financial sponsorships and hands-on volunteer opportunities.

    It is also very common for employees to have longevity with the company - you'll come across many employees with 15, 20, 25+ years of service.

    Cons

    The corporate culture is very collaborative, but as a result, it can sometimes take longer to make decisions and move forward. It could be a frustrating environment for people who are more accustomed to fast-paced environments.

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Brown-Forman Photos

Brown-Forman photo of: 2017 Kentuckiana Pride Parade
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Brown-Forman photo of: Global Talent Acquisition team members at the 2017 North American Candidate Experience Awards
Brown-Forman photo of: Australian Drink Awards 2017: Brand of the Year and Overall Most Loved Brand
Brown-Forman photo of: Nearly 200 employees in 19 countries competed in our first Hackathon (2017)
Brown-Forman photo of: Employees volunteering at our sponsored Habitat for Humanity house
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Brown-Forman Interviews

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    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at Brown-Forman (Louisville, KY) in March 2016.

    Interview

    It began with a survey submitted to the recruiter, a phone interview with the recruiter and subsequent phone interview with the hiring manager, and then an in person interview with management and stakeholders

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Brown-Forman Awards & Accolades

  • Human Rights Campaign: 2018 Corporate Equality Index, Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) Corporate Equality Index – perfect score of 100%, Human Rights Campaign, 2018
  • Best Global International Program, HR.com, 2018
  • Diversity Best Practices Index Leading Companies, Diversity Best Practices, 2018
  • The World's Most Innovative Companies, Forbes, 2017
  • 10 Best Companies to Work for in Europe, Dispatches Europe, 2017
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