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Brown-Forman Reviews

Updated April 24, 2017
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Brown-Forman Chairman, President and CEO Paul C. Varga
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  • Work life balance sometimes askew (in 7 reviews)

  • B-F has a reputation for being a conservative company when it comes to new things and it is well-earned (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Supply Chain Analyst"

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

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

    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.


  2. "Great company, only a few drawbacks"

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

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

    Pros

    Great work environment; good pay/benefits; good people to work with; Louisville is beautiful.

    Cons

    Executives "place" people in jobs due to family relationships or random mentor program; very segmented brand side versus corporate side.

    Advice to Management

    Share more information. Don't get involved in hiring decisions for areas beyond your direct reports.


  3. "Great Louisville-based Company"

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

    I have been working at Brown-Forman full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Great exposure to senior-level management
    - Thoughtful leadership
    - Not a "cut-throat" environment
    - Deeply supportive of continued education

    Cons

    - Progressing at the company can sometimes be slow

    Advice to Management

    Keep being accessible and thoughtful toward all employees


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  5. "Culture rules here"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Associate in Louisville, KY
    Current Employee - Marketing Associate in Louisville, KY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lateral moves are encouraged and provide diverse opportunities to stretch and grow. The average tenure is 10+ years, which indicates that B-F likes to keep their employees. If you can plug in and find someone to mentor you as you navigate the culture, you will do extremely well.

    Cons

    Although it is also a pro, the average tenure is 10+ years (I've met at least 5 people with over 30 years here). This creates fewer opportunities in the middle for upward mobility. If you cannot learn how to navigate the relationship-centric culture, you will fail miserably.


  6. "Excellent company"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Louisville, KY
    Former Employee - Intern in Louisville, KY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Engaging team of professionals, flexible work environment, opportunities for professional and personal development, and a great all-around culture

    Cons

    None that I have experienced.


  7. "Director"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Louisville, KY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Louisville, KY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company with family feel

    Cons

    Living in Louisville is the con

    Brown-Forman Response

    Mar 22, 2017 – People Strategy Specialist

    Congratulations and thank you for 10 years at B-F! We love hearing how much you enjoy the company, especially the family culture. Don't forget you can access the Lou4You or Community Relations quick ... More


  8. Helpful (4)

    "Horriable lower level management"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Louisville, KY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Louisville, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Brown-Forman full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good pay and work life balance

    Cons

    Mid and lower level management don't know what they are doing. Very stuck up people and it's not what you know but who you know. I would not recommend this job.

    Advice to Management

    Train your mid and lower management team. Upper level management does a great job but lower level doesn't have a clue.


  9. "State Manager WA/HI"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales and Marketing in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Sales and Marketing in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great management, culture, values, and brands

    Cons

    Not as organized as some companies

    Brown-Forman Response

    Feb 9, 2017 – People Strategy Specialist

    Thank you for your feedback and welcome to B-F!


  10. "Great Company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Specialist in Louisville, KY
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Specialist in Louisville, KY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great benefits - good healthcare and the company is very involved in the arts and charity.

    Cons

    Very hard to move around here. People get hired and stay until they retire which makes movement difficult.

    Brown-Forman Response

    Feb 9, 2017 – People Strategy Specialist

    Thank you for your feedback! It is greatly appreciated.


  11. "Working Enviroment"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sub-welder/Safe Launcher in Waverly, OH
    Former Employee - Sub-welder/Safe Launcher in Waverly, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Brown-Forman part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    friendly people friendly environment

    Cons

    Heat gets to you after a while in the summer times
    Cold in the winter time

    Brown-Forman Response

    Feb 9, 2017 – People Strategy Specialist

    Thank you for your feedback!


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