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Anheuser-Busch InBev Group Manager Reviews

Updated January 24, 2017
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  • Free beer each month to take home (in 76 reviews)

  • Lots of opportunities for growth and development (in 19 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Great company."

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    Former Employee - Supply Chain Group Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Group Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Anheuser-Busch InBev full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Prides itself on meritocracy. Hard work and results will get rewarded. Plenty of opportunity to move up in different departments.

    Cons

    Sometimes work life balance is skewed, long hours are expected. Offshoring of backoffice business processes to Argentina and India - pretty much the way of the world now for larger, global companies, but makes basic tasks that should take 30 minutes turn into week-long "tickets."

    Advice to Management

    Management is good, but there are plenty of disgruntled employees. I had a good overall experience with some great managers and teams, but some people do not feel like their work gets rewarded (e.g. why work hard to meet a bonus target when size of pie and bonus ends up being 0 due to factors out of department's control?)


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Between a rock and a hard place"

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    Current Employee - Group Manager in Fort Collins, CO
    Current Employee - Group Manager in Fort Collins, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Anheuser-Busch InBev (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    As a lower level manager the pay is good but less than the reports who work for you, and this is well known by both sides. I very generous 401k program.

    Cons

    Bonuses are next to non-existent and profit sharing isn't available until you're at a much higher band of management. Work life balance is a shame, told to expect to work 1 out of 3 weekends but the on shift managers work much more than that. Often on shift managers won't know if they'll have to work a weekend until the Friday before that weekend, making the challenge of home life with family difficult. Stress at work is high, much responsibility is placed on the on shift managers and very little praise given when results are delivered.

    Advice to Management

    I can't understand why the scheduling process is so flaky and unpredictable. The double standards placed on the on shift managers and hypocritical behavior of upper management in regards to the on shift managers is unacceptable.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Work at ABI"

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    Current Employee - Group Manager in Williamsburg, VA
    Current Employee - Group Manager in Williamsburg, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Anheuser-Busch InBev full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Anheuser-Busch InBev will pay you very well, and the work isn't very monotonous, but is predictable. The location of the breweries isn't bad either, you can be just about anywhere in the US or the world. The advancement opportunities are there, but promotions don't necessarily mean pay raises. If you work at it, you'll be moved up the ladder as long as you're willing to relocate.

    Cons

    Biggest con would be the people here, I don't know if I've worked in a place with so many angry people before. The second largest con would be the hours, there is no such thing as a 40 hour week for a salaried employee or even a 50 hour week. This company seems to have ruined the marriages of many employees, which you'll see once in the door.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to focus more on employee satisfaction. They seem to have lost touch with the fact that their most valuable assets are their people, both hourly and salaried. The biggest thing lacking is time off, you'll hardly get any, including weekends.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Operations Group Manager"

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    Former Employee - Operations Group Manager in Newark, NJ
    Former Employee - Operations Group Manager in Newark, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work life balance for front line leaders.

    Cons

    Middle Management is incompetent and unable to lead.


  5. "Manage 30 employees over 3 shifts"

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    Current Employee - Group Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Group Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Anheuser-Busch InBev full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    A lot of leadership and financial responsibility early in your career. Very challenging, fast-paced, competitive, team-work driven environment always looking to improve in a sustainable way.

    Cons

    Can be very stressful at times. Competition can lead to animosity amongst coworkers. Managing employees in a unionized environment is very difficult. Not always easy to drive change and motivate employees to do better in a unionized environment.

    Advice to Management

    More focus on training and preparation. More opportunities for cross-functional training and understanding for people impact.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Challenging place to work. More to do with less people."

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    Former Employee - Group Manager in Van Nuys, CA
    Former Employee - Group Manager in Van Nuys, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, good benefits and lots of opportunities for new employees.

    Cons

    No work/life balance. More work with a lot less resources.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Ab-Inbev discriminates against older people in management and requires them to work up to 80 hours per week"

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    Former Employee - Group Manager in Cartersville, GA
    Former Employee - Group Manager in Cartersville, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The only pro is they pay you a lot of money in overtime. Salary is not anything special; but, you will make a lot of money working all the time.

    Cons

    They only promote young people. They only hire young people. They will require you to work all ungodly hours. It is not unusual to work 30 days in a row and work all three shifts in the same week. You will have no life outside of work. You will have to find someone to cut your grass, wash your car, take you kids to their ball games and even take your own wife out to dinner. They will consume 100% of your life for as long as you work there.

    Advice to Management

    Hire enough people so your managers can see their families every couple of days. When people are working afternoon or midnight shift, they don't see their families. Having work schedules that REQUIRE people to work 12 days in a row before getting a day off to see their family is crazy. This destroys families and relationships. Also, hire older workers and promote older workers. Stop your discriminatory hiring and promotion practices.

  8. "Anheuser-Busch InBev has systematically dismantled a previously phenomenal iconic American company."

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    Former Employee - Group Manager - Brand Management in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Group Manager - Brand Management in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Anheuser-Busch InBev full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Anheuser-Busch InBev serves as a good opportunity to train and learn the beer industry. Employment with ABInBev should provide you with excellent training while providing meaningful experience to add to your resume and skill sets.

    Cons

    The new Anheuser-Busch InBev is a classic example of a corporate raider who is exploiting the equity of the previous company to "milk" profits while not reinvesting for the future. The new ownership/leaders are clearly very smart financially focused managers, but they are systematically destroying an iconic American company. The culture is combative and they treat employees terribly. Because their model is to squeeze cost and not appropriately invest for the future, their sales will continue to decline. Ultimately they will sell off brand assets and move on to the next corporate takeover, leaving behind a company that is broken and a shell of prior greatness.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to work"

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    Former Intern - Group Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Intern - Group Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Anheuser-Busch InBev as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    I worked in the research pilot brewery and learned a ton about the brewing process. My supervisor was constantly challenging me and allowed me to take the lead on the projects that I felt necessary.

    Cons

    In the research pilot brewery, employees don't always see how things translate to the larger brewery or learn the same skills that they would learn in the large brewery. There isn't much that can be done about this and still be productive though.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  10. Helpful (2)

    "What's To Like?"

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    Current Employee - Group Manager in Cartersville, GA
    Current Employee - Group Manager in Cartersville, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Working at InBev provides many valuable lessons in how NOT to run a business.

    Cons

    A shoddy, third-rate operation on every level. The U.S. plants have become disgusting and dangerous places to work under InBev, as safety and sanitation are not part of the cost-cutting culture.

    Senior management holds its employees in contempt, yet wonders why no one is "engaged." The reasons for the mass exodus taking place now as the economy improves seems to be truly lost on them, despite nickel and diming employees since the takeover (the ones who haven't been fired, that is), right down to passing along the $50 a year fee to manage your 401K account.

    Lights are kept turned off in all office areas, and in many parts of the plants as a rule.

    The culture of "Meritocracy" is a farce. Bonus payouts are not based on extraordinary performance, they are based on narrowly defined targets, set at the beginning of the year, and don't seem to be much more than a mirage to keep employees chasing after pay that the old A-B would have already distributed in merit increases over the past 2 years.

    Advice to Management

    As a stockholder in several competing companies, let me just say: please don't change a thing.