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Brown-Forman Reviews

Updated April 16, 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 16 reviews)

  • Great people with a great company culture (in 17 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

    Helpful (2)

    "Wonderful place to work in Louisville"

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

    I have been working at Brown-Forman full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    BF has a great culture. You hear that from everyone that works here, and I'll admit, it creeped me out for the first few months because you keep thinking, "Is everyone this nice and compassionate?" The answer is a resounding "YES!" I feel more connected to the community and love all of the volunteer opportunities we are presented here. Participating in the PRIDE festival and having such a large presence is something I would have never dreamed that an employer would promote. It's a great feeling to be supported no matter who you are and where you came from. Pay seems to be very fair compared to other places. Most people here work to live and not the other way around. Relationship building is a huge part of Brown Forman. I've met people and learned about all aspects of business and departments that I may never directly work with. Seeing what other groups are doing is all about getting you out of your bubble and learning as much as you want about the business here. I work in Global Production and could easily keep to myself but making connections throughout the organization has really helped me see a bigger picture and objectives of Brown Forman.

    Cons

    I want to preface the cons with saying that even the worst day at Brown Forman are 10x better than most people's every day job. Cons exist everywhere and there is always room for improvement in any organization.
    Cons:
    -grey areas in career paths, not a clear structure
    -hard to get buy-in from middle managment for non-direct business tasks (ie particpating in all the extracurricular/ value added programs BF offers to employees)
    -always striving to do more work with less headcount


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Best Place to Work in Louisville"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.

  3. "Brown-Forman"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    1. Diversity Initiatives
    2. Continued Focus on Career Dev & Path
    3. Great People at all levels
    4. Visibility to Leadership at most levels

    Cons

    1. Highly Social - Must be able to fit it all in (Get Work Done + Extracurricular)
    2. Career Path flat in most areas (if looking for movement)
    3. Bonus structure at mid-level

    Advice to Management

    1. Bridge gap between management of performance at mid-level management
    2. Ensure capabilities of management at mid-level (performance, diversity, etc.)


  4. "Very good place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Distillery Operator in Louisville, KY
    Former Employee - Distillery Operator in Louisville, KY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay was good and benefits were good . it was a very rewarding place to work at. It s also a

    Cons

    The only real cons I have about this place was that you had to work holidays some times but it wasn't bad

    Advice to Management

    Bdbd


  5. "Best place I have ever worked!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Brown-Forman full-time

    Pros

    Amazing and inviting environment that allows creators to create, innovators to innovate and leaders to lead. The culture and feeling of family you get each and every day at Brown-Forman is world class and the work is very fun and rewarding.

    Cons

    Very competitive and tough to get in, but that could be a pro as well.

    Advice to Management

    Keep encouraging diverse ways of thinking and allowing employees freedom to be who they are! It is truly appreciated.


  6. "Great company and great product"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Brown-Forman full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful company, very employee satisfaction driven. They really care about personal development and career development.
    No micro management.

    Cons

    Sometimes there can be a lack of communication.
    Some people can work on same issue and not realize it.

    Advice to Management

    Get everyone on same system. Speak same language to reduce redundancy and duplicate work.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Operator Technician"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Brown-Forman full-time

    Pros

    Pay is decent for the area

    Cons

    Management turnover is high. No one seems to know what they are doing.

    Advice to Management

    Take your own advice.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "It's a Journey"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Brown-Forman full-time

    Pros

    Work Culture, Campus, Pride, Product Promotion

    Cons

    Starting to cut back on incentives, perks that make BF such an attractable place to work. Difficult to progress throughout IT due to tenure and lack of visibility to other roles.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place for a Forever Job"

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

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

    Pros

    People here really know their stuff! Pay and benefits are great. Work environment is very friendly on a college-campus like setting. Working for a company that produces and sells beverage alcohol is much more interesting than the other jobs I've had (no offense, insurance and hospital companies...)!

    Cons

    Although the main campus is beautiful and safe, it's not located in the best area of town.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "One of the best companies to work for"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Louisville, KY
    Current Employee - Process Engineer 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 is a rapidly growing company that hires diverse and innovative workers. They give amazing benefits to their employees and really push to enrich the lives of every worker. There's lots of opportunity for travel and networking.

    Cons

    Work/Life balance is hard to balance if your job requires a lot of travel.

    Advice to Management

    Keep pushing innovation and development.


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