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Anheuser-Busch Reviews

Updated October 16, 2017
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Pros
  • Hours fun great people helping with school free beer (in 65 reviews)

  • Stability,overtime, 2 free cases of beer per month, you get to work for a well known and respected company (in 17 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance isn't quite manageable (in 46 reviews)

  • long hours; double work; unattainable KPI's; many inexperienced young employees; lack of communication; (in 32 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Only if you need a foot in the door"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Anheuser-Busch full-time

    Pros

    I met some great people and learned some valuable skills by working with them and hearing their perspective. Ability to move up quickly if you are willing to work all hours and move anywhere in the country. Not always option as you mature through your life and career. Good distributor partners when they aren't being forced to comply with the WEA. Go back to working together...

    Cons

    Terrible culture, especially in the Region office. Management pushes down out of touch programs, do not trust their employees, and expect unrealistic results. I spent more time running around surveying accounts than building relationships with our distributors and retail. HR is a joke, good luck ever trying to get a question answered with them. The turnover is extremely high in Region 5, which is probably why you can never get a question answered. Contractors fill many of the sales roles that interact at retail. They are treated as disposable and not even referred to by name in the office. They could use more tools and proper training. Overall, felt like nothing but a number here. Such a shame that this isn't the AB of the good old days. I had high hopes.

    Advice to Management

    Spend some time out of your office and not on a milk run. You need to see the market for what it really is. Go back to the basics and sell on quality and service rather than forcing programs into distributors and retail that they are not on board with.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Babysitter"

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    Former Employee - Peon to Idiots in Irving, TX
    Former Employee - Peon to Idiots in Irving, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Anheuser-Busch full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Competitive pay. There are opportunities for advancement...

    Cons

    ...if you are in your 20s, are willing to move when they want you to, and like to be at the top of the food chain but chasing competition because your star brands have declined. People are in positions they are not qualified to be in simply because they are able to move. Childishness plays a huge part in the success of such a large corporation that its pathetic. The turnover is such that 26/54 people have been replaced in the office...in 6 months.

    Advice to Management

    Management wont take a piece of humble pie to get out of their own way. It's time to decide if they want to spend more time being reactive and putting out fires or becoming proactive.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "New York Employee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    AB is truly a company built from it's people: passionate, independent, and entrepreneurial employees. It isn't a surprise that these kinds of people flock to a company that allows you to own every aspect of your success and growth. It doesn't matter what/where you studied, if you have the drive and skills to learn quickly, you'll progress through this company. For a brand this large, it's incredible how lean they are and how much time they dedicate to hand selecting new employees and trainee program classes.

    Cons

    If you are not mobile, this company can seem fast paced for the wrong reasons. AB wants you to experience many different sides/departments/locations, and that often comes with moving. Additionally, the Type A persona that drives this company can sometimes come off as insensitive/high-strung for individuals who don't have thick skin. Be ready to roll with the punches, and meet some big personalities along the way.

    Advice to Management

    Show compassion and kindness to new hires and tenured employees alike. This type of kind respect is crucial during formative years for new employees. To reduce turnover, realize that tough love and "results results results" isn't always the best way to illustrate appreciation for your teams.


  4. "None"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Pay, insurance, time off of work.

    Cons

    The culture is not ok.


  5. "Sales Account Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Anheuser-Busch full-time

    Pros

    Great job for single people

    Cons

    no communication or team work


  6. "Production"

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    Current Employee - Quality Control in West Point, GA
    Current Employee - Quality Control in West Point, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The beer that I drink. Be great to see how it is developed

    Cons

    Cannot think of any.

    Advice to Management

    You will be very. Pleased with my work ethnic.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Dream-People-Culture Hoax"

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    Current Employee - Senior District Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior District Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Anheuser-Busch full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    External reputation still good since not everyone knows how truly bad it is at AB. I have met great people in my years with AB.

    Cons

    So many, is hard to decide what not to include. I will share a few. Abundant incompetence. Desperate retail solutions that are not rooted on market knowledge. Constant firing of experienced people that are replaced by young, energetic and inexperienced types. Ineffective marketing due to terrible CMO leadership over past years. Key brands are dying with no solution in sight. Bud Light and Budweiser are struggling for consumer relevance. Worst performers are often rewarded with a promotion if they suck-up to the right people. Most of the sales team time is spent on "administrative" stuff versus selling. Wholesalers are not "aligned" with new, despised, AB culture. Employees are placed on "Recovery Plans" as a tactic to squeeze more work out of them since the job is at risk. Low employee morale. Long working hours are a way of life. My peers and I average over 60 hours a week or more as a normal. I have seen over 20+ persons leave or get fired in the past year alone and that is just at our Texas-Louisiana-Arkansas-New Mexico Regional office. Attrition at New York HQ office is bad as well.

    Advice to Management

    Stabilize people attrition. Listen to consumers and customers. Stop bringing people with little to no US marketing or sales experience to lead at the top of sales and marketing. Learn more about what made AB great in the past and recognize that you are going on the opposite direction.

  8. "Management needs to read their own mission statement."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Anheuser-Busch full-time

    Pros

    Met some amazing people and great friends.

    Cons

    Inconsistent business strategies and last minute programming that provides little return on investment. Most senior manangement have little to none market experience and do not understand the business.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your people.


  9. "District Sales Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Anheuser-Busch full-time

    Pros

    Young. Energetic. Flexible. Fun industry

    Cons

    Very corporate. Underpaid. Too many layers.


  10. "Lacking work-life balance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Many opportunities to grow and learn, many company events and company updates via meetings or emails, which is nice. It feels good to be a part of such a big beer company.

    Cons

    New groups lack direction and answers. Questions asked go forgotten or receive no reply, and supervisors don't do anything to help this. Work-life balance is not good, as the work days are long, and oftentimes working without being paid the overtime that is supposed to be paid. Vacation days exist however they make you feel bad for actually using them. High stress for little pay. Many very outdated systems (from the 90's) and little room to move out of the department.

    Advice to Management

    Every group, no matter how small, needs to have a true manager who will fight for the department and be around to answer questions instead of being absent. Lack of engagement and feelings of being lost will lead to high turnover if it's not addressed soon.


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