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Brown-Forman Reviews

Updated September 13, 2018
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Pros
  • "One of the few Family-owned companies in this industry, they truly believe in the importance of work-life balance" (in 18 reviews)

  • "Great people with a great company culture" (in 18 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work/Life balance is hard to balance if your job requires a lot of travel" (in 9 reviews)

  • "There isn't one single con about working for B-F" (in 10 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Great corporate culture, great place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supply Chain in Louisville, KY
    Current Employee - Supply Chain in Louisville, KY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Brown-Forman full-time (More than a year)

    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.


  2. "Analytics Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This is a great organization.

    Cons

    It may be difficult at times to take on new roles.

  3. "Lots of Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Brown-Forman full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits and people that work here

    Cons

    Overtime, irregular hours, lack of help,


  4. "Vice President Division Director"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President Division Director in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Vice President Division Director in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Brown-Forman full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Strong core values and a culture of inclusion. Outstanding brands with ample growth upside

    Cons

    Often relocation is needed to advance your career or gain added work experience.

    Advice to Management

    Often decisions are made by committee. If you are a command and control operator you may get frustrated with the work environment.


  5. "Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Brown-Forman full-time

    Pros

    Flexible work environment

    Cons

    Difficult to move up in the company and change roles


  6. "Territory Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Louisville, KY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Louisville, KY

    I have been working at Brown-Forman (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Work life balance is great

    Cons

    Limited mobility to develop into leadership role


  7. "Generous company"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mill Administrator in Clifton, TN
    Current Employee - Mill Administrator in Clifton, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Brown-Forman full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing benefits and extras that most companies would not provide
    Fair wages

    Cons

    Difficult to advance unless willing to relocate or if located at the corporate office
    Less distinction between salary and hourly personnel

    Advice to Management

    Consider candidates more heavily based on experience then degrees

  8. "Maintenance Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Maintenance Manager in Louisville, KY
    Current Employee - Maintenance Manager in Louisville, KY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Brown-Forman full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Salary, Benefits ++, opportunity, work life balance, team atmosphere, very diverse and accepting, great culture & extremely laid back environment, holidays, work related outings and activities, volunteer opportunities during work hours, education assistance 100% ++ & grad school 100%++, mentor program, employee cafeteria and 5 star restaurant on campus, product promotion allowance for all Brown Forman products ++, incentive program, health incentive program, partner benefits, adoption assistance, maternal & paternal leave paid 100%,

    Cons

    People rarely leave and open opportunities aren't available very often which shows this is a great place to work.


  9. "Best-in-Class Employer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Louisville, KY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Louisville, KY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Brown-Forman part-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Brown-Forman is, without a doubt, a best-in-class employer, including within its local community, among the global beverage alcohol industry, and even in comparison to the world's most recognized and celebrated employers. On every dimension -- culture, challenging work, employee benefits, diversity and inclusion, leadership, employee development, work/life integration, recognition, corporate responsibility -- Brown-Forman excels. If you are looking for a place where you will be challenged, where you can make a difference and deliver great work, and where you can feel a sense of pride in the company, its products and its people, Brown-Forman is for you!

    Cons

    Brown-Forman employees must have patience and a long-term perspective, recognizing that everything the company does is balanced, thoughtful, and deliberate. This sometimes frustrates people who want a work environment that is more "fast paced" or "cutting edge." If you take the time to understand and appreciate the Brown-Forman culture, you'll reap the rewards.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Best Place to Work in Louisville"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Louisville, KY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Louisville, KY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Brown-Forman full-time

    Pros

    The culture here is outstanding. They clearly work hard at making sure very hire is a good fit. Everyone gets along exceptionally well. There is a clear upward career path for my role.

    Cons

    The work is HARD. This is good and bad. There will not be a day where you can coast. If you are feeling off, you will not be able to get the job done because it takes focus. The office area where I sit is loud, with is challenging when trying to think through complex problems that have a direct impact to the bottom line.


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