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Brown-Forman Overview

Louisville, KY
1001 to 5000 employees
1870
Company - Public (BF.B )
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
Brown-Forman, founded in 1870, is a diversified producer and marketer of fine quality beverage alcohol brands. Headquartered in Louisville, KY, Brown-Forman currently employs about 4,000 people and has offices or facilities in 30 cities across the globe. Starting in the ... 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?


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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.

Brown-Forman employs over 4,600 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.

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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 of integrity, respect, trust, teamwork, and excellence. 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 focus on developing the people who build our brands. We begin by recruiting and hiring people of the highest quality and character and then help these talented people grow through formalized professional development programs, such as our award-winning Brand Building University. Less formal training, such as peer-to-peer coaching and our mentoring program, reinforces our guiding philosophy to constantly encourage and enable our employees to grow, learn, and realize their full potential. 

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.



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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.

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, LGBT, 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, LGBT, 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.


For information on our progress, please see our detailed self-evaluation of our performance in Brown-Forman’s Corporate Responsibility report.

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Our Family of Brands:

  • Canadian Mist® Canadian Whisky
  • Collingwood® Canadian Whisky
  • Chambord®
  • Early Times®
  • el Jimador®
  • Finlandia®
  • Herradura®
  • Antiguo de Herradura Tequilas
  • Jack Daniel’s®
  • Korbel® California Champagnes
  • Maximus®
  • Old Forester®
  • Pepe Lopez® Tequilas
  • Don Eduardo® Tequilas
  • Sonoma-Cutrer® California Wines 
  • Woodford Reserve® 


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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.

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

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    Pros

    There is a great sense of community and they value diversity and social education.

    Cons

    They tend to hire based on relatives they already employ.

    Advice to Management

    Do not ask during an interview if the candidate has relatives working for the company.

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    The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Brown-Forman (New York, NY).

    Interview

    Started with a questionnaire followed up with a phone interview then a request for an in person interview with a panel of 4 people. From the time I completed a online application it took 2 months to get an interview. Then I waited another 2 weeks to get a response so be ready for a long process.

    Interview Questions

    • Most were behavioral questions. Tell me a time you dealt with a difficult employee. Be ready to provide examples of the a situation, your reaction to the situation and then the outcome.   Answer Question
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Brown-Forman Awards & Accolades

  • Top 25 Trailblazing Companies, Logo TV, 2015
  • Fortune 500, Fortune, 2015
  • Human Rights Campaign 100% Rating Corporate Equality Index, Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC), 2014
  • 25 Noteworthy Companies, Diversity Inc., 2014
  • 25 Noteworthy Companies, Diversity Inc., 2013
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