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Brown-Forman Reviews

Updated January 8, 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 16 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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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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. "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.

  3. "Hostess"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Hostess in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Hostess in Nashville, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Friendly coworkers, pleasant atmosphere, good benefits

    Cons

    no set hours, pay is low


  4. "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.


  5. "Operator Technician"

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


  6. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  7. 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.

  8. 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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Market Manager in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Market Manager in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I'm very proud to work for Brown Forman. It is truly the company culture someone would dream of! We have great benefits, supportive co-workers and have the opportunity to work with some of the greatest alcohol brands in the world.

    Cons

    In my market we do not have a BF office, so it is not often that I get to see my outstanding coworkers.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "State Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    Fantastic portfolio, great family culture, positive work environment

    Cons

    work life balance, business is flat so budgets are cut

    Advice to Management

    Continue to compensate your employees for the work they're doing, instead of cutting bonuses/pay structures etc..


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